A little rain never hurt anybody. And it certainly didn’t keep many folks away from downtown Troy for the sixth annual River Street Festival on Saturday, June 20.
Although armed with only an acoustic guitar, Rob Dickinson somehow managed to conjure up the massive wall of sound of his old band, the Catherine Wheel.
Chris Barron declared, “Yes, I’m that guy from the Spin Doctors,” as he delivered a solo performance of Spin Docs classics and tunes from his new solo album, “Pancho and the Kid.”
Mike Doughty wasn’t the headliner, but you’d never have known it from the enthusiastic crowd reaction. Barefoot violinist Caroline Pook joined him for most of his rain-soaked set.
Straight outta Connecticut, the Alternate Routes served up the festival’s opening set.
The festival’s second stage showcased a lot of Nippertown’s homegrown musical talent, including Simple Theory.
…whip it good!”
And of course, no festival on River Street would ever be complete with a sidewalk chalk painting competition. Among the entries were dog portraits, Van Gogh wanna-bes, cartoon characters, landscapes, trippy abstracts and more…
And in addition to presenting the massive exhibition of the Fence Show artwork in the galleries, the Arts Center of the Capital Region also hosted performances by Eddie Ade Knowles and Ensemble Congeros:
Now that’s what I call some percolating percussion…