NipperFest Music and Arts Festival

The NipperFest Music & Arts Festival returns for its second outing featuring Billboard AAA Top 40 artists Jocelyn & Chris, headlining a one-day event that promises to highlight over a dozen Capital Region performers on two stages at Music Haven (Google Map) on Saturday, July 22, from 11am to 10pm.

Jocelyn & Chris and their band have charted five consecutive commercial radio singles in the Billboard AAA Top 40. They took two records to #1 on the Relix Jambands Top 30 and appeared nationally on NBC’s Today Show. The siblings, both graduates of Harvard University, have recorded eight albums and perform coast to coast.

Last year’s inaugural NipperFest was such a momentous one attracting more than 2500 local music fans— soaking in the sunshine and great tunes while enjoying our creative community with headlining sets from The Figgs, Super 400, Sirsy, and Sawyer Fredericks. 

“We’re so excited to bring NipperFest back to Music Haven, or as I prefer to call it, Music Heaven!” said Nippertown’s Jim Gilbert. “This year’s line-up highlights the seemingly infinite amount of talent we have right here in our backyard – and now we can’t wait to announce this incredible lineup for our second festival.”

The diverse lineup includes many up-and-coming local bands, including Precious Metals, Brule County Bad Boys, The Sugar Hold, Hold On Honeys, E-Block, Carolyn Shapiro, Jimi W, Margo Macero, ShortWave RadioBand, Lucas Garrett, Angelina Valente, Barbie Barker, Deb Cavanaugh, Rhoseway, Camtron5000, and Sofia Corts.

Photo by Dakota Gilbert

The Barn at NipperFest, sponsored by the Electric City Barn and Albany Barn, showcases local artists and vendors, offering diverse artistic works. This curated space lets attendees explore paintings, sculptures, crafts, and more, adding an extra dimension to the festival. It’s a gathering place for artists and enthusiasts, fostering community and collaboration. Whether discovering new artists or finding unique pieces, the Arts Pavilion at NipperFest is a must-visit for art lovers, showcasing the thriving arts scene in the Capital Region. (Apply to be a part of The Barn @ Nipperfest)

Additionally, the family-friendly festival has an incredible play area for the youngest festivalgoers. Festivalgoers can explore trails, play frisbee golf, swim in the large community pool, and pick up eats from half-dozen local food trucks.

Photo by Dakota Gilbert

None of this would be possible without the support of the NipperFest sponsors, including WEXT Radio, Music Haven, New Scotland Spirits, Remarkable Liquids, CDTA, Lia Cars, Jive Hive Live, Motor Oil Coffee, Hudson Valley Community College, True Brew America, Nine Pin Cider, Lord Hobo Brewery, Zero Gravity Brewery, Albany Barn, Electric City Barn, White Lake Studios, Denis Entertainment Group, WEQX, Overit, Schenectady County, Price Chopper/Market 32, Above Ground Podcast, Unsigned 518, Discover Schenectady and The Daily Gazette. Their contributions and partnership ensure the success and continued growth of NipperFest, enabling attendees to enjoy a memorable and enriching experience. is a vibrant online platform dedicated to showcasing and promoting the rich cultural scene of the Capital Region in upstate New York. As a go-to resource for music, arts, and entertainment, Nippertown provides comprehensive coverage of local events, artist profiles, concert reviews, and interviews, connecting the community with the diverse talent that flourishes in the region. With its passionate team of contributors, is a hub for artists, musicians, and enthusiasts, fostering a sense of belonging and celebrating the vibrant creative community that calls the Capital Region home.

Daily Gazette/County Stage
WEXT/Music Haven Stage
11:00 AMSofia Corts
11:30 AMDeb Cavanaugh12:00 PMRhoseway
12:30 PMJimi W1:00 PMBarbie Barker
1:30 PMLucas Garrett2:00 PMCamtron5000
2:30 PMCarolyn Shapiro3:00 PMAngelina Valente
3:30 PMHold On Honeys4:15 PMMargo Macero
5:00 PMThe E-Block5:45 PMShortwave RadioBand
6:30 PMThe Sugar Hold7:15 PMBrule County Bad Boys
8 PMPrecious Metals 8:45 PM Jocelyn and Chris