FREE: Lake George Arts Project Summer Concert Series Kicks Off on Wednesday

The Lake George Arts Project’s Summer Concert Series takes place at 7pm on Wednesday evenings (unless noted otherwise) at Shepard Park in Lake George. The eight-concert series continues through the end of August, rain or shine. And, of course, admission is free.

Here’s the complete schedule for the summer of 2018:

Wednesday (July 11): Chris Smither
Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans where he was taught the rudiments of instrumentation by his uncle. “Uncle Howard,” Smither says, “showed me that if you knew three chords, you could play a lot of the songs you heard on the radio. And if you knew four chords, you could pretty much rule the world.” Over the years Smither forged lifelong friendships with many musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, who went on to record his songs, “Love You Like a Man” and “I Feel the Same”. What quickly evolved from his New Orleans and Cambridge musical experiences is his enduring, singular guitar sound – a beat-driven finger-picking, strongly influenced by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins, layered over the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet (always mic’d in performance).

July 18: The High Rollers
A blend of New Orleans jazz and blues featuring vocal powerhouse Jill Hughes and guitarslinger Matt Mirabile backed by keyboardist Jason Ladayne, bassist Steve Aldi and drummer Chad Ploss.

July 25: Incendio
The music of Incendio (which means “fire” in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) echoes a mix of influences ranging from classical to jazz, from rock to flamenco and from Celtic to bluegrass. It is no surprise that their blend of influences has led to a sound that is a truly unique. Whether it is rapid acoustic guitar melodies or expansive use of undulating synthesizers, the music of Incendio tells stories, taking listeners on a sonic adventure.

August 1: The Lustre Kings
The Lustre Kings boast a devoted international fanbase and continue to perform over 150 dates a year, including regular stops at nightspots, festivals and casinos like Tip Top Deluxe, Skinny Dennis and the Continental Club, Viva Las Vegas, Heritage Folk Festival and the Rockin 50s Fest, and the Potawamoti Hotel. Bandleader Mark Gamsjager, a Gretsch guitars endorsee who has taught for the National Guitar Workshop, has been a guest at prestigious venues ranging from the Kennedy Center to the Montreal Jazz Fest.

August 8: Les Grand Hurleurs
The Quebec-based Les Grands Hurleurs is now touring with its 3/4 Fort show inspired by the repertoire of its newest award-winning CD. The trio plays music that is deeply anchored in tradition and steeped in numerous criss-crossing influences. With 3/4 Fort, traditional music flirts with classical, Manouche, electronica and folk music conjuring up original, open-minded music, very much alive yet respectful of its roots.

August 15: The Rad Trads
Based in New York City, the Rad Trads have quickly gained a reputation as one of New York’s most entertaining live acts. Their unique genre-bending stylings bring an American feeling that consistently win over audiences with relentless energy, charisma and enthusiasm.

August 22: Dylan Perrillo Orchestra
The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra is a colorful ten-piece ensemble of Greater Nippertown musicians celebrating the beginnings of jazz. The group began playing together in early 2013, performing arrangements from the ’20s-’40s. The DPO prides itself on bringing America’s most original musical tradition to people of all ages in their community.

August 29: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix
The music of the Woodstock-based Professor Louie & the Crowmatix is steeped in rock ‘n’ roll, blues, gospel and American roots music. The band is led by Aaron Louis Hurwitz, who has a history of collaborating with the legendary musical group The Band for over 15 years. The Crowmatix 2017 album Crowin’ the Blues landed in the Top 20 on the National Contemporary Blues Music Reports Charts, and their 2016 CD Music from Hurley Mountain was voted the year’s best concept record by Radio Crystal Blue. PL&C have been inducted into Blues Hall Of Fame, New York Chapter and hold a permanent place in the Canada South Blues Museum.

