Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson
The Grand Slambovians and the Americanarama Festival of Music were the highlights of an amazing weekend of entertainment with connections and themes that became apparent as I looked back on the whole grand experience.
The experience started Thursday in Schenectady with the Zoppe Italian Family Circus, which I’ve already covered. The next night I wound up back in the Electric City for the Summer Night Out in front of Proctor’s Arcade for fireworks and music, including Funk Evolution and a solo street performance by C. Ryder Cooley (also known for her circus skills).
So the circus theme continued Saturday at Riverlink Park on the banks of the Mohawk River in Amsterdam with the Grand Slambovians (formerly known as Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams). I had seen the band in 2010 at Mountain Jam, but there was too much else going on at the time to give them much attention. I remember thinking that I wanted to see a longer show by them.
So I got one at Riverlink, and what a show.