FREE FEST: Troy Chowderfest @ Monument Square

October 3rd, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

The tenth annual Chowderfest takes over downtown Troy from 12noon-4pm on Sunday (October 9). The event encourages chowder-lovers to come out, eat, judge and vote for some of the best chowder in Greater Nippertown.

Centered in Monument Square, festival-goers can purchase their tickets, explore the vendors and travel to the participating downtown Troy restaurants distributing chowder from their establishments. Numerous local retailers will also be participating in the festival activities with a citywide sidewalk sale.

It’s a day full of fall food, family fun and, of course, free live music.

Here’s the complete schedule of music for the 2016 Chowderfest on Sunday:

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FREE FEST: The Lenox Apple Squeeze This Weekend

September 22nd, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg
James Felice

James Felice of the Felice Brothers, who play the Lenox Apple Squeeze on Saturday

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

I have know idea how it’s flown under my radar for so long, but the Lenox Apple Squeeze festival this weekend is most definitely worth checking out. I only just found out about this free fest this month, but it turns out that this Saturday & Sunday (September 24 & 25) marks the 37th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze…

Crafts, sculpture and original artwork will fill Main Street in Lenox, along with handmade jewelry, textiles, wood carvings, leather goods and hand-woven clothing. Enjoy foods, wines, craft beers and delicacies from around the world as local farmers display the bounties of this year’s harvest. Lots of children’s activities, too. And, of course, apples and all variety of imaginable apple recipes will abound.

But most of all is the music – including the Felice Brothers headlining Saturday’s festivities – which kicks off at 10am on both days.

Here’s the Main Stage schedule of music for the 2016 Lenox Apple Squeeze:

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FREE FEST: The Complete Schedule of Bands for LarkFest on Saturday

September 19th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

The 35th annual LarkFest is Upstate New York’s largest one-day street festival with more than 80,000 people expected to attend from 10am-6pm on Saturday (September 24), when Albany’s Lark Street is closed to traffic and filled with visual art, craft vendors, food trucks and, of course, lots of live music on three stages spread out between Washington and Madison avenues.

The fest organizers have previously revealed the musical headliners, and now here’s the complete line-up of bands slated to perform. Unfortunately, the organizers are almost more than a bit tardy with their announcements, so there’s no time-of-performance schedule yet. Stay tuned…

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for all three stages at LarkFest 2016 on Saturday:

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FREE FEST: Jazz at the Lake in Shepard Park This Weekend

September 15th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

By J Hunter

I’ve called Jazz at the Lake – the annual free festival in Lake George’s Shepard Park that closes the outdoor jazz scene – “the happiest place on Earth.” It also might be the wettest place on Earth this weekend, if we’re to believe the drones at The Weather Channel.

But here’s the good news: You won’t have to camp out under a highway overpass to see great music. The Lake George High School Auditorium is the rain site for JATL, and as we saw when the first day of the 2014 festival was rained on, it’s a warm, comfortable space with good acoustics and solid sightlines. So other than changing your usual parking spot, weather shouldn’t keep you from venturing up north to see another great bill from Paul Pines, John Strong and everyone else at Lake George Arts Project.

Here’s the complete 2016 schedule (and, yes, it’s all free):

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Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces Two New Concerts

September 15th, 2016, 11:51 am by Greg

Australian guitar virtuoso and two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel will showcase his fretboard fireworks with a concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 1.

The concert is in support of his latest solo album, It’s Never Too Late, which features 14 tracks of all original music with no vocals or guest musicians.

Priced at $29 & $39, tickets are currently available exclusively to members of the Hall and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Tuesday (September 20).

Also, the Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the U.S. Army, will serve up an evening of swing, bebop, Latin, jazz, standards, patriotic selections and more at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 29. Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are required. Call the Music Hall box office at 518-273-0038 to reserve tickets.

FREE FEST: Quiet Village in New Paltz on Saturday

September 14th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

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:

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

September 13th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

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:

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

September 10th, 2016, 11:13 am by Greg

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…

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