FREE: Saratoga Summer Concert Series Kicks Off on Sunday

June 30th, 2016, 10:00 am by Greg
Rich Ortiz (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Rich Ortiz

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

Saratoga Springs is no longer just the August place to be…

The Spa City’s Saratoga Summer Concert Series is kicking off this weekend in Congress Park, with plenty of entertainment in store for the entire season. Bring blankets and chairs, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy some of Greater Nippertown’s faves performing on super summer evenings. The 90-minute concerts will take place at the War Memorial at 7pm on Sundays during July and on Tuesdays during the month of August. The Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center will serve as rain site for the concert series.

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Here’s the complete schedule for the 2016 Saratoga Summer Concert series in Congress Park:

Sunday (July 3): Keller & Cannon – The dynamic duo ranges from modern and classic country to rock to Americana.

Sunday, July 10: Hot Club of Saratoga – Greater Nippertown’s premier Gypsy swing ensemble

Sunday, July 17: Marc Berger & Ride – Country-folk songs with a touch of bluegrass, roots, Americana and even a little spicy Cajun.

Sunday, July 24: Sonny and Perley – The husband-and-wife duo of pianist Sonny Daye and vocalist Perley Rousseau blends jazz, bossa nova, American songbook standards and international cabaret.

Tuesday, August 9: Rich Ortiz – He plays guitar, harmonica, and pedal bass (with his feet), and he turns heads with his vocals.

Tuesday, August 16: Betsy & the ByeGons – An evening of girl-group oldies

Tuesday, August 23: Garland Nelson – The high energy ensemble performs soul music with entertaining command and spontaneous originality.

Tuesday, August 30: Cryin’ Out Loud – An energizing, all-purpose party band featuring five dynamic vocalists, a fluid rhythm section and a hot, three-piece horn section

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FREE EVENTS FOR 2016
*VARIOUS DATES
RIVERLINK CONCERTS @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam, various days from June 18-August 27
FREEDOM PARK CONCERT SERIES @ Freedom Park, Scotia, various days from June 22-August 27
NYS FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 4
KIDS DAY @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 9
SCHENECTADY COUNTY SUMMERNIGHT @ State & Jay streets, Schenectady, Friday, July 15
ART ON LARK @ Lark Street, Albany, July 16 UPDATE: postponed from June 5, this is the new date…
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 6
NYS FOOD FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 10
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18
*MONDAYS
TOWN OF ROTTERDAM SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ the Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center lawn, Rotterdam, 7pm Mondays from June 6-August 29
*TUESDAYS
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack, 6pm Tuesdays from June 7-July 5
COOK PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Frank A. Leak Amphitheater for the Arts in Cook Park, Colonie, 6:30pm Tuesdays from June 14-August 30
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK @ Brunswick Community Center lawn, Troy, 7pm Tuesdays from June 28-August 30
*WEDNESDAYS
MADE IN THE SHADE OF THE EGG @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 12noon Wednesdays from June 1-August 31
CAPITAL CONCERT SERIES @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 5pm Wednesdays from June 15-July 20
ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER @ Riverfront Park, Troy, 5pm Wednesdays from June 15-August 3
RENSSELAER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer, 6pm Wednesdays from June 22-August 10
SUMMER MUSIC SERIES @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush, 7pm Wednesdays from June 20-July 20
LAKE GEORGE ARTS PROJECT’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 7:30pm Wednesdays from July 6-August 31
*THURSDAYS
JAZZ ON JAY @ Jay Street, Schenectady, 12noon Thursdays from June 2-September 1
ALIVE AT FIVE @ Tricentennial Park, Albany, 5pm Thursdays from June 9-August 4
ROCK THE BLOCK @ Canal Square, Cohoes, 6pm Thursdays from June 9-30
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa, 6pm Thursdays from June 23-August 25
SUMMER’S EVE CONCERT SERIES @ the Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, Melrose, June 30-August 25
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill, 7pm Thursdays from June 23-September 1
JAMMIN’ AT GPAC @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland, 7:30pm Thursdays from June 23-August 11
*FRIDAYS
FRIDAYS AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 4pm Fridays from June 24-September 2
ROCK THE BLOCK @ Canal Square, Cohoes, 6pm Thursdays from July 8-August 26
UPBEAT ON THE ROOF @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Fridays from July 1-August 26
ATHENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Riverfront Park, Athens, 7pm Fridays from June 17-August 26
MUSIC AT SUNSET CONCERT SERIES @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson, 7pm Fridays from May 27-August 26
*SUNDAYS
MUSIC HAVEN @ Central Park, Schenectady, 7pm Sundays from July 10-August 14