Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.
When the crowd in front of the stage – penned in by metal barricades under an unseasonably hot sun – started chanting “Stacy’s Mom” during Fountains of Wayne’s headlining Saturday afternoon set on Day One of Albany’s Tulip Festival, frontman Chris Collingwood shrugged off the group request and played the effervescent, but lesser-known, “Mexican Wine” instead.
“This is a song about drinking,” he announced before the song to disappointed silence. It was possibly the first time in history that such a statement has fallen flat on an outdoor festival audience in a park littered with empty plastic cups.
Yes, the crowd came to hear Fountains of Wayne’s hit single, “Stacy’s Mom,” from their all-around excellent 2003 album, “Welcome Interstate Managers.” But they had to sit through lots of smart, supremely catchy pop first.