It’s a month away! LET’S GET PUMPED!!

If you haven’t heard about this amazing music and arts festival, here is a quick back story…

You may not know that downtown Albany, New York lays claim to an extremely gorgeous but somewhat lost piece of architectural history. Construction on, St. Joseph’s Cathedral was completed in 1860. (Yeah, that’s right The friggin’ Buchanan Administration!) For over a hundred and thirty years it’s walls provided Albany locals with a grand haven of worship. But in 1993 the building held it’s final service and was sold to a private owner. In the years that followed it was obvious that the structure had become quite weathered in it’s near century and a half of existence and was turned over to the Historic Albany Foundation who vowed to restore this amazing construct to it’s original magnificence…

Restoration Festival, or RestFest as it is known around town, is an arts and music extravaganza, first conceived in 2010 and masterminded by a number of core members of The b3nson Music collective (of which we are proud members of!) as well as dozens of other volunteers. It is put on in and around St Joseph’s Cathedral, which is now used quite frequently as a center for the arts, with two goals: To bring national attention to the local Albany music scene, and to help fuel the restoration of the Church itself. With a percentage of profits going to the St. Joseph’s Restoration Fund, over 500 people celebrated the festivities at St. Joe’s last year, and in only it’s second go-round, the Festival has garnered so much respect and subsequent sponsorship that they were able to bring in some of our (literally) favorite national acts to share the stage with us and some of Albany’s best local musicians.

Deer Tick! Titus Andronicus! A Hawk & A Hacksaw! The Music Tapes! Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned! Railbird! Scientific Maps!

Mark your calendars for August 27th and 28th. Trust us, You won’t regret it…

Keep it here for ongoing coverage of the festival as well as the many musical acts that will be taking the stage this year! Until then go to for festival and ticket information and visit The Historic Albany Foundation for more information on this inspiring example of cultural and architectural history!