Remember those good ole days when there were free concerts every Monday night on the Lake House Stage in Albany’s Washington Park?
Well, they might be coming back next summer…
After nearly a decade without the popular summer concert events in Washington Park – which were originally produced by Mona Golub and Second Wind Productions and then later by Maura Swift – Park Playhouse is working to build a new Monday Music Series.
And earlier this month they tested the waters with a single, stand-alone concert presented by Park Playhouse and the Palace Theatre, in association with the City of Albany’s Department of Special Events. The free concert on Monday, August 17, featured Coxsackie-based jam-band faves Conehead Buddha with Albany soul-funk band the Victory Soul Orchestra opening the show.
Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Stanley Johnson, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy
The 2014 Alive at Five concert series ended the same way it started – at the rain site under the highway at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch – surely the most inhospitable music venue to be found anywhere around Nippertown. And yet Sheila E. didn’t let the setting get her down. And while it looked something like the set of “The Warriors” or “West Side Story” – and sounded worse – the veteran singer-percussionist turned the evening into a party nonetheless.
“It’s gonna be a lovely day, now that the rain is gone,” she sang early on in her show during the bouncy, pop ballad, “Lovely Day,” and sure enough, she somehow managed to chase the rain away for the rest of her performance.
The annual block party in the street and parking lot outside of Pinhead Susan’s in Schenectady became a full-fledged festival this year with a large stage and a headlining band that’s played many festivals in their years together.
And to make it complete, it rained. But not hard, just a constant drizzle that probably discouraged some, but didn’t slow down the hardy partiers one bit.
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