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FREE FEST: New York State Food Festival @ Empire State Plaza on Wednesday

Monday, August 10th, 2015

With nearly 100 food vendors to choose from, 15,000 people flock to the annual New York State Food Festival at Albany’s Empire State Plaza for lunch, dinner… or both. They come for the food and stay for an evening of free rock and roll. The fest – which takes place from 11am-9pm on Wednesday (August 12) – showcases New York producers and specialty products, New York State beers and the always popular farmers market.

And, of course, there’s the music… Headliners Cracker have been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country… Heck, they’ve even had terms like “punk” and “classic-rock” thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Co-founders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman have been at it for almost a quarter of a century making hit songs such as “Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl,” “Get Off This” and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me.” They’ll roll into Albany in support of their latest release, the double-CD set Berkeley to Bakersfield.

Also performing at the festival are Gedeon Luke & the People and Local 518 faves Soul Sky, led by guitarslinger Mark Emanatian.

NOTE: Due to Plaza construction, events will be held at the north end of the plaza in front of the State Capitol Building. Seating will not be available. Please bring a lawn chair.

Here’s the schedule of bands at the 2015 NYS Food Festival:



FREE FEST: Adirondack Folk Music Festival @ Schroon Lake Town Park

Friday, August 7th, 2015

The 26th annual Adirondack Folk Music Festival takes over the Town Park in Schroon Lake on Sunday (August 9) with a free day-long parade of acoustic music. from 12noon-5pm.

The free fest will feature the music of Atwater & Donnelly, Patchouli, Neptune’s Car and Dana & Susan Robinson.


FREE: New Concert in Albany’s Washington Park

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Remember those good ole days when there were free concerts every Monday night on the Lake House Stage in Albany’s Washington Park?

Well, they might just be coming back…

After nearly a decade without the popular summer concert events in Washington Park – which were originally produced by Mona Golub and Second Wind Productions and then later by Maura Swift – Park Playhouse is working to build a new Monday Music Series in the upcoming years.

And they’ll be testing the waters this summer with a single, stand-alone concert on Monday, August 17, featuring Coxsackie-based jam-band faves Conehead Buddha. Albany soul-funk band the Victory Soul Orchestra will open the show at 6pm.

All seating – including the reserved seating area on ground level – will be free of charge
for this special event, which is presented by Park Playhouse and the Palace Theatre, in association with the City of Albany’s Department of Special Events.

FREE FEST: Stony Creek Mountain Days Festival @ Stony Creek Town Park This Weekend

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

The 12th annual Stony Creek Mountain Days Festival & Town-Wide Garage Sale takes place this weekend at the Town Park in Stony Creek. The three-day fest will feature food and beverages, free photo booth, crafts, kids’ activities, a Viking encampment, scavenger hunt, comedy by Jeff Wozer, lumberjack competition and plenty of music.

Here’s the music schedule for the 2015 Stony Creek Mountain Days Fest:


UPDATE: Rockin’ On the River Schedule Shake-Up

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

OK, here’s the deal for the remainder of the 2015 Rockin’ on the River concert series…

The Almost Queen concert that was postponed on July 1 due to the weather has been re-scheduled for 5pm on Wednesday (August 5), causing some shuffling in the final concert dates for the rest of the month. All of the remaining four concerts will now be held at Riverfront Park in Troy, and admission is, of course, free.

Here’s the schedule for rest of the 2015 Rockin’ On the River concert season:


FREE: East Greenbush Music in the Park Summer Concert Series @ Onderdonk Park

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Marty Wendell

Photograph of Marty Wendell by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Town of East Greenbush will be hosting the 2015 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series in Onderdonk Park at 6pm on Tuesdays throughout the month of August.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy the free music.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2015 concert series:


FREE FEST: The Black Arts & Cultural Festival @ the Empire State Plaza on Saturday

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The annual Black Arts & Cultural Festival returns to the Empire State Plaza in Albany from 12noon-7pm on Saturday. The free, day-long fest will feature plenty of music, capped off by headliner Will Downing.

In addition, the fest will feature an expanded Kids’ Zone with interactive activities, including pony rides, face painting, arts and crafts, science experiments and bounce rides. There will be Scratch Academy, where kids can learn and hone the techniques practiced by hip-hop DJs. Live demonstrations include the Austin’s Barbershop Battle, spoken word and poetry slam with Urban Guerilla Theater, Triple Threat All-Stars Cheerleading and Dance; and Trinity Alliance Hoops Challenge. And Albany Center Gallery will host a satellite exhibit with 18 artists showcasing their work on black arts and culture plus live painting.

Here’s the complete schedule of musical performances for the 2015 Black Arts & Cultural Festival:


FREE FOR ALL: This Weekend

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Low on dough? All tapped out? Wallet empty? No problem around Nippertown. Here’s a round-up of some fun things to do this weekend that won’t cost you a dime…


FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off to Saratoga, various locations, Saratoga Springs. Featuring the Legato Blues Band, Kings English, Erin Harkes, George Fletcher$ Foldin’ Money and the Racing City Chorus. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Commander Cody & His Modern Day Airmen @ River Front Park, Athens. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Rosary Beard @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The UpBeat On the Roof concert series continues with acoustic guitar instrumentals by Hunter Sagehorn and Matthew Loiacono. 7pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: The Ruddys @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Spiritual Rez @ Shepard Park, Lake George. With Houde & Hofmanis. 4pm. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Grand Central Station @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 8pm.


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