Cracker, Barney Highlight At The Plaza Summer Series

The New York State Office of General Services has released its At The Plaza Summer Series for a summer’s worth of celebrations at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y., including commemorating the 50th anniversary of the host venue.

Another tidbit of news is that due to construction near the State Museum entrance, this summer’s shows will take place at the north end of the plaza. This will eliminate staircase seating for this summer, so organizers are encouraging attendees to bring their own chairs.

Summer at the Plaza is a group of family friendly concerts, movies and festivals and will kick off June 3, from 5 to 9 p.m., with Pop-Rock Night featuring Orleans. New to the festival this year is Plaza at 50, a day-long celebration featuring a farmer’s market, food, music and fireworks.

Music Lineup:

June 3, 5 to 9 p.m. — Pop-Rock Night featuring Orleans, a 1970’s group who brought the song Still the One into our heads.

June 10, 5 to 9 p.m. — EQX Night featuring The Features, a Nashville-based indie rock group.

June 17, 5 to 9 p.m. — Country Night featuring Craig Wayne Boyd, winner of the seventh season of The Voice.

June 24, 5 to 9 p.m. — Reggae Night featuring Maxi Priest, an international artist with a unique vision.

July 4, 3 to 10 p.m. — Price Chopper 4th of July Celebration featuring Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. This is the 32nd straight year of this Albany tradition featuring fireworks and other activities for the average crowd of 30,000.

July 8, 5 to 9 p.m. — Jazz Night featuring Kim Waters, a saxophonist who has recorded 14 No. 1 singles.

July 11, noon to 5 p.m. — GE’s Kids Day Sing Along Adventure with Barney. Kids, come with mom and dad and enjoy music, theater, dance and an array of other kid-centric activities.

August 1, noon to 7 p.m. — Black Arts and Cultural Festival featuring Will Downing. Check out an updated take on a celebration of tradition and cultural contributions of the black community through art, music, dance and more.

August 12, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — New York State Food Festival starring Cracker. There will be 100 vendors selling food for lunch and dinner, followed by a performance by Cracker, the alt-rockers known for hits such as Low and Euro-Trash Girl.

September 12, 5 to 10 p.m. — Hispanic Heritage Celebration featuring Alex Matos, an award-winning salsa pop star.

September 16, noon to 8 p.m. — Plaza at 50 Festival starring Shadows go the 60s — A Tribute to Motown Super Groups. This is a celebration of the plaza turning 50 years old and will feature food, fun and music, culminating with fireworks.

Capitol Park After Dark Movie Series

August 5, 8 p.m. — Mary Poppins

August 19, 8 p.m. — Monsters University

August 26, 8 p.m. — Maltese Falcon

Held in conjunction with the Empire State Plaza Farmers Market, the Made in the Shade of The Egg outdoor series is held at noon on Wednesdays between June 3 and August 26. Performers for June 10 and August 5 are to be announced.

Outdoor Series

June 3 — Alex Torres & Friends, Afro-Caribbean music

June 17 — Bhi Bhiman: original folk-rock

June 24 — GX3+: flamenco, classical, and bluegrass

July 1 — The Wiyos: swing, folk, and old-time blues

July 8 — Jeremy Kittle Trio: classical crossover

July 15 — Bopitude: modern jazz

July 22 — Front Country: contemporary bluegrass

July 29 — Brass & Blues: acoustic blues & traditional jazz

August 12 — Ajkun Ballet Theatre: contemporary dance

August 19 — The Revelers: Cajun, zydeco, & swamp pop

August 26 — Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company: modern movement

All events are free, family friendly and open to the public. Free parking will be at the East Garage beginning at 5 p.m. For more info and updates, call 518-474-0549, or follow @plazaevents on Twitter and Empire State Plaza Events on Facebook.

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