MORE OF GREATER NIPPERTOWN’S FREE SUMMER EVENTS FOR 2018
VARIOUS DAYS
LIVE AT THE JAZZ BAR @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs (select Wednesdays & Friday, 6/6-8/17)
FREEDOM PARK SUMMER CONCERTS @ Freedom Park, Scotia (7pm, various days)
MORE MUSIC AT MUSIC HAVEN @ Central Park, Schenectady (various days, 7/10-8/19)
SCHENECTADY SUMMERNIGHT @ State Street, Schenectady (Friday, July 13)
KIDS DAY @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, (Saturday, July 14)
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany (Saturday, August 4)
NEW YORK STATE FOOD FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany (Wednesday, August 8)
PEARLPALOOZA @ North Pearl Street, Albany (Saturday, September 15)
HOPS & HARVEST FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany (Wednesday, September 19)
HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany (Saturday, September 22)
TUESDAYS
LUNCHTIME CONCERTS IN SARATOGA SPRINGS @ various locations, Saratoga Springs (12:30pm select dates, 5/15-10/16)
BRUNSWICK SUMMER CONCERTS @ Brunswick Family Community Center lawn, Troy (6:30pm, 6/26-8/28)
TUESDAY NIGHTS IN THE PARK @ Cook Park, Colonie (6:30pm, 6/12-8/28)
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Stony Creek Town Park, Stony Creek (7pm, 7/3-8/28)
WEDNESDAYS
LUNCHTIME AT THE PLAZA @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, (12noon, 6/6-8/29)
ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER @ Riverfront Park, Troy (5pm, 6/6-8/8)
CAPITAL CONCERT SERIES @ Empire State Plaza, Albany (5:30pm, 7/11-8/1)
MALTA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Malta Community Center, Malta (6pm, 7/11-8/15)
CONCERTS AT THE LAKE @ Windsor Lake, North Adams (6:30pm, 6/6-8/29)
LIBRARIES ROCK CONCERT SERIES @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush (7pm, 7/11-8/8)
PERFORMING ARTS AT THE COMMON KIDS SERIES @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park (7pm, 7/18-8/15)
THURSDAYS
BARKER PARK KIDS’ SUMMER SERIES @ Barker Park, Troy (11am, 7/5-8/23)
JAZZ ON JAY @ Jay Street, Schenectady (12noon, 6/7-8/30)
ALIVE AT FIVE @ Jennings Landing, Albany (5pm, 6/7-8/2)
CONCERTS AT THE CROSSINGS @ the Crossings of Colonie, Loudonville (6pm, 7/5-8/30)
CONCERTS IN THE PARK @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa, 6pm, 6/28-8/30)
ROCK THE BLOCK @ Canal Square, Cohoes (6:30pm, 6/7-8/9)
SCHAGHTICOKE SUMMER EVE’S CONCERTS @ Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, Melrose (6:30pm, 6/21-8/23)
UPBEAT ON THE ROOF CONCERT SERIES @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (7pm, 7/5-8/30)
CONCERTS AT THE GAZEBO @ Niskayuna Town Hall Gazebo, Niskayuna (7pm, 6/7-8/9)
JAMMIN’ AT GPAC @ Tawasentha Park’s Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Guilderland (7:30pm, 6/21-8/23)
FRIDAYS
FRIDAYS AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George (6pm, 6/15-8/31)
ATHENS PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER CONCERTS @ Riverfront Park, Athens (7pm, 6/22-8/30)
SATURDAYS
POWERS PARK CONCERT SERIES @ Powers Park, Troy (6pm, 7/7-8/25)
HARBOR JAM @ Rivers Casino & Resort’s Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater, Schenectady (6pm, 6/23-8/11)
RIVERLINK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam (7pm, 7/7-8/25)
SUNDAYS
MUSIC HAVEN @ Central Park, Schenectady (7pm, 7/8-8/12)
PERFORMING ARTS AT THE COMMON @ Clifton Common, Clifton Park (7pm, 6/24-8/12)

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