LIVE: Sirsy @ Wiswall Park, 8/27/15

September 21st, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Sirsy – the dynamic pop-rock duo of Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti – wrapped up another fine season of free summer concerts at Wiswall Park in Ballston Spa last month.

The duo embarks on a month-long east coast tour kicking off at the Bitter End in NYC on Thursday (September 24), and continuing down the coast to Florida. But they’ll be back in town in time for a free Halloween concert at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy at 9:30 on Saturday, October 31.

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LIVE: Holly & Evan @ Wiswall Park, 8/14/14

August 27th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Holly & Evan

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The blues-and-more trio of Holly & Evan – bolstered by drummer Rob Morris – kicked out the jams earlier this month at Ballston Spa’s Wiswall Park.

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LIVE: Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad @ Wiswall Park, 7/25/13

August 6th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
Ray Murray and the Bomb Squad

Ray Murray and the Bomb Squad

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad’s recent performance at the gazebo in Ballston Spa’s Wiswall Park was also something of a family-and-friends reunion in their hometown, although their was no one in attendance from the Murray family. But that was to be expected, considering that there’s not actually anyone in the band named Ray Murray.

A beautiful evening and a lot of audience support were good accompaniment to the band’s bluegrass-country-blues with a twist. Singer-Songwriter Tim Whalen sang “a song about hunger-driven murder” called “Hunger Drop Swing.” Another song called “If You Leave Me Baby, I’ll Go Down,” Whalen said, was about a man who loves someone so much that if she leaves, he’ll track her down and kill her.

This deadpan dark streak is funny and creepy: sort of an updated take on Appalachian murder ballads and killing-floor blues. The bluegrass playing drove the music along in a steady boogie for most of the set, and its jaunty, happy sound was juxtaposed with stories about a man who carries his dead wife’s ashes around in a bucket. “I can’t say goodbye, I put your ashes in a bucket,” Whalen sang. “I run you through my fingers, but I still miss your touch.”

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Real Good for Free: Concerts in Wiswall Park

June 24th, 2010, 10:05 am by Greg

The Lustre Kings

The Lustre Kings

Up in Ballston Spa, the summer’s Concerts in the Park series kicks off tonight at 6pm when rockabilly heroes Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings hit the stage in Wiswall Park.

The 2010 series of concerts runs through the end of August and takes place at 6pm each Thursday, immediately following the Farmers Market.

Tonight: Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings
July 1: The Ballston Spa Community Band
July 8: The Zucchini Brothers
July 15: Red Haired Strangers
July 22: Dan Berggren
July 29: Ryan Jensen
August 5: Ice Cream Social with the Union Fire Company Band
August 12: Annie and the Hedonists
August 19: Happy Balky & the Good Livin’
August 26: Sirsy

Art On Lark @ Lark Street, Albany (Saturday, June 26)
The Freedom Park Concert Series @ Freedom Park, Scotia (7pm various days)
Music in the Park @ Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill (7pm Thursdays)
Summer Sounds of Salem @ Main Street Gazebo, Salem (11am Saturdays)
Music in the Park @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack (6pm Tuesdays)
Tuesday Nights in the Park @ Cook Park, Colonie (6:30pm Tuesdays)
Halfmoon Summer Concert Series @ Town Hall Courtyard, Halfmoon (6pm Wednesdays)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (12noon Thursdays)
Alive at 5 @ Riverfront Park, Albany (5pm Thursdays)
Tiki Thursdays @ the Piggy Bank, Beacon (6pm Thursdays)
Guilderland Performing Arts Center @ Tawasentha Park, Guilderland (7:30pm Thursdays)
Garage Bands in the Garage @ the Albany Public Library, Albany (6pm Fridays)
Upbeat on the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (7pm Fridays)
Rockin’ On the River @ River Street, Troy (5pm Wednesdays)
Beacon Riverfest @ Riverfront Park, Beacon (Saturday, June 26)
Skidmore Jazz Institute @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs (Tuesday, June 29-Friday, July 9)
Music Haven Stage @ Central Park, Schenectady (7pm Sundays)
Pearl-Palooza @ Pearl St., Albany, (Saturday, July 3)
Lake George Arts Project Summer Concerts @ Shepard Park, Lake George (7:30pm Wednesdays)
Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Saturday-Sunday, September 18-19)

Real Good For Free: The Ballston Spa Film Festival, 8/6-8

August 4th, 2009, 8:55 am by Greg

The inaugural Ballston Spa Film Festival was held last summer, screening 28 films over the course of two evenings.

This year the fest is back, and it is indeed growing.

The second annual Ballston Spa Film Festival has expanded to 49 films over the course of three nights and will be held Thursday-Saturday, August 6-8 in Wiswall Park and the Malta Avenue School in Ballston Spa. There is no admission charge to any of the films that are being screened.

So what will you find at the fest?

Ray Liotta and Henry Rollins appear in Max Kuger’s short film, “Boyz Up.” Skidmore College’s Aaron Davis screens his animated short, “The Cheater.” G. Gordon Liddy stars in Silvana Jakick’s comedy, “The Rehearsal.” Director Michalina Almindo and writer-actor Kevin Craig West offer their award-winning short, “Distractions.”

And I have absolutely no idea just what to expect, but just from the title, I’m pretty jazzed about seeing Daniel DeFabio’s “Extreme Yoga Smackdown.”

Real Good for Free: Paul Geremia @ Congress Park (Aug. 4)
Real Good for Free: Albany Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park (Sept. 12)
Real Good for Free: The Fabulous Folk Fest @ Bolton Landing (Sept. 6)
Real Good for Free: Spencer Day in Hudson(Friday, August 21)
Real Good For Free: CanalFest @ Mabee Farm (Aug. 8-9)
Real Good for Free: Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: :30 Live! @ Berkshire Fringe (Mon / Wed)
Real Good for Free: Lake Luzerne (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: The Crossings in Colonie (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Rensselaer Riverfront Park (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Kids’ shows in Troy (Wednesdays at noon)
Real Good for Free: Valatie’s Glynn Square (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Brunswick Community Center (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Sharon Springs (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good for Free: The Clark @ Williamstown (Tuedays)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Rockin’ on the River, Troy (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

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