Wake Up Wednesdays – Ryan’s Wake – Kickoff May 15th

Written by on April 24, 2024

TROY (04/24/24) – A popular public house in Troy is bringing back live outdoor concerts to its location beside the Green Island Bridge.

Ryan’s Wake Public House has announced a free, six-week outdoor evening concert series kicking off May 15.  Now in its second season, “Wake Up Wednesdays” presented by NextStep Federal Credit Union, will run for six Wednesdays in a row starting at 5 p.m. Bands perform from a stage set up between the Hudson River and the rear deck of Ryan’s Wake at 403 River St.

“Last year was like getting the band back together,” said Ryan’s Wake General Manager Jared Kingsley. We had so much fun we decided to do it again.”

The rain-or-shine concert series is designed to be a familiar mid-week break before the busy summer season starts, where people sing along to familiar music, have a beverage and still be in bed by nine.

“It’s called ‘Wake Up Wednesdays’ but you’ll also be able to wake up on Thursday because you don’t have stay out too late,” Kingsley said.

Music styles run the spectrum, from Irish to Rock ’n Roll to Modern country.Wake Up Wednesdays, Full Lineup

May 15 — Hair of The Dog  (Celtic Kick Off Party!)

May 22 —  The Troy Music Review Feat. The Family Tree and Special Guests (Rock ‘n Roll )

May 29 – Eastbound Jesus (Americana / Bluegrass)

June 5 – The Beadle Brothers (Modern Country)

June 12 – Yacht Masters NY (Yacht Rock)

June 19 – The Accents with Special Guest Virgil Cain (Cap Region’s Hottest Party Band )

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/401325116001524/401325129334856/

In the event of bad weather, bands move inside to the spacious “Flynn Side,” one of three unique indoor bar spaces at Ryan’s Wake.

Download Photos from 2023 Wake Up Wednesdays Concerts & this year’s poster: 

To download high resolution photos from last year’s Wake Up Wednesdays concerts, visit the following Dropbox link:


Presenting Sponsor

This year’s presenting sponsor is NextStep Federal Credit Union, the region’s personal sized credit union with branches in Troy and Albany and access to a network of more than 5,300 shared branches and 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the return of summer than being on the river with live music, great food and drinks at Ryan’s Wake,” said Joe Wiley, CEO of NextStep Federal Credit Union.  “As the Capital Region’s ‘personal-sized’ credit union, we are committed to the people, businesses and events that make this area so unique.”

Additional support comes from Callanan Industries, Inc., Capital District Transit Authority, DeCrescente Distributing Company, Deep Eddy Vodka. Fagan Associates and Ross Valve,

Back Where It All Began: Original Rockin’ on the River Site

Troy’s summer concert series, “Rockin’ on the River,” first kicked off behind Ryan’s Wake in June 2008. That concert series was an initiative of Ryan’s Wake, Brown’s Brewing Co., DeCrescente Distributing Co., and the Troy Downtown Collaborative, an organization of retailers and developers that would evolve into the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District (BID).

During its first five years, Rockin’ on the River attracted a growing audience to Ryan’s Wake riverfront location until some of the shows had outgrown the spot. In August 2013, the Downtown BID moved the series to Troy’s Riverfront Park, where it continues today.

“Ryan’s Wake is where Rockin’ on the River started and people kept asking, ‘When are you gonna bring it back here?’,” said Kingsley. “There’s something special about this spot and how it feels to catch live music here.”

Kingsley notes that “Wake Up Wednesdays” shows are scaled to bring the right-sized crowd for the space. The “Wake Up Wednesdays” concerts series ends one week before Rockin’ on the River begins this year.

What’s in A Name? 

The name “Ryan’s Wake” is a nod to the Ryan family funeral business and to the tradition of celebrating life at an Irish wake. It is also a playful reference to the wakes created by passing boats on the Hudson River that flows by the pub’s deck.

Ryan’s Wake Public House was established in 2005.

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