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CHANGES: The Albany Riverfront Jazz Fest Moved to Rainsite

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Yes, you knew it was going to happen…

Saturday’s Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival was originally slated to take place at Jennings Landing, but due to the foreboding weather forecast, the festival has been moved to the rain site – the Corning Preserve Boat Launch underneath the I-787 overpass.

The fest is slated to run from 1-8:30pm on Saturday (September 6) with performances by Maria Zemantauski, Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes, Professor Cunningham & His Old School, Catherine Russell and the Jack DeJohnette Trio. Admission is FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of performance times…


PearlPalooza Announces Schedule of Bands

Friday, September 5th, 2014

It’s that time of the year for Albany’s fall street festivals, and the line-up has already been announced for the big LarkFest bash on Saturday, September 20. But before that, PearlPalooza is just about a week away from taking over North Pearl Street in Albany.

The fifth annual PearlPalooza takes place on Saturday, September 13. It’s a free, all-ages street fest in downtown Albany featuring seven bands playing non-stop music on two stages from 1-8:30pm.

And if you’re too cool to hang with the hoi polloi, you can opt to buy a PearlPalooza VIP pass ($20), which will give you access to a VIP-only access viewing area right up front and close to the stage. VIP passes are on sale now here.

Here’s the line-up and complete performance schedule of the bands at the 2014 PearlPalooza:


Real Good for FREE: Uncle Sam Jam & Car Show @ Powers Park on Saturday

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb

The Uncle Sam Jam and the South Troy Timing Association’s Power in the Park team up for one big day of automobiles and audio delights, as music and muscle cars fill Troy’s Powers Park on Saturday (August 30).

The day-long bash runs from 1-7pm, and admission is free.

Here’s the schedule of bands lined up for the 2014 Uncle Sam Jam:


Festival Fever: Kingston’s Wall Street Jazz Festival on Saturday

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The annual Wall Street Jazz Festival is slated to return to the corner of Wall and North Front streets in Kingston on Saturday (August 30), and if you want to know what makes this jazz fest different than any other in Greater Nippertown, just take a look at the list of bandleaders – they’re all women.

And, of course, the festival is free, too.

In case of bad weather, the fest will move indoors to the BSP Lounge (which will also be hosting the fest after-party with music by the Pleasers at 10pm; $5 admission).

Here’s the line-up of performers for the 11th annual Wall Street Jazz Fest:


Real Good for FREE: The Final Stretch Saratoga Music Festival, 8/30&31/14

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Scotty Mack and the Goldtops

Scotty Mack and the Goldtops

Can it be? Is it the end of the summer season already? Really? Really?!?

Yup. This weekend the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce presents the Final Stretch Saratoga Music Festival in downtown Saratoga Springs in conjunction with the final weekend of thoroughbred racing at the Saratoga Race Course.

The fest takes place at a variety of outdoor venues all around town from 7-11pm on Saturday and Sunday (August 30 & 31). Admission is free.

Here’s the complete schedule of who’s playing where:


LarkFest Announces Line-up of Bands

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The city street will once again be shut down to traffic, as Larkfest 2014 takes over Albany’s alleged “Greenwich Village” – the stretch of Lark Street from Washington to Madison avenues – on Saturday, September 20.

It’s touted as “New York’s largest one day street festival,” and it’s slated to run from 10am-5:30pm with two stages of live music and entertainment, including top regional bands, fun activities for people of all ages, visual arts, music, poetry, magic acts and more. And, of course, admission is FREE.

For the first time in recent memory, this year LarkFest will feature an all-Local 518 line-up. Eight bands in all will be performing throughout the day – four on each stage.

Here’s the schedule of bands for LarkFest 2014:


Real Good for FREE: Berne Summerfest on Saturday

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The second annual Berne Summerfest takes over the Berne Town Park on Saturday (August 23) with a day full of family activities and entertainment. And it’s all free.

There’s something for everyone from face painting to a car show, from a homer run derby to a puppet show. There will be demonstrations of such crafts as barn quilt making, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving. And there are contests, too – a pie contest (1:30pm), a zucchini competition (3pm) and a beard and mustache contest (4pm).

And, of course, there will be lots of live music, too. Here’s the schedule of entertainment at the Main Stage:


Real Good for FREE: Albany’s September in the City Art Fair

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The September in the City Art Fair series returns to Tricentennial Park in downtown Albany on Wednesdays in September from 11:30am-2pm. A free weekly lunchtime showcase for local art, music and culture, the fairs feature exhibits and artwork available for purchase from regional mixed media artists and crafters. And each week a different Local 518 musical guest will provide a live soundtrack for the fair.

Applications for September in the City artists and crafters are still being accepted. You can download an application or call 518.434.5416 for more information.

Here’s the schedule of live music for the September in the City Art Fair series:


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