Be Here Now: Lake George’s Annual Bands n’ Beans Bash on Sunday


Big Fez & the Surfmatics

Yeah, it’s still 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 (March 3), 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 Barnsider BBQ, Bean’s Country Store, Bella’s, Bogey’s Pub & Grille, Caffe Vero, Center Plate @ Gore Mt., Docksider Restaurant, Druther’s Brewing Co., Duffy’s Tavern, Dunhams Bay Lodge, East Cove Restaurant, Garnet Hill Lodge, the Georgian, Gourmet Café, Log Jam Restaurant, Market Place Steakhouse, Melba Mae’s Riverview Inn, Olde Post Grille, O’Toole’s Restaurant, Petes Ahh, Ranchero’s Steakhouse, Samantha’s Café, Sans Souci and Vic’s Tavern. 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 featured bands include Rich Ortiz & Friends, Stony Creek Band, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Rattail Jimmy, Master Cylinders, Shadowland, Chris Ballini, Rick Rourke and Tim Wechgelaer & Friends.

Tickets 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. Tickets will be available at the door.

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