Festival Fever: This Weekend’s Music Festival Round-Up

Mountain Jam
So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Photograph by Dan Hogan

With the Memorial Day Weekend as the unofficial start of the summer season, music festivals are beginning to fill up the Greater Nippertown calendar in a big way.

Here are a few fests that are taking place around town this weekend:

Today-Monday (May 24-28)
Camp Kee-wanee, Greenfield
The 16th annual fest of jam-band faves features Melvin Seals & JGB, Max Creek, The Machine, Zach Deputy, Ryan Montbleau, Donna the Buffalo, Particle, Pink Talking Fish, Consider the Source, Toubab Krewe, more
$160 for all-fest; $90 per day

Friday-Sunday (May 25-27)
Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa
The Pickin’ & Singing Gatherin’s annual family-friendly, informal folk festival packed with good music both on stage and off. Featuring Mama’s Broke, Roosevelt Dime, John Roberts, Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen, more.
$65 three-day ticket (camping included); $40 per day; students (19-22 year old) $40 three-day ticket or $25 per day; under age 19 FREE with paying adult; evening-only sessions $7 per night

Friday-Sunday (May 25-27)
the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
Old Songs’ annual weekend of old-time music featuring concerts, workshops and jam sessions. Highlights include the Mike Jarboe Memorial Grateful Dead Jam and workshops for jug, fiddle, banjo, yodeling and more.
$30 three-day ticket; $15 for Friday; $20 for Saturday; $15 for Sunday; under age 18 FREE

Saturday-Monday (May 26-28), 12noon-5pm daily
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, Warwick
A three-day celebration of Bob Dylan’s 77th birthday featuring the Willie Nile Band, Bill Kirchen, The Kennedys, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, Scott Sharrard Band, Rod Mcdonald, Early Roman Kings, more
Advance tickets are $12 per day; $25 for the all-weekend pass. At the gate tickets will be $15 per day; ages 5-12 $5 per day; children under 5 are free.

DISC JAM MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Gardner’s Farm, Stephentown, June 7-10
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 8-10
BLACK & LATINO GAY PRIDE CELEBRATION @ Washington Park, Albany, June 9, FREE
CAPITAL PRIDE FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany, June 10, FREE
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 15-17
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, June 16 & 17
FLY 92.3 SUMMERJAM @ the Fields of Saratoga Casino Hotel, Saratoga Springs, June 17
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 22-24
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 23 & 24
COUNTRYFEST @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, July 7
SCHENECTADY SUMMERNIGHT @ State Street, Schenectady, July 13, FREE
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 19-22
EASTBOUND THROWDOWN @ Irwin Farm, Salem, September 7 & 8
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 14-16
PEARLPALOOZA @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 15, FREE
OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, September 23

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