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FREE: Bands Announced for Troy River Fest

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The 13th annual Troy River Fest takes place from 10am-5pm on Saturday, June 18, showcasing carefully curated, locally crafted hand-made goods and local cuisine in an open-air bazaar situated in Troy’s scenic, historic downtown district. While the streets will host family-friendly entertainment and craft, art, and food vendors, shops, restaurants and historic venues will have their own activities and entertainment as well. The Troy River Fest is an organic, grassroots fest designed to mimic the flow of the Hudson River by encouraging visitors to ramble throughout the streets of downtown Troy.

Here’s the complete Main Stage schedule of bands for the 2016 Troy River Fest:



FREE: Music at Sunset Concert Series @ Greenport Town Park

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The Town of Greenport has announced the line-up of bands for the 2016 Music at Sunset free outdoor summer concert series at Greenport Town Park in Hudson. The 13-concert schedule features old favorites as well as newcomers, and the diverse line-up stretches from rock to country, from oldies to polka.

The sunset concerts take place at Greenport Town Park on Joslen Boulevard. The concerts take place at 7pm each Friday (except where noted), beginning this Friday (May 27) with the 217 Band and continuing through the end of August.

Here’s the complete 2016 schedule for the Music at Sunset concert series:


FREE: Bands Announced for Albany’s Dad Fest

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Last summer, the City of Albany launched the inaugural Dad Fest, a new variation on the annual Father’s Day concert. And next month the free fest returns for its second year, but it’s moving to a new location.

The sophomore Dad Fest will be held on Sunday, June 19 at the Washington Park Parade Grounds, the same site as the Tulip Festival Main Stage. (If it’s good enough for Mother’s Day, it’s good enough for Father’s Day, too.)

Here’s the schedule of band for the 2016 Dad Fest:


FREE: Freedom Park Announces More than 30 Summer Concerts

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The free concert series in Scotia doesn’t kick off for nearly a month, but the folks at Freedom Park have unveiled their summer-long schedule of concerts. And as usual, the park next to Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In is once again playing host to the largest schedule of free summer concerts in all of Greater Nippertown. A total of more than 30 concerts will take place at Freedom Park, stretching from the series opener by Sirsy on Wednesday, June 22 through to Black Mountain Symphony’s closing show on Saturday, August 27.

All concerts start at 7pm, except the July 1 concert by veteran rockers Rattail Jimmy featuring guitarslinger Alan Payette, which will start at 8pm, followed by a fireworks display.

Here’s the complete schedule for Freedom Park’s 2016 concert series:


FREE: Schenectady’s Music Haven Summer Concert Series Announced

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The Music Haven Concert Series is celebrating 27 years in Schenectady’s Central Park, and they’re doing it up big-time with a six-concert season that sparkles with captivating sounds from around the globe – Senegal, the Appalachian Mountains, Puerto Rico, Ireland, the Ukraine, Jamaica and, of course, right here in Greater Nippertown.

The concerts will all take place at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park at 7pm on Sunday evenings beginning on July 10. In case of inclement weather, Proctors in Schenectady will serve as the concert series rain site. And, yes, admission is FREE.

Here’s the schedule for the 2016 Music Haven Concert Series:


FREE: Three More New Concerts Announced for Lake George’s Shepard Park

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Last month we announced most of the schedule for the Lake George Arts Project’s annual Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series in Lake George’s Shepard Park. But at the time, there were still three open slots TBA on the schedule.

Those dates have now been filled in, and here are the details:


FREE: Troy’s Rockin’ On the River Schedule Is Announced

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The schedule of bands for the 2016 Rockin’ on the River concert series in Troy has been announced. And it’s easily the best line-up since the concert series was first instituted…

The concerts take place rain or shine at 5pm on Wednesdays from June 15-August 3. And this summer for the first time all eight concerts will take place in Troy’s Riverfront Park, rather than the Green Island Bridge parking lot.

And once again WVCR-FM is sponsoring a “Play to Play” contest in which the winning band will get the opening act slot for the July 6 show. To enter, send two songs on CD to At 6 with Vito, WVCR-FM, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. Entries must be received by Wednesday, June 1. DJ Vito Ciccarelli and BID Interim Executive Director Katie Hammon will judge the entries.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2016 Rockin’ On the River concert series:


FREE: Second Band Announced for Troy’s Rockin’ On the River Concert Series

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

For the past couple of years, Troy’s free Wednesday evening summer concert series Rockin’ On the River has been a parade of tribute bands.

And it looks like there’s more of the same on tap again this summer, if the first couple of announcements of the season are any indication…

Last week, we announced that Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense would be returning to kick off the 2016 season. And now, although there’s been no official word yet from the organizers, the Burlington-based “Grateful Americana” band Blues for Breakfast have revealed that they’re on tap for a return engagement.

FREE: Troy’s Complete 2016 Rockin’ On the River Schedule Is Announced
The First Rockin’ On the River Concert of 2016…

SCHENECTADY COUNTY SUMMERNIGHT @ State & Jay streets, Schenectady, Friday, July 15
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18
MADE IN THE SHADE OF THE EGG @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 12noon Wednesdays from June 1-August 31
ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER @ Riverfront Park, Troy, 5pm Wednesdays from June 15-August 3
LAKE GEORGE ARTS PROJECT’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 7:30pm Wednesdays from July 6-August 31
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
FRIDAYS AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 4pm Fridays from June 24-September 2
UPBEAT ON THE ROOF @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Fridays from July 1-August 26

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