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

The September in the City Art Fair series returns to Tricentennial Park in downtown Albany on Wednesdays in September from 11:30am-2pm. A free weekly lunchtime showcase for local art, music and culture, the fairs feature exhibits and artwork available for purchase from regional mixed media artists and crafters. And each week a different Local 518 musical guest will provide a live soundtrack for the fair.

Applications for September in the City artists and crafters are still being accepted. You can download an application or call 518.434.5416 for more information.

Here’s the schedule of live music for the September in the City Art Fair series:

September 3
Steve Candlen’s songs are guided by his soulful singing and the kind of solid rhythm guitar you’d expect from a man who spent most of his musical career playing drums in bands, including Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals. Perhaps the only Local 518 musician to have the distinction of being voted Best Male Vocalist in Metroland one year and Best Drummer the next, these days the multi-talented Candlen performs solo on his funky old archtop guitar. The Times Union’s David Malachowski called his latest album, Red, a “compelling, inventive record that will surprise many, and satisfy more.”

September 10
An original, eclectic roots and bluegrass band from Vermont, the Bondville Boys are known for their sweet harmonies, excellent musicianship, great energy and eclectic setlists that touch on everything from Flatt & Scruggs to Blondie. Since 1990, the Bondville Boys have brought their hard-edged bluegrass to appreciative audiences throughout the Northeast, sharing the stage with roots music legends like Del McCoury, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Buddy Cage and the Gibson Brothers.

September 17
Holly & Evan are the blues. Both from long, rich musical backgrounds, Holly Taormina and Evan Conway have updated the tradition of the barrelhouse with their unique style. Together, they showcase a wide range of original and cover material, in the styles of blues, jazz, and soul. The originals, which are often featured on local radio, are catchy, full of personality, and can appeal to audiences everywhere.

September 24
Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. His music is informed heavily by the community and legendary folk music of the Adirondacks, steeped in tradition by always looking ahead to the future. Smith began touring while in college at St. Lawrence University, and there released his first two albums, Sawdust, and Live with Dylan Rice. Now, five years later, he tours and records extensively both solo and with his band the Mountain Sound, and signed in 2012 with Wepecket Island Records for his third album, Hamilton County.


Freedom Park Concert Series @ Freedom Park, Scotia, 7pm various days
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Jennings Landing, Albany, 1pm Saturday, September 6
Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George, Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14
The Look Up! Concert Series @ Johnny’s balcony, Schenectady, 5:30pm Mondays
Dana Park Concert Series @ Dana Park, Albany, 7pm Mondays
Pine Hills Summer Concert Series @ Elks Lodge lawn, Albany, 7pm Mondays
Rotterdam Summer Concert Series @ Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center, Rotterdam, 7pm Mondays
Tuesday Nights in the Park @ Cook Park, Colonie, 6pm Tuesdays
Summer Concert Series @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, 6pm Tuesdays
Music in the Park @ Onderdonk Park, East Greenbush, 6pm Tuesdays
Tuesday Nights in Brunswick @ Brunswick Family Community Center grounds, Brunswick, 6:30pm Tuesdays
Music in the Park @ Town Park, Stony Creek, 7pm Tuesdays
Music & Dance Films @ PS21, Chatham, 8:30pm Tuesdays
Made in the Shade of The Egg @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 12noon Wednesdays
Rockin’ On the River @ the Green Island Bridge Parking Lot, Troy, 5pm Wednesdays
Green Island Gazebo Concerts @ River Park, Green Island, 6pm Wednesdays
Music in the Park @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer, 6pm Wednesday
Concerts at Windsor Lake @ Windsor Lake, North Adams, 6:30pm Wednesdays
Summer Music Series @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush, 7pm Wednesdays
Evenings On the Green @ Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar, 7pm Wednesdays
Performing Arts Family Series @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park, 7pm Wednesdays
Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 7:30pm Wednesdays
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady, 12noon Thursdays
Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa, 6pm Thursdays
Evenings on the Green Concert Series @ Coeymans Landing Park, Ravena, 6pm Thursdays
Thursday Night Concerts @ the Crossings at Colonie, Loudonville, 6:30pm Thursdays
Schaghticoke Summer Concerts @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Lawn, Melrose, 6:30pm Thursdays
Music in the Park @ Dutchmans Landing, Catskill, 7pm Thursdays
Canal Square Concert Series @ Canal Square, Cohoes, 6pm Fridays
Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library, Albany, 6pm select Fridays
UpBeat On the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Fridays
Athens Summer Concert Series @ Riverfront Park, Athens, 7pm Fridays
Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson, 7pm Fridays
Concerts in the Courtyard @ the County Courtyard, Schoharie, 7pm Fridays
Powers Park Concert Series @ Powers Park, Troy, 6pm Saturdays
Riverlink Concerts @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam, 7pm Saturdays
North Greenbush Summer Concert Series @ Town Hall lawn, Wynantskill, 6pm Sunday
Music in the Park @ Riverfront Park, Coxsackie, 6pm Sundays
Performing Arts On the Common @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park, 7pm Sundays

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