PearlPalooza returns on Saturday, featuring a line-up of Capital Region-focused bands as well as headliner Slothrust.
After going virtual last year, organizers decided to bring it back in person this time around. Presented by SEFCU, in association with WEQX, The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID), and Sugar Productions, there will be one stage instead of the traditional two.
“The one-stage approach will allow for more space not only for attendees but also for vendors who have really taken a hit over the past year-plus,” said WEQX Program Director Jeff Morad.
“We are thrilled to be able to spotlight three incredible Capital Region-based bands who also took a hit in an already difficult world to live…the world of being a band. Slothrust as headliner is a dream come true for the entire staff here at EQX and we hope it is for you too!”
The Boston-based Slothrust is known for its infectious energy and dynamic improvisation. The band’s latest album “Parallel Timeline,” featuring songs like “The Next Curse” and “Cranium,” blends progressive rock, acoustic and pop. The trio includes Leah Wellbaum, Kyle Bann and Will Gorin. They’ll take the stage at 4:45 p.m.
Rockers Jocelyn & Chris are up just before that, with a set kicking off at 3:30 p.m. The sibling duo and Fort Plain natives have three commercial radio singles in the Billboard AAA Top 40 and appeared on NBC’s Today Show. Their latest single “Sugar and Spice,” was released earlier this summer and the accompanying music video played on rotation on MTV.
The Albany collective known as Glass Pony is up just before Jocelyn & Chris at 2:15 p.m. With its danceable mix of jam-focused rock, the band is influenced by everything from funk to modern indie music. Members include Chanda Dewey, Eddie Hotaling, Jeff Picarazzi and Greg Pittz.
At 1 p.m. Timbre Coup will take the stage. The quartet was first formed in 2007 in Altamont and has performed alongside The New Deal, Dopapod and at festivals like moe.down and Mountain Jam.
Each performance will take place on the Remarkable Liquids Stage at N. Pearl Street and Sheridan Avenue.
Before the music gets going, YogaPalooza kicks off the afternoon with an outdoor yoga class from instructors from the Hot Yoga Spot. The socially distanced class is available for all levels of experience and will run from noon to 1 p.m.
“YogaPalooza is a fun and exciting opportunity to showcase the benefits that yoga can have on a person’s overall health and well-being,” said MVP Health Care’s President and CEO, Christopher Del Vecchio. “We are so proud to sponsor this annual celebration of holistic wellness, which highlights the importance of creating a healthy community through exercise and a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to seeing you there!”
Pre-registration via thehotyogaspot.com is required. ParkAlbany’s Riverfront Garage (Broadway and Columbia Streets) and Quackenbush Garage (Orange Street between Broadway and Water Streets) will have $5 parking.
Masks are not required for attendees who are vaccinated but unvaccinated attendees are asked to wear a mask and social distance.
For more information, visit downtownalbany.org and weqx.com.