FREE FEST: Earth Day Festival 2016 @ Skidmore College

April 20th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

Yeah, there’s plenty of cool stuff on the concert calendar for the upcoming weekend, but there’s only one place where you can take a musical journey with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra… for free.

And that place is South Park Green on the Saratoga Springs campus of Skidmore College, which is the site of the Earth Day Festival 2016 on Saturday afternoon (April 23).

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In addition to the galaxy-expanding jazz of the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, the big rain-or-shine bash features music by Campo, Boston trio the Ladles, NYC-based EMEFE, Philly’s Joy Again, Palm and Empress Of.

It all kicks off at 12noon on Saturday, and, yes, admission is free.

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