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Real Good for FREE: The NYS Food Festival @ Empire State Plaza on Wednesday

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Eddie Money

Photograph of Eddie Money by Matt Mac Haffie

UPDATE: Due to the weather forecast, the Sensemaya concert scheduled for 12noon has been postponed to 12noon on Friday (August 15). Beginning at 5pm, the rest of the music schedule – the Blind Spots, Soul Session and headliner Eddie Money – has been moved indoors to the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall. Admission is free, but chairs will not be allowed inside…

With nearly 100 food vendors to choose from, 15,000 people annually flock to the New York State Food Festival at the Empire State Plaza in Albany for lunch, dinner or both. They come for the food and stay for an evening of free musical entertainment, capped off by performance by headliner Eddie Money (who, we believe, is required by law to perform at least one free concert somewhere in the Greater Nippertown area each summer).

From 11am-9pm on Wednesday (August 13), the Food Festival will showcase a wide variety of New York producers and products, as well as the popular Farmers Market.

NOTE: We’ve been warned that due to Plaza construction, seating will not be available at this event. Festival-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs.

Here’s the schedule of free musical entertainment throughout Wednesday’s fest:



Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival Line-up Announced

Friday, August 8th, 2014
Jack Dejohnette

Jack DeJohnette

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The schedule of bands and musicians for the 13th annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival has been announced, featuring five acts performing throughout the day on Saturday, September 6. The free fest is slated to run from 1-9pm at Jennings Landing in Albany’s Corning Preserve, capped off with a fireworks display.

Here’s the line-up of performers for the 2014 Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival:


Real Good for FREE: Hudson Music Festival, 8/8-10/14

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

It’s New York State’s largest free three-day weekend music festival.

Last year’s Hudson Music Festival attracted as estimated 15,000 people, who came to see more than 100 bands and solo musicians performing at 17 venues throughout the city of Hudson, including six outdoor stages.

And now they’re going to do it all over again this weekend. The fourth annual Hudson Music Fest kicks off at 5pm on Friday (August 8) with a wide variety of bands, duos and soloists performing in Hudson nightclubs, restaurants, bars, art galleries, parks, streets, tents, storefronts and wherever…

Here’s a small sampling of what you can hear during the three-day shebang:


Real Good for FREE: East Greenbush Music in the Park

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

East Greenbush’s annual Music in the Park concert series kicks off today (Tuesday, August 5) in Onderdonk Park with a performance by Fast Company.

All concerts take place from 6-8pm on Tuesdays throughout the month of August.

Here’s the line-up for the 2014 season of free shows in Onderdonk Park:


Real Good for FREE: The Look Up! Concert Series

Monday, August 4th, 2014
Bryan Brundige, Jeff-Nania and Justin Henricks

The Chronicles’ Bryan Brundige, Jeff Nania and Justin Henricks

There’s something new on Schenectady’s free music front. The Look Up! Concert Series kicks off at 6:30pm tonight with the Brian Patneaude Quartet, and if you want to see them play, you’re gonna have to look up because the band – saxman Patneaude with guitarist George Muscatello, keyboardist Rob Lindquist and drummer Danny Whelchel – will be playing on the outdoor second-floor balcony of Johnny’s (on State Street across from Proctors).

The concerts take place from 5:30-7:30pm on Mondays throughout August. Here’s the complete schedule of shows:


Real Good for FREE: North Adams’ Party in the Park

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The free community concert series Party in the Park, returns to Noel Field in North Adams with weekly concerts through the end of August. The concerts take place at 6pm on Thursdays.

Here’s the schedule of upcoming shows for the 2014 summer season:


Real Good for FREE: Performing Arts Family Series @ Clifton Common

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Performing Arts Family Series
Clifton Common, Clifton Park
7pm on Wednesdays
Admission, of course, is FREE.

Tonight (Wednesday, July 23)
Seth & the Moody Melix: Join the Local 518 children’s band for a fun and exciting multi-cultural musical experience designed not only to entertain, but also to educate.


Real Good for FREE: Stony Creek’s Music in the Park

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
The Starline Rhythm Boys

The Starline Rhythm Boys

The Music in the Park Concert Series is churning out plenty of top-notch music this summer season at the Town Park in Stony Creek. The concerts take place at 7pm on Tuesdays in the park pavilion, rain or shine.

Here’s the upcoming line-up of bands for the 2014 season:


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