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LIVE: Rest Fest @ CAC Woodside, 8/15/14 (Day Two)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Eastbound Jesus

Eastbound Jesus

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Rest Fest
Restoration Festival…
Restoration Funstival…

By whatever name you call it, the fifth annual fest returned to the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy for the second consecutive year, and once again, it was a parade of fine Local 518 bands gracing the two stages with plenty of festive, adventurous and fun music…

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LIVE: Restoration Festival @ CAC Woodside, 9/7/13 (Day Two)

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Man Man with a young dancer  (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Man Man with a young dancer (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson and Timothy Reidy

The second day of this year’s Restoration Music & Fun Festival, held for the first time at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside – a Neo-gothic stone complex perched precariously on a hillside in South Troy – got started early in the afternoon on Saturday with quiet, reverent music. We were in a former church, after all.

Architecturally, the new Rest Fest location – although historically important – couldn’t quite match the towering St. Joseph’s Church in Albany, which last year provided a stunning setting of both beauty and decrepitude: high vaulted ceilings and gorgeous stained glass windows along with chipped walls, leaky ceilings and crumbling plaster depictions of Jesus.

Ownership of St. Joseph’s Church has since returned to the city of Albany, so the purpose of the annual music and arts fest – started four years ago by local music collective B3nson Recording Company to raise funds for the church’s restoration – shifted this year to an equally worthy cause in the Contemporary Artists Center, which is transforming the long vacant church and chapel at Woodside into an arts venue.

Festivalgoers trickled into Woodside’s church with its heavy wooden monastic doors on Saturday as the Accents kicked off the afternoon with subdued and soul-baring folk on the “church stage.” Tor & the Fjords, a project of Albany librarian and songwriter Tor Loney, had just opened the day on the festival’s “chapel stage” with a set of introspective indie. And Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies followed with dark-tinged emotional pop highlighted by a murder ballad based on a true-life love triangle that ended disastrously in Cohoes.

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LIVE: Restoration Festival @ CAC Woodside, 9/6/13 (Day One)

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
The Parlour

The Parlor

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Historic Albany Foundation’s decision earlier this year to return the ownership of the former St. Joseph Church to the City of Albany not only left the future of the building in question, but also the future of the Restoration Festival, which for the previous three years had been one of the galvanizing, community-building events on the Nippertown music scene.

Fortunately the folks from festival organizers B3nson Records decided to carry on their mission to help renovate and maintain local buildings in need of repair, moving their operation across the river to another former church. Earlier this month they presented the fourth annual Rest Fest as a two-day festival at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, a former church in Troy. A non-profit arts organization, the CAC has set up shop at the historic Woodside Church and Chapel in Troy to serve as a sustainable incubator for contemporary artists. While its international artist residency program opened in 2009, the grand opening of its performance and exhibition space isn’t scheduled until May, 2014.

But music fans got a sneak peek at the venue with the opening night of Rest Fest, as seven Local 518 bands donated their time and talent, performing alternately on stages in the CAC’s adjacent Church and Chapel buildings.

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UPDATE: Rest Fest Announces Band Schedules

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

After three years at the former St. Joseph’s Church in Albany, the annual Restoration Festival is moving across the Hudson this weekend, the two-day festival finding a new home at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, a former church in Troy. The fest will be held on Friday & Saturday (September 6 & 7).

The fest features 19 bands total, performing on two stages throughout the weekend – plus on-site after-parties on both nights. Philadelphia’s experimental alt-rockers Man Man headline the fest on Saturday night, but the line-up of Local 518 bands is just as exciting, ranging from Rest Fest veterans Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Swamp Baby and Friday headliners the Parlor to the debut performance of musician/performance artist Ryder Cooley’s new band, Ryder & Hazel with the Dust Bowl Faeries.

Doors open at 6pm on Friday; music starts at 6:30pm on Friday and at 1:55pm on Saturday. All-festival passes for the two-day music festival are $32.50 and are currently available online. Friday-only tickets are $15 in advance; Saturday-only tickets are $27.50 in advance. Children under age 14 are free. And new ticket option is also available this year – an all-fest VIP backstage pass for $150.

So here it is – the complete schedule of performance times for bands at Rest Fest 2013:

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Rest Fest Announces Line-Up of Bands

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Ryder & Hazel with the Dustbowl Faeries

Ryder & Hazel with the Dust Bowl Faeries

Photograph by Tim Livingston

After three years at the former St. Joseph’s Church in Albany, the Restoration Festival is moving across the Hudson, the two-day festival finding a new home at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, a former church in Troy. The fest will be held on Friday & Saturday, September 6 & 7.

All-festival passes for the two-day music festival are $32.50 and are currently available online. And new ticket option is also available this year – a VIP backstage pass for $150. Friday-only tickets are $15 in advance; Saturday-only tickets are $27.50 in advance. Children under age 14 are free.

Until now, only the Saturday night headliner – Philadelphia’s experimental alt-rockers Man Man – had been announced. But with less than three weeks to the fest, organizers have finally announced the rest of the bands to complete the line-up – 19 bands total plus on-site after-parties both nights.

So here it is – the new slate of bands for Rest Fest 2013:

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Rest Fest Tickets Are Now On Sale

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Restoration Festival 2013

Tickets for the fourth annual Restoration Festival are now on sale. Early bird full-festival passes for the two-day music festival are $22.50 and are currently available online.

This year’s Rest Fest takes place on Friday & Saturday, September 6 & 7 at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy. Headlining Saturday’s festivities will be Philly-based indie band Man Man. The remainder of the festival line-up is TBA.

A new ticket option is also available this year – a VIP backstage pass for $150. As Rest Fest organizer Louis Apicello explains, “You will get all access to the green room for the weekend, and be able to relax with the artists and volunteers and enjoy all of the awesome food and drink you want right along side with them.”

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Headline Band Announced for Rest Fest

Headline Band Announced for Rest Fest

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Philadelphia-based alt-rockers Man Man have been announced as the headlining band for the annual Restoration Festival, wrapping up the two-day fest on Saturday, September 7 at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy.

Their Rest Fest performance will be the kick-off of their national tour in support of On Oni Pond, Man Man’s upcoming new album slated for release on Anti- Records on Tuesday, September 10.

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Rest Fest Relocates to Troy

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Restoration Festival 2013

With the Historic Albany Foundation’s recent decision to return the ownership of the former St. Joseph Church to the City of Albany, more than a few music fans around Nippertown were left to wonder what might happen to the annual Restoration Festival (also known simply as Rest Fest), which has helped to raise funds for the building.

And now we know…

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