Salem Art Works, the sprawling 119 acre rural arts center in Salem, is gearing up for its sixth annual SAWFest this weekend, and you can bet that the hills will come alive with the sound of music. Just don’t expect to see Julie Andrews dancing across the grounds…
The one-day outdoor music festival is expanding this year with the addition of a second stage, which will host solo singer-songwriters.
SAWFest kicks off at 5pm on Saturday, and the music on both stages will continue into the night. But never fear – overnight camping on the arts center grounds is FREE. So come, stay late and spend the night.
Tix are available now, priced at $20; children under 12 $5.
Here’s the line-up of performers for the 2012 SAWFest:
MY PET DRAGON: One of Filter Magazine’s recent “Discover the Undiscovered picks, My Pet Dragon’s sound is defined by lead singer-songwriter and Granville native Todd Michaelsen and dancer-actress Reena Shah. This five-piece rock band has been recognized for their soaring songs and engaging live shows, including a string of stand-out performances at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival.
RAILBIRD: Hot off the release of their 2011 album, “No One,” Railbird continues making saves working from their adopted home of Brooklyn. Led by Saratoga Springs native Sarah Pedinotti, Railbird mixes pop forms and experimental textures with Pedinotti’s evocative lyrics. This marks Railbird’s second SAWFest appearance.
THE BLACK SHIPS: Based out of Saratoga Springs, the Black Ships consist of John Gill and Shane Sanchez. The band’s unique mixture of guitar, beats and sampling allude to their influences from the post-punk era.
THE CITY NEVER SLEEPS: Albany-based indie rockers the City Never Sleeps bring a unique sound, infusing its rock tunes with elements of pop and jazz. Quickly developing a devoted following, the five-member group was voted “Best Local Indie Rock Band” in Metroland’s 2012 Reader’s poll.
ERIC MARGAN: Singer/songwriter Eric Margan performs throughout the region, both solo and previously, with such bands as the Red Lions and the Sunny Side of the Street Band. His genre-bending music spans a wide range of styles, from folk songs to pop ballads to Brazilian tropicalia-infused French Impressionism.
ANTHONY FALLACARO: Anthony Fallacaro was born and raised in Nippertown. His recently released debut CD, “Hello My Name Is Anthony,” is a roots-rock disc colored by a mix of blues, folk and pop influences.
JOSHROBIN: A solo singer/songwriter, JoshRobin has been busy writing and recording new songs. When not working on new music, he performs throughout Saratoga Springs.
BUT WAIT… We’ve got a pair of FREE TICKETS to give away for Saturday’s SAWFest to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Good luck! Congratulation to the winner, who has been notified by email.