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FREE FEST: Albany LatinFest @ Washington Park

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Let’s get ready to dance!

The 21st annual Albany LatinFest takes over the Parade Grounds of Albany’s Washington Park on Saturday (August 27) with a full day of fabulous food, children’s activities and, of course, plenty of irresistible live music.

And it’s free!

Here’s the schedule of bands for the Main Stage of the Albany LatinFest 2016:



FEST: Jazz in the Valley Returns to Poughkeepsie on Sunday

Friday, August 19th, 2016
Javon Jackson

Javon Jackson, saxman & artistic director of Jazz in the Valley

Photograph by Rudy Lu

The 16th annual Jazz in the Valley festival takes over Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie on Sunday (August 21), and once again, the fest offers something for everyone with an impressive all-star line-up.

Sponsored by TRANSART, the single-day festival on the banks of the Hudson River features two stages – the Pavilion Stage with free admission, and the Main Stage with tickets priced at $50 in advance; $60 at the gate; $20 students. Gates open at 11am with music slated to run from 12noon til 6pm.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2016 Jazz in the Valley festival:


FREE CONCERTS: Lots More No-Dough Summer Music

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Bowtie and Mr. Eck

FREE: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Green Island’s River Park

Photograph by Ed Conway

Runnin’ low on dough?
Got those empty pocket blues?

Don’t fret…

Greater Nippertown’s big free concert series – Albany’s Alive at Five, Troy’s Rockin’ on the River, the Empire State Plaza’s Capital Concert Series – are all over for another year, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find plenty of opportunities to soak up free music around the Local 518.

Here’s a round-up of some of the free summer concert series that are still going strong:

EAST GREENBUSH TOWN FESTIVAL @ Onderdonk Park, East Greenbush, August 20
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
PERFORMING ARTS AT THE COMMON @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park, various days from June 26-August 17
MUSIC ON MAINSTREET @ the NBT Bank Lawn, Canajoharie, 7pm select Tuesdays and Fridays from July 15-August 19
ALBANY JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany, September 10
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18


FREE FEST: East Greenbush Town Festival on Saturday

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

East Greenbush’s annual end-of-the-summer bash takes place on Saturday (August 20) in Onderdonk Park. The free, day-long fest features plenty of food, vendors, a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo, a rock wall, a velcro wall, raffles, lots more children’s activities and, of course, live music.

The East Greenbush Town Festival kicks off at 12noon on Saturday and wraps up with an 8pm fireworks display over the lake.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2016 fest:


FREE FEST: PearlPalooza Announces Line-Up of Bands

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Earlier this week, the first round of bands were announced for LarkFest, and not to be outdone, the organizers of PearlPalooza have unveiled the roster of band now, too.

From Pine Street to Sheridan Avenue, North Pearl Street in downtown Albany will be shut down to traffic and filled up with live music on Saturday, September 17, as the seventh annual PearlPalooza party takes place with two stage and continuous bands from 1-8pm.

And of course there will be a variety of craft and food vendors on site, as well. And yes, there will definitely be beer, too!

Here’s the line-up of bands announced for the 2016 PearlPalooza:


FREE: The Levitt AMP North Adams Music Series @ Colegrove Park

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Colegrove Park in North Adams is the site of one of Greater Nippertown’s best free concert series – and the good news is that the weekly series continues straight on through til the middle of October. That’s 10 weeks worth of free music…

The Levitt AMP North Adams Music Series kicks off this week and continues at 2pm on every Sunday with bluesman Tinsley Ellis, funk band Seratones, Saratoga’s own Wild Adriatic and lots more.

Here’s the complete schedule for the inaugural season of free concerts in Colegrove Park:


FREE FEST: NYS Food Festival @ the Empire State Plaza

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

With nearly 100 food vendors to choose from, 15,000 people annually flock to the New York State Food Festival at Albany’s Empire State Plaza for lunch, dinner or both. They come for the food and stay for a day of free live musical entertainment. The Food Fest showcases New York producers and specialty products, New York State beers and the popular Empire State Plaza Farmers Market.

The headliners for the 11am-9pm celebration on Wednesday (August 10) are the Commodores, who have racked up sales of more than 75 million albums, seven No. 1 singles, five No. 1 albums and 20 Top 10 singles. Led by founding member William King, the Grammy Award winners and Vocal Group Hall of Famers are slated to take the stage at 7:30pm, playing ll of their hits, including “Brick House,” “Three Times A Lady,” “Easy,” “Sail On” and “Nightshift.”

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2016 New York State Food Festival:


Bands Announced for 2016 LarkFest

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

The headliners have been announced for this year’s LarkFest. The 35th annual LarkFest takes place all along Albany’s Lark Street from 10am-6pm on Saturday, September 24.

New York’s largest one-day street festival, LarkFest is free and open to the public, expecting to draw an estimated 80,000 people.

Here’s the line-up of bands for the 2016 LarkFest:


Caffe LenaHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!The LindaBerkshire On StageArtist Charles HaymesAlbany PoetsHudson SoundsLeave Regular Radio BehindKeep Albany BoringArtist and Musician Michael Eck