Festival Fever: GottaGetGon, 5/24-26/13

Since 1970, the Pick’n’ & Sing’n’ Gather’n’ has sponsored the GottaGetGon, a Memorial Day weekend getaway and family folk festival. It’s informal, interactive and lots of fun. Camping is encouraged.

Featured performers at this summer’s GottaGetGon include Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter Dave Gunning, traditional folksingers Holdstock & Bierl, the infectious Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys and Sally Spring with Ted Lyons.

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Held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa, gates open at 3pm on Friday, May 24, and the fest gets rolling with a pot-luck dinner at 6:45pm, followed at 8pm by the New Generation Folk Concert emceed by Hannah Rosen featuring performances by Aaron Welcher, Driftwood and Molly Durnin.

On Saturday, May 25, the fest hosts workshops and concerts all day long, kicking off with the opening sampler concert at 10:25am (oh, those crazy folkies). There’s a family country dance slated for 8pm with Gail Griffith calling the steps to the tunes of Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys.

Concerts and workshops continue on Sunday, beginning with a gospel music session at 9:15am. The fest hosts an open mic session with emcee Don Burger from 4:15-6pm, and after dark, the festivities wrap up with the traditional a cappella sing session.

Tix are $50 for the weekend or $27 per day; students (19-22 years old) are $25 for the weekend or $15 per day; students and children under 19 are free with paying adult. Evening-only tix are also available for $5. Weekend tix include free camping.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2013:
In the Pines Music Festival @ the University Settlement Camp, Beacon, 5/25/13
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/6-9/13
Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam, 6/8-9/13
A Taste of Country Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/13-15/13
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, 6/15-16/13
Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 6/21-23/13
Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 6/28-30/13
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 6/29-30/13
CountryFest @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 7/13/13
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/18-21/13
Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 7/20/13
The Big Up @ Hemlock Hollow Farm, Clavarack, 8/8-10/13
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/20-22/13

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