NipperFest to make July Schenectady return with headliners Jocelyn & Chris

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Jocelyn & Chris (photo by Tina Pelech)

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SCHENECTADY – The NipperFest Music & Arts Festival will return to Schenectady on Saturday, July 22, with headliners Jocelyn & Chris performing along with more than a dozen other local artists.

Shows will take place throughout the day on two stages at Music Haven.

“We’re so excited to bring NipperFest back to Music Haven, or as I prefer to call it, Music Heaven!” said Jim Gilbert, publisher of Nippertown, which organizes the festival. “This year’s lineup highlights the seemingly infinite amount of talent we have right here in our backyard — and now we can’t wait to announce this incredible lineup for our second festival.”

The lineup includes many up-and-coming local bands, including Precious Metals, Brule County Bad Boys, The Sugar Hold, Hold On Honeys, E-Block, Carolyn Shapiro, Jimi W, Margo Macero, ShortWave RadioBand, Lucas Garrett, and Camtron5000 round out the initial 2023 NipperFest lineup. Additional acts will be announced soon, including this year’s winner of the Capital Region’s annual March Music Madness tournament, featured on

Headliners Jocelyn & Chris, along with their band, have charted five consecutive commercial radio singles in the Billboard AAA Top 40, taken two records to No. 1 on the Relix Jambands Top 30, and appeared nationally on NBC’s Today Show. The siblings and Fort Plain natives, both graduates of Harvard University, have recorded eight albums and perform coast to coast.

Beyond the music, there will be local food trucks and an “Art Pavilion,” with local artists and other creative vendors who will set up shop. There will also be a kids’ station.

Last year’s inaugural NipperFest hosted more than 2,500 local music fans and featured headlining sets from The Figgs, Super 400, Sirsy and Sawyer Fredericks.

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