Nisky grad Fallacaro bringing musical mix to Freedom Park

Niskayuna's Anthony Fallacaro is set to perform Saturday, Aug. 18 at Freedom Park in Scotia. (Photo Provided)Niskayuna's Anthony Fallacaro is set to perform Saturday, Aug. 18 at Freedom Park in Scotia. (Photo Provided)

SCOTIA — Go to a Anthony Fallacaro concert — say Saturday night at Freedom Park in Scotia — and you could end up listening to just about anything.

“I would say I’m a mix between country-rock and pop music,” said Fallacaro, whose performance is at 7 p.m.. “I’m somewhere in there, but I also might throw some Sinatra at you. I was a big fan of his growing up.”

Fallacaro, a 2006 graduate of Niskayuna High School, will be joined on stage by five musicians, including his brother Dominick, who won a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album. Anthony will play the guitar and do lead vocals, while Dominick plays the organ. Also performing with them will be Shane Gilman on guitar, Will Dobson on bass, Vinny Fazio on drums and Alicia Bautista on acoustic guitar and vocals.

“This will be our second show here, and I’m very excited about getting invited back,” said Fallacaro. “They do a great job putting together the series here at Freedom Park, and I love playing here.”

Fallacaro’s main musical influences growing up — along with Frank Sinatra — were Queen and Garth Brooks.

“We almost always throw in a Queen song, and I was very into Garth Brooks,” said Fallacaro. “Also being a huge Sinatra fan, you could say I was kind of all over the place growing up. The music I play represents the music I love. Every song stretches one way or another toward country-rock or popular music, and the songs I write myself are usually a blend of that.”

Early start

Fallacaro’s love of music began early. He started taking piano lessons at age 7, was in the Niskayuna orchestra and choir, and has been performing ever since. After high school, he spent two years at Mohawk Community College, two more years at Plymouth State in New Hampshire, and then got his masters in education from Castleton University.

“I was a teacher’s assistant at Niskayuna, and I was doing some coaching in Vermont,” said Fallacaro, who played baseball at Niskayuna High, MCC and Plymouth State. “I’ve been bouncing around between a few different things, but it’s my music that is really important to me.”

Fallacaro recently released an EP called “Electric City”; a single on iTunes, “New Town, New Life”; and a YouTube video, “The Great Escape,” that garnered more than 63,000 views. “I Know You Know,” another video of a Fallacaro song, also did well on the web.

“That also got a lot of views and it was fun to see those two kind of battle each other,” said Fallacaro. “We actually produced my album with the help of my brother in Brooklyn, so I do have physical copies of those that we will sell at Freedom Park, But you also have to go digital, and that’s what we did with the singles. In this day and age, you have to play both games.”

On Sunday at 7 p.m., the Ellen Sinopoli Dancers will take the Freedom Park stage, and on Wednesday, Aug. 22, SIRSY will perform.

Final stretch

Rounding out the Freedom Park Concert Series will be Hot Club of Saratoga (Aug. 25), Annie & the Hedonists (Aug. 26) and Grand Central Station (Aug. 29). For more information visit FreedomParkScotia.com or visit their Facebook page.