New 3-working day songs competition termed Bacchanalia coming to downtown Troy

Chicago, Illinois has Lollapalooza. Indio, California has Coachella. And soon Troy, New York will have Bacchanalia.

Bacchanalia Arts and Tunes Competition – drawing its title from the Greek festivals honoring Bacchus, god of wine, fertility and festivity, and conveniently sharing the acronym “BAMF” with a cheeky phrase not suited for print – is the brainchild of James and Erin Kehoe, the married homeowners of the Whiskey Pickle bar. The a few-day festival lands in downtown Troy on Sept. 30. 

“We realized we experienced a neighborhood of great folks who want to see Troy come to be busier, host amusement and provide much more people today downtown,” James reported. “So this competition appeared like the appropriate strategy.” 

The notion of Bacchanalia experienced been brewing for quite a few decades. When James was touring with the Albany-based alt-rock band Aficionado, the Kehoes frequented South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. There they fell in appreciate with the plan of a citywide music competition. 

When the few moved to Troy six years back, they realized the town shared similarities with Austin that make SXSW productive, specifically a whole lot of eating places and bars and respectable walkability. On some weekends, the Kehoes claimed it is like just about every single bar, cafe and location in Troy has an event.

“It seemed like it was by now taking place on a scaled-down scale on a Friday or Saturday,” Erin claimed.

Bacchanalia will set coordinated marketing and advertising and organizing driving Troy’s tunes scene, doing work with venues No Enjoyable, Uncommon Type Brewing, Slidin’ Soiled, Brown’s Brewing, El Dorado, The Ruck, Franklin Alley and The Bradley to carry a competition that includes are living art installations and reveals, pop-up suppliers and 149 musical acts. In contrast to Albany’s one particular-working day PearlPalooza, Bacchanalia will run a total weekend.

The musical acts are stylistically and geographically diverse. An initial connect with for bands drew artists not only from the tri-point out region but from across the place, and Guthrie Bell Productions aided e-book the larger, headlining functions.

“(The audio) is a great deal wider reaching than I thought initially,” James said. “It’s certainly a excellent blend of local, regional and national artists, and I’m seriously joyful with how it turned out.”

Bacchanalia Arts and Songs Competition

When: Friday, Sept. 30 by means of Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022

Where: numerous venues all over Downtown Troy main phase is at Whiskey Pickle at 409 Fulton St.

Tickets: $75 for a weekend pass rates differ for specific celebration tickets available for obtain at venues

Information: https://www.bamf.bash/#/


Stretches of Fulton Road and Broadway will be shut down for foot traffic all weekend and 1st Street by Slidin’ Soiled on Friday, Sept. 30. A bigger number of Bacchanalia attendees is anticipated on Saturday and Sunday when the bigger headliners, which includes rapper Chali 2na and indie-rock band The Nude Social gathering, are scheduled to accomplish. Outside the house of the headlining situations, James hopes every person bounces from location to venue. 

“Walking all around and bouncing concerning factors is variety of what Troy does,” he claimed.

Weekend passes charge $75, and tickets for person performances will be obtainable for obtain at the venues at many price points. The Kehoes really do not foresee creating dollars from Bacchanalia (for context, a 1-working day, general admission go for the Firefly Pageant in Dover, Delaware is $99), but that is not their intention.

“The issue is definitely to make absolutely sure that everybody that is concerned has a excellent time and a superior working experience,” James claimed. “And if that comes about, then we will unquestionably provide it back for an additional 12 months. and hopefully much more right after that.”