FEST: American Music Festival for the Lake in Lake George

July 7th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

Sawyer Fredericks – the teenage Fultonville farmboy who took home top honors in the recent singing competition on NBC-TV’s “The Voice” – has been announced as one of the headliners at the American Music Festival for the Lake in Lake George.

The second annual festival will be held at Wood Park in Lake George on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 & 27.

And Fredericks isn’t the only 16-year-old wunderkind in the festival’s line-up – blues guitarslinger Quinn Sullivan (whose mentor is the great Buddy Guy) will also fire it up. Sullivan performed at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC in both 2013 & 2014.

But it’s not all about youth at the fest – veteran bands Blotto and Donna the Buffalo will also be featured performers during the weekend. With nearly a dozen bands playing at the featival, the music will range from country to rock, from reggae to bluegrass.

This year’s festival includes more than just world class music with the addition of a kids activities zone, a food truck rodeo, a craft beer garden and the ecoLocal Village vending expo.

Saturday-only tickets for the fest are $25 in advance; $35 at the gate. Saturday-only VIP tickets are $35 in advance; $45 at the gate. Sunday-only tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the gate. Sunday-only VIP tickets at $40 in advance; $50 at the gate. Children under age 12 are FREE.

Two-day tickets for the fest are priced at $45 in advance; $55 at the gate; VIP two-day tickets are $55 in advance; $65 at the gate.

Here’s the schedule of bands for 2015’s American Music Festival for the Lake:

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LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/21/14 (Day Two)

October 1st, 2014, 4:24 pm by Greg
New Riders of the Purple Sage (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

New Riders of the Purple Sage (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson

On Day Two of the inaugural American Music Festival for the Lake at the Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space in beautiful Lake George, the focus shifted from Saturday’s rock ‘n’ roll menu to a more country-oriented line-up on Sunday, but the basic concept remained the same – featuring a mix of national headliners (country-rock veterans the New Riders of the Purple Sage, bluegrass stars the Claire Lynch Band), regional favorites (Boston’s Girls Guns & Glory, Mississippi band Roscoe Bandana) and homegrown Local 518 heroes (the long-running Stony Creek Band, a surprise return appearance by Rich Ortiz, who also opened the fest on Saturday).

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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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Win FREE Tickets to the American Music Festival for the Lake This Weekend

September 16th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

American Music Festival for the Lake

It’s called The American Music Festival for the Lake, and it’s coming to Lake George for two days this weekend. The inaugural music fest is being held at the Festival Space at Charles R. Wood Park (the former site of Wood’s long defunct Gaslight Village amusement park) beginning at 12noon on Saturday and Sunday (September 20 & 21).

Saturday’s line-up features headliners Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ and others, while Sunday’s schedule features the New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Claire Lynch Band (featuring the International Bluegrass Music Association’s three-time Female Vocalist of the Year) and plenty more.

Gates open at 11am on both days. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Saturday ticket prices are $15 general admission; $25 seats. Sunday prices are $10 general admission; $20 seats. Youngsters under age 14 will be admitted free with parent of guardian. A portion of the festival’s income will go directly to the S.A.V.E Lake George Partnership in its continuing efforts to ensure the water quality of the lake.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to one day of the festival – your choice. To enter the contest, just post a comment below, and tell us which day you’d like to attend. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter in 12noon on Friday (September 19), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Oh, and here’s the complete schedule of bands for both days of the inaugural American Music Festival for the Lake:

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