FREE FEST: Troy River Fest on Saturday

June 13th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Troy River Fest takes over downtown Troy from 10am-5pm on Saturday (June 17) with music and more entertainment outdoors in Monument Square and along River Street.

While headliners in years past have ranged from They Might Be Giants to Eddie Money to Southside Johnny, this year the fest will focus on showcasing Local 518 homegrown musical talent.

The 14th annual fest – originally known as the Troy River Street Arts Festival – will also feature a wide variety of vendors selling locally crafted hand-made goods and local cuisine.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2017 Troy River Fest’s Main Stage on River Street between State and Congress streets:

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FREE: Fridays at the Lake @ Shepard Park

June 13th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

There’s always something going on in Lake George during the summer, and if it’s a Friday, you might want to start off your evening with a free concert in Shepard Park.

The family-friendly Fridays at the Lake: Bands & Brews Concert Series takes place there at 6pm on select Fridays all summer long, beginning this week with the Accents and Saving Bottles for Johnny.

Here’s the schedule for the 2017 Fridays at the Lake concert series:

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FREE: Cook Park Concert Series in Colonie

June 12th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg


Photograph of Hey Jude’s Tom Raider by Ed Conway

The annual Tuesday Nights in the Park concert series returns to the Frank A. Leak Amphitheater in Colonie’s Cook Park this summer, beginning with the Pipe Kings on Tuesday (June 13).

The free concerts are slated to take place at 6:30pm on Tuesdays through the end of August.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2017 series in Cook Park:

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FREE: Music at Sunset Concert Series in Greenport Town Park

June 8th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

The free Music at Sunset concert series is returning to the Greenport Town Park for its twelfth summer.

Concerts will take place at 7pm on Fridays through the end of August featuring rock and country music.

Here’s the line-up of bands for the 2017 Music at Sunset concert series:

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FREE: Concerts at Windsor Lake

June 7th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

North Adams’ Concerts at Windsor Lake concert series is back again this summer, and can you guess where it’s held? That’s right, Windsor Lake at the intersection of Kemp and Bradley streets.

The free outdoor concerts will take place at 6:30pm on Wednesdays, beginning tonight (June 7) with a performance by Misty Blues.

Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. Concessions are available at the lake, but concert-goers 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 schedule for the 2017 Concerts at Windsor Lake series:

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FREE FEST: Capital Pride Festival in Washington Park

June 6th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

The annual Capital Pride Festival takes over Albany’s Washington Park from 12noon-5pm on Sunday (June 11).

The fest kicks off with the Capital Pride Parade, which steps off at 12noon and marches down State Street, Lark Street and Madison Avenue back to Washington Park, full of floats, music and the true spirit of celebration.

Immediately following the parade, the park will be filled with a day-long session of high-energy, top-notch entertainment, headlined by Australian singer-songwriter Betty Who (in support of her sophomore album, The Valley) and veteran British soul diva Maxine Nightingale (who scored such ’70s hits as “Right Back Where We Started From,” “Love Hit Me” and “Lead Me On”).

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June 6th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Don Wilcock

“I went to school and learned how to play, write music and all that stuff. Then I went back out into the world and realized that it was all about girls.”

Karl Denson was the right guy to replace the late Bobby Keyes as the Rolling Stones’ sax player in 2014. And he’s the perfect act to open the 2017 Alive at Five concert series in Albany’s Corning Preserve on Thursday evening (June 8). An academic that nevertheless creates music from the lower chakra as much as from his cranium, he’s a jazzer who drove away from high school in the mid-’70s in a low rider Camaro playing Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery blowing out his car speakers at 110 db’s.

Last month he performed with Phil Lesh at the Capital Theater. Last year his “Running with the Diesel” Tour had him and his band the Tiny Universe cranking out covers of Prince, the White Stripes and Beastie Boys. Diesel is his nickname and “Running with the Diesel,” he says, is kind of a play on Van Halen’s Runnin’ with the Devil.

Imagine a clear-headed Sly & the Family Stone with an open-ended love for all kinds of music – as long it permeates the crowd with a powerful sense of funk. That’s Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

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FREE FEST: Say It Loud! Black & Latino Gay Pride Celebration in Washington Park

June 5th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Albany Tulip Festival kicked off the outdoor music season last weekend, and now the festival season is swinging into high gear.

Next up in Albany’s Washington Park is Say It Loud! The Black & Latino Gay Pride Celebration from 12noon-5pm on Saturday, June 10.

Headlining the festivities will be R&B singer Robin S., who stormed the charts back in the ’90s with such hits as “Show Me Love” and “Luv 4 Luv.” Also featured at the fest will be Lola Jane, comedian Mimi Gonzalez and hometown heroes Taina Asili y Banda Rebelde.

Admission is FREE.

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