And while there’s still more Louisiana music on tap for Shepard Park (the soulful squeezeboxer Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience close out the series on August 26), this week’s show takes a different spin with the irresistibly charming French jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee stepping into the spotlight at 7:30pm on Wednesday (August 12). And, yes, admission is free…
The rollickin’ Gulf Coast pianist Marcia Ball and her band brought their tasty party-time gumbo of Louisiana blues and Texas honky-tonkin’ to Lake George’s Shepard Park last week for the second installment of the Lake George Arts Project’s weekly free Wednesday night concert series.
The series continues at 7:30pm tonight (Wednesday, July 15) with the homegrown Celtic band Get Up Jack.
And they were a most appropriate opener, too, because the free weekly concert series, sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project, features a cornucopia of Louisiana musical talent this summer – including honky-tonkin’ pianist Marcia Ball (Wednesday, July 8), Cajun favorites Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (August 5) and the rollickin’ season closer Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience.
The free concerts begin at 7:30pm each Wednesday throughout the summer. GO HERE for a complete schedule… and let the good times roll!
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:
Sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project, the 26th annual Black Velvet Art Party was held at the Georgian Resort in Lake George last month. This invigorating, inspiring and slightly insane gathering of the local North Country art community is renowned for its out-of-the ordinary presentation of black velvet art and over-the-top fashion statements. Proceeds from this event help fund the Lake George Arts Project and its year-round Courthouse Gallery exhibition series.
2014 BLACK VELVET ART PARTY AWARD WINNERS
1. Best of Black Velvet: Gary McCoola’s “Gimme Shelter”
2. Velveeta (the cheesiest): Armon Art Brown’s “Gnarly”
3. Velveluminous (the brightest): Joy McCoola’s “Grate Openings”
4. Velveluptuous (the sexiest): Kat Griffin’s “Gnarly Fairy Chair”
5. Velvet Underground: Betsy Brandt’s “After Rousseau”
6. Black Velvet Amoeba Art Award (Best Amoeba Art): Sam Bowser’s “Amoebas on Parade”
1. The Joan Reid Award (most inappropriate attire): Mike Vittengl
2. Tres Tacky: Mel Ostberg
3. Velviagra: Billijo Meader
4. Svelte: Ray Perry
5. Velvelicious: Cathy DeDe
6. King BVAP 26th: Brian Landenburger
7. Queen Velveteen: Denise Perry
The annual fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project will be held from 7-11pm on Saturday (November 22) at the Georgian Resortin Lake George. Proceeds from the event help fund the Lake George Arts Project and its year-round Courthouse Gallery art exhibitions.
Celebrating its 26th year, the Black Velvet Art Party – an invigorating gathering of the local art scene – is renowned for its out-of-the-ordinary presentation of black velvet art and over-the-top apparel. The party features a silent auction of original black velvet art, a limbo contest, art & fashion awards and dance music by Big Fez & the Surfmatics.
This year’s theme is “Gnarly!” In keeping with the playful nature of the party, award categories include Tres Tacky, Svelte, Velveluminous (the brightest), Velvelicious (most delicious), Velveeta (the cheesiest) and Velveluptuous (the sexiest.) Award winners will be presented with wildly decorated trophies.
Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door.