Remember those good ole days when there were free concerts every Monday night on the Lake House Stage in Albany’s Washington Park?
Well, they might be coming back next summer…
After nearly a decade without the popular summer concert events in Washington Park – which were originally produced by Mona Golub and Second Wind Productions and then later by Maura Swift – Park Playhouse is working to build a new Monday Music Series.
And earlier this month they tested the waters with a single, stand-alone concert presented by Park Playhouse and the Palace Theatre, in association with the City of Albany’s Department of Special Events. The free concert on Monday, August 17, featured Coxsackie-based jam-band faves Conehead Buddha with Albany soul-funk band the Victory Soul Orchestra opening the show.
The Honest Weight Food Co-op is presenting its sixth annual Local Harvest Festival at the Lakehouse in Albany’s Washington Park from 12noon-4pm on Sunday (October 5). The focus of the free, rain-or-shine fest is a Local Foods Marketplace with more than 50 vendors, but there will also be children’s activities, chef demonstrations, crafters and, of course, a healthy serving of homegrown Local 518 music, too.
Here’s the schedule of band performances for Sunday’s Local Harvest Festival:
The Lucky Jukebox Brigade (photo by Timothy Reidy)
Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Additional photographs by Richard Brody
For Day Two of Albany’s 66th annual Tulip Festival, the weather cooperated perfectly, and the two stages of non-stop music went off without a hitch – no cancellations like Day One.
And, in fact, Tulip Fest Sunday – aka Mothers’ Day – offered a broader spectrum of music than Saturday’s line-up. From Nicole Vaness Ortiz’s Main Stage opening tribute to Whitney Houston to Tonic frontman Emerson Hart’s fest wrap-up showcase of tunes from his new solo album, Beauty in Disarray, the Main Stage activity was less rock-oriented and more family-friendly. Singer-songwriter Caroline Glaser – a popular contestant on NBC-TV’s “The Voice” singing competition – served up some sparkling indie-folk sounds, and the Local 518 even got some Main Stage representation with Troy guitarslinger Graham Tichy leading his band through a roots-rock cavalcade that stretched from rockabilly to swing.
Over at the Lakehouse Stage, the all-homegrown line-up of bands proved that the Local 518 is home to a healthy and diverse array of music, from the relatively new, fuzzed-out, instrumental surf sounds of the Kimono Dragons to the funky, horn-fueled jazz of the Chronicles to the harmony-laden Americana folk-rock of the North & South Dakotas to the finale rousing blast of the cabaret/party band the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, previewing some fresh new tunes from their upcoming sophomore album, it was a grand day for music.
Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Additional photographs by Timothy Reidy
Despite the week-long weather predictions of rain, rain and more rain, Day One of Albany’s 66th annual Tulip Festival was a perfect Saturday for arts & crafts shopping, food-truck sampling, flower photos and, of course, people watching in Albany’s Washington Park.
Musically, however, things didn’t go quite so smoothly. The Chain Gang of 1974 – originally slated to be the Main Stage opening act – cancelled the week before the fest and then just 24 prior to their scheduled headlining performance MS MR dropped off the bill as well. Replacement bands were booked – Panama Wedding to open and Mike Doughty to close – but this year’s Tulip Fest just didn’t seem to have the buzz surrounding previous feats.
The Honest Weight Food Co-op hosted its fifth annual Local Harvest Festival at the Lakehouse in Albany’s Washington Park earlier this month. And while the focus of the free fest was a Local Foods Marketplace with more than 50 vendors, the day-long event also presented a harvest of homegrown Local 518 music, too, including performances by Rosary Beard, Olivia Quillio, Banshee Tree and the Lucky Jukebox Brigade.
The Lucky Jukebox Brigade (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)
The Honest Weight Food Co-op is presenting its fifth annual Local Harvest Festival at the Lakehouse in Albany’s Washington Park from 12noon-4pm on Sunday (October 6). The focus of the free fest is a Local Foods Marketplace with more than 50 vendors, but there will also be children’s activities, chef demonstrations, crafters and, of course, a healthy serving of homegrown Local 518 music, too.
Here’s the schedule of bands performing at Sunday’s Local Harvest Festival:
For nearly two decades, Albany’s Washington Park has been the site of the premiere Latino festival in upstate New York. Andthe Albany Latin Festival is returning to the park once again from 11am-6pm on Saturday, August 24.
The 18th annual family-friendly fest showcases Latino culture with a diverse array of food, crafts, children’s activities and, of course, plenty of high-energy music. And, yes, admission is still free.
Here’s the line-up of performances at the 2013 Albany LatinFest:
Following the annual Capital Pride Parade, Albany’s Washington Park was the site of singing and celebration as former ’80s teen pop icon Debbie Gibson headlined the free Capital Pride Festival earlier this month. And it seemed as though everyone in the park was primed for the flashback pop of “Out of the Blue.” And, yes, now 42 years old, Gibson still knows how to “Shake Your Love.” Rounding out the fest’s entertainment schedule were Aiden Leslie and Local 518 faves the Accents.
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