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2018 Albany Tulip Festival Music Schedule

Saturday, May 12 - Sunday, May 13

Each year Albany's Tulip Festival features the best in live music, entertainment, and fun on a variety of stages throughout the weekend.

You'll find a little something for everyone at the Tulip Festival, from popular music for adults and teenagers to fun entertainment acts for young kids. This year, Albany's Tulip Festival runs from Saturday, May 12 - Sunday, May 13, 2018.

crowd at tulip festival concert

2018 Tulip Festival Performance Schedule:

Saturday, May 12

Washington Park Parade Grounds - Sponsored by 102.7 WEQX

  • Front Business - 1:30 p.m.
    Front Biz knows it's a long journey through the portal but it's okay, my dude, the mothership has a tape deck. These Albany/Troy neo-funk lords just want to send it and they want the same for you.
  • Naked Giants - 3:00 p.m.
    Formed in 2015, the Seattle trio has been steadily building up their reputation as a live act in the meantime, and having as much fun as possible while doing it. Their music is simultaneously timeless and modern, new and old, is loud and brash and raw, but there's a vulnerability there, too.
  • White Denim - 4:30 p.m.
    White Denim is a quartet known for their unique mix of hard-riffing blues and intensely technical prog with modern indie rock influences. They are timeless in a rather unique way. White Denim invokes the spirt of every era in rock and roll's storied history on a song by song basis.

Washington Park Lakehouse Stage - Presented by WellCare, Sponsored by Exit 97.7

  • Sorrow Estate - 1:00 p.m.
    Sorrow Estate is the poetic folk project of 23-year-old singer-songwriter Laura Beth Johnson. Her sound is reminiscent of Ingrid Michelson and Julien Baker with lyrical content similar to Bright Eyes and Damien Rice.
  • Blind Crow - 2:15 p.m.
    A progressive string quartet from Albany, NY, Blind Crow blends technical proficiency, infectious rhythms, and insane amounts of energy to create an inspiring musical experience.
  • The LateShift - 3:30 p.m.
    Rooted in rock, blooming in melodious consonance, The LateShift can be described as a blend of soulful melodies moved by riff-driven rock. By combining elements of old school rock and roll and modern pop, these guys have a distinct sound that is not to be missed.
  • The Age - 4:45 p.m.
    The Age, a soul artist, has traveled throughout the country endowing those he encounters with his smooth tones and inventive lyrics. Originally from Upstate New York, Age's music brings together both influences from the laid back west coast and New York's underground late night jazz scene.

Sunday, May 13


Washington Park Parade Grounds - Sponsored by 98.3 TRY, 99.5 The River, PYX 106, and 102.3 KISS FM

  • The Sea The Sea - 1:30 p.m.
    The Sea The Sea is an Upstate New York-based indie folk-pop-duo fronted band featuring what HuffPost calls, "Two of the lovliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year."
  • Taina Asili - 3:00 p.m.
    Taina Asili is a New York-based Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, bandleader, and activist carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice.
  • Dr. K's Motown Revue - 4:30 p.m.
    This outstanding band of musicians and singers takes you on a very realistic journey of the Motown sound, and makes you want to sing along on every familiar song they play. They have kept the Motown sound true to its roots and each and every performance they do transports you back to another era!

Washington Park Lakehouse Stage - Sponsored by Exit 97.7

20th Annual Mother of the Year Award - 12:00 p.m.
Mayor Sheehan and B95.5's Joe Condon recognize the Capital Region's most outstanding moms. Presented by St. Peter's Health Partners, Times Union & B95.5, with support from Fidelis Care.

  • Ryan Leddick Trio - 1:00 p.m.
    Rooted in soulful vocal nuances and rhythmic acoustic rock, The Ryan Leddick Trio showcases numerous foot tapping fusions that peak ears and turn heads with their new age power trio setup.
  • Jordan Taylor Hill - 2:15 p.m.
    Jordan Taylor Hill is an independent hip-hop artist/percussionist bringing the sonic manifestation of the global traditions of African people. Blending West African/Latin rhythms, minimalist digital sounds, and catchy lyrics.
  • Zan Strumfeld - 3:30 p.m.
    With a soulful and seductive vulnerability, Zan songs of love and heartbreak are complemented by the folk rock/bluegrass sound of her band: Will Brown on lead guitar, Michael Gregg on banjo, and Mike Jenkins on upright bass.
  • The North & South Dakotas - 4:45 p.m.
    The North & South Dakotas are an original folk and bluegrass band with a rotating cast of players from the Upstate, New York region. From quick pickin' grass tunes to heartfelt ballads, The Dakotas bring a unique and original energy to the stage.

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Special ground rules in effect:

  • No alcohol outside of designated beer garden area
  • No glass containers
  • No animals or pets (excluding ADA-defined service animals)
  • No recording of performances
  • All City of Albany parks are now tobacco-free.

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