FESTIVAL FEVER: Dad Fest @ Corning Preserve Boat Launch

This ain’t your father’s Fathers Day celebration…

In the past, the City of Albany has always presented some sort of Father’s Day concert at Albany’s Riverfront Park (now known as Jennings Landing), but unlike years past, this year’s new Dad Fest promises to be a seriously rockin’ affair.

UPDATE: The free Dad Fest has been moved to the rain site – at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch under the I-787 overpass.

The day-long celebration will take place from 1-6pm on Sunday, June 21 featuring food, vendors, games and competitions (including a moustache contest) and more family-friendly fun along Albany’s Hudson Riverfront.

And, of course, the free fest will feature plenty of great live music, too. Here’s the schedule of band’s who are slated to perform:

1pm: THE WONDERBEARDS: The Glens Falls-based hard-folk duo featuring Chris Ristau and Tom Miles

2:15pm: SUPER 400: Troy’s fab, rockin’ power trio, featuring Joe Daley, Lori Friday and Kenny Hohman

3:45pm: EDDIE ANGEL’S GUITAR PARTY: Los Straitjackets’ ace guitar slinger (and Rensselaer native) and his band serve up a big blast of garage rock, rockabilly and surf instrumentals.

5pm: THE NEANDERTHALS: Johnny Rabb, Eddie Angel and their cohorts don their faux-fun Flintstones garb and beat out some primal caveman stompin’ sounds.

In the event of inclement weather, Dad Fest will be held at the rain site, the Corning Preserve Boatlaunch underneath I-787.

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  1. J. Welf says

    why does this have to be when im on vacation…. UGH

  2. irisheyz says

    I am really sorry to hear this. One of the best things about this concert was seeing multiple generations of Dads and Grandfathers because it was always a patriotic concert with military or U.S.O. type bands performing. One year it was the ASO and they played “Stars and Stripes Forever” as the fireworks started. This has been a long tradition in my family. We won’t be going this year. Albany doesn’t need another rock concert. 🙁

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