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2nd Annual Restoration Funstival Announced

B3nson Records, in conjunction with the WEXT, and All Over Albany will hold the second annual Restoration Festival on August 27th and 28 at St Joe’s in Arbor Hill

On Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th from 12:00 pm to10:00 pm, St. Joseph’s Church in Downtown Albany will be a home and a stage for the second annual Restoration Funstival.  We are excited to announce both The Music Tapes & A Hawk and A Hacksaw will be playing at this years festival.

The Music Tapes (Merge Records) are led by Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel/Elephant 6), who’s devotion to the Singing Saw has been touted by many as nearly religious. The band released their second full length Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes in 2008 after a nine year hiatus.

“…When he gets it right, Koster seems like a mad, fuzz-folk genius.” — NPR Music

“If his first Music Tapes album in nine years suggests an unhealthy obsession with Brian Wilson’s SMiLE, the wobbly-voiced outsider makes his own quaint magic…” — SPIN

The Music Tapes played Athens Popfest 2008 and participated in the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour, and have since been touring the country singing Christmas Carols and spreading joy in the living rooms of lucky fans across the US.

A Hawk and A Hacksaw (L.M. Dupli-cation) is the project of Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel/Elephant 6) and Heather Troste, who have travelled across Europe and America to find influences fortheir traditionally inspired Balkan-folk music featuring the accordian and violin. Their most recent release, Cervantine, on their own label, L.M. Dupli-cation, has received a great deal of critical acclaim.

“Their music goes far beyond mere imitation, their performances seem to push past spirited, compellednot simply to observe or replicate but to create as well, driven by devotion to the sounds they’ve heardand the ideas they inspire.” – Pitchfork

A Hawk and A Hacksaw have appeared at All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, Roskilde (Den), The Green ManFestival, Pitchfork Music Festival, The Calgary Folk Fest, Wellington Arts Fest (N.Z.), among others. They have also toured with Wilco, Calexico, Andrew Bird, of Montreal, Beirut and Portishead.

Additional national headlining acts will be announced at a later date.  The Restoration Festival is working to maintain its reputation as the premier local music event in the capital region and has an exiting list of confirmed local artists

The current local lineup includes [in no particular order] the Matthew Carefully Undone Ensemble and Swamp Baby [of Collar City Records],Aficionado [ of No Sleep Records ] Alta Mira [of Indian Ledge Records], Railbird, The Red Lions, The Stompin Jug Ramblers (featuring members of the Ramblin’ Jug Stompers), and Slender Shoulders aswell as Barons In The Attic, Scientific Maps, We Are Jeneric and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned [ofB3nson Records]. Musical and Visual interludes as well as after party will be exploded and controlled by Keep Albany Boring. All of which are contributing equally to making this celebration a success.Tickets are currently on sale for the Early Bird Price of $15.00 per day and $20.00 for the entire weekend at

The organizers are actively seeking sponsors for this year’s festival and have a wide range of sponsorship levels and packages. Sponsorship information can be found at  Be on the lookout for more updates, information and cultural escapades from B3nson Records and all oftheir friends. News feeds will be provided at and you can become a fan and a friend at and


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