If last weekend’s Albany Tulip Fest merely whetted your appetite for the onslaught of outdoor music fests, well then, the place to be this weekend is the Solid Rock Ranch in Northville, where you can groove at the Strawberry Jam Music Festival, a four-day benefit bash to help raise funds for two charities: Strangers Helping Strangers and the Rock Solid Ranch Horse Rescue Mission.
Actually, the fest gets a jump on the weekend, starting up tomorrow (Thursday) with a pre-fest party featuring Hannah’s Field (5pm), Kevin MacConkey (6:30pm), THC (8pm), Reggae Resistance with Annette & George (9:30pm) and Family Dawgz (11pm).
Among the many bands performing at the fest through Sunday are Melvin Seals & JGB, Myka 9 & DJ Drez, Lucid, the Big Takeover, Family Dawgs, NY Funk Exchange, Capital Zen, WeMustBe, Cubical Sunrise, Audio in Flux, Rev Tor, the Garcia Project, Dirty Paris, Maaze, Bad Princess, Sweet Clementines, Seed, the Townies, Hannah’s Field, LadyDye, Positive Mental Trip, Whiskey Reverb and many more. You can find the full daily schedule here.
Four-day, all-fest tix are $70. No single-day tix will be sold for Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Weekend tix (Saturday & Sunday) are available for $60, and single-day Sunday tix are $25.
MORE UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2011:
O Solo Mama Mia Festival @ Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield, May 5-15
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 2-5
The Berkshire Countryfest @ Wahconah Park, Pittsfield, June 4
Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam, June 11
Art On Lark @ Lark Street, Albany, June 11
Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 24-26
Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 24-26
Freihofer’s Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 25-26
The WGNA CountryFest @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, July 9
Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, July 16-17
The Big Up @ Sunnyview Farm, Ghent, July 28-30
Bluestock Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, August 26-28
Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17-18, FREE