FREE: Riverlink Park Concert Series in Amsterdam Kicks Off Saturday
Always one of Nippertown’s best free outdoor summer concert series, Riverlink Concerts return to Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park for another summer full of an eclectic array of music, from zydeco to mariachi, from rockabilly to soul-rock, from salsa to classic honky tonk.
The series kicks off at 8pm on Saturday with Local 518 country music favorites Skeeter Creek. The concerts take place on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer, unless otherwise noted.
Here’s the complete 2016 line-up of Riverlink Concerts:
Saturday (June 18), 8pm
The biggest contemporary country band around Greater Nippertown
Thursday, June 30, 8pm
TRUE GRIT OUTLAWS
This band breathes and bleeds country.
Saturday, July 2, 7pm
Lafayette, Louisiana band whose music is a masterful mix of Cajun, zydeco and ‘50s-inflected swamp rock
Friday, July 8, 8pm
Playing the best of the ’80s…tight vocals, harmonies and cool guitar.
Saturday, July 9, 7pm
JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT
The brother-and-sister rockers and their band fuse edgy guitar work with sinfully soulful vocals.
Friday, July 22, 7pm
Rocking with ABILITIES…a cover band with a difference!
Saturday, July 23, 7pm
ROOMFUL OF BLUES
The band’s winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul has earned five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades over its 45 year career.
Saturday, July 30, 6pm
CALEB KLAUDER COUNTRY BAND
With Moonshine Holler
A classic honky-tonk band performing original songs right alongside classics from George Jones, the Louvin Brothers and Dolly Parton, all at once sounding timeless, fresh and alive.
Friday, August 5, 8pm
Pushing the limits of 80s and 90s rock music!
Saturday, August 6, 5pm
With Second Time Around Big Band
Cosmic country deep-rooted in country tradition, southern rock and outlaw country, all with a present day twist. With Mohawk Valley Riverfest all day – crafts, foods, beer/wine tastings, kids activities, more
Saturday, August 13, 7pm
ALEX TORRES & HIS LATIN ORCHESTRA
Bringing their danceable, spicy mix of salsa, merengue and Latin jazz
Friday, August 19, 7pm
TRUE GRIT OUTLAWS
Yup, around Friday night of hard-rolling country music. Followed by a fireworks display.
Saturday, August 20, 7pm
MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE
Latin Grammy nominees, their mélange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings mariachi music to new audiences.
Saturday, August 27, 7pm
ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS
For more than four decades, the husband-and-wife duo have been performing “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism.”
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FREE EVENTS FOR 2016
FREEDOM PARK CONCERT SERIES @ Freedom Park, Scotia, various dates from June 22-August 27
NERVOSITY CONCERT @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland, Friday, June 17
TROY RIVER FEST @ River Street, Troy, Saturday, June 18
DAD FEST @ Washington Park, Albany, Sunday, June 19
NYS FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 4
KIDS DAY @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 9
SCHENECTADY COUNTY SUMMERNIGHT @ State & Jay streets, Schenectady, Friday, July 15
ART ON LARK @ Lark Street, Albany, July 16 UPDATE: postponed from June 5, this is the new date…
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 6
NYS FOOD FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 10
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18
TOWN OF ROTTERDAM SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ the Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center lawn, Rotterdam, 7pm Mondays from June 6-August 29
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack, 6pm Tuesdays from June 7-July 5
COOK PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Frank A. Leak Amphitheater for the Arts in Cook Park, Colonie, 6:30pm Tuesdays from June 14-August 30
MADE IN THE SHADE OF THE EGG @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 12noon Wednesdays from June 1-August 31
CAPITAL CONCERT SERIES @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 5pm Wednesdays from June 15-July 20
ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER @ Riverfront Park, Troy, 5pm Wednesdays from June 15-August 3
LAKE GEORGE ARTS PROJECT’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 7:30pm Wednesdays from July 6-August 31
JAZZ ON JAY @ Jay Street, Schenectady, 12noon Thursdays from June 2-September 1
ALIVE AT FIVE @ Tricentennial Park, Albany, 5pm Thursdays from June 9-August 4
ROCK THE BLOCK @ Canal Square, Cohoes, 6pm Thursdays from June 9-30
JAMMIN’ AT GPAC @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland, 7:30pm Thursdays from June 23-August 11
FRIDAYS AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 4pm Fridays from June 24-September 2
ROCK THE BLOCK @ Canal Square, Cohoes, 6pm Thursdays from July 8-August 26
UPBEAT ON THE ROOF @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Fridays from July 1-August 26
MUSIC AT SUNSET CONCERT SERIES @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson, 7pm Fridays from May 27-August 26
MUSIC HAVEN @ Central Park, Schenectady, 7pm Sundays from July 10-August 14