FESTIVAL FEVER: This Weekend’s Festival Round-Up

April 22nd, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
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So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Photograph by Dan Hogan

WOW! It’s suddenly like festival season is exploding this weekend…

There’s a jam-packed festival calendar on tap around Greater Nippertown this weekend, featuring lots of all kinds of music, as well as spoken word performances and comedy, too. You can’t be everywhere at once, but we’ve rounded up the festival outlook for the weekend, so you’re sure to find something to float your boat.

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HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE GUITAR FESTIVAL
Today-Saturday, 10am
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
$20 for all weekend, all events
Exploring all styles of guitar playing to metal to bluegrass to classical with workshops, jam session, open mic session and concerts at various venues on campus. Featuring Super 400, Mark Gamsjager, Mike McMann, Monica Wilson, Maria Zemantauski, Caroline MotherJudge, Sten Isachsen, Thomasina Winslow, Graham Tichy, Bernie Mulleda, Mike Dimin, Joe Lowry, Mike McMann, Chuck D’Aloia and lots more.

ALBANY WORD FEST
Today-Saturday
Various locations, Albany
The week-long celebration of poetry and spoken word wraps up this weekend with an open mic, workshops and poetry slams at the Upstate Artists Guild and the Social Justice Center.

DOWN ON THE CORNER
Today, 7pm
The Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
$5 admission includes both venues
Free Air, Let Go Daylight, Purifier, Embrace the Curse, Green Room, the Bonnie Masons, the Purple Curfew, ShoeBox Dojo, Che Guevara T-Shirt, Galaxy Overdrive and Monk – 11 bands at two neighboring venues for just $5. That means you’re paying less than $.50 per band.

MOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Today-Sunday, various times
Various locations, Albany
$35 for all three days, all events
The three-day fest takes place at a batch of venues, including McGeary’s Pub, the Madison Theater, Stout, Dawn’s Victory Sports Cafe, Blue 82, Parish Public House, the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, the Fuze Box and City Beer Hall. Featuring the Wonderbeards, One Red Martian, New Madrid, the Arkells, the Wild Feathers, the Big Takeover, Flakjacket, Macero and many more.

SKIDMORE EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
Saturday, 12noon
Skidmore College’s South Park Green, Saratoga Springs
FREE
The big rain-or-shine bash features music by Campo, Boston trio the Ladles, NYC-based EMEFE, Philly’s Joy Again, Palm, Empress Of and the Sun Ra Arkestra.

ALBANY IMPROV FESTIVAL
Saturday, 12noon
The Madison Theater, Albany
$11-$20
The improv comedy festival features troupes from throughout the northeast – from NYC to Rhode Island – and beyond (yes, even from Austin, Texas). Also including local favorites the Mop & Bucket Company, Sorry Not Sorry, Dollars to Donuts and more. All proceeds from the festival benefit The Damien Center.

24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND & MUSIC
Saturday, 3pm-Sunday, 3pm
$24
Basilica Hudson, Hudson
Looking for something truly adventurous? How about a non-stop marathon 24-hour immersive concert featuring Tyler Wood, Nathan McLaughlin, OMium, Cosmic Planetary Gong Panacea, Daniel Lauter, Lavender Suarez, Megafortress, Brain Decay, Noveller, Bobby Previte and a whole lot more.

UALBANY PARKFEST
Sunday, 2pm
University at Albany’s State Quad Field, Albany
$15
Featuring headliner Future and host Terrance J.