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Hispanic Heritage Festival

by The Staff September 12, 2013

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  When it comes to merengue music, Dominican musician Toño Rosario’s (pictured) artistry and influence have been compared to Michael Jackson. The former leader of Los Hermanos Rosario has won five Grammys since that band’s debut ...

Empire State Plaza

The Big Up

by The Staff August 7, 2013

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  Back after a 2012 hiatus, the Big Up is Columbia County’s younger, cleaner, hippier answer to Schenectady’s Camp Bisco. That is, you can still be up until 7 AM dancing to all manner of live ...

Hemlock Hollow Farm

New York State Food Festival featuring Blues Traveler

by The Staff August 7, 2013

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  What evil sorcery is this? Booking Blues Traveler to play the New York State Food Festival is like booking Rick James for the Las Vegas Blow Bazaar and Extramarital Affair Expo. Nostalgia for the proto-jam ...

Empire State Plaza

Camp Bisco

by The Staff July 10, 2013

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  Navigating the three-day, four-stage Camp Bisco schedule is a little bit like playing fantasy football. Sometimes you’ve got to trade one of your favorite performers for a better position at another stage, but you still ...

Indian Lookout Country Club

New York City Ballet

by The Staff July 3, 2013

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  The New York City Ballet return this week for another short-but-stellar residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Opening night is Tuesday; both Tuesday and Wednesday they will present a mixed repertoire that includes the Tchaikovsky ...

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Vieux Farka Toure

by The Staff July 3, 2013

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  Paying for live music is totally overrated—especially when there are so many great free outdoor concert series popping off this time of year. This week, the Music Haven Concert Series begins in Schenectady’s Central Park, ...

Agnes MacDonald Music Haven

Kansas

by The Staff July 3, 2013

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  Fans of prog rock mainstays Kansas are often referred to as “Wheatheads,” yet the rising popularity of the gluten-free diet hasn’t seemed to affect the band’s staying power. This year, they celebrate their 40th year ...

Empire State Plaza

Old Songs Festival

by The Staff June 28, 2013

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  It is time again for the annual Old Songs Festival. This year the event features an army of fiddle, banjo, guitar, and flute -wielding folk performers including world renowned Hanneke Cassel (pictured), the National Scottish ...

Altamont Fairgrounds

Freihofer’s Jazz Festival

by The Staff June 26, 2013

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  The annual SPAC jazz festival has been dubbed “The Hang” and rightly so. Sure, the lineup is packed with legendary headliners and internationally significant up-and-comers, but the two-day event is best taken in at a ...

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival

by The Staff September 7, 2012

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Come early September, it can feel like the entire summer’s Alive at Five lineup was just one long opening act for the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, consistently one of the most impressive free festivals to ...

Albany Riverfront Park

LatinFest

by The Staff August 23, 2012

One of the most anticipated events of summer also heralds the season’s end: Albany’s LatinFest, which is always held near the end of August. And right on schedule, LatinFest arrives in Washington Park this Saturday. This ...

Washington Park

Camp Bisco

by The Staff July 11, 2012

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In barely a year, Skrillex (pictured) has gone from relatively unknown electronic producer to champion of American dubstep, then from Best New Artist Grammy nominee to the guy preteens YouTube their mothers reacting to, and ...

Indian Lookout Country Club

Mimulus

by The Staff June 14, 2012

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“This was dance with a human face, and superhuman energy.” So wrote the critic for The New York Times about the Mimulus company’s fondly remembered 2007 debut at Jacob’s Pillow. “For an hour . . . ...

Jacob's Pillow

Say It Loud! Black & Latino Gay Pride Celebration

by The Staff May 30, 2012

  Musicians, comedians, DJs, and dancers: Sounds like a festival. And it is, though one with an empowering emphasis on identity and wellness. In Our Own Voices will host a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, ...

Albany Riverfront Park

Musical Change, Social Change

by B.A. Nilsson May 30, 2012

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  Francesca Zambello had what could be argued was the best possible Metropolitan Opera directorial debut: Her 1992 production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor was all but booed off the stage. (The audience reacted with “a ...

StrangeCreek Campout

by The Staff May 24, 2012

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It’s official: The summer music festival season hath begun. And this one’s a bonafide garlic-grilled-cheese, who’s-got-my-headies?, passed-out-wookie shakedown. SNL paid tribute to the like in a bit last week called “So you think you can ...

Camp Kee-Wanee

Fleet Foxes

by The Staff September 21, 2011

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The curse of a blockbuster debut is, of course, the challenge of the sophomore follow-up, and few bands have faced one greater than Fleet Foxes. When the Seattle-based folk band released their self-titled long-player in ...

Mountain Park

Shamrock N Roll

by The Staff September 7, 2011

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There’s a long fall and longer winter standing between today and St. Patrick’s Day, and it will soon be cold enough to make a leprechaun turn blue. But don’t despair boyo, the Dropkick Murphys (pictured) ...

Altamont Fairgrounds

moe.down

by The Staff August 31, 2011

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The moe.rons have always been a hearty breed. One of jam nation’s hardest touring bands (for the past 20 years), moe. celebrate—count them—two self-curated festivals each year. One in blizzard season and the other under ...

Gelston Garden Estate

Tanglewood Jazz Festival

by The Staff August 31, 2011

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It was unfortunate that the Boston Symphony Orchestra had to cancel their last concert of the season, but the 2011 Tanglewood summer will still end on a happy note (or notes) with the annual Tanglewood ...

Tanglewood Ozawa Hall

Bluestock

by The Staff August 25, 2011

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The name of this three-day festival is self-explanatory, right? Bluestock is three days of peace, love and the blues, held at—no, not Saugerties or Woodstock—scenic Hunter Mountain. This is a whole mess of blues, presented on ...

Hunter Mountain

Albany LatinFest

by The Staff August 25, 2011

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Summer can’t be over just yet, because it’s time again for Albany’s beloved LatinFest. For over a decade, the Capital Region’s vibrant Latin community has celebrated and shared the food, music and culture of Latin ...

Washington Park

Bennington Irish Music Festival

by The Staff August 18, 2011

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The Green Mountain State will get a little greener this weekend (no, they haven’t legalized weed yet) when troubadours from the Emerald Isle descend on Bennington. Well, to be honest, most of these performers aren’t actually ...

Colgate Park

Bon Iver

by The Staff August 3, 2011

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For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver’s 2008 debut, was a case-study in how the contemporary independent music industry works—at its most eagerly romantic. Twenty-something singer-songwriter (Justin Vernon) breaks up with band and girlfriend, retires to ...

Mountain Park

Camp Bisco X

by Josh Potter July 6, 2011

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“We’ve always wanted to cater to what our fans want,” says Disco Biscuits keyboardist Aron Magner, “which is as much energy as possible.” Ten years ago, when the band was still quite young and the ...

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