Celebrating 25 years of music, Lark Street Neighborhood
join us this year to kick off your Hudson River Valley Ramble
in Albany, as LARKfest draws music fans, craft lovers and
families to a fun-filled end-of-summer happening! With an
average attendance of over 60,000 people, we expect this year’s
event to be more successful and exciting than ever.
LARKfest is possible thanks to support from our premiere underwriter,
the David B. Silipigno Foundation, our presenting sponsor,
Ruch Distributors Inc., and our co-sponsor, Mayor Jerry Jennings
and the City of Albany.
LARKfest always offers a wide variety of unique vendors. Pottery,
candles, art pieces, baskets, tapestries, toys and all kinds
of jewelry are just a few of the exciting items available
for sale along the street. Let us not forget the outstanding
festival food! In addition to the traditional fried dough
and sausage sandwiches, a variety of international cuisines
will add spice to LARKfest, including a number of our popular
Surrounding all the LARKfest activity are more than 70 businesses;
restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, housed in the architecturally
beautiful 19th Century buildings of Albany’s Historic Lark
Join us for music, food and fun!
LARKfest on Saturday, Sept. 16 will be a blast for people
of all ages, so bring the family!
The Madison Avenue Stage
is very excited to present the following entertainment lineup:
- 1 PM
Head is a uniquely entertaining original rock band based in
upstate NY. The band is well known for their high-energy live
show, catchy songs, and loyal fan base. With their explosive
sound and intensive schedule, Phillips Head has proven to
be a major contributor to the region’s original-music scene.
It’s a powerhouse blend of pop, punk, and rock, driven by
forceful guitar chords, punchy bass lines, and rock-solid
1999, the Velmas—bassist Todd ‘Figaro’ Minnick, guitarist
Mike ‘Harvey’ Grosshandler and drummer Michael ‘Bruce’ Bruce—have
been entertaining upstate New York. The Velmas are three singers
and songwriters creating powerful rock music. Their sound
is influenced by old-school to modern rock, punk, reggae,
and even country and classical. In concert, the Velmas back
their music with a playful, high-energy live show, which is
the reason why Albany-area ‘Velmites’ have voted them the
Capital Region’s Best Alternative Band (Metroland,
Nightmare of You
Reilly steps forward as lead vocalist for Nightmare of You,
a band he formed in 2003 with high-school friend Joseph McCaffrey,
who had begun assisting Reilly with a few solo songs between
his duties in his previous band, the Movielife. Ryan Heil
joined in on bass and New York hardcore veteran Sammy Siegler
(Rival Schools, CIV, Gorilla Biscuits) took over on drums.
Though their credentials are noteworthy, you’d be remiss to
let the past color how you will eventually hear their self-titled,
Bevonshire East/West debut; a stunning album full of broad-shoulder
hooks and poetic interludes.
body of work is marked by multi-million sales, critical praise,
a Grammy nomination and awards including the 1998 Billboard
Modern Rock Artist of the Year honor. “[Lead singer] Art Alexakis
makes it all vivid through accumulation of detail, and he
spits it out with a Lennon-like candor and an unruly, unstoppable
energy,” wrote the Los Angeles Times’ Richard Cromelin
about 1997’s double-platinum So Much For The Afterglow.
After two years of heavy touring in support of Afterglow,
the group took the unorthodox route of releasing two different
and acclaimed albums in the same year, 2000’s Songs From
An American Movie, Volumes 1 & 2. Everclear
followed 2003’s Slow Motion Daydream with 2004’s 20-track
career retrospective Ten Years Gone: The Best of
Everclear 1994-2004. Everclear’s 2006 release, Welcome
to the Drama Club, will be out Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Washington Avenue Stage
is very excited to present the following entertainment lineup:
The Day Jobs
Day Jobs first surfaced in June 1999, formed out of the ashes
of two prominent Albany-area bands, the Explosives and Lughead,
emerging from the rock & roll trenches as the new ambassadors
of power pop. Since their inception, the band have been recognized
for their tight live performances and Rich Baldes’ songwriting
prowess, earning them Metroland’s Best Pop Band honors
and supporting spots on bills with Frank Black, Superdrag
and the Figgs. The Day Jobs have released their 14-song power-pop
manifesto, How I Wanted To Be.
Hector On Stilts
Pittsfield, Mass.-based quartet, Hector On Stilts, Best Pop
Band in their Best Of 2005 issue, Metroland wrote,
“Hector On Stilts have charisma, talent, and smoldering good
looks, all of which are well-known prerequisites for a fabulous
pop band.” Intensely melodic, utterly danceable, HOS harmonize
like a latter-day Everly Brothers with a live show that’s
part rock, part discotheque. Salsa-spiced new wave, cinematic
anti-epics and bittersweet alt- ditties make their sophomore
release, Same Height Relation, a revelation in modern
deeply contemplative yet accessible lyrical ideas with a cool,
scorching blend of ultra-melodic rock, sensuous electronica,
trip-hop and industrial elements, ism have been favorably
compared to Nine Inch Nails and “a more rockin’ Radiohead.”
