Festival Fever: Bluestock Music Festival, 8/26-28/11

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It’s time to go cruisin’ for a bluesin’!

The inaugural Bluestock Music Festival – this summer’s big blues blowout – takes over Hunter Mountain in Hunter this weekend for massive three-day music marathon of blues, blues and more blues.

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Many of the biggest names in the blues will be revving it up for your listening pleasure, including headliners Elvin Bishop (on Friday), the Robert Cray Band (Saturday) and the one and only Buddy Guy, who will be closing out the fest on Sunday evening.

Of course, there’s plenty of other great music beyond the headliners, including the powerhouse Shemikia Copeland, dynamic Williamstown guitarslinger Albert Cummings and the rugged, raw sounds of Moreland & Arbuckle. To us, one of the highlights looks to be the Saturday dinnertime performance by the Tommy Castro Band and Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue with Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin and Deanna Bogart. Yeah, it all sounds good, don’t it?

There will be two stages, but no over-lapping of music, which means that it should be wall-to-wall non-stop blues beginning at 5pm on Friday when the fest kicks off.

A three day pass with camping is now $135 ($154 at the gate); a non-camping three-day pass is now $119 ($139 at the gate). Saturday-only tix are $65 ($70 at the gate); Sunday-only tix are now $45 ($60 at the gate). There are no single-day tix for Friday. There are, however, various VIP ticket packages available for all-fest and single-day tix.

There have been several line-up changes for Bluestock since the fest was initially announced early in the year, so here’s a quick run-down of what’s happened:

Greg Allman was added, and then cancelled.
Steven Seagal & Thunderbox was added, and then cancelled.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue was added.
Shemekia Copeland was added.
And the Robert Cray Band was added, too.

Here’s the latest, up-to-the-minute schedule for the fest:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
5pm: The Lionel Young Band
6pm: Bob Margolin & Matt Hill
7pm: Trampled Underfoot
8:15pm: Tab Benoit
9:30pm: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
11pm: Elvin Bishop
12:30am: Club 88 hosted by Mitch Woods and Billy Gibson

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
12noon: Port City Prophets
1pm: The Alexis P. Suter Band
2:15pm: Bruce Katz
3:15pm: Ronnie Baker Brooks
4:30pm: Shakura S’Aida
5:45pm: The Tommy Castro Band and Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue
7:15pm: Shemekia Copeland
8:15pm: The Curtis Salagado Big Band
10pm: The Robert Cray Band
12:30am: Club 88 hosted by Mitch Woods and Billy Gibson

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
12noon: Ty Curtis
1pm: Albert Cummings
2pm: The Reba Russell Band
3:15pm: Zac Harmon
4:45pm: Moreland & Arbuckle
6pm: Buddy Guy

MORE FESTIVALS ON THE 2011 CALENDAR:

Restoration Festival @ St. Joseph’s Church, Albany, August 27-28
Everything Under the Sun Music & Arts Fest @ Noel Field, North Adams, August 27-28
Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Corning Preserve’s Riverfront Park, Albany, September 10, FREE
LarkFest @ Lark Street, Albany, September 17, FREE
Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17-18, FREE
PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 24, FREE
FreshGrass: A Festival of Art & Bluegrass @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 24-25
Hippiefest @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, October 13

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