Real Good for Free: The LarkFest schedule

September 14th, 2009, 9:49 am by Greg

It’s time for LarkFest once again, the biggest free annual outdoor festival in all of Nippertown. The bash takes place on Saturday, September 19, and it stretches on Lark Street from Madison Avenue to Washington Avenue and then around the bend to Townsend Park at the corner of Washington and Henry Johnson Blvd.

Five stages.
More than two dozen acts.
AND it’s all free.

Here’s the schedule of performances:

MAIN STAGE @ MADISON (Lark & Madison)
12noon: Lark Idol: Victoria Lamas
12:20pm: The Burnham Brothers
1:15pm: Ten Year Vamp
2:30pm: Company of Thieves
4pm: Matt & Kim

MAIN STAGE @ WASHINGTON (Lark & Washington)
12:15pm: Queer for Astroboy
1:30pm: Lunic
2:45pm: Bell X1
4:15pm: Moby

TOWNSEND PARK STAGE (Washington & Henry Johnson)
11am: Barons in the Attic
11:45am: Matthew Loiacono
12:30pm: We Are Jeneric
1:15pm: Scientific Maps
2:15pm: Beware! the Other Head of Science
3:15pm: Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

HOMETOWN STAGE (Lark & Chestnut)
12noon: Albany Poets
12:20pm: Discard Avant Garb
1:15pm: Joe Stories
1:45pm: Ashley Pond Band
2:30pm: MotherJudge w/ Jim Gaudet, Bob Buckley & Mitch Elrod
3:15pm: The Ameros
4pm: Rick Whispers
4:45pm: Marcus Ruggiero

FAMILY STAGE (Lark & Hudson)
12noon: Mike McCrea
12:30pm: eba Dance Theatre’s “Henry Hudson & His River”
1:30pm: Courtney Biondo
2pm: Merdwin the Mediocre
2:30pm: Mike McCrea
3pm: Courtney Biondo
3:30pm: Merdwin the Mediocre
4pm: Mike McCrea


Artists in need

August 19th, 2009, 3:29 pm by Greg

During the past couple of First Friday arts walks in Albany, we’ve ended up down at the Contompasis Gallery at 40 North Broadway. It’s off the beaten path, to say the least, but there’s a wonderful energy there. Artwork covers nearly every inch of wall space, spilling out into the hallway with canvases sometimes stacked up three or four deep.

So it was with a heavy heart that we learned of the fire there yesterday.

But it hasn’t taken long for fellow artists and musicians to come to their aid. Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany will be hosting a two-day marathon benefit bash on Friday and Saturday, September 4-5 in conjunction with next month’s First Friday. Lots of artwork on exhibit, lots of music on the stage, and lots of help for those in need.

Contact Tess’ Lark Tavern to make donations of artwork, time, talent or funds.

Samson Contompasis: Gorillas

Samson Contompasis: Gorillas

Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!!

August 12th, 2009, 9:00 am by Greg

Holy shit!

There have certainly been any number of great LarkFEST performances over the past 27 years, but we’re thinking that the musical line-up for LarkFEST 2009 is shaping up as the one of the all-time best.


So we say THANKS to the Lark Street Business Improvement District, who is co-sponsoring the street fest with the City of Albany.

On Lark Street in Albany at Washington and Madison avenues, the two main stages (presented by Willobee and the fine folks at WEQX-FM) will feature national headlining acts Moby, Bell X1, Matt & Kim and Company of Thieves, as well as Vermont’s Burnham Bros. Band, in addition to Capital Region faves Lunic, Ten Year Vamp and a reunion of Queer for AstroBoy.

For the second consecutive year, the Albany Barn is sponsoring the Townsend Park Stage on Washington Avenue between Henry Johnson Blvd. and Central Avenue. Performing in Townsend Park will be Barrons in the Attic, Matthew Loiacono, We Are Jeneric, Scientific Maps, Beware! The Other Head of Science and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned.

Meanwhile on the Hometown Stage, singer-songwriter MotherJudge will be hosting an eclectic mix of music, poetry and visual art featuring the Albany Poets, Rick Whispers, the fashions of Discard Avant Garb, Marcus Ruggerio and the Ameros.

The 28th annual LarkFEST will be held between 10am-5:30pm on Saturday September 19.

See you there.

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