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Friday is “Ernie Williams Day”

Friday is “Ernie Williams Day”

Local blues legend Ernie Williams, who has shared the stage with Aretha Franklin, BB King and Buddy Guy, gets his own “day” in Cohoes. The stage at Canal Square in Cohoes will be renamed “The Ernie Williams Band Stand.”

Williams died in March 2012 at age 87. Click here to listen to some of his music at his website.

Ernie was the recipient of numerous awards including the NYS Blues Hall of Fame, but gave back again and again through benefit concerts and educational support throughout the northeast. "Ernie Williams Day" will culminate the dedication of our Canal Square Stage as “The Ernie Williams Band Stand” at 7:00PM on lower Remsen Street in Cohoes.

Kathy Williams, his widow, will be in attendance along with former Williams band mates, various dignitaries, and fans. This will occur as a part of the Friday night, Cohoes Canal Square, Summer Concert Series.

Performing Friday will be “BackBeat” whose bass guitar player is Cohoes Mayor George Primeau. Also in the band, sax great Charlie Vatalaro, who played with Ernie Williams for more than a decade. It’s a free event and Primeau “looks forward to a Cohoes Community Celebration to honor a great friend and legendary musician,” he said in a release, for “the late great and our very own, Ernie Williams.”


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