Saratoga Springs

Celebrate Saratoga to kick off racing season

Garland Nelson (photo provided)

Garland Nelson (photo provided)

SARATOGA SPRINGS The racing season returns to Saratoga on Thursday and to kick it off, local bands will be jamming out all around downtown Saratoga Springs.

Called Celebrate Saratoga and organized by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, the event runs from 6 – 9 p.m.

Headlining the evening is Saratoga musician Garland Nelson and his Motown tribute ensemble, Reflections. They’ll perform on the main stage at the Spa City Motor Lodge in the heart of downtown, and pay homage to the golden age of soul music, with songs from Motown, Staxx Records, Chess Records and Philadelphia International.

Beyond the main stage, several other bands, ranging from country to jazz, will be performing around the city. The Whiskey River Band is slated to play on Caroline Street and Putnam Street. Life Line will be at Impressions, Rick Bolton and Jackie Dugas from Jacksland will be at the Arcade building, Jeanine Ouderkirk Duo will be at the Saratoga Arts Building, Jes Hudak will be at Ben and Jerry’s, Jeff Brisbin will play the Spa City Cafe, and the Dave Fisk Jazz Quartet will be outside Adirondack Trust Company.

Miniature horses Upset and Poppy will also be downtown, greeting visitors throughout the evening.

In combination with the event, downtown businesses have decked out their storefronts to compete in the DBA’s Window Decorating Contest. The contest will be judged by horsing racing announcer Tom Durkin, NEWS10 ABC Saratoga Race Track reporter Cassie Hudson, and local Family Ties actor and financial consultant Scott Valentine. Winners will be announced on the main stage.

”The DBA is excited to welcome guests and locals back to the Saratoga Race Track and into our businesses with no restrictions this summer,” said Saratoga Springs DBA President Deann Devitt. “We invite everyone to come downtown on July 14th, do some shopping, enjoy a meal and listen to some amazing musicians. Let’s Celebrate Saratoga together!”

Note: Caroline Street will be closed to traffic from Broadway to Putnam Street during the event.

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