In a press conference Tuesday July 29, Lake George Mayor Blais announces a major new music festival coming to Lake George this September. Backing up Blais are festival production manager Dave Ehmann (left rear) of Improv Records and music festival manager Sam Bottini (right rear) of the Putnam Den club in Saratoga Springs.
A two-day music festival with nationally known groups — is to be held in the Charles R. Wood Park in September, Lake George Village Mayor Robert Blais and concert promoters announced with fanfare July 29.
Called “The American Music Festival for the Lake,” the event is to be held Saturday Sept. 20 and Sunday Sept. 21 and is expected to draw four or five thousand people to Lake George on the weekend when the 42nd annual Adirondack Balloon Festival is to be held nearby in Queensbury.
Proceeds from the event are to be donated toward protecting the environmental health of the lake, Mayor Robert Blais said. The event is an expansion of the already popular Festival for the Lake, which in its debut last year raised more than $22,000 for the SAVE Lake George Partnership, a organization spearheading an effort to curb aquatic invasive species.
Eric Siy of the Fund for Lake George, one of the leading local environmental organizations, praised the festival for raising awareness and money for initiatives to preserve and enhance lake health.
“Were very excited about this festival,” Siy said. “This kind of connection between the local economy and the protection of the lake is exactly the prescription we need to assure the lasting health of Lake
George,” he said.
In addition to rock and country music, the festival also features an arts and crafts fair, fireworks, The Flashlight 5-kilometer footrace, children’s amusement rides, plus a Moonglow mass balloon illumination session on Saturday evening.
Specialty foods are to be available, plus themed boat cruises, hot-air balloon rides and parasail excursions.
Music festival production manager Dave Ehmann of Improv Records said the event would be a fun memorable party, bringing enthusiasts of leading-edge rock ‘n roll and country music to the village.
“We at Improv Records are stoked to be part of this festival,” Ehmann said. “We’re going to rock your socks off — So don’t miss it!”
Ehmann said the music fest would be family-friendly. Admission to the music festival grounds is a modest $15 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday for adults, and free for children under 14, he said.
Festival Manager Sam Bottini, manager of the Putnam Den, a music Club in Saratoga Springs and a principal of 398 Group promotional firm, introduced the band lineup.
Scheduled to perform at the musical fest Saturday are:
• Robert Randolph & the Family Band — Randolph, a multiple Grammy nominee, has been described as “the Jimi Hendrix of the pedal steel guitar,” and is ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the greatest guitarists in rock ‘n roll.
• Paranoid Social Club — A punk-pop trio that now has a cult status following their two international hits, “Two Girls” and “Wasted.”
• NRBQ — Also known as New Rythm & Blues Quartet, the critically acclaimed band has been praised by Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and Keith Richards. Since 1967, NRBQ has been inspiring their audiences with a repertoire of blues, rock and swing.
• Wild Adriatic — a Capital Region band that’s won national attention with its power rock stylings.
Scheduled to perform at the musical fest Sunday are:
• New Riders of the Purple Sage — Formed in the 1970s this supergroup has included band members of the Grateful Dead. Renowned for their hits including “Panama Red, the New Riders — described as “the cosmic cowboys of country rock — have sold millions of albums.
• The Claire Lynch Band — A two-time Grammy nominee, Lynch has been named Female Vocalist of the Year three times by the International Bluegrass Association, and elicited glowing reviews from critics and the media.
• Rosco Bandana — a Mississippi-based band that blends country blues and folk in energetic live performances.
• The Stony Creek Band — Known for their original Americana roots music, The SCB has thousands of fans in the Capital Region and has for decades shared the stage with top national groups.