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FREE: Colonie’s Cook Park Concert Series

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Frank A. Leak Amphitheater for the Arts in Colonie’s Cook Park is hosting its annual free summer concert series once again, beginning on Tuesday (June 14) with the Pipe Kings.

All concerts will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesdays through the end of August.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2016 Cook Park concert series:



FREE: Pre-Season Community Day @ Jacob’s Pillow on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, June 9th, 2016


Following the success of last year’s Community Day, Jacob’s Pillow – the home to America’s longest-running dance festival and recipient of the National Medal of Arts – will again host their pre-season Community Day with free, family-friendly dance classes, performances and activities from 12noon-3pm on Saturday (June 11).

A campus-wide event in Becket, the festivities will include free dance classes for participants of all ages in varying dance styles, as well as a special children’s beginning ballet class taught by Berkshire Pulse instructor Sarah Daunt. Chuck Paquette, faculty member of Williams College and Berkshire Dance Theatre, will teach an all-levels Modern Class in the historic Sommers Studio at 12noon, followed by an all-levels Zumba class taught by certified Zumba instructor Rachael Plaine. All Community Day participants will have the opportunity to learn a hip-hop combination at the outdoor Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space from Berkshire-based company dysFUNKcrew and Berkshire Dance Theatre.

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FREE: Rock the Block Concert Series @ Cohoes’ Canal Square

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The Rock the Block concert series in Cohoes might have some people a bit confused. Why? Well, the 12-concert series takes place on Thursday evenings during the month of June, but then switches to Friday evenings for July and August.

All concerts start at 6pm and take place at Canal Square on Remsen Street in Cohoes. The series kicks off on Thursday (June 9) with the Jersey-based Bruce Springsteen tribute band, the B-Street Band.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2016 Rock the Band concert series:


FREE: Schodack Town Park Concert Series Kicks Off Tonight

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Triskele returns to Schodack Town Park on June 21

Music in the Park – the free outdoor summer concert series in Schodack Town Park – has announced its line-up of bands for the 2016 season, and it all kicks off tonight (Tuesday, June 7) with Peaceful Country.

All concerts take place at 6pm on Tuesdays. Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2016 season:


FREE FEST: Capital Pride Festival @ Washington Park

Monday, June 6th, 2016

The Pride Center of the Capital Region has announced the entertainment schedule for the Capital Pride Festival and Parade, which is taking place on Saturday (June 11), in Albany’s Washington Park.

Headlining this year’s free festival is dance/pop star Dev, who has topped the charts with such hits as “Booty Bounce,” “Bass Down Low” and “In the Dark.” So far Dev’s music videos have generated nearly 100 million views on YouTube – with over 50 million for the “In the Dark” video alone.

Opening up for Dev is “American Idol” finalist David Hernandez. After leaving the seventh season of “American Idol,” Hernandez embarked on a successful solo career with the single called “What You Do” aka “WTF” (produced by the Printz Board of the Black Eyed Peas). 2016 finds him back with “Beautiful,” a new single that he co-wrote.

Rounding out the afternoon’s entertainment will be Greater Nippertown favorites Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, Macero, Bell’s Roar and DJ Dave Barna. The Capital Pride Festival will be emceed by FLY92 DJs Shawn Gillie and Wanda Hudson.

Capital PRIDE is produced by the Pride Center of the Capital Region, whose mission is to promote the well being of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identified people and those affected by discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

And at 11pm on Friday (June 10) at the Waterworks Pub in Albany, David Hernandez will present a special up-close and personal benefit performance for the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

Here’s the complete schedule of entertainment for the 2016 Capital Pride Festival in Washington Park on Saturday:


FREE: The Town of Rotterdam Summer Concert Series Kicks off Tonight

Monday, June 6th, 2016
July 20: Shenanigans

August 1: Shenanigans

The Town of Rotterdam Summer Concert Series – sponsored by the Town of Rotterdam and the Schenectady-Amsterdam Musical Union – is presenting a series of 12 free concerts this summer on the lawn of the Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center.

The concerts take place at 7pm on Mondays – kicking off tonight (Monday, June 6) with the Linda Harrison Trio – and admission is free.

In case of inclement weather, the concerts will move indoors to the auditorium at the Senior Center.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2016 season at the Rotterdam Senior Center:


FREE FESTS: Empire State Plaza Fests from Fourth of July to NYS Food Fest

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

We’ve already announced the bands for the Empire State Plaza’s Wednesday night Capital Concert Series, but of course, that’s not all that will be going on at the Plaza this summer. Here’s a round-up of the festivals on tap. And remember, it’s all free…


WTF Presents “The Roommate” @ the Clark [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
Roommates: S. Epatha Merkerson (l) and Deirdre O’Connell (r).

Roommates: S. Epatha Merkerson (l) and Deirdre O’Connell (r)

The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents a free reading of The Roommate with S. Epatha Merkerson and Deirdre O’Connell at 2:30pm on Thursday (June 2) at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. The reading will be followed by a conversation about the process of working on new plays as well as WTF’s exciting summer 2016 season.

While the event is free, reservations are required. Visit or call 413 458 0524 to make a reservation. The reading begins promptly at 2:30 pm and runs for approximately two hours. Late arrivals will not be seated.

The Roommate, written by Jen Silverman and directed by Mike Donahue, tells the story of empty-nested and husband-less Sharon, who takes on a roommate in her Iowa City home. She gets a bit more than she bargained for when Robyn, a beat poet from the Bronx, moves in. As an unexpected friendship ignites between these two very different women, The Roommate asks us to consider the surprises — both troubling and thrilling — we face when we open ourselves up to new experiences late in life.

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