Bands & Venues Announced for the Downtown Albany Jazz Fest Competition, 9/9/11


The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District has announced the line-up for inaugural Downtown Albany Jazz Fest Competition, which will take place for 6-10pm on Friday, September 9 at 10 venues throughout downtown Albany.

Admission is FREE, and the public is encouraged to come out to participate in the competition by voting for their favorite act. Participating voters must visit at least three venues in order for their ballot to be valid. Voting ballots and submission boxes will be available at each venue. A free trolley will be running in between venues from 6:30-10pm.

The people’s choice winner will take the stage at 12noon on Saturday, September 10 as the opening act for Albany’s Riverfront Jazz Festival in Riverfront Park.

Here’s the line-up of performances for the Downtown Albany Jazz Fest Competition:

Out of the Box @ McGeary’s

Michelle Caminos Quintet @ R Bar

Kelly Birtch @ Taste

The Arch Stanton Quartet @ 74 State

The Tim Olsen / Eric Walentowicz Duo @ Blue 82

Folding Sky @ Franklin’s Tower

The Hot Pants @ the Bayou Café

The Chronicles @ Pearl Street Pub

The Joey Thomas Big Band @ Jillian’s

The Ryan Sgroi Quartet @ Figure 10

  1. Rose says

    So very cool that a competition was introduced to this event! It will get people OUT listening to local music and get them stoked for the Jazz Fest! Kudos to whoever thought this one up! I am certainly looking forward to BOTH!

  2. Celeste says

    The person/groups that thought this up are pretty sharp. Good idea.

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