FREE FEST: Americade Block Party in Lake George

Organizers of the Americade rally – the annual gathering of motorcycling enthusiasts that draws thousands of visitors to Lake George each summer – have announced the musical line-up for its Block Party, a new 2018 component that turns a section of Lake George’s Canada Street into a pedestrian mall over two days and nights on Friday & Saturday (June 8 & 9). Admission is free and the block party is open to the general public.

The Maine-based Mallet Brothers Band return to Americade as Friday night headliners after their popular appearance in support of Molly Hatchet at last year’s concert, which took place in nearby Wood Park. In the time since, these alt-country rockers have continued to build momentum nationally with appearances at venues and fests across the U.S.

Saturday night headliners Eastbound Jesus are well known to Greater Nippertown fans that like their live music experiences to be a bit on the rowdy side. The band’s self-described tag of Northern Rock combines elements of bluegrass, country and ’70s-style singer-songwriter influences. It’s all just turned up a bit louder.

In addition to the free concert performances, the block party will also feature the Phil Smage Stunt Show, the Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour, riding demonstrations, fun activities and craft beers.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the two-day inaugural Americade Block Party this weekend:

3:30pm: Paradox Saints (modern rock)
5pm: Big Sky Country (contemporary country)
6:30pm: Kat Wright (R&B / soul)
8pm: The Mallett Brothers Band (alt-country-rock)

1pm: Alana Wyld & Wyld Blu (electric blues)
2pm: Sly Fox & the Hustlers (outlaw biker rock)
4pm: HalfStep (Grateful Dead tribute)
7pm: Cousin Earth (indie rock with uke)
8:30pm: Eastbound Jesus (Northern Rock / Americana)

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ART ON LARK @ Lark Street, 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
NEW YORK STATE’S 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, July 4, FREE
COUNTRYFEST @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, July 7
SCHENECTADY SUMMERNIGHT @ State Street, Schenectady, July 13, FREE
KIDS DAY @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 14, FREE
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 19-22
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 4, FREE
NEW YORK STATE FOOD FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 8, FREE
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FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 14-16
PEARLPALOOZA @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 15, FREE
HOPS & HARVEST FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 19, FREE
HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 22, FREE
OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, September 23

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