FREE: Bands Announced for Albany’s Dad Fest


Last summer, the City of Albany launched the inaugural Dad Fest, a new variation on the annual Father’s Day concert. And next month the free fest returns for its second year, but it’s moving to a new location.

The sophomore Dad Fest will be held on Sunday, June 19 at the Washington Park Parade Grounds, the same site as the Tulip Festival Main Stage. (If it’s good enough for Mother’s Day, it’s good enough for Father’s Day, too.)

Here’s the schedule of band for the 2016 Dad Fest:

An original, eclectic roots and bluegrass band from Vermont, the Bondville Boys are known for their sweet harmonies, excellent musicianship, great energy and eclectic setlists that touch on everything from Flatts & Scruggs to Blondie.

Bryan Thomas is a super soul rock singer-songwriter from Albany who makes marvelous music in his basement. On rare occasions, he will release this music into the world, sometimes as audio, sometimes as video. Sometimes, even, in person.

Led by New Jersey rock ‘n’ roll legend Southside Johnny Lyon of the famed Asbury Jukes, Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools embark on a stripped down journey through Lyon’s eclectic version of the Great American Songbook, which includes Dylan, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, NRBQ, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, The Band, George Jones and more, as well as Southside’s Asbury Jukes classics.

GOTTAGETGON @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa, May 27-29
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 2-5
WILDWOODSTOCK @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs, June 5
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 10-12
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, June 18-19 UPDATE: This festival has been cancelled.
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 24-26
BEACON JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, June 25
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 25 & 26
GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, July 8-10
COUNTRYFEST @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 9
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 14-17
SCHENECTADY COUNTY SUMMERNIGHT @ State & Jay streets, Schenectady, July 15, FREE
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 16-18
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18, FREE
AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR THE LAKE @ Charles Wood Park, Lake George, September 24 & 25

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