ALBANY — Organizers of the city’s long-awaited late-summer block party just announced who will be on their dance card when Pearlpalooza 2022 takes place on Saturday, September 17.
Last year’s local fare, inspired by the lingering COVID-19 virus, inspires music programming that leaves a sweet hint at our music scene; including headliner, Phantogram.
Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter found mainstream success with their adrenaline-pumping 2016 hit, “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore.” But Phantogram started doing it here in the Capital District with the arrival of their 2010 debut album “Eyelid Movies.” Since then, they’ve amassed over a billion streams, achieved a platinum-certified single, two gold-certified singles, collaborated with legends such as Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus, and partnered with Outkast’s Big Boi. to form the supergroup Big Grams, which sold out headlines around the world, became a festival staple and toured with artists including Arcade Fire, The xx, Muse, M83, alt-J, and more.
Phantogram are set to spin a mix of their songs and influences as part of a special DJ set once they take the stage at 6 p.m. This will be the culminating act which will include musical talents BattleaXXX, Precious Metals, The Kaleidoscope Kid and Whole Damn. Disorder.
Remarkable Liquids presents Pearlpalooza 2022 as a free event on North Pearl Street between Sheridan and Pine Streets. The one-day event begins with YogaPalooza, displayed in front of the stage at 11 a.m.
YogaPalooza, presented by MVP Health Care, is the Capital District’s only street-wide mass yoga gathering returning for its sixth year! Hot Yoga Spot instructors lead a free one-hour yoga class for all levels from the stage. It is presented in association with The Hot Yoga Spot, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Best Fitness and the Renaissance Albany Hotel. To participate, register at thehotyogaspot.com.
The music starts soon after with local, hard-rock trio BattleaXXX at noon.
Straight out of Albany, BattleaXXX is said to take its pleasure very seriously. As Nippertown.com puts it, “BattleaXXX will surprise, shock and delight you; the sassy, catchy tunes and over-the-top clever lyrics will follow you around for days afterward, keeping you coming back again and again.
The music continues with another powerhouse punch from Troy, Precious Metals, at 1:30 p.m. Precious Metals is a solo venture by singer-songwriter J Lee White. The high-energy alternative rock sound features an ongoing cast of contributors, drawing inspiration from the emo explosion of the early 2000s and the indie rock revival of the 2010s.
Arizona newcomer The Kaleidoscope Kid will take the stage at 3 p.m., with work from his self-titled debut album Suburban Noize Records. Blending counterculture music with his broad musical and personal appeal, The Kaleidoscope Kid is a gifted songwriter, artist, and designer.
And as the shadows begin to descend, Whole Damn Mess will begin playing at 4:30 p.m. Whole Damn Mess packs a punch with their unbridled energy and songwriting talent. The Los Angeles band – Don Miggs, C. Todd Nielsen, Lawrence Katz and Greg Hansen – forge an instant connection through familiar rock and roll sounds and anthems.
$5 event parking is available at ParkAlbany’s Riverfront, Quackenbush and Green-Hudson Garages, just blocks from the action! To learn more, visit downtownalbany.org/parking.
PearlPalooza 2022 is presented by Remarkable Liquids, in association with WEQX, Sugar Productions, Downtown Albany BID, O’Connell & Aronowitz, Silver Therapeutics, Albany Parking Authority, MVP Health Care, Albany Distilling Company, Best Fitness, The Renaissance Albany Hotel, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown, Empire Live, The Hot Yoga Spot and The City of Albany.