LIVE: Sirsy @ Freedom Park, 8/15/15

September 4th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

It takes two to tango…

And in the case of Sirsy, it only takes two to knock out a rollicking set of alt-pop-rock, too, as drummer-vocalist Melanie Krahmer and guitarist Rich Libutti proved once again during a free concert last month in Scotia’s Freedom Park.

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LIVE: The All Paul Show @ Freedom Park, 8/23/14

September 4th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Since it’s the year of the Beatles2K, it seemed only fitting that the All Paul Show would dig into the repertoires of the Fab Four, Wings and more to help wrap up the summer’s free concert season at Scotia’s Freedom Park.

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New Release Rack: Gordon St’s “The Electric City”

June 20th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Electric CityGordon St is gearing up for this weekend’s release of their sophomore EP, The Electric City, and the rockers are celebrating with a free concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at 7pm on Saturday (June 21).

Titled for the band’s Schenectady base of operations, The Electric City is a diverse collection of three original songs – “Motion of the Ocean,” “Such a Fool” and “Ripcord” – that showcase Gordon St’s talent at blending multiple rock genres, all underscored with a danceable beat.

“The songs are a bit more grown-up, but they don’t sacrifice the underlying aspect of fun that has always summed up what we’re going for,” explains singer-bassist Dan Noonan. In addition to Noonan, the band features guitarist Ritch Harrigan, drummer Dennis Fatato and keyboardist Mark Bertini.

The Electric City – the band’s follow-up to their 2012 debut, Telenovella – was recorded with engineer John Chiara at Albany Audio.

And if you can’t make it to Freedom Park on Saturday for the band’s CD release party, you’ll have another chance to catch Gordon St in action at 6:30pm on Friday, June 27 at Cafe NOLA in Schenectady.

LIVE: Sirsy @ Freedom Park, 7/24/13

August 2nd, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson
Additional photographs by seven-year-old Abigail Williams

Sirsy returned to Freedom Park in Scotia last week in what has become a popular annual tour stop for the two-person band.

Sirsy – featuring Melanie Krahmer on vocals, stand-up drums, flute, and bass keyboard with Rich Libutti on vocals, guitar and foot-pedal bass – have recently returned home after an extensive coast to coast tour.

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LIVE: Hair of the Dog @ Freedom Park, 6/19/13

June 24th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Hair Of The Dog

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

Maybe it was because of the absolutely beautiful weather, or perhaps it was because of the Summer Solstice. Maybe it was because it was the first concert of the season or maybe it was because Hair of the Dog is a very popular band.

Whatever the reason, the capacity of the amphitheater at Freedom Park was at dancing-room-only, and even that space was full of kids.

To be sure, Hair of the Dog can get a crowd singing, clapping and dancing. This year the band is celebrating their 20th anniversary, and many of their CDs were available on the merchandise table, including Donegal, Release the Hounds, Liam Left the Lights On Again and Parting Glass (live). Band members Rick Bedrosian, Larry Packer and Michael DeAngelis also had solo albums available.

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Real Good for FREE: Freedom Park in Scotia

June 18th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra

Saturday, July 6: Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra

Freedom Park in Scotia is gearing up for yet another summer chock full of music. No, the summer season of free concerts at Freedom Park doesn’t boast the big-name recognition of some of the bands that play, say, Albany’s Alive at Five series. But it certainly does host more free outdoor performances than any other summer concert series in Greater Nippertown – 34 shows in all, stretching out across the summer calendar.

The series kicks off on Wednesday (June 19) with the ever-popular Hair of the Dog. The concerts all take place at 7pm, except for Summer of Doug on Friday, June 28, which starts at 8pm so that it will be dark at the end of the show for a special fireworks display.

Here’s the full schedule of Freedom Park shows for 2013:

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LIVE: Jo Henley @ Freedom Park, 8/11/12

August 17th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
Andy Caprio

Andy Campolieto

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

Led by songwriter, vocalist and guitar player Andy Campolieto, the roots band Jo Henley rolled into Freedom Park in Scotia last week for something of a homecoming concert.

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LIVE: Michael Benedict’s Bopitude @ Freedom Park, 8/4/11

August 10th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Michael Benedict, Mike Lawrence and Brian Patneaude

Michael Benedict, Mike Lawrence and Brian Patneaude

Michael Benedict’s Bopitude showcased their recently released self-titled debut CD with a free concert at Scotia’s Freedom Park last week. Led by drummer Benedict, the band also featured Mike Lawrence on bass, Brian Patneaude on tenor sax, Chris Pasin on trumpet and, for this performance, pianist Dave Gleason substituting for Bruce Barth, who plays on the CD. Both Gleason (who plays in the Latin jazz band Sensemaya) and Lawrence are teachers in the Schenectady school district.

As Benedict explained to the crowd at the outdoor amphitheater, Bopitude plays music from the hard bop era, best exemplified by the ’50s recordings of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. And in Scotia the band ran the hard bop gamut from the obscure – Kenny Dorham’s “Whistle Stop” – to the more widely recognized “Joy Spring” by Clifford Brown. The first set also featured “Cheesecake” by Dexter Gordon and James Williams’ “Alter Ego.”

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