Photographs by Stanley Johnson
The sidewalks of River Street in Troy were covered in chalk pictures earlier this month during the annual River Street Festival, as dozens of street artists painted the sidewalks with chalk in the sunshine.
Photographs by Stanley Johnson
This year, the River Street Festival in Troy put more of an emphasis on art, but make no mistake, there was still plenty of music going on through the Saturday afternoon fest.
Three stages of music, in fact…
And those stages proudly hosted a wide variety of bands and musicians, including the returning children’s music duo Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh and the homegrown talents of Funk Evolution, Kim Buckley, young Emma Torncello and many others.
Reviews and photographs by Stanley Johnson
The day started with the simple plan of going to the River Street Festival in Troy, one of Nippertown’s best annual urban street festivals.
But first I had to stop at the Farmer’s Market at the Riverfront Park for breakfast, where I discovered that last year’s major construction project had been completed. (I don’t get to Troy real often). The park was beautiful. The new, not-exactly-an-amphitheater, was huge. What a great place for the festival’s main entertainment. Except that it wasn’t…
The first music of the day at the annual River Street Festival in Troy actually started early in the Farmer’s Market section. The Pine Hills String Band meets to play traditional string band music every third Saturday from 11am-1pm at the market along the current waterfront, which mostly resembles a construction zone now.
I was enjoying their performance as well as an excellent egg, cheese and bacon sandwich prepared by Nighthawk’s Kitchen, one of many food, craft and art vendors at the fest and the Farmer’s Market. (I couldn’t actually tell where one started and the other stopped.) After a not so brief detour checking out the sidewalk chalk art, I watched guitarist and vocalist Al Spain recruit Harper Connally from the audience to add tambourine and maracas to some tunes on the children’s stage.
I had already missed Rich Ortiz, but I was please to catch much of the set by Acoustic Trauma, who were pretty loud for being acoustic. At times they sounded almost like prog-rock, with violin and Kevin Lord’s excellent bass playing.
Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson
The sidewalks of River Street in Troy were covered in chalk pictures during last month’s the annual River Street Festival. More than 50 artists painted the sidewalks in chalk in the sunshine. Some painted using preliminary drawings or pictures worked out on computers, smartphones, pieces of paper and some just free-styled on the concrete.
Troy knows how to party, and Troy’s River Street Festival proved it on Saturday. With vendors of all types lining the road from one end of River Street to the other, it was almost impossible to not find something to like. That goes for the entertainment as well, with three stages – from children’s fare to local music to the main stage at Monument Square – serving up a wonderful trip for nostalgia. Except for a couple of excursions through the throngs of people in search of sustenance, we spent almost the entire day at the main stage. With one great act after another, the only thing that could possible have added to it was a special guest appearance by some fantastic weather. And we got that, too.
First up was the Graham Tichy Experience Project (or Project Experience, depending on who was announcing). This trio is made up of some of Nippertown’s best known musicians. The son of Commander Cody guitarslinger and RPI professor John Tichy, Graham has made quite a name for himself as a fantastic rockabilly guitarist. Backed up solidly by bassist Steven Clyde (aka Clyde Blotto), whose resume is way too long to mention here, and Pete Vumbaco on drums. Unfortunately, there were not very many people there to hear the brunch set, but those who were there were treated to some hot licks. Joining them on stage for a few songs was Ian Carlton, from the Knyghts of Fuzz.
The annual River Street Festival takes over downtown Troy on Saturday, June 18 with a day-long outdoor bash that features lots of arts and crafts vendors, plenty of good food and beverages and the famous sidewalk chalk drawing competition.
Of course, there will also be lots of great music all throughout the day on two stages. Here’s the schedule of musical performance for the 2011 River Street Festival:
And alt-pop singer-songwriter Paula Cole turned up the heat a couple of more degrees with a passionate, smoldering, 85-minute set to wrap up the 2010 River Street Festival in Troy last Saturday.
Her compact band – just drummer Tony Mason and sublime guitarist Ben Butler – sounded much bigger than they were on nuggets like the opening “Comin’ Down” and the empowering “Watch the Woman’s Hands,” Cole’s magnificent voice was even bigger still.