The Restoration Festival was first conceived, a few years back, as a benefit concert to help restore St. Joseph’s Church in Albany’s Ten Broeck neighborhood—one of the region’s great architectural gems. In the process, the annual B3nson Collective-helmed event has become the region’s biggest and boldest showcase of musical talent. This year, the scope and focus of the event has further grown and sharpened with the help of a new venue—CAC Woodside, the former Woodside Presbyterian Church on Mill Street in Troy.
On two stages, church and chapel, over two days, this year’s Rest Fest boasts a lineup of acts culled from their first ever open application process. This translates to their most diverse offering of genres yet. Headlining will be Philadelphia’s Man Man (pictured), whose new record On Oni Pond is one of this fall’s most anticipated, and who will be launching their fall tour from the fest. B3nson favorites like the Parlor, Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, Barons in the Attic and Swamp Baby will be joined by other regional favorites like Wild Adriatic, Party Boat, Slaughterhouse Chorus, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Eastbound Jesus and the North and South Dakotas. To top it all off, the event will feature a special (and affordable) food menu courtesy of the Hungry Traveler.
Twenty-five percent of the net proceeds will go toward the final restoration of CAC Woodside, which functions as a nonprofit arts residency center.
Rest Fest comes to CAC Woodside (71 Mill St., Troy) on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 6-7). Single-day tickets are $15 and $27.50 respectively, while a weekend pass is $32.50. Visit restfest.net for more info.