Pass the Hat
Scary news came in last month about a hit-and-run accident that left Albany musician Emily Sprague badly injured and with sizable out-of-pocket medical expenses. To alleviate the financial burden, an injury recovery fund has been started for her on the crowdfunding site GiveForward.com. Unlike Kickstarter, which often incentivizes donations with a multi-tiered reward system, GiveForward.com is a purely altruistic platform with no penalty if the target sum isn’t reached. With 78 days remaining in the campaign, the effort has raised about half of the $2,500 they aim for. (Remember, the American medical system is still fucked.)
Sprague has released a bunch of music in the past couple years, both as a solo artist and with her trio Florist. Most recently, a number of songs were used in the short independent British film Jamie the Astronaut, which is streaming on YouTube. You can help Sprague get back to doing what she does best by making a donation at giveforward.com/fundraiser/4744/emily-sprague-s-injury-recovery-fund.
Curse of the Irish
First it was Kegs and Eggs, and now someone almost beaned Chuck Schumer with a Guinness. Seems like St. Patrick’s Day is an almost-yearly referendum on Albany’s drinking culture. That flying beverage at this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Parade was only one of a number of listed incidents that have made the Sheehan administration reconsider the city’s policy regarding the open consumption of alcohol at open-air city events like LarkFest, Tulip Fest and Capital Pride. Some other activities they were aghast to discover followed day drinking? Public urination, defecation, trash-can vomitting, fighting, off-key renditions of Bon Jovi songs . . .
No word yet on what the city might do to curtail said acts, but they are considering enforcement of open-container laws and revoking alcohol permits for these larger events entirely.
Fest in Peace
Rumors were confirmed this week that Camp Bisco will not be happening this year. Speculation had begun earlier this winter when MPC Presents, the production company that puts on the festival, built around livetronic jam band the Disco Biscuits, conspicuously did not file for the permits necessary to run the event. According to the event’s Facebook page, they’re just taking a year off and plan to return in 2015.
Having grown into one of the Northeast’s largest electronic music festivals, boasting headliners like Skrillex, Bassnectar and Animal Collective that eclipsed the reputation of the host act, the event came under pretty serious fire in the past couple years for what many perceived as a dangerous culture of rampant drug abuse and insufficient medical resources.
This cancellation comes on the heels of an announcement that Wilco’s Solid Sound festival will not be returning to MASS MoCA this year and the Big Up Festival, which made a return last year, also seems discontinued for good, making for a weirdly quiet regional summer festival calendar. On the bright side, MASS MoCA will still host its annual bluegrass event, FreshGrass, in September. And a festival upstart, dubbed the Hudson Music Project, is scheduled to run three days in July in Saugerties. Factor in the MOVE Music Fest, Mountain Jam, and most of the other annual events, and you should still find yourself with plenty to do.