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The sounds of summer

Local concert series offer a season of free entertainment

— The concerts are funded through a combination of municipalities, business sponsors or public donations. Moore said a donation jar is at every GPAC concert.

In contrast, the concert series at The Crossings in Colonie is sponsored by Joe Vellano and Vellano Brothers, Inc.

“I assure you, nothing beats listening to great music at The Crossings on a beautiful summer evening,” Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan said in a statement.

Voorheesville Public Library’s “Together at Twilight Concert Series” features four bands and the last performance scheduled, Katsura, is donating its time to perform and will not be compensated.

Lynn Kohler, spokeswoman for the Voorheesville Library, said due to limited library funds it usually hosts two bands each year. This year it has four concerts. Friends of the Library provides funding for the concerts.

Popular bands like Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers can draw up to 70 people, Kohler said.

The Altamont Free Library sponsors the village’s summer concert series, which is held at the gazebo in Orsini Park. Library Director Judith Wines said the concert series, while serving village residents, attracts residents from all over the hilltowns.

“Altamont is a great area, but we are a little bit out there,” Wines said. “We wanted to have something that serves the hilltowns and the Altamont area.”

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katsurasinger 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks for the mention - Katsura is volunteering, but the other shows there are paid. We were hoping to get some recognition this year in Voorheesville and maybe the library will have us back as hired musicians next year! We love to watch as people dance with their kids and enjoy the music of the ages!

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