Charismatic lead singer and songwriter Andre Mistier’s rich
intellectual sensibility comes alive amid a rush of blistering,
from Watford, England (birthplace of Sir Elton), Mohair have
played together in various forms since the age of 12, when
they started a Commitments cover band(!) Years of experience
playing together along with great songwriting influences and
the devotion of these lifelong friends to their dream has
yielded a sound that harkens back to the days when rock was
raucous and bands were fun. Their songs are vibrant, tight
and sun-drenched compositions that retain a dynamic sensibility.
Songs like “Talk of the Town” and “Stranded” showcase the
band’s skill at combining multi-layered harmonies with boisterous
guitars, keyboards and a driving rhythm section that creates
an overall raw and energetic sound that is cheeky and devilishly
Visit the EQX website, www.weqx.com, to learn more about these
Hometown Stage continues 25 years of LARKfest tradition with
live performances by outstanding local artists. MotherJudge,
host of Albany’s longest-running and most-successful open
mic, is your host. The Hometown Stage also features a daylong
Poets’ Open Mic hosted by Albany Poets.
power “pop-n-rock” from Bethlehem, featuring original songs
by young songwriter Valerie Webb. www.venonmentality.com
Spanish-language hip-hop. A trio of incredible rhythmic seduction.
Check them out at www.soundclick.com
Metroland’s Best Female Singer-Songwriter for 2006.
Her delicate and lovely songs are full of passion. Check her
out at MySpace.
Lewis, at 5 years old, has already been playing guitar and
singing songs by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Steve Earle for
more than a year and a half. This Adirondack native is an
inspiration to both young and old.
MotherJudge, Steve Candlen & Mitch Elrod
MotherJudge, Steve Candlen and Mitch Elrod combine excellent
songwriting and outstanding vocal harmonies for a spellbinding
musical experience. www.mother judge.com
Poets are a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the
literary community. Poets Mary Panza, Thom Francis, Nicole
Peyrafitte, Rachel Zitomer, Alex Albino and Dain Brammage
weave their poetry performance with live, improvised music.
Pitch Control Music
Control Music presents hip-hop masters Rick Whispers and Shyste
in live performance with special guests adding extra flavors
from the home-brewed hip-hop squadron. www.pitchcontrolmusic.net
Kilrain and her band bring a much anticipated set to the Hometown
Stage. Kilrain and her music are a centerpiece of the Capital
Region music scene; her from-the-heart lyrics and from-the-gut
guitar playing make her songs unforgettable.
Noon-5 PM Poets’ Speak Loud Open Mic
Sign up at the Albany Poets Tent at the Hometown Stage!
the seventh year, eba will present the LARKfest Family Stage
at the corner of Lark Street and Hudson Avenue, just outside
the eba Theater. Each performance is designed to be family
friendly and appeal to young and old alike. Dancers, musicians,
storytellers and magicians weave their magic from noon-4 PM.
Performances are about 20 minutes each and are repeated during
performances at Noon and 1 PM*
is a Center Square acoustic-folk band that blends American
and Celtic traditions.
Dance Ensemble: performing at 12:30 PM*
life, from the dance of the village to the classical Middle
Eastern Dance Orientale.
eba’s own everything but anchovies Dance Theatre: Performing
GERMS at 1:30 and 3:30 PM*
eba’s GERMS performance explores bacteria, viruses, mold,
tooth decay, salmonella and red and white blood cells as they
become characters through dance, music and theatre. eba ingeniously
teaches children about “helpful” and “harmful” germs and how
our body works.
subject to change. Please check the Schedule Board at the
Family Stage at LARKfest for updates.
In recognition of this very special 25th Anniversary LARKfest
Celebration, we’ve added a number of new and exciting features
to this already outstanding event!
comes alive at the Hudson River Valley Na tional Heritage
Area Expo as you explore the Revolutionary heritage of our
region! SUNY professor and local historian, John Pipkin, will
be offering guided tours of beautiful Washington Park. Get
a peek at upcoming plans for the Hudson/Fulton/ Champlain
Quadricentennial Celebration in 2009! Located at the intersection
of Lark and State Streets.
LARKfest FamilyZone: A place for the whole family to play
together as they create art! Regional dance, music, drama
and visual artists and teachers will offer short workshops
and instruction in the creative arts. No experience is necessary
for most activities! All activities are FREE!
Located at the intersection of Lark Street and Hudson Avenue
across from the Family Stage.
could find love by participating in Time Warner Cable’s Love
On Demand at LARKFest! Love On Demand, digital cable channel
1009, is the latest in Capital Region dating. Free 2-3 minute
video dating profiles of area singles are being taped at different
hot spots and venues in the Capital Region. At LARKFest, you
can find the Love On Demand crew at the intersection of Chestnut
and Lark streets, so be sure to stop by! For more information
about Love On Demand visit loveon demand.twalbany.com.