Capital Area Music Association Hall of Fame, Part II

October 28th, 2009, 8:49 am by Greg

Last week, we stirred up some old local music memories when we realized that it was the 14th anniversary of the short-lived Capital Area Music Association Hall of Fame. The inaugural inductions took place on October 20, 1995, honoring Ernie Williams, Lena Spencer, Charlene Shortsleeve, John Carabella, Nick Brignola and Blotto.

Most readers assumed that was the only CAMA Hall of Fame induction, because the short-lived organization suffered considerable controversy and funding shortages.

But before CAMA dissolved, the group hosted a second Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the College of Saint Rose’s St. Joseph Hall in Albany.

Anyone care to guess which six Capital Region musicians, bands and/or organizations were inducted in this second round? We’ll print the answers on Friday right here on


Real Good for Free: Local Harvest Festival @ Washington Park Lakehouse, 10/25/09

October 22nd, 2009, 8:59 am by Greg

Looking for some big family fun on a Sunday afternoon that doesn’t involve sitting around and watching football on TV?

Head down to the Washington Park Lakehouse on Sunday, October 25 for the Local Harvest Festival. Meet and greet local farmers, growers, bakers, chefs, restauranteurs and other foodies. Sample some food. Buy a bunch of food to take home with you. There’s a pumpkin carving contest, bike raffle and lots of children’s activities.

And lots of great music, too. Sponsored by the fine folks at Capital District Local First, Honest Weight Food Co-op and Metroland, the fest runs from 2-6pm Sunday with performances by such Nippertown faves as Ashley Pond, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Railbird and Arm Fee.

And it’s all free.

Real Good for Free: Capital District Caribbean Carnival, 8/8/09

August 6th, 2009, 8:45 am by Greg

The tenth annual Capital District Caribbean Carnival takes over Central Park in Schenectady for a day-long celebration on Saturday, August 8.

The free festival kicks off at 12noon and runs through to 8:30pm with such featured entertainment as reggae band the Chosen Few, the Virgin Islands’ Calypsonian, Miss G, DJ Nishal and more.

Real Good for Free: Riverfront Park, Athens (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: The Ballston Spa Film Festival, 8/6-8
Real Good for Free: Albany Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park (Sept. 12)
Real Good for Free: The Fabulous Folk Fest @ Bolton Landing (Sept. 6)
Real Good for Free: Spencer Day in Hudson(Friday, August 21)
Real Good For Free: CanalFest @ Mabee Farm (Aug. 8-9)
Real Good for Free: Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: :30 Live! @ Berkshire Fringe (Mon / Wed)
Real Good for Free: Lake Luzerne (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: The Crossings in Colonie (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Rensselaer Riverfront Park (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Kids’ shows in Troy (Wednesdays at noon)
Real Good for Free: Valatie’s Glynn Square (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Brunswick Community Center (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Sharon Springs (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good for Free: The Clark @ Williamstown (Tuedays)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Rockin’ on the River, Troy (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

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