Thursdays on the Village Green Returns 2024

Thursdays on the Village Green returns to Hamilton, as the beloved festival features an exciting lineup of performances and family friendly events. The festival also creates an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to explore downtown Hamilton’s boutiques with home goods, fashion, jewelry and antiques.

Thursdays on the Village Green is one of Hamilton’s most beloved events. Dating back to 1902, the Village Green has hosted live music and events for the community. Guests are invited to bring picnic blankets and chairs, and to take advantage of the many food trucks. Food trucks will be available on a rotating schedule, including Cowboy BBQ, Tacocat Food Co.,Brake from the Grind, Motley Chew, Stathis Greek Restaurant and Gyro, and Oh Crepe.

The lineup features tribute bands, cover bands, and exciting performers. The Village Green offers something for everyone, with balloon animals, face painting, and magic shows. Performances, face painting, and Gilligan’s ice cream are free for the community.

Alea, Joe Driscoll, BSG, Amanda Rogers & Allie Fox, Ed-a-Palooza, and Nate the Great will all be performing this summer.

July 5

The Syracuse Orchestra will kick off the season with a performance on Friday, July 5. The performance will start at 7:30. The Orchestra will also offer their “instrument petting zoo”, where people can pick instruments up and learn more about them.

July 11

The next performance will feature Alea, a Colombian born singer, composer and musician based in NYC. Her music is a fusion of afro-indigenous music and culture, and highlights her experiences in diverse musical landscapes. Alea is a two-time recipient of the Uncharted Music Series Residency in New York, and has received recognition from the city of Boston for her contributions to Latin music.

July 18

Joe Driscoll will take the stage with an exciting fusion of hip-hop and folk. Driscoll effortlessly combines seemingly opposing genres, pulling reggae, folk, and blues with a solid foundation of storytelling. Time Out magazine referred to Driscoll as a, “sonic wunderkind who who creates his own 21st century ‘folk’ live on stage: sample by sample, beat by beat”.

July 25

July 25’s performance will have a 90s theme, with a 90s family dance party and emo/grunge cover band BSG. BSG cultivates a setlist reminiscent of what you “illegally downloaded off Limewire in 2007”. Songs from beloved 90s artists, including Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and System of a Down, are all included in BSG’s repertoire.

August 1

The first performance of August will showcase female artists, with performances by Amanda Rogers and Allie Fox. Amanda Rogers is an upstate New York native, who blends the landscape of the rust belt and an idyllic world of her own. The result is dynamic music, with elements of punk and classical. Recording with Brooklyn-based punk/hardcore label Immigrant Sun Records, Rogers has released 11 solo albums, in addition to touring with indie and hardcore bands, a pop-rock outfit, and grunge-pop-folk duo. Her style is intimate and emotional, while maintaining an intensity and grit.

Allie Fox is an artist who writes, books, and performs her own music. She has been in the music industry from an early age, and has experience working at MUSICTODAY, Magnolia Records, Blues Bash by the Cass, and for several artists on tour. She owns a business focused on writing her own music and books; she recently finished a book for her son, Luther.

August 8

Thursdays on the Village Green will pay tribute to Ed Vollmer, a beloved guitarist, performer, and music teacher in Central New York. Before settling in Hamilton, Vollmer performed in the US, Mexico, Spain, France, and the Virgin Islands. Vollmer was the house guitarist at the Colgate Inn for 30 years. He worked in audio and visual production, producing videos and CDs for the Colgate cappella groups. He will be remembered forever as an inspiring teacher, who sparked his student’ love of music. Vollmer’s legacy will be honored by Steven Skollar, Mark Shiner, Pamme Swan, Reyna Stagnaro, and Maren Vantine.

August 15

Nate the Great’s Fire Breathing and Juggling Show will close out the series on August 15. Nate was raised on a small farm in Upstate New York. He learned to juggle when he was 7 years old, and has been juggling, balancing, and flipping things as long as he can remember. He now performs regionally as a juggler and musician, at shows across New York state. Nate the Great’s shows are interactive and include the juggling of at least 5 clubs, 6 rings, and 7 balls, along with comedy, music, and fire breathing.

More information is available at the following link. A list of the family events each Thursday is also available below, along with sneak peek of a past Village Green season.

DateActActivities Available
July 5The Syracuse OrchestraFace Painting by Sarah & Gilligan’s Ice Cream
July 11AleaCourtney Wells Night of Illusion Family Friendly Drag Show, and Drew’s Balloon Animals
July 18Joe DriscollDrew’s Magic Show & Balloon Animals
July 25BSGDJ Sammy Burke’s 90s Family Dance Party
August 1Amanda Rogers & Allie FoxPayal Patel Dance Class for Families, Cait’s Character Corner Presents: Captain Marvel, Singing from Belle & Dancing with Wednesday Addams
August 8Ed-A-PaloozaFeaturing Steven Skollar, Mark Shiner, Pamme Swan,
August 15Nate the GreatChris Whitemas: Christmas in August Sing-along
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