LIVE: PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, 9/12/15

October 2nd, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Eastbound Jesus

Eastbound Jesus

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Yes, there were three free music festivals in downtown Albany on Saturday, September 12, but the Hispanic Heritage Celebration was held indoors at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, and the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival was wisely re-located to the rain site. But the sixth annual PearlPalooza – with two outdoor stages on North Pearl Street in Albany – got hammered with the rain storm that rolled in mid-afternoon.

While there were indeed a few hardy souls who didn’t mind cavorting in the rain, attendance was way down by the time headliner Matisyahu took his turn at the microphone.

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LIVE: PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, 9/13/14

October 2nd, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Terraplane Sun

Terraplane Sun

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Albany’s fall street festival season kicked off last month with PearlPalooza, but unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate.

The chilly, rainy Saturday left fans waterlogged at the fifth annual PearlPalooza, which took place on Saturday, September 13 on downtown Albany’s North Pearl Street. And while other fests taking place that day scurried to the cover of their rainsite (like the Jazz at the Lake, which relocated to Lake George High School), there was no dry place for PearlPalooza to go. The fans got soggy, and the bands were singing in the rain.

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LIVE: PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, 9/28/13 (Take Two)

October 4th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
The local stage crowd (photo by Stanley Johnson)

The local stage crowd (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Stanley Johnson and Timothy Reidy

Last weekend’s PearlPalooza bash firmly established the one-day free street fest as a serious contender to LarkFest. With the huge crowds that jammed North Pearl Street, it was almost impossible to imagine that the WEXT-sponsored fest started just three short years ago with a couple hundred people in Albany’s downtown listening to Rusted Root on the Fourth of July weekend.

Two stages. Nine bands. One big party…

The stage at the corner of Pine Street hosted the Local 518 bands, and while it would have been better to mix the homegrown bands in with the national acts on both stages, the crowd at the local stage seemed just as enthusiastic as the one in front of the main stage.

From Titanics, who kicked off the stage at 1pm, to Eastbound Jesus, who closed up the stage with a rousing, hot-wired, rock’n’ roll hoedown, the bands were in top-notch form, proving that the Local 518 music scene has got a bunch of serious talent ready for bigger regional and national spotlights. And the crowds responded. Encores were demanded and granted; Wild Adriatic dipped into some Led Zeppelin. Stellar Young fans exhibited serious devotion to their fave band, waving giant cut-out heads of the bandmembers from the audience. And Eastbound Jesus once again had folks do-si-do-ing on the sidewalks and foot-stompin’ on the asphalt.

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LIVE: PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany, 9/28/13

September 30th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man

Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte

This year at PearlPalooza in downtown Albany nine bands performed on two stages – alternating continuously throughout the day. Sponsored and hosted by 102.7 WEQX-FM, people were able to watch bands from all over the world perform on the main stage – Gentlemen Hall, Cayucas, Said the Whale and Crystal Fighters. Headlining PearlPalooza was Portugal. The Man.

And the local stage at the other end of the street played host to four popular Local 518 bands – Eastbound Jesus, Wild Adriatic, Stellar Young and Titanics.

With the best weather that a late-September day could give, the first band I had the pleasure of seeing was Santa Monica band Cayucas. With their music ranging from indie pop to surf pop, the three-piece band played a lively and relaxing set Saturday afternoon, including “Deep Sea” and their radio single “High School Lover,” from their recently released debut album, Bigfoot. If I had to compare their sound to any other band, I would say they sound very much like Vampire Weekend. People in the crowd soon made this connection, too, and every person I talked to really enjoyed their performance.

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T-Shirt Slogans @ PearlPalooza, 9/28/13

September 30th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg

t-shirtA random sampling of t-shirts spotted at PearlPalooza on North Pearl Street in Albany on Saturday, September 28:

Log Bay Day
Yasgur Road
Live With Passion
I Am the Stig
Last Vestige Music Shop
Los Pollos Hermanos
Joy Division
Jack Daniel’s
Bring It Home, Mau

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UPDATE: PearlPalooza Line-Up Changes

August 12th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

There have been some changes to the line-up of bands at PearlPalooza, the free street fest on North Pearl Street in Albany on Saturday, September 28…

Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, two of the festival’s headlining bands – the Dirty Heads and Palma Violets – have been forced to cancel their PearlPalooza appearances.

But… sponsoring radio station WEQX-FM has announced a new headliner – Portugal. The Man.

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LIVE: PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, 9/24/11

October 3rd, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
Mutemath @ PearlPalooza (photo by Brian Tromans)


Last week, we ran Sebastien Barre’s photo array of Company of Thieves’ performance at PearlPalooza, but, of course, there was a whole lot more going on during downtown Albany’s second annual free street fest. After all, there were 11 bands performing on two stages throughout the day-long shindig, including a powerhouse closing set by headliners Mutemath.

Photographer Brian Tromans was on the scene throughout the day, and he bestowed the following awards:

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LIVE: Company of Thieves @ PearlPalooza, 9/24/11

September 26th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
Company of Thieves @ PearlPalooza (photo by Sebastien Barre)

Hot on the heels of LarkFest (see review & photos here), Albany’s second big rock ‘n’ street festival took over Albany’s North Pearl Street curb-to-curb on Saturday for an all-day bash featuring 11 bands on two stages.

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