Festival Fever: The Winter Hoot @ the Ashokan Center, 2/7-9/14

The folk-roots duo Mike + Ruthy presents the sophomore Winter Hoot Festival at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY this weekend (Friday-Sunday, February 7-9). The fest is a down-home celebration of music, food and community featuring world-class music from the great state of New York and beyond – including performances by Grammy nominees Elizabeth Mitchell & Friends, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Heather Masse, Rushad Eggleston, the Sweetback Sisters, Deep Chatham and more. The Hoot raises money for the Ashokan Center’s year-round environmental education and natural history programs.

“Our little festival is growing, but we’re working together with the Ashokan Center to keep it as family-friendly and community-oriented as ever,” explains Ruthy Ungar of Mike + Ruthy. “As musicians ourselves, we pay close attention to details like lights and sound, and strive make our bands feel welcomed and appreciated in every way. Their generous spirits are the centerpiece for the celebration/fundraiser. We are super grateful for this year’s awesome musical lineup – the rafters will be raised.”

Festival attendees of all ages are invited for a single day or for the entire weekend. Advance weekend passes are $45. Volunteers and kids age 12 and younger are admitted for free.

Here’s the schedule of music events for the 2014 Winter Hoot Festival:

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FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 7)
7pm: The Stacks (kitchen fiddle meets gospel blues – from Hudson)
8pm: Adrien Reju (beautiful songstress, a Summer Hoot favorite – from Woodstock)
9pm: Arc Iris (orchestral folk-cabaret – from Providence, RI via Woodstock)
10:30pm: Connor Kennedy (electrified Americana – from Saugerties)
12midnight: Molecricket Square Dance (Mike + Ruthy and Friends will kick up the dust for a late night dance with caller Kristin Andreassen – from West Hurley)

SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 8)
11am: Elizabeth Mitchell & Friends (lovingly crafted folk for all ages – from Woodstock)
12noon: Family Square Dance (simple steps for all to join in with calling by Kristin Andreassen)
1:30pm: Paul Green’s Rock Academy (they will, they will rock you – from Woodstock)
2:30pm: Rushad Eggleston (cosmic cello virtuosity from another dimension – from Carmel, CA)
4pm: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (Ashokan’s first couple of fiddling folk – from Saugerties)
5pm: Gustafer Yellowgood (mysterious and whimsical animated song-tales – from Woodstock)
5:30pm: Heather Masse (unparalleled folk and jazz vocalist with trombonist Roswell Rudd and guitarist Rolf Sturm – from Accord)
7pm: Mike + Ruthy (humble Hoot hosts offer heartfelt indie-folk – from West Hurley)
8:30pm: The Sweetback Sisters (boot-scootin’ beats and honky-tonk harmonies – from Brooklyn)
10pm: Deep Chatham (new songs and old sensibilities – from NC via West Saugerties)
11:30pm: Red Dog Run (late night dance featuring Rosie Newton, Richie Stearns, Jed Greenberg and Jim Miller with caller Kristin Andreassen – from Ithaca)

SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 9)
10am: brunch
11am: The Winter Hoot All-Stars’ Farewell Concert (a chance to sing along and enjoy impromptu finale-style collaborations by the Hoot’s musicians

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2014:
The Flurry Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs, 2/14-16/14
MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany, 4/25-27/14
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/5-8/14

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