LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/20/14 (Day One)

September 30th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Robert Randolph & The Family Band (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Robert Randolph & the Family Band (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Stanley Johnson and Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was built on the site of the old Gaslight Village amusement park, whose slogan promised “yesterday’s fun today.”

But there was no nostalgia for the Good Ole Days of Yore during the grand opening weekend at the Charles R. Wood Park’s Festival Space. It was a solidly rockin’ first day of the American Festival for the Lake, a full day of music that featured bona fide headliners (Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ), regional rockers (Paranoid Social Club) and top notch homegrown talent (Wild Adriatic, the North & South Dakotas, Rich Ortiz).

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The price was right, too – just $15. And a portion of the proceeds went directly to the S.A.V.E. Lake George Partnership for its continuing efforts to ensure the water quality of the lake.

And considering that it was the first year of a brand new fest – competing with considerably more established area festivals, including Albany’s LarkFest and MASS MoCA’s FreshGrass on the same day – the crowd of about 1,600 was certainly a respectable size.

Cap it all off with an impressive fireworks display, and you’ve got what organizers and festival-goers alike are calling a grand success. And a damn good start…

SECOND OPINIONS:
Susan Rice’s review and Bryan Lasky’s photographs at Upstate Live
Shawn LaChapelle’s photographs at The Glens Falls Post-Star
Cathy DeDe’s story at The Glens Falls Chronicle

Wild Adriatic

Wild Adriatic (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Robert Randolph & The Family Band (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Paranoid Social Club

Paranoid Social Club (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

NRBQ

NRBQ (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Terry Adams of NRBQ (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Terry Adams of NRBQ (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Wild Adriatic

Wild Adriatic (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Wild Adriatic (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Wild Adriatic (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Paranoid Social Club (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Paranoid Social Club (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Paranoid Social Club (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Paranoid Social Club (photo by Stanley Johnson)

4 thoughts on “LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/20/14 (Day One)”

  1. OswegoMatt says:

    It was an awesome day. From noon until 10:00 the music was fantastic. Looking forward to the 2nd annual.

  2. Kim says:

    It was GREAT
    Looking forward to your Day 2 pics

  3. Stan Johnson says:

    Next year I’m going to see if Lake George again suspends it’s parking meter requirements. If I had known, I could have saved $20 in parking charges and spent it inside instead.

  4. Richard Brody says:

    Great pix – Stan

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