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Tulip Fest bands announced

Tulip Fest bands announced

The Chain Gang of 1974, Mr Mr, Rubblebucket and Sleeper Gang also playing

The Chain Gang of 1974, a California electronica project led by DJ Kamtin Mohager, will headline at Tulip Fest on Saturday May 10.

Vermont radio station WEQX-FM announced the musical headliners Monday morning. Also playing the annual festival in Albany’s Washington Park are alt-rockers Sleeper Agent from Kentucky; Brooklyn-based, UVM-formed dance band Rubblebucket; and Mr Mr, an alt-pop band made up of Vassar alumni.

The free, two-day Tulip Fest set for May 10-11, includes craft vendors, sidewalk chalk drawings, a fine arts show, children’s activities and more than 100,000 tulips blooming in the park. Saturday afternoon features the crowning of the Albany Tulip Queen and Sunday events include the annual Mother of the Year Award.

On Saturday at the Washington Park Lakehouse amphitheater, local performers begin at 1 p.m., sponsored by radio station 97.7-FM. They include: Rebel Darling, headed by singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos; The Parlor, with Eric Krans and Jen O’Connor; indie-folksters Accent; and electronic sounds with Titanics

On Sunday at the main stage, performers include singer Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, paying tribute to the music of Whitney Houston; folk singer-songwriter and “Voice” contestant Caroline Glaser; rock guitarist Graham Tichy; and Emerson Hart, the frontman of the alt-rock band Tonic.

On the Lakehouse stage Sunday will be The Kimono Dragons, featuring members of Charmboy, Alta Mira and the Pistolwhips; The Chronicles a jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul and gospel band; folk-rock roots band The North & South Dakotas; and The Lucky Jukebox Brigade, a horn-fueled, seven-piece dance band.

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