The 2008 At The Plaza schedule

ESP from library steps

The schedule of concerts and festivals this summer at the ESP came out today. The full schedule, with a bunch of links, is after the jump. Here are a few things that caught our eye:

Swing Night with the Count Basie Orchestra and Royal Crown Revue
July 30
This should be fun -- the CBO will kick it old-school and RCR will bring something a little more modern.

The Temptations Revue and Grand Master Flash
African American Family Day - August 2
OK, it's not the real Temptations but they sound pretty close. And Grandmaster Flash is a walking, mixing piece of hip hop history.

KT Tunstall and Martha Wainwright
At The Plaza Food Festival - August 6
Yep, Tunstall is the one who sings that "Suddenly I See" song that's been played on something like half of all TV shows and film trailers over the last year. And Martha Wainwright is Rufus' sister and Loudon's daughter.

Here's the full schedule...

Wednesday, June 25
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
At The Plaza Summer Season Kick-off Party featuring Solid Smoke

Friday, July 4
2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Price Chopper's July 4th on the Plaza
7:45 p.m. John Waite (
9:15 p.m. Fireworks!

Sunday, July 13
Noon - 5 p.m.
GE's Kids Day with the Sippy Cups
Noon The Sippy Cups (
1:15 p.m. The Sippy Cups
1:15 p.m. Meet & Greet (TBD)
2:15 p.m. Uncle Rock (
3:00 p.m. The Sippy Cups
4:00 p.m. Uncle Rock

The Sunshine Stage
1:00 p.m. Sylvia and the Magic Trunk (
1:35 p.m. Erick the Mirthiful
2:00 p.m. Sylvia and the Magic Trunk
3:30 p.m. Sylvia and the Magic Trunk
4:05 p.m. Erick the Mirthiful

Wednesday, July 16
6 p.m - 10 p.m.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band in Concert
6:00 p.m. Daniela Cotton (
7:15 p.m. Arrested Development (
8:45 p.m. Robert Randolph & The Family Band (

Saturday, July 26
2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Plaza Music Fest
2:00 p.m. The Ramblin Jug Stompers (
3:15 p.m. Rocky Velvet (
5:00 p.m. Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (
7:00 p.m. The Mother Truckers (
8:45 p.m. Cowboy Junkies (

Wednesday, July 30
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Swing Night with the Count Basie Orchestra and Royal Crown Revue
6:00 p.m. Tony DeSare (
7:15 p.m. The Count Basie Orchestra
8:45 p.m. Royal Crown Revue (

Saturday, August 2
Noon - 7 p.m.
African American Family Day Celebrating the African Diaspora
Main Stage 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. Battle of the Dance Crew
4:30 p.m. Mystic Jammers (
5:45 p.m. The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards

Young Adult Stage 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Soultry Poetry, Moment of Fame,
3:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Grand Master Flash The Turntable Legend (

Community Kid's Stage, Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by the Frank Chapman Institute

Community Gospel Stage, Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Featuring church choirs and ensembles from the Capital District

Wednesday, August 6
11 a.m. -10 p.m.
At the Plaza Food Festival
11:00 a.m. Lunchtime music with Nite Train (
5:00 p.m. The Audiostars (
6:00 p.m. Martha Wainwright (
7:00 p.m. Leon Russell (
8:45 p.m. KT Tunstall (

Saturday, September 13
3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration
3:00 p.m. Hermanos Mariachi
3:45 p.m. Demonstration (TBA)
4:30 p.m. Youth Presentation (TBA)
5:15 p.m. Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra (
6:30 p.m. Hermanos Mariachi
7:00 p.m. Demonstration (TBA)
7:30 p.m. Tiempo Libre (


Can't wait to see Martha live but you forgot to say that she is the daughter of Kate McGarrigle and the niece of Anna. Or did I just use way too much info there. Oh and whats the deal with the Plaza Fest last year they had The Lemonheads, Fratelli's and CRACKER. This year they have The Cowboy Junkies and a bunch of unknowns...

The Temptations Revue featurs Dennis Edwards, who sang lead on many of their biggest hits. So they're more "real" than the "real" Temptations!

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