LIVE: Festival of Hope @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 6/10/12

June 15th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
LIVE: Festival of Hope @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 6/10/12

Review and photographs by Matt Mac Haffie

It was a beautiful Sunday, and the Altamont Fairgrounds played host to a good cause – the Festival of Hope: Storm Aid 2011. This festival really had it all – bake sales, face painting, horse power and horses, too.

But it was the diverse line-up of five professional, hard-working bands – Joe Sinatra, Out2Play, County Line Rebels, Inky Salad and Chicken Herders – that got my car pointed southwest.

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LIVE: Shamrock-N-Roll Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 9/11/11

September 19th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Dropkick Murphys

The Dropkick Murphys

Boston-based, working class, punk band Dropkick Murphys’ inaugural Shamrock-N-Roll Festival barreled into the Altamont Fairgrounds last Sunday (September 11) for the second date of the tour, and the band brought with them a cavalcade of high-energy Celtic-rock performers; Stiff Little Fingers, Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, the Mahones, Big Bad Bollocks and the Parkington Sisters, in what promised to be a rowdy Guinness-soaked, musical free-for-all.

It turned out to be the perfect day for the event. Cool temperatures, mostly sunny skies, the spacious fairgrounds and a cool vibe all combined to make for a top-notch festival filled with great music and a lot of camaraderie amongst the crowd and performers. The bands alternated between two stages that were setup side-by-side which gave the second stage acts even more exposure as the crowd stayed focused in one area rather than having to dash back and forth between distanced setups and really kept things moving with virtually non-stop live music.

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LIVE: Capital District Scottish Games @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 9/3-4/11

September 8th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
A competitor winds up during the stone throw event of the Highland Games athletic competition.

A competitor winds up during the stone throw event of the Highland Games athletic competition.

As they used to say in the old “Saturday Night Live” skit, “Welcome to All Things Scottish – if it’s not Scottish, it’s craaaapp!!”

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LIVE: WGNA’s CountryFest @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 7/9/11

July 15th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge

Miranda Lambert headlined WGNA’s CountryFest 2011, but some people were wondering why? Oh sure, she’s got the hits, the talent and the voice to command headlining status, but she didn’t seem to be in the party-hearty spirit of the fest.

Early in her set when a bouncing beach-ball landed on the runway of the stage, Lambert wasted no time in running up and trying to stomp it out with her cowboy boots, telling the crowd of some 30,000 at the Altamont Fairgrounds that she doesn’t like that kind of stuff.

Boo hoo… Maybe she should have gone into opera, where that kind of diva behavior is, at the very least, tolerated, if not condoned.

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Festival Fever: Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 9/18-19/10

September 17th, 2010, 12:41 pm by Greg

Capital Region Apple And Wine FestivalApples and wine? Sure sounds good to us…

The Altamont Fairgrounds hosts the annual Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival this weekend, and if you’re not already in the mood for autumn, this oughta do the trick.

The rain-or-shine fest runs from 9am-6pm on Saturday and from 10am-5pm on Sunday.

There’s a juried craft show featuring the works of 100 artists and craftpersons, wine lectures, plenty of food vendors, a quilt show, cooking demonstrations, wine lectures, a classic car and motorcycle exhibit, lots of children’s activities and, of course, wine tasting.

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LIVE: WGNA’s CountryFest @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 7/10/10

July 15th, 2010, 4:04 pm by Greg

The crowd at CountryFest

The crowd at CountryFest


In the words of one WGNA CountryFest fan, “It was awesome!” What a line-up. What a beautiful day. What great music. What more could you ask for?

Humble and a regular guy, country superstar Blake Shelton – with six No. 1 hit singles, including the recent duet with Trace Atkins, “Hillbilly Bone” – topped the bill with the lovely and in-your-face Gretchen Wilson commanding the stage just before him.

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Festival Fever: WGNA’s Countryfest, 7/10/10

March 25th, 2010, 2:06 pm by Greg

For years now, it’s been the biggest one-day music festival in all of Nippertown, and this summer’s WGNA Countryfest looks to be no different. Taking place on Saturday, July 10, the fest will held once again at the Altamont Fairgrounds.

Headlining the all-day bash will be Blake Shelton, who also performed at the 2006 Countryfest. Rounding out the line-up will be Gretchen Wilson, Jason Michael Carroll, David Nail, Chuck Wicks and the JaneDear Girls, featuring Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett.

Kicking off the festivities at 11am will be the Hillbilly Horns, the seven-piece, brass-kickin’, local country band led by lead vocalist Dave Ford.

Advance tix are priced at $35; tix purchased at the gate on the day of the fest will be $40. Children 10 and under are admitted free.

Festival Fever: Old Songs Festival, 6/25-27/10

March 25th, 2010, 9:55 am by Greg

Old Songs FestivalThis year marks the 30th annual Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance, and the fest is still going strong. It takes over the Altamont Fairgrounds from Friday-Sunday, June 25-27, and there’s a wide array of performances, workshops and just plain old fun on tap.

It’s a family-friendly fest with a relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops and lots of opportunity for participation. In addition to the three main concerts, there are 120 daytime workshops conducted by performers, as well as a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and children’s activities.

Here’s the line-up of performers for the big, main-stage concerts:

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