No Rest Fest This Year

May 11th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg


After five glorious years – three at the former St. Joseph’s Church in Albany and two more at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy – the annual Rest Fest (also known as the Restoration Festival and the Restoration Funstival) is taking a year off.

So we are sad to report, there will be no Rest Fest in 2015.

Which is not necessarily to say that Rest Fest is no more, but rather that the festival organizers – the fine folks of the B3nson Recording Co. – have decided that they need a year off to “recharge and refocus.”

Here’s the full email that Rest Fest organizers recently sent out:

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LIVE: Patrick Porter @ CAC Woodside, 11/18/14

December 15th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Art exhibit…
Birthday party…

Multi-talented Patrick Porter rolled ’em all into one November evening at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy…

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LIVE: Rest Fest @ CAC Woodside, 8/15/14 (Day Two)

September 10th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Eastbound Jesus

Eastbound Jesus

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Rest Fest
Restoration Festival…
Restoration Funstival…

By whatever name you call it, the fifth annual fest returned to the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy for the second consecutive year, and once again, it was a parade of fine Local 518 bands gracing the two stages with plenty of festive, adventurous and fun music…

LIVE: Rest Fest @ CAC Woodside, 8/15/14 (Day One)

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Rest Fest Returns to CAC Woodside in Troy This Summer

April 28th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

RestFest 2014

After three years at Albany’s St. Joseph Church, last year the annual Restoration Festival moved across the Hudson River to the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy. And apparently the venue was a hit because the Rest Fest folks have announced that the fest will be returning to the new venue again this year.

But rather than hosting the event in September, this year Rest Fest will held a few weeks earlier – on Friday and Saturday, August 15 & 16 – which will hopefully avoid conflicts with other Local 518 fests which have landed on the same date as Rest Fest during the past couple of years.

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LIVE: Restoration Festival @ CAC Woodside, 9/7/13 (Day Two)

September 24th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
Man Man with a young dancer  (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Man Man with a young dancer (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson and Timothy Reidy

The second day of this year’s Restoration Music & Fun Festival, held for the first time at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside – a Neo-gothic stone complex perched precariously on a hillside in South Troy – got started early in the afternoon on Saturday with quiet, reverent music. We were in a former church, after all.

Architecturally, the new Rest Fest location – although historically important – couldn’t quite match the towering St. Joseph’s Church in Albany, which last year provided a stunning setting of both beauty and decrepitude: high vaulted ceilings and gorgeous stained glass windows along with chipped walls, leaky ceilings and crumbling plaster depictions of Jesus.

Ownership of St. Joseph’s Church has since returned to the city of Albany, so the purpose of the annual music and arts fest – started four years ago by local music collective B3nson Recording Company to raise funds for the church’s restoration – shifted this year to an equally worthy cause in the Contemporary Artists Center, which is transforming the long vacant church and chapel at Woodside into an arts venue.

Festivalgoers trickled into Woodside’s church with its heavy wooden monastic doors on Saturday as the Accents kicked off the afternoon with subdued and soul-baring folk on the “church stage.” Tor & the Fjords, a project of Albany librarian and songwriter Tor Loney, had just opened the day on the festival’s “chapel stage” with a set of introspective indie. And Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies followed with dark-tinged emotional pop highlighted by a murder ballad based on a true-life love triangle that ended disastrously in Cohoes.

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LIVE: Restoration Festival @ CAC Woodside, 9/6/13 (Day One)

September 18th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Parlour

The Parlor

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Historic Albany Foundation’s decision earlier this year to return the ownership of the former St. Joseph Church to the City of Albany not only left the future of the building in question, but also the future of the Restoration Festival, which for the previous three years had been one of the galvanizing, community-building events on the Nippertown music scene.

Fortunately the folks from festival organizers B3nson Records decided to carry on their mission to help renovate and maintain local buildings in need of repair, moving their operation across the river to another former church. Earlier this month they presented the fourth annual Rest Fest as a two-day festival at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, a former church in Troy. A non-profit arts organization, the CAC has set up shop at the historic Woodside Church and Chapel in Troy to serve as a sustainable incubator for contemporary artists. While its international artist residency program opened in 2009, the grand opening of its performance and exhibition space isn’t scheduled until May, 2014.

But music fans got a sneak peek at the venue with the opening night of Rest Fest, as seven Local 518 bands donated their time and talent, performing alternately on stages in the CAC’s adjacent Church and Chapel buildings.

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Real Good For Free: Outdoor Films @ CAC Woodside, Troy

August 13th, 2010, 11:30 am by Sara

Every second Saturday in July, August and September, the Contemporary Artist Center, Woodside is offering up free films on the outside lawn. Tomorrow evening, the film is the 1986 classic Labyrinth. Directed by the late Jim Henson, the film chronicles the quest of one girl (Jennifer Connelly) to navigate a giant maze to rescue her little brother from the Goblin King (David Bowie).

Local artists Blair Neal and Dan Masucci will be showcased prior to the feature, and don’t forget to bring your own popcorn and a blanket to sit on.

(As far as we can tell, it’s not a Labyrinth Sing-Along.)

Films on the Lawn @ CAC Woodside (Facebook)
Where: Contemporary Artists Center, Woodside
Address: 71 Mill St, Troy
When: Saturday, August 14th at 9 pm
Cost: FREE!


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