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FREE: Bands Announced for 2016 Jazz On Jay Concert Series

Friday, April 29th, 2016
Adam Siegel

Saxman Adam Siegel leads his quartet in a free Jazz On Jay concert on June 30

Photograph by Rudy Lu

The free outdoor Jazz on Jay concert series returns again this summer with weekly lunchtime concerts each Thursday at 12noon from June 2 through September 1. The 14-concert series will be held on Jay Street in Schenectady between State and Franklin streets. In case of inclement weather, the rain location is Proctors’ Robb Alley.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2016 Jazz On Jay concert series:



FREE: The Big BOOM Bash @ the Whitney Center for the Arts on Friday

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016


The Berkshire Organization for Original Music (BOOM) has scheduled their kickoff event, the Big BOOM Bash, for the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield on Friday (April 29). The event features a reception from 4-5pm, followed by a concert and party from 5-9pm. Food and a cash bar will be available, in addition to 10 local bands showcasing original music in a wide variety of genres. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

Performing at the bash will be local original musicians Jeb Barry & the Pawn Shop Saints, 8 Foot River, Robin O’Herin, Leap the Dips, the Matchstick Architects, Sherry Steiner, Christine Bile, the Chain Letter, Keep Her Warm and Long Journey.

BOOM was formed by local musicians Tom Conklin, Sandy McKnight, Dar Maloney and Liv Cummins along with MCLA student Allison Gregory, as a way to promote and advance original bands and singer-songwriters in the Berkshires. “We’re reaching out to not only musicians, but business people, public servants and anyone else who cares about the artistic and economic welfare of the community,” explained McKnight.


FREE: Bands Announced for Lake George Arts Project’s Summer Concert Series

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Sponsored by the fine folks at the Lake George Arts Project, the annual Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series is back again this summer. The summer concerts take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings in July through August at Shepard Park in Lake George. The concerts take place rain of shine, and admission is free.

Here’s the schedule (so far) for the 2016 Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series:


FREE FEST: Earth Day Festival 2016 @ Skidmore College

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Yeah, there’s plenty of cool stuff on the concert calendar for the upcoming weekend, but there’s only one place where you can take a musical journey with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra… for free.

And that place is South Park Green on the Saratoga Springs campus of Skidmore College, which is the site of the Earth Day Festival 2016 on Saturday afternoon (April 23).

In addition to the galaxy-expanding jazz of the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, the big rain-or-shine bash features music by Campo, Boston trio the Ladles, NYC-based EMEFE, Philly’s Joy Again, Palm and Empress Of.

It all kicks off at 12noon on Saturday, and, yes, admission is free.


FREE: Fridays at the Lake Concert Series in Lake George

Monday, April 18th, 2016

With the coming of last weekend’s seriously springtime weather, a Greater Nippertown music fan’s fancy turns to… free outdoor concerts.

And first out of the gate this year is the Fridays at the Lake: Band and Brews Concert Series at Shepard Park in Lake George. The weekly lakeside concert series kicks off its seventh season on June 24, and will feature a diverse array of nine concerts through September 2.

Each concert kick off with an opening act at 4pm, followed by the headliner at 6pm. A variety of different local restaurants will participate on a rotating basis, offering food and beverages. Admission is free, and the concerts are family and dog friendly. In addition, there will be a bounce house, face-painting and other children’s activities.

Here’s the schedule of the 2016 Fridays at the Lake concert series:


FREE: Taylor Time! @ Union College Starts Tonight

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Union College in Schenectady has announced the schedule for its Spring 2016 Taylor Time! concert/colloquium series. The weekly events cover a wide range of musical styles from hip-hop to Indian music, from singer-songwriter to classical. The events take place from 5-6pm on Mondays and are free and open to the public. All events take place on campus in the Emerson Auditorium in the Taylor Music Center unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the schedule of free events for the spring 2016 Taylor Time! series:

Music for flute, viola and harp
Featuring the Vinci-Hakim-Huntley Trio

Luminous Ragas: A Concert of Indian Classical Music
Featuring Steve Gorn on bansuri flute; Rob Morrison on tabla


Bands Announced for Albany Tulip Festival

Friday, April 1st, 2016

The annual Albany Tulip Festival returns to Washington Park once again from 11am-6pm on Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8. As always, admission is FREE.

Expect more than 80,000 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 first round of announced bands for the 2016 Albany Tulip Festival:


Jazz at the Lake 2016 Announces Schedule of Bands

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

By J Hunter

Well, it seems like the icy grip of winter has finally (knock wood) been removed from the throat of Greater Nippertown. That means it’s time to turn our gaze to September, when the icy grip of winter starts to let us know it could show up at any moment… but that’s the down side. The up side of September is that one of the best free jazz festivals in the country – Jazz at the Lake – happens at Shepard Park in Lake George, and the Lake George Arts Project has released the schedule for the 2016 edition, which takes place on Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18.

Check it out:


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