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FREE: UpBeat On the Roof Concert Series Announced

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Ryder Cooley, Hazel and Jen Dubois

Dust Bowl Faeries head to the roof of the Tang Museum

Photograph by Ed Conway

The free summer concert series at Skidmore College is called UpBeat On the Roof, and it’s not just a name – the bands do actually play on the roof of Skidmore’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs.

The folks at the Tang have announced the schedule for the summer’s concert series, and it’s an eclectic mix that ranges from gothic-folk to classical, from Gypsy jazz to country blues. The nine concert series takes place at 7pm on Fridays throughout July and August. In the event of rain, the concerts will be moved indoors to the museum. And, yes, admission is free.

Here the complete schedule of UpBeat On the Roof concerts for 2016:



Alive at Five’s 2016 Concert Schedule Is Announced

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The City of Albany’s Alive at Five concert series is relocating for the summer from Jennings Landing to Albany’s Tricentennial Park, and now it’s been revealed just who will be playing those eight free concerts on the 2016 Alive at Five concert series. The Alive at Five concerts take place at Albany’s Tricentennial Park at 5pm on Thursdays from June 9-August 4. There will be no concert on Thursday, July 7.

Here’s the complete 2016 Alive at Five concert schedule:

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, six-time Grammy Award-winner and the reigning King of New Orleans Piano rumbles into town in support of his latest album, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch. With Jocamo.


Albany’s Alive at Five Concerts Move to Tricentennial Park

Monday, May 16th, 2016

As we announced a couple of weeks ago, $5 million project of major renovations to Albany’s Corning Riverfront Park (formerly know at the Corning Preserve) is already underway, and the construction is expected to last all summer long, which means that the free annual Thursday evening Alive at Five concert series will be displaced from its usual location, the Jennings Landing amphitheater.

The big question is, “So where will Alive at Five go?”

And the answer is, “Back to Broadway, next to Tricentennial Park at the corner of Broadway and Columbia Street, where Alive at Five concerts were previously held from 1991-2003.” Alive at Five is expected to return to the the Corning Riverfront Park in 2017.

Meanwhile, this summer’s 27th season of Alive at Five will feature eight concerts, all held at 5pm on Thursdays between June 9 and August 4. And the schedule of bands is expected to be announced later today (Monday, May 16).

The First Rockin’ On the River Concert of 2016…

Monday, May 16th, 2016
Jon Braun of Start Making Sense

Jon Braun of Start Making Sense

Photograph by Matt Mac Haffie

Free music…

Yes, it’s that time of year once again when Greater Nippertown communities unveil the schedules for their free summertime concert series.

There hasn’t been any official word yet regarding this summer’s series of free Rockin’ On the River concerts in Troy, but according to the band’s website, Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense is scheduled to play a return ROTR engagement at 5pm on Wednesday, June 15 to launch Troy’s big free concert series.

And according to the Rockin’ On the River website, it looks as though all of the 2016 shows are scheduled to take place at Troy’s Riverfront Park, rather than the Green Island Bridge parking lot, which had hosted the majority of concerts in previous years…

FREE: Troy’s Complete Rockin’ On the River Schedule for 2016 Is Announced

SCHENECTADY COUNTY SUMMERNIGHT @ State & Jay streets, Schenectady, Friday, July 15
MADE IN THE SHADE OF THE EGG @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 12noon Wednesdays from June 1-August 31
LAKE GEORGE ARTS PROJECT’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 7:30pm Wednesdays from July 6-August 31
JAZZ ON JAY @ Jay Street, Schenectady, 12noon Thursdays from June 2-September 1
FRIDAYS AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 4pm Fridays from June 24-September 2
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18

FREE FEST: Headlining Bands Announced for Schenectady SummerNight

Friday, May 13th, 2016

The annual Schenectady County SummerNight will return to downtown Schenectady in July. The free summertime, family-friendly block party will be held from 5-10pm on Friday, July 15, on State Street between Broadway and Barrett Street and on the Jay Street Pedestrian Mall.

The celebration will feature food, sand sculpture, games, children’s activities and, of course, live musical performances. Headlining the big bash will be ’90s power-popsters the Gin Blossoms, who will take over the GE Main Stage at 8:30pm. The night will be capped off with a fireworks display.


Tulip Fest Preview: Jonathan Edwards

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Veteran folk-rocker Jonathan Edwards launched his career back in 1971 on Capricorn Records, landed a Top 10 hit with “Sunshine” and memorably sang, “We’re gonna lay around the shanty, mama, and put a good buzz on…” Catch him in concert at 4:30pm Sunday (May 8) as he wraps up the Main Stage music for the 2016 Albany Tulip Festival in Washington Park. It’s FREE, of course.

GO HERE for the complete schedule of bands for this weekend’s Tulip Festival…

On the Move: Where Will Albany’s Alive at Five Concert Series Go?

Thursday, May 5th, 2016


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

As Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced at an Earth Day press conference last month, major renovations are already underway at Albany’s Corning Preserve. The $5 million upgrade means that construction will be going on throughout the summer, forcing the displacement of the annual Thursday evening Alive at Five concert series from the Jennings Landing amphitheater.

So with the free concert series slated to kick off just a month from now, the question is, “Where will Alive at Five go?”

There are several possibilities:


FREE: The Made in the Shade of The Egg Concert Series Announced

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The Egg has announced fourteen performances to be included in its Made in the Shade of The Egg outdoor performance series. All of the events are free and open to the public. They will take place at 12noon on Wednesdays from June 1-August 31 on the stage just outside the main entrance to The Egg on Empire State Plaza. The series is presented in conjunction with the Empire State Plaza Farmer’s Market.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2016 Made in the Shade of The Egg free concert series:

June 1: The Defibulators
The Brooklyn band injects a serious dose of New York values into bluegrass, country, and rockabilly. It’s CBGB’s meets the Grand Ole Opry.

June 8: International Orange
The band’s original jazz-funk fusion unites the slide guitar of the American south with the rhythmic world-beat sensibilities of India, Africa and Brazil.


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