PERU - Does music get played in the woods? You bet it does.
The sounds of nature will soon be accompanied by guitar, drums and many other instruments as Backwoods Pondfest returns to the Twin Ponds Campground in Peru Friday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 11.
Katie Bazzano, one of the main organizers for the event, said she's excited for this year's line-up, which features a mix of local, national and international bands.
"We now have a wide variety of music, from hip-hop to funk to bluegrass to reggae," said Bazzano. "There is a band for every style."
This year's festival will open with a performance by Shameless Strangers Friday afternoon. Bands to follow that day include Sinecure, Roots of Creation, Lucid, Twiddle, John Brown's Body and Brother Past. The music will pick back up Saturday afternoon with Capital Zen, followed by the Tim Herron Corporation, Blues for Breakfast, Hot Day at the Zoo, Bearquarium, Spiritual Rez, Garaj Mahal, and Jurassic 5's Chali 2na with House of Vibe and special guest Deploi. Lucid will return to the stage to close out the festival that night.
"Artistically, it brings a lot of great musicians together for everyone in the area to hear," said Bazzano, who admits she spends much of her time during the event overseeing things to ensure they go smoothly rather than watching the performances. "I can't wait to hopefully catch some bands. It's all about the music for me."
With last year's attendance at about 1,100 people, said Bazzano, the 26-year-old festival promoter said she hopes this year's line-up will help top that number.
"You never know with the economy but we hope to see the numbers rise," said Bazzano, who added she enjoys knowing people look forward to the event now in its fourth year. "Seeing the people's faces when they hear one of their favorite bands is priceless."
It takes thousands of hours to put together Backwoods Pondfest each year, said Bazzano, consisting of countless e-mails, phone calls and hammering out last-minute details. But, it's all worth it in the end, she said.
"Really, it is a lot of coordinating. Getting bands in the time slots you want them in or where they will sound and look the best is a real difficult chore," she said. "I think we changed the line-up 20 times before finalizing .... But, it helps that we have three years under our belt. Things kind of get easier and easier once to have a handle on things."
This year's festival will encourage donations to local food pantries. Bazzano said $5 will be knocked off the price of admission with the donation on a nonperishable food item. Strangers Helping Strangers, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that collects and delivers nonperishable and monetary donations to food pantries nearest the venue.
"So, if you feel like giving something this summer, bring more than one can and join up on some of there raffles while you're at Backwoods Pondfest," said Bazzano. "Hopefully, we can keep the festival going and keep on giving."
Ticket for Backwoods Pondfest are available in Plattsburgh at the Great Adirondack Soup Company, Chuck Wagon, and Boire Design. Outside the city, tickets are also available at Pasquale's Restaurant in Peru, 20 Main in AuSable Forks and The Waterhole in Saranac Lake.
For more information, or to purchase tickets on-line, visit www.backwoodspondfest.com