Make the most of the summer music scene in Saratoga this year: mark your calendar for the Upbeat on the Roof concert series at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum.
Featuring vibrant and diverse performances from regional musicians every Thursday at 7 PM in July and August, Upbeat on the Roof connects local musicians and music fans for an al fresco experience on the Tang’s rooftop deck.
This year’s line-up promises to have something for everyone. The schedule features an incredibly diverse set of genres, and all concerts feature New York-based performers.
July 5: Girl Blue, Albany resident and singer-songwriter, makes her Upbeat debut and shares her soft vocals and signature storytelling.
July 12: Decoda Chamber Music Ensemble, an NYC-based affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, is a returning Upbeat audience favorite. The ensemble’s virtuoso musicians will fill the air with classical music.
July 19: Wurliday, an Albany-based band blending soul and funk, will make its Upbeat debut with an energetic and soulful performance in the open air.
July 26: Golfstrom shares its unique “vintage old-world music” – popular music of the 1930s through the 1960s from Europe and America. Enjoy a nostalgic evening of music!
August 2: Taina Asili, Albany-based Puerto Rican musician and activist, fuses Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock to inspire dance and social change.
August 9: William Hale, a pysch-folk band based in Glens Falls, makes their Upbeat debut. Experience an unforgettable musical combination: traditional folk with contemporary electric guitar lead.
August 16: Fenimore Blues brings a mix of blues, R&B, and rock to the Tang’s rooftop.
August 23: Bear Grass blends folk, rock, and trip-hop. The Troy band was also featured in Upbeat’s 2015 concert series.
August 30: The Arthur Brooks Ensemble V ends the summer series with an evening of improvisational jazz led by trumpeter and flugelhornist Arthur Brooks.
Upbeat on the Roof has been a summertime staple for music fans for eighteen years, and the free concerts are very popular. The Museum encourages visitors to arrive early to get a free parking spot at the lots adjacent to the museum. In case of rain, concerts will be held inside the museum.