LIVE: Olivia Quillio @ Dana Park, 8/31/15
Photographs by Timothy Reidy
You probably drive-by it all the time without even ever really noticing it, except maybe for that big rock. Dana Park is that tiny, little pocket park in the heart of Albany at the intersection of Lark Street and Madison Avenue. And for the past seven years, it’s been home to the annual Dana Park Concert Series on Monday evenings all summer long.
It ain’t no big woo-hah like Alive at Five or Rockin’ On the River, but rather an intimate gathering of folks under the streetlights and an up-close chance to listen to some of the Local 518’s primo homegrown musical talent – from jazz (the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra, the New York Jazz Duo) to Americana (the Nellies, Ramblin Jug Stompers) and beyond.
The always charming barefoot singer-songwriter Olivia Quillio wrapped up this year’s eight-concert series with a lovely performance in support of her new album, Get Down and Pray. Meara Mctague & Friends opened up the musical festivities for the evening.
UPCOMING: If you missed Olivia Quillio at Dana Park, well, you’ll have two chances to catch her in action this weekend. At 6pm on Saturday (October 3), she’ll wrap up the summer-long Music & Pizza Sessions at the Salem Art Works in Salem. Tickets are $10; $5 kids, and yes, it includes pizza. Then at 1:10pm on Sunday (October 4), she’s scheduled to perform at the Washington Park Lakehouse in Albany, as part of the annual day-long Local Harvest Fest. Admission is free.