The well-worn stompers of Caroline Corrigan at Exit Dome IV, 1/29/11
Photograph by Anthony Tassarotti
Caroline Corrigan and the rest of the Red Lions will be getting together to perform at the Art On Lark festival on Lark Street in Albany on Saturday. The Red Lions are slated to perform at the corner of Lark Street and Madison Avenue at 3:10pm on Saturday. Admission is free.
But after all, the Art on Lark street festival – which is taking place on Saturday – started out as a celebration of Nippertown’s thriving visual art scene. What music there was to be heard was relegated to solo acoustic performers hanging out on street corners without a stage or even a sound system.
When the 15th annual fest takes over Lark Street in Albany from 10am-5pm on Saturday, there will still be plenty of visual art to soak up, but there will also be two big stages pumping out non-stop homegrown music all day long. And Art on Lark has grown into the second largest street festival in New York State – second only to LarkFest. Admission, of course, is still free.
In Albany, Lark Street’s Business Improvement District is conducting an online voting competition to choose a name for the cute little baby blue birdie that has become the mascot of Lark St. BID events, including LarkFest and Art on Lark.
Apparently, the BID received nearly 70 different suggestions for names when the initial call went out, but the powers-that-be narrowed it down to four finalists:
Arthur (Art for short) Joan of Lark
The voting began on Monday, January 3, and so far about 250 votes have been cast online. When we last checked in Sir Larksalot was way ahead in the polling with more than 50 percent of the votes.
You can weigh in with your opinion by voting at the BID’s blog. But hurry, voting ends on Friday…
Catch Harper Blynn at LarkFEST on Lark Street in Albany on Saturday. The fest runs from 10am-5:30pm, and Harper Blynn will be performing at 1pm on the Madison Avenue stage. Admission is – of course – free.
OK, it’s not as big as Tulip Fest or LarkFest, of course. But attendance at the annual Art on Lark celebration has been rapidly growing in recent years, and it’s likely that this year’s bash will be the biggest one yet.
Yes, of course, Art on Lark is a showcase for many of Nippertown’s finest visual artists – more than 100 painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, etc. – who will be lining the street with their works from 10am-5pm Saturday, June 6.
Travis Gray (former frontman for Saratoga rockers the Loyalty) has landed the prime pentultimate performance slot, and, hailing from South Burlington, Vermont by way of Island Records, rockin’ little five-piece band the Urgency will serve as yer headliners.
Naturally, admission is free.
And for all of you denizens of Lark Street, Art on Lark will have to last you all summer long, since sponsoring organization the Lark Street BID won’t be bringing the free Monday night concerts back to Washington Park this summer.
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