Fountains of Wayne to perform at Tulip Festival
ALBANY Modern power pop heavyweights Fountains of Wayne are set to headline this year’s Tulip Festival.
The 64th annual festival is being held this year on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Washington Park. As in previous years, music on the main stage on Saturday is being sponsored by 102.7, WEQX-FM. Walk the Moon and Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun will round out the bill.
New York City’s Fountains of Wayne first formed in 1995, issuing two albums on Atlantic before taking a brief hiatus from 1999 to 2001. The quartet returned in 2003 with the album “Welcome Interstate Managers,” featuring their biggest single to date, “Stacy’s Mom.” The band’s fifth studio album, “Sky Full of Holes,” was released in August of last year.
Through the years, the band has become known for numerous side projects — most notably from bassist and co-songwriter Adam Schlesinger, who has written music for films such as “That Thing You Do!” and “Josie and the Pussycats.” Schlesinger also recently formed Tinted Windows, a band with Hanson’s Taylor Hanson, former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos.
Ohio up-and-comers Walk the Moon, known for painting their faces (and the faces of audience members) for their live performances, have been garnering attention for their single “Anna Sun.” Atlanta’s Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun mix electronic grooves with noise rock instincts.
As always, the festival is free. Visit www.weqx.com or www.albanyevents.org, or call the City of Albany Office of Special Events & Volunteer Services at 434-2032 for more information.