UPDATE: Tulip Fest Announces Complete Line-Up of Bands

April 1st, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg

The annual Albany Tulip Festival returns to Washington Park once again from 11am-6pm on Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8. As always, admission is FREE.

Expect more than 80,000 bloomin’ tulip bulbs, the coronation of the Tulip Queen, a Mother’s Day celebration, a good chance of some rain and, of course, lots of free outdoor music.

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Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2016 Albany Tulip Festival:

SATURDAY, MAY 7
MAIN STAGE AT THE PARADE GROUNDS

1:30pm: THE PARLOR: Two years ago, they were churning out their fab folk-funk sound on the Tulip Fest’s Lakehouse Amphithteater stage. Now, the always enchanting Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans lead the Local 518 faves on the main stage in support of their latest album, Wahzu Wahzu.

3pm: TOKYO POLICE CLUB: Led by vocalist and bassist David Monks, the Canadian indie rock quartet rolls into town with a bushel full of hook-filled tunes, in support of their latest album, Forcefield.

4:30pm: LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW: Drawing influences from early Beck, T-Bone Burnett Americana and a bit of Hasil Adkins, Langhorne Slim (in his ever-present Stetson hat) and his band bring their rollickin’ joyful noise to close out Day One of the Tulip Fest.

LOCAL 518 STAGE AT THE LAKEHOUSE
1pm: OLIVIA QUILLIO
2:15pm: CARL DANIELS & THE BLACK BOX
3:30pm: VICTORY SOUL ORCHESTRA
4:45pm: STOCKADE KIDS

KIDZONE STAGE
12noon: ARTPARTNERS/TSEHAYA & CO.
12:15pm: PARK PLAYHOUSE
12:45pm & 2:15pm: RUTH PELHAM OF THE MUSIC MOBILE
1:30pm, 3pm & 4:30pm: MELVIN THE MAGNIFICENT
3:45pm & 5:15pm: THE ZUCCHINI BROTHERS

SUNDAY, MAY 8
MAIN STAGE AT THE PARADE GROUNDS
1:30pm: JIM GAUDET & THE RAILROAD BOYS: Local 518 bluegrass favorites bring their wry sense of humor and new songs from their upcoming album slated for release in May.

3pm: McKINLEY JAMES: The 14-year-old guitar phenom stars in Eric Church’s “Mr. Misunderstood” music video, and J.D. McPherson is producing his upcoming debut single. Yeah, he’s got it goin’ on…

4:30pm: JONATHAN EDWARDS: The veteran folk-rocker launched his career back in 1971 on Capricorn Records, landed a Top 10 hit with “Sunshine” and memorably sang, “We’re gonna lay around the shanty, mama, and put a good buzz on…”

LOCAL 518 STAGE AT THE LAKEHOUSE
1pm: RED HAIRED STRANGERS
2:15pm: BEAR GRASS
3:30pm: OF THE ATLAS
4:45pm: THE LAST CONSPIRATORS

KIDZONE STAGE
12noon: ARTPARTNERS/TSEHAYA & CO.
12:15pm: PARK PLAYHOUSE
12:45pm & 2:15pm: RUTH PELHAM OF THE MUSIC MOBILE
1:30pm, 3pm & 4:30pm: MELVIN THE MAGNIFICENT
3:45pm & 5:15pm: THE ZUCCHINI BROTHERS

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2016:
ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL @ The Linda, Albany, April 2
MOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ various locations, Albany, April 22-24
ROCK ‘N DERBY FESTIVAL @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, May 20-22
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 2-5
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 10-12
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, June 18-19 UPDATE: This festival has been cancelled.
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 24-26
BEACON JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, June 25
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 25 & 26
GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, July 8-10
COUNTRYFEST @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 9
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 14-17
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 16-18
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18