The 5th Annual Riverlink Jamboree took place Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park. Three bands performed throughout the evening and this blog will present photos from each performance in separate blog entries.
The second band performing at the Riverlink Jamboree are the Nellies an Albany, NY based, rootsy, alt-country, Americana band. The band is driven by core singer-songwriter duo, Karen Ann Gilpin (acoustic guitar/banjo) and Peggy Lecuyer (mandolin/harmonica) who both contribute driving rhythms and beautiful two-part harmonies to their songs. They are joined by Gene Lemme who keeps The Nellies in line on the upright bass. Joining them for Jamboree is Kevin Maul on Beard guitar and Mark Frederick on fiddle.
The rain fell last evening cooling off the hot summer air just in time for The Grand Slambovians to perform at the Greater Amsterdam Riiverlink Park. AKA Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, their music is being called everything from hillbilly Pink Floyd to psychedelic folk music. They truly entertained a very receptive crowd with music and storytelling.
I volunteer my time and skill-set to a few not for profit organizations in my area. These are organizations that I wholeheartedly believe in. The Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation is one of those organizations. Paul Gavry is the President of the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation and he does an excellent job bringing free concerts to Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park every Saturday in July and August. I started photographing the concerts in 2011 after discovering they were taking place. In 2012 I made a commitment to myself to photograph every concert and donated the photos to help advertise the concert series. I felt there needed to be more of an effort to get the word out about these FREE concerts that take place in such a beautiful setting by the Mohawk River. Before long I became a board member of the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation. Raising money for the concert series is no easy task, given today’s economy. The board meets the second Monday of every month to plan for the season. Whether it is planning for a fundraiser, hiring bands or making decisions for the organization there is always something to do. Having volunteered to do advertising media, the bulk of my work (aside from the photography) is happening now.
Five people comprise the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation. Paul Gavry-President, Denise Terry-Secretary, Robert Terry-Treasurer, Dave Blaze and I are the newbie Board Members.
Here is my latest ad for the Concert Series:
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The show must go on! Despite the rainy, muggy and dark day, Girl Howdy performed at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park, bringing along some twangy country tunes to brighten up the day for the few braves souls who came to be entertained. It was the first time the new event tent was used for the Riverlink Concert Series. There were a few that could not make the walk down to the tent area so they listened in their cars. It would have been nice if there were some folding chairs to go with the tent performance but that was not the case. If you didn’t bring a chair you had to stand. Some didn’t mind, they even took the opportunity to dance to Girl Howdy’s country tunes.
The last two images are of the concrete pillar from the World Trade Center tragedy that Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane wants erected as a monument in Riverlink Park. This writer has another idea in mind for that pillar, a location where the pillar won’t suffer from the effects of the sun’s rays.
The third installment of Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park Concert Series took place Saturday night featuring Annie and the Hedonists. Their acoustic sound was bluegrass, ballads and early jazz. There were about 200 people in attendance, a variety of ages.
Riverlink Park looks progressively better each week. The new floating docks are installed, a big improvement! They are wider than the old storm-swept docks, making room for smaller boats to pull up to the park and have dinner or enjoy the show. It was a clear, relatively cool night and Annie sounded great as she belted out one tune after the next.