Parade o’ Shoes: Derek Rogers of Titanics

August 20th, 2014, 11:30 am by Greg

SHOES: Derek Rogers of Titanics

Photograph by Andrew Gregory

Derek Rogers @ Rest Fest, Troy, 8/16/14

On Day Two of the Restoration Festival (aka RestFest, Restoration Funstival) at CAC Woodside in Troy, Titanics turned in a mid-afternoon set made up largely of new material with other favorites sprinkled in. A component of guitarist Derek Rogers warm yet glassy tone may have been revealed…


Rest Fest Returns to CAC Woodside in Troy This Summer

April 28th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

RestFest 2014

After three years at Albany’s St. Joseph Church, last year the annual Restoration Festival moved across the Hudson River to the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy. And apparently the venue was a hit because the Rest Fest folks have announced that the fest will be returning to the new venue again this year.

But rather than hosting the event in September, this year Rest Fest will held a few weeks earlier – on Friday and Saturday, August 15 & 16 – which will hopefully avoid conflicts with other Local 518 fests which have landed on the same date as Rest Fest during the past couple of years.

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Win FREE TIX to Restoration Festival This Weekend!

September 6th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

As you’ve probably heard, the third annual Restoration Festival takes over the former Saint Joseph’s Church in Albany this weekend. The three-day fest kicks off on Friday evening (September 7) with Better Pills, Common Prayer and the eagerly anticipated reunion of the Kamikaze Hearts.

Saturday’s line-up features Barons in the Attic, Careers, Dryer, GoldTooth, Hop Along, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Mount Eerie and Sharon Van Etten (with her full band).

Sunday’s line-up features Swamp Baby, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Brian Dewan, Giles Bennett & the Petrified Woods, the Loom, the Parlor and Willy Mason.

For a full schedule of performance times, go here.


Advance single-day tix for Friday and Sunday are $20; $25 at the door. Advance single-day tix for Saturday are $30; $40 at the door. Or you can snag an advance all-fest three-day pass for $40 if you purchase it today (Thursday, September 6). All-fest tix will be $50 at the door. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

BUT WAIT… Courtesy of Ramblin Jug Stompers (who are slated to play at 2:15pm on Sunday), we’re giving away a pair of FREE ALL-FEST THREE-DAY TIX to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below telling us who you’d most like to see play at next year’s Rest Fest. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

NPR Plugs the Kamikaze Hearts Reunion at Rest Fest

September 5th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
The Kamikaze Hearts

The Kamikaze Hearts

If you’re about to reunite your old band to play your first show in five years, wouldn’t it be nice to get some publicity?

No, I mean some really cool publicity.

Like maybe a shout-out and a spin on National Public Radio’s “All Songs Considered”

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LIVE: Restoration Festival @ St. Joseph’s Church, 8/27-28/11

August 30th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg
Restoration Festival @ St. Joseph's Cathedral, Albany

Photographs by Bryan Thomas

Video of Matthew Carefully’s Undone Ensemble’s “Poughkeepsie” from Sunday

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Signs of the City

September 3rd, 2010, 3:30 pm by Sara
Funeral No Parking

Found in the middle of the dance floor at Rest Fest, St. Joseph's Church in Albany, Sunday, August 29, 2010.

Live: Restoration Funstival (Rest Fest) @ St. Joseph’s Church, 8/29/10

August 31st, 2010, 10:30 am by Greg
Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

Wow! Was that great, or what?

I managed to log about six and a half hours at Rest Fest on Sunday, and the primary thought that kept running through my mind was, “Damn, I wish I’d been able to have been here on Saturday, too!”

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Matthew Carefully Releases New Album Tomorrow

August 27th, 2010, 4:16 pm by Greg

St Joseph's OblivionIn honor of this weekend’s big Rest Fest at St. Joseph’s Church in Albany, master musical innovator Matthew Carefully decided to do something special.

So he and recording guru Frank Moscowitz loaded a bunch of musical instruments and recording gear into St. Joseph’s Church this morning and recorded a full album of new material live in the church. They finished recording just after 10am.

And when Rest Fest kicks off at 12noon of Saturday, Carefully will be offering a limited edition of the new CD, “St. Joseph’s Obilvion,” for sale at the festival.

Carefully is slated to perform at the festival at 1pm on Sunday. For a full schedule of performances – including showtimes – go here.

Related story: A review of Matthew Carefully’s album, “Community Balloon,” which was released just three months ago.

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