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FREE FEST: Quiet Village in New Paltz on Saturday

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

No noise…
No beats…
No visuals…
Just pure ambience…

The Hudson Valley’s free “anti-festival” of ambient music, Quiet Village promotes serious ambient electronic music composers and sound artists, presenting environmental music in an outdoor setting that bypasses the traditional concert format and gallery installation paradigm.

The nine-hour Quite Village takes place at Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz beginning at 10:30am on Saturday (September 17). Admission is free.

The ambient music fest is ideal for active listening, passive listening, or a sonic field to simply pass through… read, think, talk, play, daydream, listen…

Here’s the schedule of performers for Quiet Village 2016:



FREE FEST: Art in the Park @ Saratoga’s Congress Park

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Art in the Park is a free fine art show that’s slated to take place in downtown Saratoga Springs’ historic Congress Park from 10am-4pm on Saturday (September 17).

The outdoor exhibition features a wide variety of artistic media, including drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography, printmaking and more.

In addition to the art exhibit, the one-day fest will also feature art activities for kids, great food and, of course, live music by Greater Nippertown musicians.

Here’s the schedule of music performances for the 2016 Art in the Park:


CANCELLED: Ellis Marsalis @ Today’s City of Albany Jazz Fest

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Pianist Ellis Marsalis, who was slated to headline today’s (Saturday, September 10) City of Albany Jazz Festival at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch, has cancelled his appearance due to illness.

Replacing him as the headliner for today’s free festival will be New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton.

GO HERE for the complete UPDATED schedule of bands…

CHANGE OF VENUE: City of Albany Jazz Festival Moved to Rain Location

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Bad news, indeed: The location of Saturday’s (September 10) City of Albany Jazz Festival has been moved from Washington Park to the rain site at the the Corning Preserve Boat Launch parking lot under the I-787 overpass.

GO HERE for the complete schedule of bands for the free festival…

FREE FEST: Peacestock @ Freedom Square on Saturday

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Consider the Source headlines the third annual Peacestock festival, which will take place at Freedom Square in Troy from 11am-6pm on Saturday (September 10). The band brings their progressive sci-fi Middle Eastern fusion sound to the colorful outdoor stage at 4:30pm.

The festival features free music, free BBQ (beginning at 3pm), free henna tattoos and lots of fun. Donations will be accepted for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Here’s the line-up of bands for Peacestock 2016:


FREE FEST: Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration is slated to take place at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, beginning at 5pm on Saturday (September 10).

Rich in tradition, the Hispanic community comes together to honor Hispanic Heritage Month with a colorful pageantry of live music, dance, food and family friendly activities. Admission is free.

Headlining the celebration is salsa singer Michael Stuart, whose debut disc Cuentos de la Vecindad earned him the Tu Musica Award for Best New Artist in 1997. Career highlights include a 2005 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Tropical-Contemporary Album and nominations for Billboard Music Awards in both 2006 and 2007.

Saturday’s festival will also feature performances by DJ BoyBoy, Luis Damon and Judy Torres.

Here’s the complete schedule of music for the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Celebration:


Roger Noyes, What Do You Listen to When You’re Working at Your Computer?

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Roger Noyes

Roger Noyes

Photograph by Rudy Lu

“In addition to my day job as a health care public-policy writer and communications director, I’ve been working on a book manuscript over the past year about my Great-Great Aunt Clara Noyes, who led the Red Cross Nursing Division during World War I and enrolled 20,000 nurses to serve the troops (among several other historical developments in the early years of professional nursing).

“I’ve done a lot of this work at strange hours, sometimes getting up before 4am, so I lean on lighter, instrumental music that is not too distracting. My playlist while writing often includes Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue or In a Silent Way, some Dave Brubeck, Barney Kessel, Django Reinhardt, or a collection of Fernando Sor classical guitar pieces. If it has lyrics or vocals, I will go with albums that are very familiar, so I am not distracted by the words – maybe Neil Young’s Harvest, or any of his other acoustic music. 

“As a footnote, during research for my book I came across a hymnal containing a tune entitled “Watch and Pray,” written by a woman named Clara Noyes in the 1800s. It turns out the composer is a different Clara Noyes than my aunt. Nevertheless, I rearranged the melody, harmonies, and meter (switching between 5/4 and 6/4), and we will be performing this tune at the Albany Jazz Festival among some other new, original tunes and re-arrangements.” 

Roger Noyes is the guitarist with Jazz Caravan, who are slated to perform at 2:30pm on Saturday (September 10) at the City of Albany Jazz Festival in Washington Park. UPDATE, 9/9: The fest has been moved to the rain site – the Corning Preserve Boat Launch parking lot. Also performing are Cliff Brucker & Full Circle, KJ Denhert, Lucky Chops and the Ellis Marsalis Quintet. Admission is free. GO HERE for more info and the complete festival schedule…

FIVE FIRSTS: Cliff Brucker

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Cliff Brucker

Cliff Brucker

Compiled by J Hunter

NAME: Cliff Brucker
BAND AFFILIATION: Cliff Brucker & Full Circle

FIRST JAZZ RECORDING YOU EVER HEARD OR BOUGHT: Well, my parents were big fans of Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz and Dave Brubeck. I remember Getz/Gilberto, the 1964 jazz/bossa nova album, being played a lot; Brubeck’s Time Out; and their favorite Sinatra album Come Dance With Me. My father would get a kick out of 12-year old me singing and phrasing along perfectly with Sinatra!

FIRST DRUMMER YOU EVER HEARD/SAW THAT MADE YOU SAY, “I WANNA DO THAT”: I remember the guest appearances of Buddy Rich on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Wow, what a mind-blowing experience for budding young drummers everywhere – not only his amazing ability and chops and sense of swing, but his confident swagger and funny, engaging banter with the host. I wanted to be that cool!


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