Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Additional photographs by Richard Brody
For Day Two of Albany’s 66th annual Tulip Festival, the weather cooperated perfectly, and the two stages of non-stop music went off without a hitch – no cancellations like Day One.
And, in fact, Tulip Fest Sunday – aka Mothers’ Day – offered a broader spectrum of music than Saturday’s line-up. From Nicole Vaness Ortiz’s Main Stage opening tribute to Whitney Houston to Tonic frontman Emerson Hart’s fest wrap-up showcase of tunes from his new solo album, Beauty in Disarray, the Main Stage activity was less rock-oriented and more family-friendly. Singer-songwriter Caroline Glaser – a popular contestant on NBC-TV’s “The Voice” singing competition – served up some sparkling indie-folk sounds, and the Local 518 even got some Main Stage representation with Troy guitarslinger Graham Tichy leading his band through a roots-rock cavalcade that stretched from rockabilly to swing.
Over at the Lakehouse Stage, the all-homegrown line-up of bands proved that the Local 518 is home to a healthy and diverse array of music, from the relatively new, fuzzed-out, instrumental surf sounds of the Kimono Dragons to the funky, horn-fueled jazz of the Chronicles to the harmony-laden Americana folk-rock of the North & South Dakotas to the finale rousing blast of the cabaret/party band the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, previewing some fresh new tunes from their upcoming sophomore album, it was a grand day for music.