FREE FEST: BUSK! @ Putnam Den on Sunday

June 1st, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

The Orchard Project is presenting BUSK!, a free public festival to kick off a Saratoga Springs summer, featuring artists from its famed residencies as well as beloved Local 518 acts. Taking place from 12noon-6pm on Sunday (June 4) in and around the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center Putnam Den (moved due to threat of inclement weather), BUSK! promises to be a spontaneous, outrageous, family-friendly event that aims to offer something to everyone — from bands and magicians to spectacular circus artists and stunt performers. Each performer collects their own remunerations by passing a hat after their performance, which goes directly to that performer or act.

The fest will incorporate different genres of street performance to create a space for experimentation and exploration. Among the family-friendly performers at BUSK! will be the Atlas Circus Company (circus productions), LubDub Theater Co. (a hybrid physical theatre company), the Red Trouser Show (acrobats, comedians, jugglers), Balloon Gal Jenny (balloon artist), Heldeberg Marionettes (puppetry) and Jojo’s Fabulous Faces (face painting).

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In addition to all of the variety acts, the afternoon BUSK! fest will also feature a full line-up of music. Here’s the schedule of bands performing at BUSK!:

12noon: Katie Louise
12:50pm: A World for You
1:40pm: Ramblin Jug Stompers
2:30pm: Mike Campese
3:40pm: Shane Guerrette
4:30pm: Jimy Graham
5:20pm: Nightmare River Band

And capping off the day, Putnam Den will host a Best of the BUSK! Cabaret beginning at 8pm. Scheduled performers include the Red Trouser Show, Atlas Circus Company, Wacky Chad and LubDub Theatre Co. with special musical guests Ramblin Jug Stompers. Doors open at 7:30pm, and admission is free.

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