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FREE FEST: Jazz at the Lake in Shepard Park This Weekend

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

By J Hunter

I’ve called Jazz at the Lake – the annual free festival in Lake George’s Shepard Park that closes the outdoor jazz scene – “the happiest place on Earth.” It also might be the wettest place on Earth this weekend, if we’re to believe the drones at The Weather Channel.

But here’s the good news: You won’t have to camp out under a highway overpass to see great music. The Lake George High School Auditorium is the rain site for JATL, and as we saw when the first day of the 2014 festival was rained on, it’s a warm, comfortable space with good acoustics and solid sightlines. So other than changing your usual parking spot, weather shouldn’t keep you from venturing up north to see another great bill from Paul Pines, John Strong and everyone else at Lake George Arts Project.

Here’s the complete 2016 schedule (and, yes, it’s all free):



Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces Two New Concerts

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Australian guitar virtuoso and two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel will showcase his fretboard fireworks with a concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 1.

The concert is in support of his latest solo album, It’s Never Too Late, which features 14 tracks of all original music with no vocals or guest musicians.

Priced at $29 & $39, tickets are currently available exclusively to members of the Hall and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Tuesday (September 20).

Also, the Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the U.S. Army, will serve up an evening of swing, bebop, Latin, jazz, standards, patriotic selections and more at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 29. Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are required. Call the Music Hall box office at 518-273-0038 to reserve tickets.

FREE FEST: Quiet Village in New Paltz on Saturday

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

No noise…
No beats…
No visuals…
Just pure ambience…

The Hudson Valley’s free “anti-festival” of ambient music, Quiet Village promotes serious ambient electronic music composers and sound artists, presenting environmental music in an outdoor setting that bypasses the traditional concert format and gallery installation paradigm.

The nine-hour Quite Village takes place at Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz beginning at 10:30am on Saturday (September 17). Admission is free.

The ambient music fest is ideal for active listening, passive listening, or a sonic field to simply pass through… read, think, talk, play, daydream, listen…

Here’s the schedule of performers for Quiet Village 2016:


FREE FEST: Art in the Park @ Saratoga’s Congress Park

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Art in the Park is a free fine art show that’s slated to take place in downtown Saratoga Springs’ historic Congress Park from 10am-4pm on Saturday (September 17).

The outdoor exhibition features a wide variety of artistic media, including drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography, printmaking and more.

In addition to the art exhibit, the one-day fest will also feature art activities for kids, great food and, of course, live music by Greater Nippertown musicians.

Here’s the schedule of music performances for the 2016 Art in the Park:


CANCELLED: Ellis Marsalis @ Today’s City of Albany Jazz Fest

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Pianist Ellis Marsalis, who was slated to headline today’s (Saturday, September 10) City of Albany Jazz Festival at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch, has cancelled his appearance due to illness.

Replacing him as the headliner for today’s free festival will be New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton.

GO HERE for the complete UPDATED schedule of bands…

CHANGE OF VENUE: City of Albany Jazz Festival Moved to Rain Location

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Bad news, indeed: The location of Saturday’s (September 10) City of Albany Jazz Festival has been moved from Washington Park to the rain site at the the Corning Preserve Boat Launch parking lot under the I-787 overpass.

GO HERE for the complete schedule of bands for the free festival…

FREE FEST: Peacestock @ Freedom Square on Saturday

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Consider the Source headlines the third annual Peacestock festival, which will take place at Freedom Square in Troy from 11am-6pm on Saturday (September 10). The band brings their progressive sci-fi Middle Eastern fusion sound to the colorful outdoor stage at 4:30pm.

The festival features free music, free BBQ (beginning at 3pm), free henna tattoos and lots of fun. Donations will be accepted for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Here’s the line-up of bands for Peacestock 2016:


FREE FEST: Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration is slated to take place at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, beginning at 5pm on Saturday (September 10).

Rich in tradition, the Hispanic community comes together to honor Hispanic Heritage Month with a colorful pageantry of live music, dance, food and family friendly activities. Admission is free.

Headlining the celebration is salsa singer Michael Stuart, whose debut disc Cuentos de la Vecindad earned him the Tu Musica Award for Best New Artist in 1997. Career highlights include a 2005 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Tropical-Contemporary Album and nominations for Billboard Music Awards in both 2006 and 2007.

Saturday’s festival will also feature performances by DJ BoyBoy, Luis Damon and Judy Torres.

Here’s the complete schedule of music for the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Celebration:


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