One of the Capital Region’s most popular music festivals, Pearlpalooza, hits the streets this weekend with a larger lineup than ever, including names like K. Flay and Rubblebucket.
“We think this is one of the best lineups we’ve had,” said Jason Bonafide of the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District.
The event draws in anywhere from 5,000 to 8,000 people every year and with the lineup, the BID estimates that at least 8,000 people will attend this year.
In 2010, WEQX and a few other local businesses got together to hold the first Pearlpalooza and it’s only grown since then. This year, there are more bands playing than ever and more vendors joining in the event.
Waking up the party (and hopefully some attendees), WEQX will be holding a live broadcast of The Coffee House at Stacks Espresso Bar at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
The music continues around 11 a.m. at the Jim Dinapoli Park, or what will be known as the Acoustic Garden. The Garden, which is new to the event, provides a bit of a quieter go-to spot for people who want to take a break from the business of Pearl Street or just a grassy place to have a drink or picnic.
“It allows us to add five local musicians to the lineup,” Bonafide said.
Those include Adam Brockway from Eastbound Jesus, Rosa Love, Jim Bondville, Josh Casano and M.R. Poulopoulos.
On the main stages, headlining artist K.Flay is slated to perform. Her fiery rapping and whip-smart lyrics have earned her the attention of millions on the alternative music scene, along with publications like Rolling Stone. In the last few years, she's also gained more of a Captial Region following, playing at the Hollow and Upstate Concert Hall among other venues. On her latest album, “Every Where is Some Where,” K. Flay expanded her sound with raw vocals and lyrics that grapple with everything from politics to love. Her set starts at 6 p.m.
Several other bands are slated to play throughout the day on the O’Connell & Aronowitz stage and the Remarkable Liquids stage. Hasty Page, one of two winners of Lucky Strike’s Battle of the Bands, will play at 1 p.m. Front Business, co-winner of the Battle of the Bands, will play at 1:30. They’ll be followed by local surf-rock group Kimono Dragons on the O’Connell and Aronowitz stage at 2 p.m. In 2016, the band released “Swilrdoggin’ with Kimono Dragons” on vinyl, an energized, hard rock album infused with brass.
Rock quartet, Colony House will be kicking off at 2 p.m. The band is just coming off of a national headlining tour for their latest album, “Only the Lonely.” The Arkells, a Canadian alternative rock group with a solid Capital Region fan base, are up next on the O’Connell and Aronowitz stage at 4 p.m.
Rubblebucket, who have made several appearances this year in the Capital Region, will be taking the stage at 5 p.m. The Brooklyn-based band brings in a jam band and funk sound to the rock heavy lineup.
Beyond the music, there’ll also be #YogaPalooza, it’s a yoga gathering along Pearl Street.
According to Bonafide, several major cities across the United States hold these gatherings annually. It’ll be a first for Albany, but hopefully the start of an annual event.
It’s led by yoga instructors from The Hot Yoga Spot and Warehouse Wellness.
“The instructors will be up on the stage, and some will be wandering around giving individual attention,” Bonafide said.
The street will also be lined with food carts and vendors selling anything from craft items to clothes to music and more. It’s the largest number of vendors that have been at Pearlpalooza in the last few years.
According to Bonafide, Pearl Street will be completely closed off from Sheridan Ave to Pine Street. Attendees should plan to park on the streets adjacent or in the Riverfront Garage.
Pearlpalooza 2017 performance schedule
Stacks Espresso Bar — 7 - 9 a.m.: WEQX’s “Coffee House” live broadcast
Remarkable Liquids Stage — 11 a.m.: #Yogapalooza; 1:30 p.m., Front Business, 3 p.m.: Colony House; 5 p.m.: Rubblebucket; 6 p.m.: K. Flay
Acoustic Garden at Dinapoli Park — 11 a.m.: Rosa Love; Noon: Jim Bondville; 1:30 p.m.: Josh Casano; 2:30 p.m.: M.R. Poulopoulos; 3:30 p.m.: Adam Brockway
O'Connell and Aronowitz Stage— 1 p.m.: Hasty Page; 2 p.m.: Kimono Dragons; 4 p.m.: Arkells