Father’s Day is coming soon! Are you prepared? Either way, the city of Albany has you covered with an outing the whole family can enjoy, especially if your dad loves music, good food and the outdoors.
Dad Fest is returning to Albany for free on Sunday, June 19 and will be held at the picturesque Washington Park Parade Grounds from 1 to 6 p.m. You don’t even have to be a father to enjoy this event because it offers something for everyone including beverage tastings, great food, kids’ activities, vendors and music from Southside Johnny & the Poor Fools, Bryan Thomas, and the Bondville Boys.
Southside Johnny & the Poor Fools is led by Johnny Lyon of the famed Asbury Jukes and is made up of talented members Jeff Kazee, John Conte, Tommy Byrnes and of course Southside Johnny himself. The group often invites many hometown pals to join them on stage for various performances, playing out classic material from Dylan, Muddy Waters, the Band, George Jones, Mose Allison and more. Adding to their repertoire, the Poor Fools often revisit some of Asbury jukes underplayed deep tracks as well as their classics.
Albany’s own Bryan Thomas is a rock singer-songwriter with a passionate soul. Bryan has released an impressive collection of material in all forms of audio, video and in-person rarities. Thomas’ latest release is a five-song video series EP titled Basement Live, which was recorded with his basement band dubbed the Buggy Jive.
The Bondville Boys hail from Vermont and have an original eclectic roots/bluegrass feel to their music. Their musicianship, warm harmonies and energy have lifted them up among the bluegrass community and their popularity continues to grow as they tour the Northeast, acquiring fans wherever they play. The boys formed in 1990 and enjoy sharing their great influences such as Del McCoury, Buddy Cage, the Gibson Brothers and the Nashville Bluegrass Band in their own music with their fans.
In the event of inclement weather, the festivities will be held at the Corning Preserve Boatlaunch. Anyone looking for more information can visit Albany’s event’s website or call 518.434.2032. You can also follow Albany, NY events on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.