LIVE: PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, 9/12/15

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Eastbound Jesus
Eastbound Jesus

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Yes, there were three free music festivals in downtown Albany on Saturday, September 12, but the Hispanic Heritage Celebration was held indoors at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, and the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival was wisely re-located to the rain site. But the sixth annual PearlPalooza – with two outdoor stages on North Pearl Street in Albany – got hammered with the rain storm that rolled in mid-afternoon.

While there were indeed a few hardy souls who didn’t mind cavorting in the rain, attendance was way down by the time headliner Matisyahu took his turn at the microphone.

Too bad, because the day-long fest bosated a pretty solid line-up of musical talent, both national (Until the Ribbon Breaks, The Moth & the Flame, Turbo Fruits) and local (Better By Morning , Wild Adriatic, Eastbound Jesus).

SECOND OPINIONS:
Jim Shahen Jr.’s review at The Times Union

NOTE: If the rain kept you away, and you wanted to catch The Moth & the Flame, you’re in luck. The band is returning to town at 9pm on Monday, October 19 for a double-bill with In the Valley Below at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

The Moth & the Flame
The Moth & the Flame
Matisyahu
Matisyahu
Wild Adriatic
Wild Adriatic
Better By Morning
Better By Morning
Turbo Fruits
Turbo Fruits
Until the Ribbon Breaks
Until the Ribbon Breaks
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