One-day Nippertown Music Festival gears up with latest announcement – Spotlight News – The home of The Spot 518

SCHENECTADY – The picture was somewhat incomplete when Jim Gilbert announced plans for NipperFest last November, but with the recent announcement of Sawyer Fredericks joining the lineup for the one-day event, the details are becoming clearer.

NipperFest, a one-day festival featuring local artists featuring original music, promises thousands at Music Haven in Central Park on Saturday, July 23. Music will fly between two stages – one acoustic and the other amplified – from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fredericks, the Fultonville native who garnered national attention as he was poised to win the 8th season of NBC’s The Voice in 2015, was announced last weekend to a lineup including 15 musicians paired with food vendors and services, including nonprofits advocating for local arts and mental health.

Albany’s Side-B had the opportunity to perform on the festival’s main stage after winning Nippertown’s March “Music” Madness tournament two weeks ago. The four-piece alternative rock band will be joined by last year’s tournament winner, Delmar’s Glass Pony.

Gilbert’s first step towards organizing this unique festival was to invite three bands, The Figgs, SIRSY and Super 400. Each are veterans of the local scene who have developed a strong following over the years. His initial hope was to persuade one of them to perform. His response gave a sense of affirmation that he was onto something.

“All three said, ‘Absolutely,'” he said. “It’s going to be a fun time. People are going to dance.

The festival is named after Nippertown, the online arts and music publication that won three Eddie Awards. The Nippertown brand has served as a sounding board for local artists and musicians for over a decade. Gilbert became a publisher three years ago and co-owns the website with his wife, Laura DaPolitio. Together they carry the legacy of Greg Haymes with the help of a group of freelance photographers and writers.

The particular focus on original music from local artists is similar to the website’s music tournament last month, which asked fans to vote for their favorite bands out of a pool of 64, with each going one-on-one. head into a friendly competition. for prices.

The college basketball-inspired prop was sponsored by a dozen venues, studios and sound engineers tied to a regional music scene recently ranked among the best in the country by a New York-based data resource group. In 2016, Value Penguin ranked the Tri City area as the sixth best scene in the nation, one rung below Austin, Texas.

“I really feel like we have the best local music scene,” Gilbert said. “We have such a plethora of talent that we could do our own festival and showcase our local scene, and it could be as good or better than any other we see.”

Gilbert fills out a list of vendors who will provide food and drink throughout the day. He is also looking for more sponsors to help fund the event. An after-party hosted by event sponsor Frog Alley will take place once the music stops at the park.

“Hopefully there will be lots of sunshine and lots of fun,” Gilbert said. “I really hope people walk away saying, ‘God, we’ve got a lot of talent in this'”

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