Real Good for FREE: September in the City Art Fair @ Albany’s Tricentennial Park

Yes, it’s hard to believe, but there will be no Alive at Five concert down in Albany’s Riverfront Park. The Alive at Five concert season is over for another year.

But live outdoor music will keep coming to downtown Albany for at least another month, thanks to the September in the City Art Fair, which is slated to take place every Wednesday lunchtime (11:30am-2pm) throughout the month of September in Tricentennial Park at Broadway & Columbia St. in Albany (across the street from the Albany Center Gallery).

In conjunction with the concerts, the art fair will also feature art exhibits and sales by regional artists in a variety of media. Artists and craftspersons interested in exhibiting can find applications here.

Here’s the schedule of featured musicians for the 2012 September in the City Art Fair:

September 5
By turns intelligent, soulful, melodic and melancholy, M.R. Poulopoulos is one of Nippertown’s most eloquent singer-songwriters. His wide-ranging influences share a common foundation in American blues and roots music, but his sound is very much his own. His debut solo album, “Greenhorn,” was released last year, but he has also performed as half of the acoustic duo Platypus with Matt Durfee.

September 12
Hand Habits is the musical moniker of guitarist, singer and songwriter Meagan Duffy, who has made her mark of the contemporary Nippertown music scene as musician and collaborator with the likes of MaryLeigh & the Fauves, Olivia Quillio and Babe City.

September 19
Ben KN is an electro-acoustic musician and former frontman for Jupiter Sunrise. His debut solo EP, “We Are Giants Now,” was one of the most acclaimed Nippertown records of 2008.

September 26
The members of the all-star Albany acoustic-funk quartet – Bowtie, Cousin Clyde, Mr. Eck and Wild Bill – are seasoned musicians who come armed with jugs, washboards, banjos, mandolins, ukulele, the kitchen sink and a decidedly off-center sense of humor. All-around entertainers as well as musicians, the foursome creates their singular ramblin’ style with a mix of jug band music, folk, bluegrass, old-time jazz and the blues.


WordXWord Festival @ various locations, Pittsfield (daily thru August 18)
href=””>Freedom Park Concert Series @ Freedom Park, Scotia (various days thru August 29)
Performing Arts at the Common @ Clifton Common Stage, Clifton Park (various days thru August 26)
Dana Park Concert Series @ Dana Park, Albany (Mondays thru August 27)
Upper Madison Concert Series @ Elks Lodge lawn, Albany (Mondays thru August 20)
Brunswick Summer Concerts @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Brunswick (Tuesdays thru August 28)
Cook Park Concert Series @ Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays thru August 28)
Sounds of Summer @ VFW Hall, Great Barrington (Tuesdays thru August 28)
Summer Concert Series @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Rockin’ On the River @ Green Island Bridge parking lot, Troy (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Green Island Gazebo Series @ Green Island Gazebo, Green Island (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Music in the Park @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (Thursdays thru August 30)
Summer’s Eve Concert Series @ the Town Hall Gazebo, Schaghticoke (Thursdays thru August 23)
Guilderland Performing Arts Center @ Tawasentha Park, Guilderland (Thursdays thru August 23)
Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa (Thursdays thru August 30)
Music in the Park @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays thru August 30)
Arts in the Park Concerts @ Veterans’ Memorial Centre Park, Cobleskill (Thursdays thru August 16)
Deciphering Songs @ Fuzz Records, Albany (select Thursdays thru September 13)
Fridays at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Fridays thru September 7)
Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson (Fridays thru August 31)
Upbeat On the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (Fridays thru August 31)
Summer Concert Series @ Watervliet Public Library, Watervliet (Fridays thru August 24)
Canal Square Summer Concerts @ Canal Square, Cohoes (Fridays thru August 31)
Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library, Albany (select Fridays thru September 21)
The Summer Sounds of Salem @ the Train Depot Green, Salem, (Saturdays thru September 1)
Riverlink Summer Concert Series @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays thru August 25)
Powers Park Concert Series @ Powers Park, Troy (Saturdays in July and August)
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park, Albany, Saturday, September 8
Local Legends Live @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday, September 8
PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany, Saturday, September 22
Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday, September 22

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