Annual Albany Latin Fest
up your weekend with a trip into Washington Park on Saturday,
where the 10th Annual Latin Fest will be warming up downtown
Albany. Highlights of this popular festival are Hispanic
food vendors, craft vendors, children’s events, live entertainment
and more. According to the Albany events Web site, this
Latin festival has had one of the largest attendance rates
of any Latin Fest in upstate New York.
This year’s performers will include Drumming Benediction,
Taineri, Dashira, Ralphy Sabater Y Su Orquesta (a Bronx-based
salsa-music orchestra, pictured), Frankie Negron, and the
Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
The 10th Annual Albany Latin Fest will take place on Saturday
(Aug. 27) from noon to 8 PM at Washington Park in downtown
Albany. The rain site is the Corning Preserve. For more
information and a full performance schedule, call 434-2032
or visit www.albanyevents.org.
Sexton oozes sensuality, in both his voice—a powerful, woody
baritone, vaguely similar to Ben Harper or, if your pop-culture
radar only goes back six months, Bo Bice—and his inventive
acoustic-guitar work, in which he picks out bass lines with
his thumb while strumming chords. The Syracuse-via-Boston
troubadour has flown just under the radar for most of his
decade-plus career, but that seems to work just fine for
him. After releasing two wonderful records on Atlantic (The
American, Wonder Bar) around the turn of the
century, Sexton parted ways with the label, and only then
did he really hit his stride. In 2002, Sexton launched his
own label (Kitchen Table Records) and released the career-defining
Live Wide Open album. The record captures all of
the elements that make the average Sexton show worth a long
drive on a hot night: Impassioned singing and playing, and
a genuine connection between the hard-touring performer—whose
onstage mannerisms have been described as everything from
“insane” to “evocative” to “creepy, in a good way”—and his
audience. He’s a good enough performer that, even if you
don’t like him, you’ll probably like him.
Martin Sexton will perform at the Berkshire Music Hall (30
Union St., Pittsfield, Mass.) this Saturday (Aug. 27). Tickets
for the 8 PM show are $35. Chris Trapper of The Push Stars
will open the show. For more information, call (413) 528-3394.
New York City-based, six-woman, “gymnastically inclined”
dance troupe has been praised by Newsweek as presenting
“an exhilarating mix of circus and dance.”
In addition to the fun, there’s ample ambition evident in
their latest work-in-progress, which will be performed this
weekend at MASS MoCA. w(HOLE) is nothing less than
an attempt to tell “the story of the earth’s history in
terms of geologic and evolutionary events and phenomena.”
Lava will present (w)HOLE tomorrow (Friday, Aug.
26) and Saturday (Aug. 27) at 7:30 PM at MASS MoCA (1040
MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.). Tickets are $20, $15
for kids 12 and under. For reservations and information,
call (413) 662-2111.