Beat*Shot Music Festival: Photos and (Partial) Recap

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This past weekend was the Beat*Shot Music Festival, which is one of my favorite fixtures of the Albany-area music scene. The festival (which doesn’t involve mud, not showering or neon fuzzy boots) took place over at The Hollow on Pearl Street.

I showed up to the show with basically no knowledge of who was playing and just put my trust into the organizers of the show. Act after act was incredible and there almost no wait time between the acts. I was able to catch Taina Asili, Ses Da Great, Deca, Count Bass D, Blueprint, and Adrienne Mack-Davis. Every single one of them was incredible to watch and despite being unfamiliar with a few of them, easy to get into and even easier to enjoy. Seeing Blueprint and Count Bass D was a real treat.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the Saturday portion of the show. But as far as I have heard, Pharoahe Monch crushed The Hollow and all the other performers assisted. If you missed this years Beat*Shot Music Festival, you’ve missed the best one yet. Don’t make the same mistake next year!

Big shout out to everyone involved for making the show run so smoothly and for the absolutely impeccable line-up. Can’t wait until next year.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 141

Friday July 11

Beat*Shot Music Festival at The Hollow: If you dont know, read up real quick.

Nightfall at the Albany Barn: Night themed artwork from many locals.

In Circles, New Red Scare and Boxer Brown at the Low Beat: Punk it up.

Snoop at UCH: With Jedi Ry, D3V and DJ Playground.

Saturday July 12

Beat*Shot Music Festival at The Hollow: If you dont know, read up real quick.

EYEHATEGOD at Bogie’s: With Iron Reagan, Vektor, Strong Intention, Maggot Brain, Sepsis.

Haute Surveillance at Basilica Hudson: Art show featuring the works by New York based artists Valerie Keane, Andy Meerow and Daniel Peterson.

2014 Capital Region Craft Brewers Festival at Joe Bruno Stadium: Beeeeeer!

Circa Survive at UCH: Get your Anthony Green on.

Delaware Ave Street Fair: A mile of music, vendors, art and more.

Sunday July 13

Sunday Funday Reading Series at the Low Beat: “Smallbany” themed.

All Weekend

Play Me, I’m Yours: Citywide art/sculpture/music exhibit is open.

Art Omi: Sculpture fields open now.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

A League of Their Own, The Muppets, Tootsie, and Thelma and Louise at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Checking out Brew

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Yesterday I stopped into Brew to grab some coffee and check out their offerings. The shop, which is at 209 Lark Street is definitely an awesome and very welcomed addition to the area. For coffee alone, they bring a variety and quality of beans from roasters which weren’t present in our area before. From there, they’ve got 150 types of beer from 50 different breweries around the country, and there were a lot of labels and names I haven’t seen before anywhere. You have your choice of can, bottle or growler.

They’ve also got french presses, the Aeropress, Chemex coffee makers and all of the accessories and filters for those that you’d ever need. And on top of all of that they’re stocked to the teeth with home brewing supplies as well.

Grab a few cans of something you’ve never had before and enjoy the heat of the summer before it’s gone. Or if beer ain’t your thing grab an iced tea or cold brew coffee and do the same.

This weekend: 6th Annual Beat*Shot Music Festival

This weekend is the 6th Annual Beat*Shot Music Festival at The Hollow. This two day festival is a celebration of hip-hop, DJs, beat boxers, vocalists, film, dance, and poetry, and features talented artists from around the country, not to mention headliner Pharoahe Monch. Beat*Shot and Iron Bar Collective have set up a tournament-style beatbox battle in addition to all of the other performances. Beat*Shot is the biggest and best hip-hop focused festival around so if you’ve got any interested in hip-hop you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Performers include: Blueprint, Count Dass D, J-Live, Giant Gorilla Dog Thing, Iron Bar Collective, Bocafloja, Tanya Morgan, Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde, PJ Katz, JB aka Dirty Moses, Oddy Gato, Mic Lanny, Against The Grain, Anneice Cousin, DJ Playground, Deca, Mike Larry Draw and more.

You can still get your advance tickets via Beat*Shot and save a few dollars at the door. RSVP to the official event page and get to The Hollow this weekend!

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Friday July 4

Fireworks at the Plaza: You know the drill. Also check this reddit thread if you’re looking for a different spot to watch the fireworks.

Built4BBQ’s Star Spangled Bonanza at the Low Beat: Two venue eight band extravaganza!

Saturday July 5

BOM at McGeary’s: It’s G.Bags YFFR3 mixtape release party with Mike Arson and special guests.

Sunday July 6

Movie at the Airport at MASS MoCA: They’re showing Apollo 13 to continue the trend of flight-themed movies on a massive airplane hangar screen.

All Weekend

Play Me, I’m Yours: Citywide art/sculpture/music exhibit is open.

Art Omi: Sculpture fields open now.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Superman, Hoosiers, French Connection at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!