Festival Fever: Bands ‘N Beans @ Roaring Brook Ranch, 3/2/14

February 28th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Big Fez & The Surfmatics

Big Fez & The Surfmatics

The Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George will serve up a day of hot chili and even hotter music from 2-7pm on Sunday (March 2) for the Lake George Arts Project’s annual fundraising bash, Bands ‘N Beans.

Bands performing on two stages throughout the day include Rich Ortiz & Friends, Stony Creek Band, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Chris Ballini, Rick Rourke, Dirt Cheap, Black Mountain Symphony and Tim Wechgelaer & Friends.

The beans part of the event will feature more than 30 area restaurants who will compete in a chili cooking contest. Everyone in attendance is invited to vote for their favorite chili of the day.

Admission is $20, with tickets available at the door.


LIVE: Bands N’ Beans @ the Roaring Brook Ranch, 3/4/12

March 14th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Tim Wechgelaer and Chris Cary

Tim Wechgelaer and Chris Carey

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

When it comes to fundraising, the Lake George Arts Project is one smart organization. Instead of appealing to a select few from only the arts community to raise money for their ongoing arts programs, year-round Courthouse Gallery exhibits, free Shepard Park summer concert series and their long-running Jazz at the Lake, a weekend jazz festival in September, they always cast a wide net for all to come, contribute to the cause and enjoy a fun event.

One such fundraising shindig is Bands N’ Beans. Held every year at the tail end of winter, it is, without a doubt, the seasonal party event of the Lake George region!

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Be Here Now: Bands N’ Beans @ Roaring Brook Ranch, 3/4/12

March 1st, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

Bands N’ Beans @ Roaring  Brook Ranch

Yeah, it’s finally chilly out there.

Now it’s time to get chili indoors, too. Specifically, indoors at the Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George from 2-7pm on Sunday afternoon, when the annual Bands n’ Beans shindig serves up hot music and even hotter chili.

More than 30 area restaurants will be serving up their own unique, simmering chili recipes Among the participants this year are newcomers Samantha’s Cafe, the Barnsider Smokehouse BBQ, the Olde Log Inn, Orange Cat Cafe, the Market Place Steakhouse, Cafe on the Park, Pub on 9 and Ranchero’s Steakhouse & Cantina. Each of the 1000 or so expected attendees can vote for their favorite chili.

But chili is only half of the Bands n’ Beans equation. There’s also non-stop music on two stages throughout the five-hour bash. The smaller, more intimate Powder Horn Room will play host to Phil Camp, Chris Ballini, Rick Bolton & the Dwyer Sisters and Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey. Meanwhile, Rich Ortiz & Friends, the Stony Creek Band, Dirt Cheap and Groove Therapy promise to keep the dance floor hopping in the big Sky Rider Room.

Tix are $20 with all proceeds going to the Lake George Arts Project and their efforts to present such programs as the Lake George Jazz Weekend, the Summer Concert Series in Shepard Park, the Courthouse Gallery exhibition series and the Peoples Pixel Project.

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