Festival Fever: Saratoga ArtsFest, 6/6-9/13

June 3rd, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Ben Vereen

Ben Vereen

The Saratoga ArtsFest – a four-day festival that runs from Thursday-Sunday (June 6-9) at a variety of venues throughout the city – is a collaboration and celebration of more than 40 community arts organizations, designed to appeal to a wide audience, from the serious arts aficionado to families with young children. The festival offers activities and events, showcasing music, dance, visual art, film, theater and literary art.

As a tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Saratoga Race Track, many of this year’s ArtsFest events will draw on the Spa City’s rich history.

A few of the festival’s highlights include:

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CD: Phil Drum’s “Old Blues”

June 8th, 2010, 4:15 pm by Greg

Phil Drum: Old Blues

Phil Drum: Old Blues

(no label listed, 2010):

There ain’t nothing fancy going on here, and that’s a good thing.

This disc is about as basic as you can get: just one guy playing acoustic guitar and singing – at the same time.

No tricky overdubs, no horn sections, no… well, you get the idea. And the truth of the matter is that Phil Drum doesn’t need any of that to make these songs sing.

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Festival Fever: SaratogaArtsFest, 6/10-13

June 7th, 2010, 10:01 am by Greg

Saratoga Arts Fest
The fourth annual SaratogaArtsFest rolls in the Spa City on Thursday, transforming Saratoga Springs into a wonderland of arts, entertainment and culture through Sunday. Not just music. Not just film. Or dance, theater or visual arts. it’s a fest for all manner of art and for art that crosses boundaries from one genre to another, as well.

There are more than 75 events and exhibits – way too many for us to list them all – taking place all around town during the four-day festival, but we picked out a few promising events:

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