Real Good for FREE: The Upper Madison Music Series

August 19: Sound Economy
August 19: Sound Economy

The annual Upper Madison Music Series kicks off tonight (Monday, July 15) with the Canjo 10’s, launching the six-concert series that offers a wide variety of musical styles – all for free.

The concerts take place at 7pm on Mondays throughout the summer on the lawn of the Albany Elks Club at 25 South Allen Street.

Here’s the schedule of bands performing at the 2013 Upper Madison Music Series:

The Canjo 10’s
A big mash up of pop, rock, bluegrass and folk
An eclectic acoustic trio dedicated to fusing pop, folk, Americana and rock into a big mess o’ fun. With Brett Sears on vocals and guitar; Sean Madden on guitar, banjo and vocals; and Alice Oldfather on vocals and fiddle, the Canjos aim to surprise, delight and keep the people happy.

Andy the Music Man
Children’s Night! Come sing along
Andy the Music Man mingles traditional and original songs and novelty, delighting and involving kids through sing-a-longs, dancing, play-acting and storytelling.

Will Hayes
Classical and contemporary cello
Will Hayes, a Cincinnati Conservatory of Music cellist, shares his love of music by playing popular songs as well as well-known classical melodies and compositions.

Acoustic and electric pop, folk, and rock
An energetic and unique group of musicians who play a variety of musical styles from rock to alternative, from folk to pop. Katsura is a musical experience that features high-energy songs and funky rhythms.

Bear Bones Project
Acoustic jam band A five-piece acoustic and electric jam band with spirited harmonies and tasteful guitar work, the band mixes covers of Americana, Bay Area, southern rock, reggae and R&B favorites with their own melodic originals.

Sound Economy
Rock, and blues originals and covers
Albany-based four-piece band that features rock with an occasional lean towards punk, blues or pop. Sound Economy engages the listener with a fresh and energetic mix of covers and originals.

African American Family Day @ Empire State Plaza, Albany (Sunday, August 3)
New York State Food Festival @ Empire State Plaza, Albany (Wednesday, August 14)
Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, Albany (Saturday, September 14)
Summer at the Plaza @ Empire State Plaza, Albany (various days)
Freedom Park Concerts @ Freedom Park, Scotia (various days through Wednesday, August 28)
Performing Arts at the Common @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park (various days through August 21)
Dana Park Concert Series @ Dana Park, Albany (Mondays through August 26)
Music On Main Street @ the NBT Bank lawn, Canajoharie (Tuesdays through August 13)
Tuesday Nights in Brunswick @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Brunswick (Tuesdays through August 27)
Clark Art Institute Summer Concerts @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown (Tuesdays through July 30)
Tuesday Nights in the Park @ Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays through August 27)
Lake George Arts Project Summer Concerts @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Wednesdays through August 28)
Made in the Shade of The Egg, Empire State Plaza at The Egg, Albany (Wednesdays through August 7)
Rockin’ On the River @ Green Island Bridge Parking Lot/Riverfront Park, Troy (Wednesdays through August 28)
Sharon Springs Summer Concert Series @ Chalybeate Park, Sharon Springs (Wednesdays through August 21)
Concerts at Windsor Lake @ Windsor Lake, North Adams (Wednesdays through August 28)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (Thursdays through September 5)
Alive at Five @ Riverfront Park, Albany (Thursdays through August 8)
Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa (Thursdays through August 29)
Music in the Park @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays through August 29)
Guilderland Performing Arts Center @ Tawasentha Park, Guilderland (Thursdays from June 27 to August 22)
Evenings On the Green @ Coeymans Landing Park Gazebo, Coeymans (Thursdays through August 29)
Upbeat On the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (Fridays through August 30)
Fridays at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Fridays through August 30)
Athens Summer Concert Series @ Riverfront Park, Athens (Fridays through August 30)
Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson (Fridays through August 30)
Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library, Albany (once a month on Fridays through September 20)
Riverlink Park Summer Concert Series @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays through August 31)
Music Haven Concert Series @ Central Park, Schenectady (Sundays July 7 through August 11)

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