Albany-area music fans can enjoy four exciting (and free!) concerts at Empire State Plaza every Wednesday in August. The Capital Concert Series, presented by the State Employees Federal Credit Union (SEFCU), which kicks off August 4, 2021 with a headlining performance by Grammy-nominated R&B artist Ginuwine. Other big-name artists include Lit, Wild Adriatic, Super 400 and the Legendary Wailers.
Lit, a grunge rock band from Southern California, famous for late 90s-era hits like “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Miserable”. Their performance on August 11 will cap off a full day event (11 AM-8:30 PM) of live music and great food by the many vendors located on the plaza.
The August 18 show will feature a special “518 Night” theme, spotlighting local talent. Acclaimed band Wild Adriatic are from Saratoga Springs and bring a smooth blues rock sound. Jam-rock trio Super 400 hail from Troy and were even given their own holiday by the mayor in 2006, declaring February 25 “Super 400 Day!”. Super 400 takes the stage at 5:30, followed by Wild A at 7:10.
The series will come to a close on August 25 with a set from the Legendary Wailers. Frontman Julian Junior has collaborated since the 70s with Stevie Wonder and late reggae legend Bob Marley. Junior and the band now play and sing Bob Marley & the Wailers hit songs “the way Bob intended them to be heard.”
Parking is available for $10 at Empire State Plaza’s visitor lot (V-lot) or for free in the East Parking Garage. The plaza is handicap accessible. Event and grounds rules are as follows: no tickets necessary, no alcohol not purchased on premises (ID needed for purchase), no coolers or glass containers, no animals (except service animals), no fireworks or sparklers, no audio or video recording, and bag inspection or item confiscation may be deemed necessary by security. For more details, including vendor and sponsorship opportunities, click here.
August 4: Ginuwine (7:15 PM). Additional performances by DJ TGIF, Freedom Stratton, and New York Players.
August 11: Lit (exact set time unknown)
August 18: Super 400 (5:30 PM) and Wild Adriatic (7:10 PM)
August 25: The Legendary Wailers (7 PM). Additional performance by Anthem