Rest Fest started in 2010 when members of the B3NSON Collective wanted to start a festival with local and national bands.
continued This year’s festival is the first time Rest Fest has been an all-weekend show, with many local and national acts including Barons in the Attic, Sharon Van Etten, The Kamikaze Hearts, Willy Mason and The Parlor.
Meagan Duffy, who played in the bands Better Pills and Careers, said she was “overwhelmed by awe” every time she went inside the church.
“The building itself is captivating, and being inside of it with so many hardworking artists and supporters of this community we have in Albany makes the experience ethereal,” Duffy said. “I hope that Rest Fest continues every year. It’s one of the things that proves Albany has some real special people working to share art and music with everyone.”
Both Apicello and Muro said each year they get more and more professional at planning as the festival continues to grow.
“This is a labor of love,” Apicello said. “We don’t get any money from this at all. It’s really great for the community to see people come together in a well-oiled, harmonious machine.”