Bands Announced for Albany Tulip Festival

March 31st, 2017, 8:34 am by Greg

The annual Albany Tulip Festival returns to Washington Park once again from 11am-6pm on Saturday & Sunday, May 13 & 14. As always, admission is FREE.

Expect more than 140,000 bloomin’ tulip bulbs, the coronation of the Tulip Queen, a Mother’s Day celebration, a good chance of some rain and, of course, lots of free outdoor music.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2017 Albany Tulip Festival:

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FREE: The Live! Folklife Concert Series in Glens Falls

March 8th, 2017, 9:30 am by Greg

The Live! Folklife Concert Series is returning to Glens Falls, taking place weekly at 7pm on Thursdays at Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center through the end of May.

Admission to the concerts is FREE.

Here’s the complete schedule of concerts:

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Rose Record Label Group Gala @ Jack’s Place on Friday

February 9th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

The Rose Record Label Group – the College of Saint Rose’s student-run record label – is hosting its gala and showcase concert on campus at Jack’s Place at 7pm on Friday (February 10).

The event will feature performances by three of the label’s artists, as well as food and raffles. Admission is free.

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FREE: African-American Film Fest @ Crandall Library

February 6th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

In conjunction with Black History Month, the Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center in Glens Falls is hosting its 18th annual African-American Film Festival throughout February.

The four films will be screened at 6:30pm on Tuesdays, and admission is free. The series kicks off on Tuesday (February 7) with the Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend.”

Here’s the schedule of films:

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FREE FEST: I/O Fest 2017 @ Williams College This Week

January 11th, 2017, 10:37 am by Greg

Presented by Williams College’s Department of Music, I/O Fest 2017 is a four-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe, featuring concerts, a lecture, several world premieres, music of many composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble, IOTA and special guests the TAK Ensemble. The fest runs from Thursday-Sunday (January 12-15) at various venues in Williamstown. All events are free and open to the public.

Here’s the schedule of events for I/O Fest 2017:


4:15pm: Williams College’s Bernhard Music Center, Room 30: Prof. Ed Gollin offers a talk, “Musical Process in Tom Johnson’s ‘Nine Bells.’”

8pm: Williams College’s CenterStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance: I/O Ensemble performs Hans Abrahamsen’s masterpiece “Schnee” and music of Tristan Murail and Zachary Wadsworth.

10:30pm: Williams College’s CenterStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance: Bad Planets performs late night music to wake you up. Soul stirring works by Frederic Rzewski, Anthony Braxton and Charles Mingus, as well as meditations by Pauline Oliveros.

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FREE: The SongTeller Sessions @ Altamont Free Library Tonight

January 6th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Did you ever wonder how musicians learn their craft or what inspires their songs? Altamont Free Library is hosting a new monthly concert series on the first Friday of each month that will try to answer those questions. They’re calling it the SongTeller Sessions.

The series of concerts kicks off at 7pm tonight (Friday, January 6) with the sublime soul-rocker Bryan Thomas. And if you wanna do a bit of pre-concert prep, we heartily suggest you give a listen to his brand new four-song EP, Songs About Books About Writers, which was quietly released on New Year’s Day. It’s available for free download.

At the Altamont Library concerts, each Greater Nippertown performer will answer the same list of 10 questions through stories and songs, offering us an inside peek of their personal and creative journey:

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LIVE: John Simon: Working With The Band

November 4th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

By Don Wilcock

“A (record) producer is a psychologist,” explained John Simon at the Schenectady County Public Library Thursday night in the first of six scheduled talks throughout Greater Nippertown through Sunday (November 6). The talks are part of the NY Living Legacy Project: The Band, produced by The Egg.

“I tried to put my ego aside and be in service of the record,” explained Simon in an hour-long question and answer session that also included piano-and-vocal renditions of some of his own songs.

Simon produced The Band’s first two albums, Music from Big Pink (1968) and The Band (1969). He also was music producer of the concert and album The Last Waltz. Talking candidly and with startlingly vivid recall, Simon describes himself as a filter to The Band. He offered his advice to a then fledgling group that Rolling Stone ranked as No. 50 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. The Band presaged the onset of Americana music and provided Nobel Prize-winning singer-songwriter Bob Dylan with a plugged-in back-up group that forever fused folk and rock.

Simon is a veteran insider whose production credentials include Janis Joplin’s Cheap Thrills, Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends and Songs of Leonard Cohen. In his yet unpublished memoir, he breaks things down simply: “So making a record is a little like a board game. Start with the artist, go around the board, get to the record at the end. Game over.”

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FREE FEST: Troy Chowderfest @ Monument Square

October 3rd, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

The tenth annual Chowderfest takes over downtown Troy from 12noon-4pm on Sunday (October 9). The event encourages chowder-lovers to come out, eat, judge and vote for some of the best chowder in Greater Nippertown.

Centered in Monument Square, festival-goers can purchase their tickets, explore the vendors and travel to the participating downtown Troy restaurants distributing chowder from their establishments. Numerous local retailers will also be participating in the festival activities with a citywide sidewalk sale.

It’s a day full of fall food, family fun and, of course, free live music.

Here’s the complete schedule of music for the 2016 Chowderfest on Sunday:

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