Dates for RestFest 2013, and a new venue

CAC Woodside

The organizers of the annual Restoration Festival have announced the music event is headed to Troy. RestFest 2013 will be at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, a former church in South Troy currently under renovation to become an exhibition and performance space.

And the dates for Rest Fest 2013: September 6 and 7 (a Friday and Saturday).

The first three Rest Fests were held at St. Joseph's in Albany thanks to a collaboration between festival organizers and the Historic Albany Foundation. This past May HAF announced it's handing the old church back to the city of Albany.

Louis Apicello, one of Rest Fest's organizers, tells us they didn't talk with the city about continuing to use St. Joe's because a search for a new location was already in progress before HAF's announcement. "We had been looking at alternate sites simply because we knew we wouldn't have St. Joe's forever, whether it was for new ownership, or a business moving in or whatever. Since we had a site in the works, and since the folks over at the CAC were excited, the transfer of ownership just made the decision to move the fest this year that much easier."

He adds that the change of venue is "a positive step in testing the mission of Rest Fest, making it an idea-based festival and not necessarily a location-based festival."

Early-bird tickets for Rest Fest 2013 will go on sale later this month. Organizers say 25 percent of the net proceeds will go to support CAC Woodside.

The first band announcements are also scheduled to arrive around that time. (Here's last year's lineup.)

Earlier on AOA:
+ New lives for old churches
+ Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside

AOA has been a media sponsor of Rest Fest.

Find It

RestFest at CAC Woodside
71 Mill Road
Troy, NY 12180


Obligatory Troy > Albany comment.

Awesome news! I live in that neighborhood!
I like the idea of expanding the festival to help restore other churches in the region with current restoration work being done.

Sad to see Albany lose another great annual event... Happy to see Rest Fest continue even with a new venue!

Can't help but share a view of what that neighborhood once looked like, with Henry Burden's Woodside Church surrounded by industry. Great to see CAC able to host an event after some important renovations.

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