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Here’s the Albany Jazz Festival’s Schedule of Bands

Friday, August 5th, 2016
Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis headlines the City of Albany Jazz Festival

Photograph by Rudy Lu

The line-up of bands for the City of Albany Jazz Festival has been announced, and as usual, it’s a mix of national and Local 518 jazz artists will fill the bill.

The free, one-day fest has formerly been known as the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, but the name has been changed this year, and for good reason. Due to ongoing construction at the Corning Preserve, where the fest has been held for the past 14 years, this year’s fest will be re-located to the Parade Grounds at Washington Park (where the Tulip Fest Main Stage is located)

Featuring five acts, the 15th annual fest takes place from 1-8:30pm on Saturday, September 10. And in the event of inclement weather, the festival will move to the dreaded rain site – the Corning Preserve Boat Launch parking lot at Water & Colonie streets.

Here’s the musical line-up for the 2016 City of Jazz Festival:



FREE FEST: Mohawk Valley Riverfest on Saturday

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The inaugural Mohawk Valley RiverFest takes over Riverlink Park in Amsterdam on Saturday (August 6).

The day-long fest runs from 11am-10pm with an array of art, craft & food vendors, a kid zone, entertainment, music,
tug boat tours, sip & paint and a fishing contest, In addition, there will be beer & wine sampling 5-9pm.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands performing at the 2016 Mohawk Valley RiverFest:


FREE: Lilac Park Concert Series in Lenox

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Lilac Park on Main Street in Lenox is hosting a free summertime concert series, too. All of the concerts take place at 6:30pm Wednesdays.

In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the rainsite at the auditorium at Town Hall.

Here’s the 2016 schedule of free concert at Lilac Park:


FREE: East Greenbush’s Music in the Park Series Kicks Off Today

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The Town of East Greenbush is presenting its Music in the Park summer concert series every Tuesday in August from 6-8pm in Onderdonk Park. The five-concert series offers a wide range of musical genres beginning tonight (Tuesday, August 2) with Band of Gold. And, of course, admission is free.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a cooler and your dancing shoes. Food concessions will also be available.

Here’s the complete 2016 Onderdonk Park summer concert schedule:


FREE FEST: GEM Festival in Glens Falls This Weekend

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016


The inaugural GEM Fest – full name: Glens Falls Entertainment & Music Festival – arrives on Saturday (July 30). Featuring the area’s visual artists with musicians, the day-long fest will take place at three different venues throughout downtown Glens Falls – Juicin’ Jar, the 190 Grille + Cinema and Mean Max Brew Works.

And it’s all free…

GEM Fest runs from 10am-11:30pm on Saturday, and here’s the complete schedule of bands and musicians:


FREE: North Greenbush Summer Concert Series

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
The Tichy Boys

The Tichy Boys: August 7

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The North Greenbush Summer Concert Series is back at Town Hall Park in Wynantskill at 6pm on Sundays through the end of August.

Here’s the complete 2016 concert schedule:


FREE: Shire City Sessions @ Pittsfield’s First Street Common

Monday, July 25th, 2016

The Shire City Sessions are back for 2016 with a new location – Pittsfield’s First Street Common – with a line-up of live, original music concerts at 6pm on four Monday evenings beginning tonight (July 25). In the case of rain or inclement weather, concerts will move indoors to the Zion Lutheran Church, adjacent to the Commons.

Here’s the schedule of free Shire City Sessions for 2016:


FREE: Windsor Lake Summer Concert Series in North Adams

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Moonshine Holler

Moonshine Holler: August 31

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

The Summer Concert Series at Windsor Lake in North Adams takes place at 6:30pm on Wednesdays through the end of August. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of the music and the water carry you away on a warm summer night. Concessions are available at the lake, but you’re welcome to bring your own food, too. Parking is free, and swimming, fishing, kayaking and canoeing are allowed at the lake.

Here’s the schedule for the 2016 Summer Concert Series season at Windsor Lake:


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