Festival Fever: Freedom Square, Troy


A coalition of local community groups is launching Freedom Square in North Troy on Saturday afternoon with a free festival of live outdoor music at the corner where Fifth and Sixth Avenues meet 101st Street.

A community collaboration between the Sanctuary for Independent Media, the Missing Link Street Ministry, Troy Bike Rescue and Collard City Growers, Saturday’s fest will be held from 4-8pm on Saturday, featuring such local performancers as Americana band Sumac, the hip-hop of S.K.A.T.E. and gospel music by the Missing Link Street Ministry Men’s Choir.

Headlining the fest will be the Boston-based Debo Band serving up their intoxicating brand of Ethiopian dance-pop band fueled by bold brassy horns, crooning vocals, dubbed-out violin and accordion and lots of slinky funk grooves. Led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye, the band is headed into Troy directly from their performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival. And their tour will also take them to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Lincoln Center in NYC, all in support of their new album, “Flamingoh (Pink Bird Dawn).” But you can catch them right here in Troy… for free.

In addition to all of the music, Saturday’s Freedom Square fest will also feature a free bike clinic, a community barbecue, info tables and other activities.


The WGNA CountryFest @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, July 9
Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, July 16-17
The Big Up @ Sunnyview Farm, Ghent, July 28-30
Bluestock Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, August 26-28
Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17-18, FREE

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