FESTIVAL FEVER: What a Weekend!

September 16th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
Mountain Jam

So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Photograph by Dan Hogan

If you think that summer is the busiest season for live music around Greater Nippertown, well, think again. September is jam-packed with plenty of outdoor shows as well as indoor concerts at the venues that usually lay low during the summer months.

And festivals? Oh my…

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There are at least a half dozen festivals that I’d like to be at this weekend, but of course, it’s impossible to be everywhere.

So here’s a quick round-up of some of the music fests going on this weekend. Hope you have a great time, wherever you decide to go:

PEARLPALOOZA
WHO: Galactic, Warpaint, Bassh, Maybird, the Greeting Committee, Rechorduroys
WHEN: 1pm Saturday (September 17)
WHERE: North Pearl Street, Albany
HOW MUCH: FREE

FRESHGRASS
WHO: Rosanne Cash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, the Infamous Stringdusters, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Ruthie Foster, more
WHEN: Friday-Sunday (September 16-18)
WHERE: MASS MoCA, North Adams
HOW MUCH: $99 all-fest; singlke day tickets also available

JAZZ AT THE LAKE
WHO: DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the Brubeck Brothers, Charenee Wade, Lao Tizer Quartet, Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble, Edmar Castaneda Trio, Amina Figarova Sextet
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday (September 17 & 18)
WHERE: Shepard Park, Lake George
HOW MUCH: FREE

BASILICA SOUNDSCAPE
WHO: Angel Olsen, Explosions in the Sky, Genesis P-Orridge, Xylouris White, Wolves in the Throne Room, more
WHEN: Friday-Sunday
WHERE: Basilica Hudson, Hudson
HOW MUCH: $40 per day; $70 for the weekend; FREE on Sunday; discounts available

IRISH 2000 MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
WHO: The Narrowbacks, Kilmaine Saints, Hair of the Dog, Screaming Orphans, Shilelagh Law, Gaelic Storm, Get Up Jack, the McKrells, a special tribute to Frank Jaklitsch and more
WHEN: Today & Saturday (September 16 & 17)
WHERE: Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa
HOW MUCH: $20-$25

QUIET VILLAGE
WHO: Bob Lukomski, Nixie Unterwelt, Okkoto, David Mecionis, the Beaux Eaux Trio, Oneiromantix, Astatic, Cowboy and Indian, more
WHEN: 10:30am Saturday (September 17)
WHERE: Hasbrouck Park, New Paltz
HOW MUCH: FREE

MAKE AMERICA ROCK AGAIN
WHO: Trapt, Saving Abel, Saliva, Alien Ant Farm, Crazy Town, 12 Stones, Tantric
WHEN: 6:30pm Saturday (September 17)
WHERE: Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls
HOW MUCH: $22, $35 & $50

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled…

GRAND POINT NORTH
WHO: Grace Potter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Guster, the Wood Brothers, Blind Pilot, the Record Company, more
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday (September 17 & 18)
WHERE: Waterfront Park, Burlington
HOW MUCH: $79 for all-fest; single day tickets also available

ART IN THE PARK
WHO: Jeanine Ouderkirk, Gordon St, Kayln Rock
WHEN: 10am Saturday
WHERE: Congress Park, Saratoga Springs
HOW MUCH: FREE

UPPER MADISON STREET FAIR
WHO: ???
WHEN: 12noon Sunday (September 18)
WHERE: Madison Avenue, Albany
HOW MUCH: FREE