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LarkFest Announces Line-up of Bands

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The city street will once again be shut down to traffic, as Larkfest 2014 takes over Albany’s alleged “Greenwich Village” – the stretch of Lark Street from Washington to Madison avenues – on Saturday, September 20.

It’s touted as “New York’s largest one day street festival,” and it’s slated to run from 10am-5:30pm with two stages of live music and entertainment, including top regional bands, fun activities for people of all ages, visual arts, music, poetry, magic acts and more. And, of course, admission is FREE.

For the first time in recent memory, this year LarkFest will feature an all-Local 518 line-up. Eight bands in all will be performing throughout the day – four on each stage.

Here’s the schedule of bands for LarkFest 2014:



Real Good for FREE: Berne Summerfest on Saturday

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The second annual Berne Summerfest takes over the Berne Town Park on Saturday (August 23) with a day full of family activities and entertainment. And it’s all free.

There’s something for everyone from face painting to a car show, from a homer run derby to a puppet show. There will be demonstrations of such crafts as barn quilt making, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving. And there are contests, too – a pie contest (1:30pm), a zucchini competition (3pm) and a beard and mustache contest (4pm).

And, of course, there will be lots of live music, too. Here’s the schedule of entertainment at the Main Stage:


Real Good for FREE: Albany’s September in the City Art Fair

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The September in the City Art Fair series returns to Tricentennial Park in downtown Albany on Wednesdays in September from 11:30am-2pm. A free weekly lunchtime showcase for local art, music and culture, the fairs feature exhibits and artwork available for purchase from regional mixed media artists and crafters. And each week a different Local 518 musical guest will provide a live soundtrack for the fair.

Applications for September in the City artists and crafters are still being accepted. You can download an application or call 518.434.5416 for more information.

Here’s the schedule of live music for the September in the City Art Fair series:


CHANGES: Today’s New York State Food Fest @ Empire State Plaza

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Due to the weather forecast, the concert by Latin jazz band Sensemaya – originally scheduled for 12noon today (Wednesday, August 13) – has been postponed to 12noon on Friday. Admission is free.

In addition, the rest of the music schedule for today’s New York State Food Festival has been moved indoors. Beginning at 5pm, the rest of the fest’s music – the Blind Spots (5pm), Soul Session (6:15pm) and headliner Eddie Money (7:45pm)- will take place in the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall. Admission is free, but chairs will not be allowed inside.


POSTPONED: Sensemaya @ the Empire State Plaza at The Egg

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Due to weather concerns, Latin jazz band Sensemeya’s free outdoor concert that was originally slated to take place at 12noon Wednesday (August 13) on Albany’s Empire State Plaza has been postponed. The concert – part of the ongoing Made in the Shade of The Egg concert series – has been re-scheduled for 12noon on Friday (August 15).

Real Good for FREE: The NYS Food Festival @ Empire State Plaza on Wednesday

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Eddie Money

Photograph of Eddie Money by Matt Mac Haffie

UPDATE: Due to the weather forecast, the Sensemaya concert scheduled for 12noon has been postponed to 12noon on Friday (August 15). Beginning at 5pm, the rest of the music schedule – the Blind Spots, Soul Session and headliner Eddie Money – has been moved indoors to the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall. Admission is free, but chairs will not be allowed inside…

With nearly 100 food vendors to choose from, 15,000 people annually flock to the New York State Food Festival at the Empire State Plaza in Albany for lunch, dinner or both. They come for the food and stay for an evening of free musical entertainment, capped off by performance by headliner Eddie Money (who, we believe, is required by law to perform at least one free concert somewhere in the Greater Nippertown area each summer).

From 11am-9pm on Wednesday (August 13), the Food Festival will showcase a wide variety of New York producers and products, as well as the popular Farmers Market.

NOTE: We’ve been warned that due to Plaza construction, seating will not be available at this event. Festival-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs.

Here’s the schedule of free musical entertainment throughout Wednesday’s fest:


Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival Line-up Announced

Friday, August 8th, 2014
Jack Dejohnette

Jack DeJohnette

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The schedule of bands and musicians for the 13th annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival has been announced, featuring five acts performing throughout the day on Saturday, September 6. The free fest is slated to run from 1-9pm at Jennings Landing in Albany’s Corning Preserve, capped off with a fireworks display.

Here’s the line-up of performers for the 2014 Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival:


Real Good for FREE: Hudson Music Festival, 8/8-10/14

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

It’s New York State‚Äôs largest free three-day weekend music festival.

Last year’s Hudson Music Festival attracted as estimated 15,000 people, who came to see more than 100 bands and solo musicians performing at 17 venues throughout the city of Hudson, including six outdoor stages.

And now they’re going to do it all over again this weekend. The fourth annual Hudson Music Fest kicks off at 5pm on Friday (August 8) with a wide variety of bands, duos and soloists performing in Hudson nightclubs, restaurants, bars, art galleries, parks, streets, tents, storefronts and wherever…

Here’s a small sampling of what you can hear during the three-day shebang:


Holly & EvanCaffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!The LindaArtist Charles HaymesHudson SoundsLeave Regular Radio BehindBerkshire On StageKeep Albany BoringAlbany PoetsThe Law Office of Paul Rapp