Real Good for FREE: Uncle Sam Jam & Car Show @ Powers Park on Saturday

August 29th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb

The Uncle Sam Jam and the South Troy Timing Association’s Power in the Park team up for one big day of automobiles and audio delights, as music and muscle cars fill Troy’s Powers Park on Saturday (August 30).

The day-long bash runs from 1-7pm, and admission is free.

Here’s the schedule of bands lined up for the 2014 Uncle Sam Jam:

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Real Good for FREE: Uncle Sam Jam @ Powers Park, 8/31/13

August 29th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
The Tichy Boys

The Tichy Boys (photo by Ed Conway)

There are a whole lot of music festivals going on this weekend – from the Final Stretch Music Fest and the Saratoga Blues Celebration in Saratoga Springs to ScumFest II in Berne, from the Wall Street Jazz Festival in Kingston to the Felice County Fair in Saugerties – and now there’s yet another one to consider for your Labor Day Weekend plans…

The annual Uncle Sam Jam takes place in Powers Park in Troy on Saturday (August 31). It’s all-ages, and it’s free, too.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2013 Uncle Sam Jam:

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Real Good for FREE: Powers Park Concert Series

June 4th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Funk Evolution (photo by Daniel Ross)

July 7: Funk Evolution (photo by Daniel Ross)

Music is returning to Powers Park in Troy again this summer. The park – located at 110th Street and Second Avenue – will host free weekly concerts from 6-8:30pm on Saturdays throughout the months of July and August.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2012 summer season of the Powers Park Concert Series:

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Real Good for Free: Uncle Sam Jam & Power in the Park Classic Car Show, 9/3/11

September 2nd, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg
Stuck On Stupid

Stuck On Stupid

Yup, it’s unofficially the last weekend of the summer, and there are a lot of festivals going on all around Nippertown – moe.down, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the Capital District Scottish Games.

But if your summer budget has been depleted and you’re looking for a FREE festival, well, just head over to Powers Park in Troy on Saturday.

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Real Good for Free: Troy’s Powers Park

July 8th, 2011, 11:30 am by Greg

July 30th: The Refrigerators

Slated for July 30th: The Refrigerators

The City of Troy is once again hosting a series of free summer concerts in Powers Park throughout the months of July and August.

The concerts begin at 6pm on Saturdays. The series kicks off on Saturday with a performance by Four, led by lead vocalist Alejandro Williams. Here’s the schedule for the 2011 season:

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Real Good for Free: Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers @ Powers Park, 9/5/09

August 31st, 2009, 8:10 am by Greg

Yes, the summer-long series of free concerts in Troy’s Powers Park was supposed to have ended this past weekend with the big Uncle Sam Jam.

But the August 22 was rained out, which means that the always revved-up rockabilly favorites Johnny Rabb and the Jailhouse Rockers were postponed. If you want to add a little old-school rock ‘n’ roll to your Labor Day weekend, Rabb and the boys will fire it up at Powers Park at 6pm Saturday, September 5.

Of course, it’s free.

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LIVE: Mike & the Monsters @ Powers Park, 8/1/09

August 6th, 2009, 5:47 pm by Sara

Michaele Ann Flynn-Borecki "Mike"

When Mike and The Monsters approached Troy event organizer Vito Ciccarelli three summers ago he was skeptical at best. All that changed when he gave the rock band an early slot on last year’s Uncle Sam Jam, where they won over the audience.

Based on this crowd pleasing set the band was booked, on the spot, for this year’s Powers Park free concert series. Michaele Ann (AKA “Mike”) along with husband Rick Borecki on drums form the core of this cover band on the rise. They are ably backed by such veteran area players as guitarist Ron Urbaetis, bassist John Dodge and former Blacksmith guitar hero Dave Smith.

The sunny Saturday held. The lawn chairs appeared. Snowman vended. Vito emceed, and Mike delivered. The Monsters covers ran the gamut from reworked new wave nuggets like Nena’s “99 Red Balloons” to current radio tunes such as Pink’s “U and UR Hand,” but where the band distinguishes itself is on hard rock gems: The Scorpions’ “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City” and a show-stopping version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”

The Monsters have just released their debut CD “Live at the Revolution” recorded at Troy’s own Revolution Hall.

Photo and review by Matt Mac Haffie.

Real Good for Free: Powers Park

May 20th, 2009, 10:54 am by Greg

Saturday in the park!

When summertime rolls around, those free weekly concert series start popping up in nearly every available little park and gazebo all around Nippertown.

(OK, not all of them. Sadly, we won’t be getting the Monday night concerts in Albany’s Washington Park this year.)

One of the first series out of the gate – at least with their announcement – is Powers Park in Troy, whose series takes place at 6:30pm Saturdays.

Here’s the rundown:
July 11: Blue Hand Luke
July 18: Little Elvis
July 25: Storm Front
August 1: Mike & the Monsters
August 8: Loose Cannon Live!
August 15: Al Bruno
August 22: Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers

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