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LIVE: Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, 5/9/15 (Day One)

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
The Kooks

The Kooks

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

Albany’s Tulip Festival is typically the harbinger of spring, the first big volley into the vast array of outdoor music fests that populate the Nippertown concert calendar. But with temperatures in the mid-80s and the sun blazing down in Washington Park all afternoon for Day One of the fest, it felt more like a hot, mid-summer celebration.

And the Kooks delivered the goods with a bristling headlining set on the Parade Grounds’ main stage, drawing from a surprisingly wide variety of contemporary pop styles. Led by singer-guitarist Luke Pritchard, the British quartet (plus one guitarist-backing vocalist semi-hiding behind a stack of amplifiers), cracked open their 75-minute show with “Around Town,” the opening track of their latest album, “Listen.” They quickly won over the crowd – which was seemingly at least twice as large as it was for the two earlier bands – diving right into the call-and-response of “Bad Habit,” with the audience heartily shouting back at the band.



Be Here Now: Patti Rothberg @ Albany Tulip Festival, 5/7/11

Friday, May 6th, 2011
Patti Rothberg and Wet Paint (photo by Todd Gay)

Patti Rothberg and Wet Paint (photo by Todd Gay)

You ought to get to know Patti Rothberg.

Patti and her NYC-based band Wet Paint are headlining the Amphitheater Stage at Albany’s annual Tulip Festival on Saturday afternoon. You probably missed her last local show at Lansingburg’s Bad-Ass Burrito – a last minute re-booking to make up for an ill-fated Judge’s Inn gig.

Rothberg sold a half million copies worldwide of her major label debut β€œBetween the 1 and 9.” The success of that album had Patti touring non-stop in the very late ’90s, throughout the US supporting the Wallflowers, Chris Isaak, Midnight Oil and Garbage, before heading over to Europe supporting the Black Crowes. Patti and her band performed on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” as well as “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”


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