FREE: Empire State Plaza Announces Summer Concerts

Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (photo by Stanley Johnson)
Blue Oyster Cult returns for a free concert at the Empire State Plaza

Photograph by Stanley A. Johnson

The Empire State Plaza in Albany has announced its Summer at the Plaza season of free concerts, festivals and more. The Capital Concert Series features four concerts, ranging from reggae to classic rock, R&B to heavy metal.

The pair of Jazz Nights in September returns for its second year, and new this year is the Hops & Harvest Festival, which will feature the Infamous Stringdusters as headliners.

Here’s the complete schedule for 2018:

NEW YORK STATE’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Featuring Smash Mouth, Moriah Formica, more
July 4, 3-10pm

CAPITAL CONCERT SERIES
Featuring En Vogue
July 11, 5:30-8:30pm

KIDS DAY
Featuring Thomas & Friends Sing Along Adventure
July 14, 12noon-5pm

CAPITAL CONCERT SERIES
Featuring Toots & the Maytals
July 18, 5:30-8:30pm

CAPITAL CONCERT SERIES
Featuring Blue Oyster Cult
July 25, 5:30-8:30pm

CAPITAL CONCERT SERIES
Grand Funk Railroad
August 1, 5:30-8:30pm

BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Featuring Faith Evans
August 4, 2-7pm

NEW YORK STATE FOOD FESTIVAL
Featuring Everclear
August 8, 11am-9pm

JAZZ AT THE PLAZA
Featuring Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers
September 5, 5:30-7:30pm

JAZZ AT THE PLAZA
Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes
September 12, 5:30-7:30pm

HOPS & HARVEST FESTIVAL
Featuring the Infamous Stringdusters
September 19, 5-9pm

HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION
Featuring Raul Acosta y Oro Sólido
September 22, 6-10pm

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FEST: Adirondack Bluegrass League’s Bluegrass Round-Up in Galway This Weekend

MORE OF GREATER NIPPERTOWN’S FREE SUMMER EVENTS FOR 2018
VARIOUS DAYS
FREEDOM FESTIVAL @ Freedom Square, Troy (Saturday, June 2)
BLACK & LATINO GAY PRIDE CELEBRATION @ Washington Park, Albany (Saturday, June 9)
CAPITAL PRIDE FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany (Sunday, June 10)
NEW YORK STATE’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany (Wednesday, July 4)
MORE MUSIC AT MUSIC HAVEN @ Central Park, Schenectady (various days, 7/10-8/19/18)
SCHENECTADY SUMMERNIGHT @ State Street, Schenectady (Friday, July 13)
WEDNESDAYS
ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER @ Riverfront Park, Troy (5pm, 6/6-8/8/18
THURSDAYS
ALIVE AT FIVE @ Jennings Landing, Albany (5pm, 6/7-8/2/18)
CONCERTS AT THE CROSSINGS @ the Crossings of Colonie, Loudonville (6pm, 7/5-8/30/18)
UPBEAT ON THE ROOF CONCERT SERIES @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (7pm, 7/5-8/30/18)
SATURDAYS
HARBOR JAM @ Rivers Casino & Resort’s Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater, Schenectady (6pm, 6/23-8/11/18)
SUNDAYS
MUSIC HAVEN @ Central Park, Schenectady (7pm, 7/8-8/12/18)

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