1. Move Music Festival
Albany, April 27
A one-day festival with plenty of nostalgia and new discovery, great performances and a good evening of fun.
2. Art on Lark
Lark Street, Albany, June 8
Seeing Meg Duffy three times and a Bear Grass super performance highlighted a stellar arts and music delight. So I guess it was OK missing Mountain Jam and Governor’s Ball the same weekend.
3. O + Festival
Kingston, Oct. 11-13
My two days here were spent with wonderful music, dance and performances that streched the boundaries of the entertainment landscape. All for a good cause to boot.
4. Restoration Festival
CAC Woodside, Sept. 6-7
Super local performances for two summer days with another fantastic showing by the Parlor, with Barons in the Attic taking control on the second day. Hard to forget Man Man performing with children too.
Salem Art Works, July 20
The crowd was the absolute winner here, as they really got after the Rustic Overtones and Wild Adriatic.
6. Albany Tulip Fest
Washington Park, May 10-11
A great start by Royal Teeth, followed by super local acts, lots of folks and plenty of flowers.
East Jewett, July 18
Multi-day festival full of folk bands, jam bands, and lots of good vibes up in the Catskills.
8. Lark Fest
Lark Street, Sept. 21
The local bands kept up the good showing, so it was hard to follow the greatness of the Chronicles and the Charlie Watts Riots with the out-of-town acts.
9. Q Ruption
SPAC, Aug. 13
Two shows in one. I loved the energy from the day bands and was really impressed by Coheed and Cambria and Jane’s Addiction.
Pearl Street, Sept. 28
A smooth day in Albany with cool shows and lots of crowds.