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.

CD: Swamp Baby’s “All Fours”

August 25th, 2010, 1:58 pm by Greg

Swamp Baby: All Fours(Collar City Records, 2010):

Sometimes Swamp Baby sounds like Gram Parsons on quaaludes with the volume turned down to three.

Now, some bands might be pissed off with a comparison like that, but I’m guessing that Swamp Baby isn’t one of them.

And I certainly don’t mean it in any kind of a derogatory sense at all. I like Gram Parsons. And quiet music. And ballads, too. Although you can keep the quaaludes.

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Festival Fever: Rest Fest @ St. Joseph’s Church, 8/28-29/10

August 23rd, 2010, 10:55 am by Greg

RestFestJust last month, the art ‘n’ music festival Heavy took over St. Joseph’s Church in Albany with a wild ‘n’ woolly happening to raise funds for the restoration of the historic church. (See our review.)

Now this weekend, another music festival spearheaded by the fine folks at B3nson Records – in conjunction with the Historic Albany Foundation – is headed into the church to help raise more funds.

The Restoration Funstival – otherwise known as Rest Fest – will take place from 12noon-11pm on Saturday and Sunday, featuring 16 of the top local bands from all corners of Nippertown.

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Encore for Heavy

July 27th, 2010, 11:04 am by Greg
Heavy @ St. Joseph's Church, Albany

(photo by Sebastien B.)

Yes, Heavy has been extended, and the multimedia fest of visual art, music, dance and – hey! – maybe even a puppet or two will open the doors of Saint Joseph’s Church in Albany again this weekend.

The fest originally took place over the course of three days last weekend, but the Marketplace Gallery’s Samson Contompasis, the fest’s organizer, was so happy with the success of the event that he has extended the run – and promised some new artworks and music, too.

Related story: Read our review of Heavy with photos by Sebastien B.

Heavy will take place from 5-11pm on Friday, and from 2-11pm on Saturday.

As it was last weekend, admission is just $5, which will go directly to the funding the restoration of the church.

ArtBeat: Heavy @ St. Joseph’s Church, 7/23-25/10

July 26th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

Heavy @ St. Joseph's Church, Albany

Heavy, indeed.

And delightfully diverse. And swimmingly surreal.

Heavy – the multimedia art fest organized by Samson Contompasis of the Marketplace Gallery for the benefit of the restoration of St. Joseph’s Church by the Historic Albany Foundation – looked to be a rousing success on Friday night, the first day of the three-day extravaganza.

People were there. The media was there. Artists and art lovers were there. And Contompasis was there, strolling through the festivities with a big grin on his face, looking like a proud papa.

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ArtBeat: FLUX Music and Art Event, 10/9-11/09

October 9th, 2009, 10:19 am by Greg

StJosephIt’s time for another Happening!

FLUX Music and Art Event takes over the historic Saint Joseph’s Church on Ten Broeck St. in Albany this weekend.

Dozens of visual artists and musicians are banding together for a marathon, anything-can-happen bash that transforms the old church into a contemporary art ‘n’ party venue.

Participants include a who’s-who of movers and shakers on the Nippertown art scene: Samson and Alex Contompasis, Daniel Chavez, Dwell & One Unit, Mat Kane, Chip Fasciana, Ethan Bach, Disposable Rocket Band, Oddy Gato, Courtney Blackwell, Existing Artists, Martin Dodge and many, many others.

FLUX takes place 4-11pm Friday, October 9; 7pm-12midnight Saturday, October 10; and 12noon-9pm Sunday, October 11. The event is open to the general public, and food and beverages will be available onsite. There is a suggested minimum donation of $5 per day to benefit the Historic Albany Foundation and the ongoing efforts to restore Saint Joseph’s Church.

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