This Weekend’s BIG Festival Round-Up

September 18th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

You want rock music? Head to Albany’s big LarkFest.
You want jazz? Lake George is the place to be for Jazz at the Lake.
You need a dose of bluegrass and more? Head over to FreshGrass.
Is Celtic music more to your liking? Then it’s the Irish 2000 Festival for you.
Looking for laughs? Go to the Woodstock Comedy Festival.
And if acoustic music is more your bag, there’s Saratoga Art in the Park and Albany’s Upper Madison Street Fair.

It’s a huge harvest of music festivals all around town this weekend, and to help you plan your entertain schedule for the weekend, here’s the big lowdown of who’s playing where and when:

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TODAY (FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18)

FRESHGRASS
MASS MoCA, North Adams
Featuring FreshScores with Alison Brown & Mamie Minch, Twisted Pine, Flatt Lonesome, the Punch Brothers, Houndmouth
5pm; $42 at the gate; $28 students; $20 for kids age 7-16; kids age six & under FREE

IRISH 2000 MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa
Featuring Flashpoint, the Fighting Jamesons, Screaming Orphans, Glengarry Bhoys
5pm; $20; kids age 12 & under FREE

WOODSTOCK COMEDY FESTIVAL
Kleinert-James Arts Center, Woodstock
Featuring Robert Dean, Brendan Eyre, Megan Gailey, Jeffrey Joseph, Cynthia Kaplan, Audrey Rapoport, Shane Torres, more
8pm; $20

SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 19)

JAZZ AT THE LAKE
Shepard Park, Lake George
Featuring the Julian Lage Trio, the Jamie Baum Septet, the Jazz Passengers, the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
1pm; FREE

LARKFEST
Lark Street, Albany
Featuring Candy Ambulance, Jocelyn Arndt, Ampevene, the End Men, Hard Soul, Let’s Be Leonard, Probing Digit, Stellar Young
10am; FREE

FRESHGRASS
MASS MoCA, North Adams
Featuring Cat & the Moon, Quiles & Cloud, Birds of Chicago, Mr. Sun, Ballroom Thieves, Alison Brown, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Vieux Farka Toure & Julia Easterlin, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan, Dwight Yoakam, Leftover Salmon, more…
10:30am; $52 in advance; $56 at the gate; $40 students; $28 for kids age 7-16; kids age six & under FREE

SARATOGA ART IN THE PARK
Congress Park, Saratoga Springs
Featuring Bob Warren, Angela Bove, Bryan Thomas
10am; FREE

IRISH 2000 MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa
Featuring Hair of the Dog, Emish, Screaming Orphans, Shilelagh Law, the Young Dubliners, the Fighting Jamesons, Flashpoint, the McKrells, Daimh, the Druids, Get Up Jack, Triskele, Shadowland, Rakish Paddy, Frank Jaklitsch & Friends, Three Irish Voices, Who’s Your Paddy, the Brothers Flynn
12noon; $18 in advance; $25 at the gate; kids age 12 & under FREE

WOODSTOCK COMEDY FESTIVAL
Various locations, Woodstock
Featuring Robert Klein, Karen Bergreen, Shane Torres, Megan Dailey, Robert Dean, Helene Angley, Gregory Joseph, more
12:30pm; various prices

SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 20)

FRESHGRASS
MASS MoCA, North Adams
Featuring Ramblin Jug Stompers, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Peter Rowan, The Man in Grass: A Tribute to Johnny Cash, the Earls of Leicester, Willie Watson, Greensky Bluegrass, the Del McCoury Band, more…
10:30am; $46 in advance; $50 at the gate; $36 students; $24 for kids age 7-16; kids age six & under FREE

JAZZ AT THE LAKE
Shepard Park, Lake George
Featuring the Victor Prieto Trio, Works with Joe Lovano, the Ghost Train Orchestra
1pm; FREE

WOODSTOCK COMEDY FESTIVAL
Upstate Films, Woodstock
Featuring “Just About Famous,” the Short Film Showcase
12:30pm; $10 each

UPPER MADISON STREET FAIR
Madison Avenue, Albany
Featuring Swing Shift, Miss Empire Star & the Timeless Tappers, the Other Guys, Veena Chandra, Ryan Leddick, the Girls Next Door, the Festive, Brett Sears, No Mo Jelly
12noon; FREE