Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hats Off in Saratoga July 31 and August 1!

Saratoga is the summer place to be tonight and tomorrow night as the Hats Off Music Festival happens downtown. I’m providing information from the Hats Off site here, with the following link ( to take you anywhere you want to go during the festival. This is a great event and showcases a lot of local talent. I’d like to especially direct you to the NEXT GENERATION STAGE (Saturday night) performing at Eddie Bauer and featuring, among others, Zac Rossi and Maggie Doherty.

If you hope to grab a bite while you’re on Broadway, there are a number of good options. Every place will be busy, so be prepared to find a spot early or wait a while. I recommend Wheatfield’s, Lillian’s, and Forno Tuscano. My friend Cathi and I stopped at Wheatfield’s last year during H.O., and while we had to wait a while, we were seated in a reasonable amount of time. If you would rather be out listening to music than sitting in a restaurant, order drinks and appetizers to share and go get a cone later!

Take a look at what’s being offered, and have a great time!
Hats Off Music Festival

Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 2009
Featured music includes everything from Jazz to Rock, Indie to Barbershop in downtown Saratoga Springs.

Featured musical lineup:
Collamer Lot...................Bourbon Renewal (Fri), Acoustic Circus (Sat)
Post Office.....................The GTO's (Fri), Jeff Strange (Sat)
Adirondack Trust Co........Sirsy
Caroline Street................Slick Fitty
Lillian's............................High Definition Band
Division Street.................April Marie
Eddie Bauer....................Racing City Chorus (Fri)
Eddie Bauer....................Next Generation Stage Sat featuring new young local talent Maggie Doherty & Zack Rossi, Jenn Guay, Rachel Matthews and Rachel Van Slyke (Sat)
Ben & Jerry's:.................."Collar City Records" stage featuring Matt Loiacano

Location: Collamer Parking Lot
George Fletcher's Bourbon Renewal has been an in demand live blues act throughout the Capital Region since its inception in 2004. Fletcher has performed with music greats such as Commander Cody, Curt Smith (Tears for Fears), John Sebastian, Larry Hoppen (Orleans), the Coasters and many others. He has also opened concerts for Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Spin Doctors and many others. Learn more about the band by visiting
Juan Calzada, Corbin Daugherty & Dr. James Looby are Saratoga Springs’ own, a Jam and Caribbean influenced power acoustic trio presenting an energetic performance that could headline anywhere.

Location: Saratoga Springs Post Office
GTOs (Fri)
The GTO’s perform “Good Time Oldies” in the street corner, doo-wop, Acappella style of the 50’s and 60’s. Favorite tunes include “Blue Moon,” “Come Go With Me,” “In the Still of the Night” and many others. You are sure to want to sing along.
Singer/Song writer JEFF STRANGE was a founding member and fifteen year veteran of internationally known Irish folk band Donnybrook Fair, whose 1980 album release Tunnel Tigers received airplay in both Ireland and England, as well as the United States. He was also a longtime member of the New York Capital Region’s most popular band, The Newports.

Location: Adirondack Trust Co. Drive-Through
SIRSY is fronted by the charismatic Melanie Krahmer... a girl with a "stunning voice capable of a lion's roar & a floaty whisper" ... “with the lungs of a teenage athlete & the growl of a 60-something blues singer". Krahmer is also the drummer, playing a full drum kit, STANDING UP, bass (on a keyboard with her drum stick), Ian Anderson-esque flute solos and melodica, too! Sharing the stage is co-writer, Rich Libutti, on guitar. Libutti also plays piano, bass (live on a keyboard at his feet!), & even the occasional snare part (with his feet!). Playing 250+ shows/year nationally, SIRSY's shared the stage w/Maroon 5, Third Eye Blind, Lifehouse, Collective Soul, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, Grace Potter, & more!

Location: Caroline Street
50's & 60's cover songs, 50's & 60's inspired originals,
“Hot Rodded,” for all generations to enjoy. Music of yesterday with an awesome modern sound.

Location: Lillian’s/Cantina Parking Lot
A versatile High Energy Party Band specializing in “fun”! An unforgettable blend of guitars, keyboards, harmonies, horns & percussion. Performing the songs of yesteryear to the songs of today.

Location: Division Street
April Marie has been performing in the Capital District for over 15 years. She specializes in Jazz standards and songs from her two CD's, "The Fire in You" & "Somethin'". Her performance schedule can be found on

Location: Rip Van Dam Hotel Porch
They are the ambassadors of a-capella;” Saratoga's own long-time favorite
all-male vocal group with Barbershop style.

Location: Eddie Bauer
A cross-section of twenty-somethings that represent the rich musical heritage of Saratoga County:
- Jenn Guay is a lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs and a graduate of Skidmore College
- Rachel Mathews is a native of Clifton Park and attends Flagler University in St. Augustine, FL
- Maggie Doherty is a native of Saratoga Springs and attends Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY
- Zac Rossi is a native of Saratoga Springs and a graduate of SUNY Oneonta
- Rachel VanSlyke is a native of Saratoga County who now resides in South Carolina, where she frequently tours the South Eastern US on her bicycle!

Location: Ben & Jerry’s
COLLAR CITY "Collar City Records offers a curated look at the Capital Region music landscape by selecting and releasing important local albums. Heartfelt, unique, honest songs from a very special group of musicians."

Link to the Hats Off site here:

Photo by Jeannie Eddy

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