Don McLean Headlines SaratogaArtsFest, 6/8/12

March 12th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

Veteran folk-pop singer-songwriter Don McLean – “American Pie,” “Vincent,” “Crying,” “Castles in the Air” – is headed into Saratoga Springs as one of the headliners for this year’s annual SaratogaArtsFest.

The fest takes place at a variety of different locations throughout the Spa City on Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10. McLean will be stepping into the spotlight at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center at 8pm on Friday, June 8.

Priced at $50, tix will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, March 20. Tix are just $10 with a SaratogaArtsFest ARTSPASS. Through Saturday, March 31, the ARTSPASS admission package is available at the discounted price of $30.

Prior to March 31, SaratogaArtsFest is also offering free ARTSPASSES to youths (ages 5-17) and military personel (active or past service).

Previous announcements for SaratogaArtsFest include Kristin Hersh’s “Paradoxical Undressing” on Saturday, June 9.


Caffe Lena Photo of the Day

May 4th, 2010, 10:15 am by Greg

We’re celebrating Caffe Lena’s 50th anniversary this month by publishing a photo a day from photographer Joe Deuel.

Here’s a shot of Don McLean from the early ’70s:

Flashback: Buddy Holly Died 51 Years Ago Today

February 3rd, 2010, 9:55 am by Greg

Today marks the 51th anniversary of the plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.

Yes, it’s the Day the Music Died, as Don McLean sings:

Nippertown music fans can celebrate the lives and music of Holly, Valens and the Big Bopper at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, February 20.

In the mid-’80s, some of the best area musicians put on a The Day the Music Died show at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany. In 1999 on the 40th anniversary of the crash, another performance played to a packed Ale House in Troy. Now again in 2010, Johnny Rabb, John Tichy, Graham Tichy, Jim Haggerty and Pete Vumbaco will present a reprise of the show at The Linda – right across the street from the now-defunct Pauly’s Hotel.

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