A kickin' good time

Former Schenectady High School students made up Filming Ohio , which played in the Robb Alley Stage inside the Muddy Cup at Proctors Arcade. The group formed in 2006 when Josh Mlodzianowski, saxophonist, and Will Dobson, bassist and vocals, decided to start a band. The remaining three members were later added to the mix.

"[The event] is such a great thing Schenectady has done down here," said Justin Friello, singer and acoustic guitarist of Filming Ohio.

Friello told the story, even if "anti-climatic," of how the band name got its name. Four days before the their first show in 2007, the members realized they still didn't have a name so they made a list of words they liked " eventually coming up with Filming Ohio.

Another music performance actually parted the streets momentarily.

The Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band paraded with instruments resonating down State Street as onlookers watched them make their way to the main stage. This group is also the only competing juvenile pipe band in the Northeastern United States.

At the other end of the street from the main stage was the MVP Health Care Kids Korner holding a variety of family friendly activities. Balloon artists, face-painters and Radio Disney Live were some of the attractions. Pai's Tae Kwon Do Academy also held a couple of performances and a board-breaking challenge.

Roaming down the street was Sparkles the Tall Juggler, raised up on stilts, and Patrick Ferri, physical comedian, on a unicycle high-fiving kids and performing tricks.

The man closing the night, though, was Ernie Williams and his band, which was followed by a fireworks display concluding the event. Since the first SummerNight, Williams hasn't missed a performance.

"Ernie Williams loves this event and the community loves Ernie Williams," said Savage.""

Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment