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Freedom Fest 2023

June 24, 2023 @ 2:00 pm 5:00 pm EDT

Freedom Fest is back! Join us for an outdoor concert and summer celebration featuring artists of the Capital Region who have been inspired by the 50 year history of hip hop music and culture! Performances kick off at 2:00 pm and featuring Victory Soul Orchestra with special guests UND3RSTANDING. The event MC is H Bosh Jr.

The event location is at the Sanctuary main space: 3361 6th Ave, North Troy

This free, all-ages event will feature:

  • Live music by Victory Soul Orchestra & UND3RSTANDING
  • BPM Lessons beat making station by Jae Joseph
  • Face painting
  • Food & refreshments
  • Art activities
  • Garden activities
  • Community resource fair
  • and more!

Co-sponsoring this event are many fabulous organizations doing great work across our community including Troy Area Labor Council, Poor People’s Campaign, Troy Central Little League, SNUG, CEO, Oakwood Community Center, TRIP, Shades of Cocoa, and UAlbany TRIO EOC Program.


Members of the band Victory Soul Orchestra standing in front of a step and repeat banner on a red carpet with their Eddie Award

Victory Soul Orchestra is a hometown horn funk favorite. The dirty sounds of New Orleans brass drive their sound with some influences including Galactic as well as the Dap Kings. You can also find them fronted by Albany’s own JB!! aka Dirty Moses and singer Dali Soto. Their efforts combined help create a funk/rap show that brings the house down. In January 2019 they released their first album, ‘Astrobeat’ – now available on vinyl and all streaming platforms!

Three members of hip hop ground Und3rstanding pose in front of yellow wall. The person in the center is bent forward with hands on their knee

Und3rstanding is a three-man Hip-Hop group from Upstate New York featuring Sev Statik, SES Vth, and Knowle’ge. Individually, these artists stand as giants in the realm of underground hip-hop, but collectively, they form a powerful group with a mission to entertain, enlighten and embody what it means to be an emcee. The name Und3rstanding alludes to supreme mathematics and the principles of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding – a set of teachings that each of the members have learned from and hold dearly.
Founded in 2015, the members of Und3rstanding had quickly become fans of each other and after performing at several events in the Albany area.  It was Sev Statik who tossed out the idea that they should combine talents and “form like Voltron” into a super lyrical squadron.  Knowle’ge and SES Vth agreed, and from there they began recruiting the soulful boom-bappington master producer himself, Deborah’s Son, to produce their project. That collaboration led to the trio’s debut self-titled album, Und3rstanding, released in March 2018. 

Documentation of Event by Robert Cooper
Victory Soul Orchestra on stage
event MC H Bosh Jr with youth from audience on stage
Nate Da Great DJing
JB!! DJing
audience member serving themself food
audience member recording the performance on phone
audience in between sets with two babies crawling on carpet
three young people using the controls at the beat making machine
using the beat making machine

Free This event is FREE and open to all-ages!
35 5th Ave
Troy, NY 12180 United States

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