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Tulip power: Bands ready for a party in the park

Tulip power: Bands ready for a party in the park

Mira Stanley can’t wait to feel the tulip power Sunday afternoon.
Tulip power: Bands ready for a party in the park
The Kooks

Mira Stanley can’t wait to feel the tulip power Sunday afternoon.

There will be electric yellows and reds all over Washington Park, for Albany’s 67th annual Tulip Festival. But there will also be the crackle and buzz of audience energy. The party starts on Saturday.

“There’s something about being outside and having a beautiful view and feeling the wind, seeing the crowd,” said Stanley, who, along with music partner Chuck Costa, will perform in the lyrical and harmonious duo The Sea The Sea.

“And the sound always feels a little bit bigger in a way,” Costa said. “You’re connected to your surroundings.”

Also on the Tulip Festival’s two stages will be Britpop rockers The Kooks; Rochester-based indie pop rockers Joywave; rock-blues singer Jocelyn Arndt; and folk-pop duo Oh Honey, featuring former Clifton Park resident Danielle Bouchard. Local faves Sirsy, MIRK and Party Boat are also on the schedule.

Albany Tulip Festival

WHERE: Washington Park

WHEN: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.


MORE INFO: www.albanyevents.org

Jason Bonafide, a spokesman for Albany’s Office of Special Events and Cultural Affairs — who was involved in band bookings — said The Kooks are huge in the United Kingdom.

“We’re bringing them over for a pretty rare appearance in the United States,” he said. “They’ve been around for about 10 years, they’ve had gold records, a number of big hits on both sides of the Atlantic, so we’re very excited to have them.”

It’s tough putting the card together — everyone wants to gig at the Tulip Festival. Even with two stages — the main stage in the upper park and the “518” local stage at the park lake house — “There’s still nowhere near enough space to put all the great acts who deserve to be on the stage,” Bonafide said.

He said some bands are must-hears.

“You’re going to want to see them now before they get big,” he said. “We’ve got a few on both stages. On the local ‘518’ stage, Jocelyn Arndt is originally from the area, she’s now based in Boston and she’s really making a lot of waves right now. She’s on Saturday at 3:45.

“Also on the ‘518’ stage on Sunday at 1:30, we have The Sea The Sea, they just returned from South By Southwest (SXSW), really wowed a lot of people there . . . I think we’re going to see bigger and bigger things from them.

Bonafide is also high on Joywave, a band based in Rochester. “They’re a little electronic, a little rock, a little pop, very eclectic,” he said. “They’ve already had a number-one alternative single, their debut album was just released about a week ago so they’ve had some really great hype.”

Mira Stanley believes the hype for The Sea The Sea is deserved.

“We do a lot of different things. We can play one guitar and two voices; we can play multiple instruments for a bigger sound,” Stanley said.

“We try to give everybody a meaningful experience and have a lot of fun at the same time,” she continued. “A lot of what we’re talking about in songs is looking at everyday things but trying to look at them introspectively and asking a lot of questions.”

Added Costa: “We have a pretty positive spin on life, so most of the songs have kind of a positive, hopeful twist to them.”

Bonafide said the usual ground rules will be in effect for the Tulip Festival weekend: no alcoholic beverages, no coolers, no dogs.

“No rain either,” he said. “That’s our other ground rule.”

Lineup of bands

Scheduled to perform at this weekend’s Albany Tulip Festival at Washington Park are:


At the Washington Park Lakehouse:

11 a.m. — Roben/Kosek Jazz & Blues

11:30 a.m. — The Mendelssohn Club


Washington Park Parade Grounds:

1 p.m. — Flagship

2:30 p.m. — Joywave

4 p.m. — The Kooks


Washington Park Lakehouse:

1:15 p.m. — Holly & Evan

2:30 p.m. — The Spectacular Average Boys

3:45 p.m. — Jocelyn Arndt

5 p.m. — The Orange



Noon — eba Dance Off!

1 p.m. — Sirsy

2:30 p.m. — Elvis ’80

4:30 p.m. — Oh Honey


1:30 p.m. — The Sea The Sea

2:45 p.m. — Matt Durfee & The Rattling Baddlies

4:00 p.m. — Party Boat

5:15 p.m. — MIRK


12:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m. — Andy “The Music Man” Morse

12:45 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m. — The Incredible Larry

1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m. (Saturday only) — Magic & Beyond featuring Illusionist David Garrity

1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m. (Sunday only) — Mr. Twisty: this super silly show is jam-packed with tons of magic, slapstick comedy and audience participation.

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