Lookin’ Ahead in 2016: Festival Fever

January 28th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
Mountain Jam

So many festivals, so few weekends...

By Greg Haymes
Photograph by Dan Hogan

No need to wait til summertime for festival season. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the festivals that have popped up on our radar for 2016. Mark your calendars now:

PEOPLE’S MUSIC NETWORK WINTER GATHERING
Hackett Middle School, Albany
Friday-Sunday (January 29-31)
Featuring Joe Jencks, the Peace Poets, Taina Asili, Tom Porter, Ruth Pelham, Ben Grosscup, more
$115-170 sliding scale; discounts for low income, youth, children, first-time attendees, early birds and single day attendees. Weekend registration covers all events and meals.

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THE FLURRY
Various locations, Saratoga Springs
Friday-Sunday, February 12-14
Featuring: Frank Wakefield Band, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Graham Tichy Band, Glenn Weiser, Three Quarter North, the Spurs USA, Hot Club of Saratoga, George Wilson, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, more
Tickets: Full festival, $85

BRIDGE JAZZ FESTIVAL
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Friday, February 26
Featuring Nnenna Freelon, Pierre Bensusan, the Tim Olsen & Eric Walentowicz Duo
Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
Saturday, February 27
Featuring: Ellis & Delfeayo Marsallis, the No BS! Brass Band, the Arch Stanton Quartet
Tickets: Full festival, $60

HIGH MUD COMEDY FESTIVAL
MASS MoCA and various other locations, North Adams
Friday & Saturday, March 11 & 12
Featuring Tig Notaro, Ophira Eisenberg, Sean Patton, Dave Hill, Tom Attila Lewis, Seth Brown, Mark Jagiello, more
Tickets: $42 in advance; $55 at the door; $32 students; $75 preferred

ROCK N ROLL RESORT
Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, Kerhonskon
Friday-Sunday, April 1-3
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: $TBA

ALBANY WORD FEST
Various locations, Albany
Sunday-Saturday, April 17-23
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: $TBA

MOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Various locations, Albany
Friday-Sunday, April 22-24
Featuring: Super 400, more
Tickets: $25 in advance

ALBANY TULIP FESTIVAL
Washington Park, Albany
Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: FREE

ROCK ‘N DERBY FESTIVAL
Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke
Friday-Sunday, May 20-22
Featuring: Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm, Megadeth, Sixx:A.M., Lamb of God, Clutch, Anthrax, Wolfmother, Ghost, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Dokken, Memphis May Fire, We Came as Romans, Trivium, Scott Stapp, Thy Art Is Murder, more
Tickets: full festival, $119.99

BLACK CREEK FIDDLERS REUNION
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
Friday-Sunday, May 27-29
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: Full festival $30

MASS GATHERING
Ski Butternut, Great Barrington
Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29
Featuring: The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, more
Tickets: Full festival, $52

MOUNTAIN JAM
Hunter Mountain, Hunter
Thursday-Sunday, June 2-5
Featuring: Gov’t Mule, Beck, Wilco, the Avett Brothers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jason Isbell, Umphrey’s McGee, Brandi Carlile, more
Tickets: Full festival, $TBA

DISC JAM
Gardner’s Farm, Stephentown
Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: Four day, full festival, $205

A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Hunter Mountain, Hunter
Friday-Sunday, June 10-12
Featuring: Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Big & Rich, Gary Allan, Eric Paslay, Frankie Ballard, Chris Janson, Old Dominion, Neal McCoy, the Swon Brothers, the Cadillac Three, Jana Kramer, Outshyne, William Michael Morgan, Annie Bosko, more
Tickets: Full festival, $165

TROY RIVER FEST
River Street, Troy
Saturday, June 18
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: FREE

CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL
Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson
Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: $TBA

UPDATE: Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival has been canceled for 2016 due to financial concerns.

DAD FEST
Jennings Landing, Albany
Sunday, June 19
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: FREE

OLD SONGS FESTIVAL
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
Friday-Sunday, June 24-26
Featuring: Matthew Byrne, Barrule, Gaslight Tinkers, Charm City Junction, Waxwing Four, Anne Hills, Nanne & Ankie, Joe Jencks, Low Lily, Cassie & Maggie, more

FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26
Featuring: The Chick Corea Trilogy, Smokey Robinson, the Joey Alexander Trio, Steps Ahead, Shemekia Copeland, Lizz Wright, Pieces of a Dream, Karrin Allyson, more
Tickets: $65-$190

GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield
Friday-Sunday, July 8-10
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: Three-day, full festival, $109.99

TROY PIG OUT
Riverfront Park, Troy
Saturday July 9
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: FREE

GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Walsh Farm, Oak Hill
Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: $TBA

FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
Dodds Farm, Hillsdale
Friday-Sunday, August 5-7
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: $TBA

FRESHGRASS FESTIVAL
MASS MoCA, North Adams
Friday-Sunday, September 16-18
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: Full festival, $89

CHOWDERFEST
Monument Square, Troy
Sunday, October 9
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: FREE

WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
Various locations, Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Kingston & Saugerties
Thursday-Sunday, October 13-16
Featuring: TBA
Tickets: $TBA

4 thoughts on “Lookin’ Ahead in 2016: Festival Fever”

  1. Rudy says:

    How about Lake George Jazz Fest performers TBA 9/17&18/16?

  2. Greg says:

    Thanks, Rudy. Good to know. Those dates weren’t on my radar yet…

  3. 518 songfest at the egg, feb 27!

  4. also, shire city music fest will run mondays through jury-august, at the commons in pittsfield.

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