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UPDATE: Rockin’ On the River Schedule Shake-Up

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

OK, here’s the deal for the remainder of the 2015 Rockin’ on the River concert series…

The Almost Queen concert that was postponed on July 1 due to the weather has been re-scheduled for 5pm on Wednesday (August 5), causing some shuffling in the final concert dates for the rest of the month. All of the remaining four concerts will now be held at Riverfront Park in Troy, and admission is, of course, free.

Here’s the schedule for rest of the 2015 Rockin’ On the River concert season:



FREE: East Greenbush Music in the Park Summer Concert Series @ Onderdonk Park

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Marty Wendell

Photograph of Marty Wendell by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Town of East Greenbush will be hosting the 2015 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series in Onderdonk Park at 6pm on Tuesdays throughout the month of August.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy the free music.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2015 concert series:


FREE FEST: The Black Arts & Cultural Festival @ the Empire State Plaza on Saturday

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The annual Black Arts & Cultural Festival returns to the Empire State Plaza in Albany from 12noon-7pm on Saturday. The free, day-long fest will feature plenty of music, capped off by headliner Will Downing.

In addition, the fest will feature an expanded Kids’ Zone with interactive activities, including pony rides, face painting, arts and crafts, science experiments and bounce rides. There will be Scratch Academy, where kids can learn and hone the techniques practiced by hip-hop DJs. Live demonstrations include the Austin’s Barbershop Battle, spoken word and poetry slam with Urban Guerilla Theater, Triple Threat All-Stars Cheerleading and Dance; and Trinity Alliance Hoops Challenge. And Albany Center Gallery will host a satellite exhibit with 18 artists showcasing their work on black arts and culture plus live painting.

Here’s the complete schedule of musical performances for the 2015 Black Arts & Cultural Festival:


FREE FOR ALL: This Weekend

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Low on dough? All tapped out? Wallet empty? No problem around Nippertown. Here’s a round-up of some fun things to do this weekend that won’t cost you a dime…


FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off to Saratoga, various locations, Saratoga Springs. Featuring the Legato Blues Band, Kings English, Erin Harkes, George Fletcher$ Foldin’ Money and the Racing City Chorus. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Commander Cody & His Modern Day Airmen @ River Front Park, Athens. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Rosary Beard @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The UpBeat On the Roof concert series continues with acoustic guitar instrumentals by Hunter Sagehorn and Matthew Loiacono. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: The Ruddys @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Spiritual Rez @ Shepard Park, Lake George. With Houde & Hofmanis. 4pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Grand Central Station @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm.


FREE FEST: Hats Off to Saratoga @ Downtown Saratoga Springs

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Saturday, July 25: Hot Club of Saratoga

Saturday (July 25): Hot Club of Saratoga

The Hats Off Music Festival will liven up Broadway and the rest of downtown Saratoga Springs on Friday and Saturday nights (July 24 & 25) to celebrate the opening weekend of the racing season. An array of Local 518 bands – ranging from blues to rock to a cappella – will be performing around town for free from 7-11pm both days.

Here’s a round-up of who’s playing where at the 2015 Hats Off Music Festival:


FREE: Music in the Park @ Catskill’s Dutchman’s Landing

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Lex Grey & the Urban Pioneers

Lex Grey & the Urban Pioneers

The Music in the Park concert series has returned to Dutchman’s Landing on Main Street in Catskill through the end of the summer.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the free concerts at 7pm every Thursday.

Here’s the complete schedule of upcoming concerts for summer 2015:


FREE: Summer Concert Series @ Windsor Lake

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Appearing July 29: Bang on a Can All-Stars

Appearing July 29: Bang On a Can All-Stars

The Summer Concert Series combines great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake, located at the intersection of Kemp and Bradley streets in North Adams. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sounds of the music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. The concerts take place at 6:30pm on Wednesdays through the remainder of the summer.

Concessions are available at the lake, but people are welcome to bring their own food. Parking is free, and swimming, fishing, kayaking and canoeing are allowed at the lake.

Here’s the complete upcoming schedule for the 2015 Summer Concert Series at Windsor Lake:


FREE FEST: Bands Announced for Pearlpalooza

Monday, July 20th, 2015

The folks at WEQX-FM have announced the line-up of bands slated to play at the sixth annual Pearlpalooza festival, which is slated to take place on North Pearl Street in Albany from 1-8pm on Saturday, September 12. (NOTE: That’s the same date as the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, which means that downtown Albany is gonna be jam-packed that afternoon).

For Pearlpalooza, North Pearl Street will be blocked off to traffic, and there will be a variety of food and beverage vendors in addition to the two stages hosting music throughout the day.

Here’s the (almost) complete line-up of bands:


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