Festival Fever: GottaGetGon, 5/25-27/12
Featured performers at this summer’s GottaGetGon include Americana tunesmith Nora Jane Struthers, the high-spirited Beverwyck String Band featuring Peter Siegel, veteran jazz-folk stride guitarist Guy Van Duser and traditional/contemporary Celtic musician Andreas Transø.
Held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa, gates open at 3pm on Friday, May 25, and the fest gets rolling with a pot-luck dinner at 7pm, followed at 8pm by the New Generation Folk Concert featuring performances by Christopher Lawton, M.R. Poulopoulos and the duo of Olivia Gale & Colin de la Barre.
On Saturday, May 26, the fest hosts workshops and concerts all day long, kicking off with the opening sampler concert at 10:25am (oh, those crazy folkies). There’s a family country dance slated for 8pm with Tim Jenkins calling the steps to the tunes of the Beverwyck String Band & Friends.
Concerts and workshops continue on Sunday, beginning with a gospel music session at 9:15am. The fest hosts an open mic session with emcee Don Burger from 4:15-6pm, and after dark, the festivities wrap up with the traditional a cappella sing session.
Tix are $50 for the weekend or $27 per day; students (19-22 years old) are $25 for the weekend or $15 per day; students and children under 19 are free with paying adult. Evening-only tix are also available for $5. Weekend tix include free camping.
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2012:
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 5/31-6/1/12
Art on Lark @ Lark Street, Albany, 6/9/12, FREE
The Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 6/22-24/12
Friehofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 6/30-7/1/12
CountryFest @ the Times Union Center, Albany, 7/7/12
Scream It Like You Mean It @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park, 7/8/12
Shockwave Festival @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park, 7/20/12
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 7/31/12
SAWFest Music Festival @ Salem Art Works, Salem, 8/18/12
FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/21-23/12