LIVE: Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, 6/8&9/13

June 17th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Lazy Suns

The Lazy Suns

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

My first trip to the Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam came with the realization that, although I had never been there, I had seen the place many times from a distance at various locations in Schenectady. So it was with a kind of déjà vu that I made a pretty easy trip (four left turns from the I-88 exit on the Thruway) to the small but spectacular ski center for the fifth annual Rhythm on the Ridge Roots Music Festival last weekend.

The first things I saw on the way were the many piles of branches and broken trees from the recent tornado damage. As we pulled into the festival lot, my next thought was, “Where are all the people?” Well, it had been a very wet week and initial weather forecasts had called for a wet Saturday as well. But it didn’t rain: in fact, within an hour of arrival we had a patch of blue sky overhead. The ground was very soggy but not muddy. There were probably less than a hundred spectators, many of whom were musicians.

Perhaps the attendance was limited by the completely local line-up of American roots musicians without any big name headliners, and perhaps American roots music is too much of a niche genre to draw big crowds, but I think a lot of people just plain missed the ski lift on this one.

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Win More FREE Tickets to Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge on Fri. & Sat.

June 3rd, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg
Matt Durfee

Matt Durfee

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Last week, we gave away a pair of FREE tickets to Rhythm On the Ridge, but this week we’ve got four more pairs of free tickets that are up for grabs to lucky Nippertown readers.

Rhythm On the Ridge returns to the scenic Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Saturday and Sunday (June 8 & 9). For the fifth annual fest, there will be two stages of continuous Americana and roots music running from 11:30am til 9pm on Saturday (June 8) with performances by the host band Flood Road, as well as Red Haired Strangers, Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Matt Durfee and lots more. Go here for a complete schedule of the weekend’s festivities…

In addition, rough overnight camping is available on Saturday evening, so you can pick all night long and kick off your Sunday with the “Pickin’ with Pancakes” Open Mic Breakfast, hosted by the acoustic duo, 2Late. Sunday’s line-up of performers features some of the most popular roots bands around Nippertown, including the Lazy Suns, the Hill Hollow Band, Everest Rising and pthers.

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Festival Fever: Echo Music Festival @ Maple Ski Ridge, 6/21/13

May 30th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Echo Music Festival 2013

The Echo Music Festival takes over Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Friday, June 21.

Headlining the bash will be DJ Pauly D of “Jersey Shore” fame (or infamy, if you prefer). More than four dozen other acts are scheduled to perform throughout the marathon bash, which seems to primarily focus on a big bunch of DJs who are currently firing up the EDM scene. But the fest will also be hosting a homecoming performance by B. Martin, jam-laced funk-rockers Maaze, Queens hip-hopsters Oxymorons, Syracuse funkateers Sophistafunk, cabaret-rockers the Lucky Jukebox Brigade and the horn-fueled 2012 SPAC Battle of the Bands winners Crush, to name just a few of the performers.

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Win FREE Tickets to Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, 6/8&9/13

May 29th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg
Flood Road

Flood Road

Rhythm On the Ridge returns to the scenic Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9. For the fifth annual fest, there will be two stages of continuous Americana and roots music running from 11:30am til 9pm on Saturday (June 8) with performances by the host band Flood Road, as well as Red Haired Strangers, Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Matt Durfee and lots more. Go here for a complete schedule of the weekend’s festivities…

In addition, rough overnight camping is available on Saturday evening, so you can pick all night long and kick off your Sunday with the “Pickin’ with Pancakes” Open Mic Breakfast, hosted by the acoustic duo, 2Late. Sunday’s line-up of performers features some of the most popular roots bands around Nippertown, including the Lazy Suns, the Hill Hollow Band, Everest Rising and pthers.

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Win FREE TIX for “Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ Maple Ski Ridge, 7/30/11

July 26th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

Let’s do the Time Warp again… under the stars!

The 1975 cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” continues to attract new fans, and when we say “fans,” we mean serious “fanatics.”

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Win FREE TIX to Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, 6/11/11

June 7th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

Rhythm On the Ridge returns to the Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Saturday. For the third annual fest, there will be two stages of continuous acoustic Americana and roots music running from 12noon til 9pm. In addition, there will be plenty of crafters, vendors, food, children’s activities, music workshops and field picking.

Here’s Saturday’s schedule of performances:

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Walk Like an Egyptian: Ketterer Heads to Cairo

May 24th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg
Jim Ketterer

Jim Ketterer

Nippertown drummer about town Jim Ketterer is pulling up stakes and heading to Cairo.

That’s right… Egypt.

“I am leaving Albany and taking a job as Country Director in Egypt for an organization called Amideast that does educational and cultural exchanges, mostly with U.S. Government support,” Ketterer explains. “They run things like Fulbright fellowships, educational testing for Egyptian students, study abroad programs, arts exchanges, etc.

“It pulls together my background in higher education, international development and the Middle East (where I used to live) – all at an important and interesting moment for the Arab world.”

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Festival Fever: Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, 6/11/11

March 21st, 2011, 9:55 am by Greg

Rhythm on the Ridge 2011

Rhythm On the Ridge is returning to the Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Saturday, June 11. For the third annual fest, there will be two stages of continuous acoustic Americana and roots music – 18 local and regional bands in all – running from 12noon til 9pm.

The full line-up has yet to be announced, but here’s who we know will be performing so far:

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