Festival Fever Hits Fever Pitch

What an avalanche of festival activity is going on around Nippertown this weekend! We just can’t keep up with it all…

HEAVY @ St. Joseph’s Church, Albany. 5pm tonight-Sunday. What’s Heavy? It’s three days of non-stop art, music and performance organized by Samson Contompasis of the MarketPlace Gallery, so you know that it’s all gonna be left of mainstream, which is just how we like it. Expect anything – including a unique twist on musical chairs. We’re not exactly sure what’s happening when – and that’s the way we like it, too – but among the many musical acts slated for tonight are Matthew Carefully, the Disposable Rocket Band and Firefighter Font. Proceeds will go toward the restoration of the church. 5pm. $5. (through Sunday)

FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL @ Dodd’s Farm, Hillsdale. 10am today-Sunday. Today’s line-up of folk faves features Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, the Kennedys, Dala, the Ebony Hillbillies and more – including a summer’s eve song swap with John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Eliza Gilkyson and Jimmy LaFave. And most of ’em will be there all weekend long, in addition to many other singer-songwriters. In addition to the main stage performances, there are also lots of workshops, dances and mini-concerts throughout each day. (continues through Sunday)

BERKSHIRE WORDFEST @ The Mount, Lenox. Today-Sunday. More info here.

GOSPELFEST @ Jerry Burrell Park, Schenectady. 7pm tonight. Rain site: The Hamilton Hill Arts Center, Schenectady. Emceed by Betty Harper, tonight’s glorious gospel festival features dance, music, rap and more, including performances by Heart and Soul, Jehova Gyra, Hayes Coleman, Constance Graves, Marsell Shuman and Jammel “Hidden” Halsey. FREE.

HATS OFF TO SARATOGA MUSIC FESTIVAL @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. 7-11pm tonight and Saturday. In celebration of today’s opening day of the racing season at the Saratoga Race Course, downtown comes alive with lots of free musical entertainment, including Slick Fitty, the Bluz House Rockers, Bourbon Renewal, Incendio, Disposable Culture and lots more. FREE.

BANG ON A CAN FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Through Saturday, July 31. Also known as “Banglewood,” the annual Bang On a Can fest is already a week into its 2010 season – which includes two daily performances throughout the museum – but the first big event is coming up on Saturday – an all-day celebration of the music of composer George Crumb, including a 3pm talk, a 4:30pm gallery recital and an 8pm concert.

THE ROSENDALE STREET FESTIVAL @ various locations, Rosendale. 12noon Saturday and Sunday. This is the big whopper. Judged on sheer size alone, Rosendale’s annual musical marathon makes LarkFest look like a tea party. Here’s the breakdown by the numbers – One street, two days, five stages and 71 bands. It’s simply massive. Noteworthy acts to catch include Ian Lloyd, the Ross Rice Porch Band, Pitchfork Militia, Stephen Clair, Joey Eppard, Uncle Funk and Big Sister, to name just a few. And it’s all FREE.

THE LANDIS ARBORETUM MUSIC FESTIVAL @ the Landis Arboretum, Esperance. 2pm Saturday and Sunday. The two-day fest features rock & roll on Saturday (SufferDie, Dead Aces, the Killerados, Warsynium, Dead Radio Rebels), while the sounds turn acoustic and more traditional on Sunday (SufferDie, Mark Baptiste, Hillfolk, Organized Chaos, the Bentwood Rockers, Old Rotgut). Food, beer, wine are available onsite. $10; children free.

BELGIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. 3:30pm Saturday. OK, we all know that the folks at Ommegang make some mighty fantastic Belgian-style brews, but did you know that they also like to celebrate all things Belgian? They’re throwing a little party on Saturday to celebrate Belgian Independence Day, and the fabulous Felice Brothers are headling the big brewery bash. Here’s the schedule: Krisco Fist (3:30pm), Animal Pants (5:15pm), Same Blood Folk Band (7pm), Gracious Sakes Alive (8:45pm), the Felice Brothers (10:30pm) and the Salt City Ramblers (12:45am). $25; with camping $35.

RIVERLINK JAMBOREE @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. 2pm Saturday. The weekly Riverlink concert series expands on Saturday with a full-blown, roots music-oriented festival featuring such Nippertown favorites as Lost Radio Rounders, Whoa Nelly!, No Outlet and the Horseshoe Lounge Playboys. FREE.

BROOKLYN ROCKS THE CATSKILLS FESTIVAL @ the Andes Hotel, Andes. 2pm Saturday. Want more music? Here ya go – an afternoon mash-up of rock and acoustic music featuring George Kilby Jr. & the Road Dogs, the Hordanos, John Scarpulla, the Honest Mistakes and Zonder Kennedy. Rain or shine. $10.

THE OLD AUSTERLITZ BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL @ Old Austerlitz Village. 9am-4pm Sunday. Lots of fine old-school arts and crafts, plenty of live music (including the Berkshire Ramblers featuring banjoman Alan Chartock, as well as the Big Caboose’s Bluebottle JugGrass Band) and blueberries, blueberries, blueberries. $6; children under 12 free. More info here.

FLY92’s SUMMERJAM FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 1pm Sunday. Radio station FLY92’s annual SummerJam bash has jumped around from venue to venue over the years – we loved it at the old Starlite Music Theatre in Latham – and this year it lands at SPAC with Natasha Bedingfield, Miranda Cosgrove, Boys Like Girls, Kevin Rudolf, Shontelle and Tone Loc. NOTE: Headliners OneRepublic have cancelled their appearance and will not be performing. $30, $45 reserved seats; $15 lawn.

Please let us know if there’s other fests that we missed…

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  1. LiLi says

    We haven’t been to SummerJam since they had it at the Plaza. I was hoping to go this year, but we won’t be able to. Hopefully, we’ll catch the Lost Radio Rounders et al at Riverlink. Been looking forward to seeing them.

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