Baha Men at Caroga Lake, Nipperfest Saturday in Schenectady among top picks – Of Note

Jocelyn & Chris are set to headline Nipperfest on Saturday in Schenectady.
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OF NOTE – The Capital Region’s music scene is perpetually busy, especially in the summertime.

Whether it’s a stadium show at MVP Arena, an outdoor concert at SPAC or an intimate show at Caffe Lena, there’s always a band to see.

Here are a few shows coming up that are among our best bets.
Alive at Five continues tonight with Reggae Night featuring The Skatalites and Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets. The former, founded in 1964, pioneered the Jamaican popular music genre of ska.
The Albany-based Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets have been making music together since the early 1990s. They’ll take the stage at 5 p.m. at Jennings Landing. For more information visit

Nipperfest returns today, celebrating the local music scene with performances by 17 bands. Set to run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Music Haven in Schenectady, sibling rockers Jocelyn & Chris headline the festival and will be joined by Precious Metals, The Sugar Hold, Brule Country Bad Boys, and others. The festival will also feature food trucks and work by regional visual artists. For more information visit

The Grammy Award-winning band Baha Men will perform a waterfront show at Caroga Lake Music Festival tonight at 7 p.m. In honor of their triple platinum track “Who Let the Dogs Out”, Caroga Arts will donate $1 of every ticket sold to the Fulton County Regional SPCA to help animals in need.
Balla Kouyaté and Mike Block Band will join. Tickets are $35 for premium seats and $25 for general admission. Admission is free for students 17 and under. For more information visit

Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra return to the Freedom Park stage in Scotia tonight. Audience members can learn to salsa to the music with Felix Ortiz of Baila Albany. The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit

Gambian kora virtuoso, singer, composer, educator and activist Sona Jobarteh makes her way to Music Haven in Schenectady tonight.
She is the first woman in a seven-century tradition to become a professional performer on the kora­—an ancient 21-string progenitor of the lute and the harp.
Led by composer Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, four-time Eddie Award-nominated Capital Region global jazz collective Heard opens the show for Jobarteh.
A variety of food and beverages will be available. The show starts at 7 p.m. Proctors will be the official rain site.

Schenectady singer-songwriter Justin Friello is set to perform a farewell show tonight at MopCo Theatre. After more than two decades of songwriting and performing at Tulip Fest, The Linda, Proctors and other venues, both solo and with bands Filming Ohio and Stockade Kids, Friello is heading off to study music composition at the University of North Texas.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and proceeds go to assist Friello with the move. Tickets are $28.52. For more information visit

By Indiana Nash

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