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CHANGES: Today’s New York State Food Fest @ Empire State Plaza

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Due to the weather forecast, the concert by Latin jazz band Sensemaya – originally scheduled for 12noon today (Wednesday, August 13) – has been postponed to 12noon on Friday. Admission is free.

In addition, the rest of the music schedule for today’s New York State Food Festival has been moved indoors. Beginning at 5pm, the rest of the fest’s music – the Blind Spots (5pm), Soul Session (6:15pm) and headliner Eddie Money (7:45pm)- will take place in the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall. Admission is free, but chairs will not be allowed inside.



POSTPONED: Sensemaya @ the Empire State Plaza at The Egg

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Due to weather concerns, Latin jazz band Sensemeya’s free outdoor concert that was originally slated to take place at 12noon Wednesday (August 13) on Albany’s Empire State Plaza has been postponed. The concert – part of the ongoing Made in the Shade of The Egg concert series – has been re-scheduled for 12noon on Friday (August 15).

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.

UPDATE, 9/5/14: Due to the weather forecast, the festival has been moved to the rainsite – the Corning Preserve Boat Launch under the i-787 overpass.

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‚Äôs 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:


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