LIVE: Sirsy @ Wiswall Park, 8/27/15

September 21st, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Sirsy – the dynamic pop-rock duo of Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti – wrapped up another fine season of free summer concerts at Wiswall Park in Ballston Spa last month.

The duo embarks on a month-long east coast tour kicking off at the Bitter End in NYC on Thursday (September 24), and continuing down the coast to Florida. But they’ll be back in town in time for a free Halloween concert at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy at 9:30 on Saturday, October 31.

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FESTIVAL FEVER: GottaGetGon @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds

May 5th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Brooks Williams

Brooks Williams

Since 1970, the Pick’n’ & Sing’n’ Gather’n’ has sponsored the GottaGetGon, a Memorial Day weekend musical getaway and family folk festival. It’s informal, interactive and lots of fun. Camping is encouraged. So grab your musical instrument and get gone…

Featured performers at this summer’s GottaGetGon include Brooks Williams (blues and Americana singer-songwriter), Tumbling Bones (new traditional American music from Portland, Maine), Windborne (Brattleboro-based folk quartet specializing in vocal harmonies from around the world) and Lorraine & Bennett Hammond (the folk duo blends musical styles from classical through Celtic, blues and contemporary).

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FESTIVAL FEVER: The Irish 2000 Summer Fun-Raiser

May 4th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg
The McKrells

The McKrells

As you may remember, some mighty torrential rain storms soaked the annual Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds last September, and organizers took a bath.

So they weighed their options, and came up with a unique plan – what better way to raise funds for a festival than to host another festival?

The one-day-only Irish 2000 Summer Fun-Raiser will be held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa from 12noon-7pm on Saturday, June 6, featuring a batch of local and regional fave Celtic bands. Tickets are $10, available online in advance, as well as at the gate; children aged 10 years and under are free.

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A Few Minutes With… Larry Kirwan of Black 47

September 11th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Black 47

Larry Kirwan (right) and Black 47

Interview and story by Don Wilcock
Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Facing death straight in the eye clears one’s head in a heartbeat. If it’s the possible death of your child, the focus is even sharper. “You think, holy shit, you make a wrong move, and your kids are gonna die. That’s a big one,” says Larry Kirwan, leader of the Celtic rock band Black 47 performing Saturday afternoon at the 18th annual Irish 2000 Festival of Music & Arts at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa.

Black 47 takes its name from the worst year of the Irish potato famine, 1847. Their instrumentation includes uillean pipes and bodhran, and they address issues relating to Irish as well as American politics. They are one of the few contemporary rock bands that don’t blink when it comes to the politics of war. “When we were doing the Iraq album and playing it during the war, we’d do a lot of colleges or a certain amount of them during the course of the year and for three years, 2003 to 2006, it was a nightmare in bars and everything. Even colleges didn’t give a fuck (as long as) they could dance to it. They really didn’t.

“The only way I used to get a rise out of them is I’d off-handedly say, ‘I’m sorry, but the draft is coming back in this afternoon. It’s gonna be tough on you guys.’ Then I’d go into the next song. And this rumor would spread through the crowd. It was wildfire. It was like everyone was listening to what you were gonna say on the next song.”

Black 47’s core audience includes those men and women who choose the military as an occupation at a time when facing death is a gamble they feel is worth the effort in a world of limited life options. Kirwan is not a war monger, but he separates his judgments towards our fighting men and women from those about politicians who make the decisions to go to war.

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LIVE: Holly & Evan @ Wiswall Park, 8/14/14

August 27th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Holly & Evan

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The blues-and-more trio of Holly & Evan – bolstered by drummer Rob Morris – kicked out the jams earlier this month at Ballston Spa’s Wiswall Park.

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Festival Fever: Saratoga Brewfest @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds

June 10th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Hair of the Dog

Hair of the Dog

The SaratogaArtsFest is going on all around Saratoga Springs this weekend, but you get thirsty, you can always take a break on Saturday afternoon (June 14) and head over to the fifth annual Saratoga Brewfest at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. More than 200 different beers will be served, as well as food, and a variety of music.

General admission ticketa are $45 in advance; $55 at the gate, and include admission (2pm), souvenir tasting glass and four hours of sampling. VIP ticket are $65 in advance; $75 at the door, and include early admission (1pm), access to limited-quantity rare brews, souvenir tasting glass, five hours of sampling and $5 in Brewfest Bucks to be used at participating food vendors. Designated drivers tickets are $10.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2014 Saratoga Brewfest:
1pm: Flood Road on the VIP Stage
2pm: Hair of the Dog on the Main Stage
3:30pm: The Revenuers on the Side Stage
4:30pm: Kung Fu on the Main Stage


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Real Good for FREE: Ballston Spa Concerts in the Park

April 29th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Concerts in the Park Series will be returning to Wiswall Park in Ballston Spa for the 2014 summer season, and the schedule of free concerts has recently been announced.

The shows take place from 6-8pm on Thursdays and are open to the public free of charge.

Here’s the complete schedule of 2014’s free concerts in Ballston Spa’s Wiswall Park:

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Festival Fever: Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 9/13-14/13

September 10th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg

The Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival returns to the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa once again this weekend, bringing together some of the finest Celtic music performers from around the globe.

The two-day bash kicks off with non-stop music from 5:45-11pm on Friday (September 13), with Gaelic Storm in the headlining slot. On Saturday (September 14), the music kicks off at 11am, and performances continue on three different stages straight through til 11pm.

Two-day all-fest tickets are available in advance only for $29. Friday-only tickets are $16 in advance; $20 at the gate. Saturday-only tickets are $18 in advance; $25 at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are FREE.

Here’s the schedule of performances for the 2013 Irish 2000 Festival:

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