FESTIVAL FEVER: This Weekend’s Music Festivals

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So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Dan Hogan

Oh yeah, June is bustin’ out all over, and so is the summer festival season. Here’s a round-up of some of the coolest music fests happening all around Greater Nippertown this weekend:

FRIDAY (JUNE 22)
OLD SONGS FOLK FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Featuring John Roberts, 3 Ravens, Stu Fuchs, Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman, Low Lily, Choc’late with the Gaslight Tinkers, Joel Mabus, Alderson, Foley & Murray. Through Sunday.
DEVASTATION OF THE WEEKEND DEATH METAL FEST @ Chrome, Waterford. Featuring Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested, Disemtombed, Arkaik, Venom Prison, Signs of the Swarm, Balor. Through Saturday.
FREIHOFER’S JAZZ FEST FRIDAY @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Featuring the Chuck Lamb Quintet with Jorge Gomez & Ria Curley, the Jon LeRoy Trio, George Muscatello Trio, the Hot Club of Saratoga, the Jeanne O’Connor Jazz Trio, Keith Pray, Shiri Zorn, Out of the Box, more.
ONE LOVE WORLD PEACE FUSION FEST @ Green Kingdom, Mohawk. Through Sunday. UPDATE: This festival has been postponed to August 10-12…

SATURDAY (JUNE 23)
OLD SONGS FOLK FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Featuring Anne Hills, Elizabeth Laprelle & the Family Band, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Bob Franke, Happy Traum & Jim Kweskin, Bon Débarras, Beppe Gambetta, Christine Lavin. Through Sunday.
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Chris Botti, Herbie Hancock, José James, Joey Alexander Trio, Anat Cohen Tentet, Lakecia Benjamin & SoulSquad, Keyon Harrold, Jazzmeia Horn, Christian Sands Trio, New Orleans @ 300, Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez. Through Sunday.
DEVASTATION OF THE WEEKEND DEATH METAL FEST @ Chrome, Waterford. Featuring Artificial Brain, Dysentary, Incontinence, Tyranize, Invoke Thy Wrath, Axe to Grind.
ONE LOVE WORLD PEACE FUSION FEST @ Green Kingdom, Mohawk. Through Sunday. UPDATE: This festival has been postponed to August 10-12…

SUNDAY (JUNE 24)
OLD SONGS FOLK FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Featuring Bill Spence & Roger the Jester, Lost & Found; the Great Groove Band, Windborne, the Vox Hunters, Confluence, Joe Jencks.
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Gregory Porter, Mavis Staples, TEN: Terri Lyne, Esperanza, Nicholas, Scott Sharrard, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Deva Mahal, the Jazz Passengers, Mark Whitfield, Ben Allison & Billy Drummond, Sammy Miller & The Congregation.
ONE LOVE WORLD PEACE FUSION FEST @ Green Kingdom, Mohawk. Through Sunday. UPDATE: This festival has been postponed to August 10-12…

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING 2018 FESTIVALS
FREIHOFER’S JAZZ FEST FRIDAY @ various locations, Saratoga Springs, June 22
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 22-24
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 23 & 24
NEW YORK STATE’S 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, July 4, FREE
COUNTRYFEST @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, July 7
SCHENECTADY SUMMERNIGHT @ State Street, Schenectady, July 13, FREE
KIDS DAY @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 14, FREE
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 19-22
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 4, FREE
NEW YORK STATE FOOD FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 8, FREE
EASTBOUND THROWDOWN @ Irwin Farm, Salem, September 7 & 8
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 14-16
PEARLPALOOZA @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 15, FREE
HOPS & HARVEST FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 19, FREE
HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 22, FREE
OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, September 23

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