LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/20/14 (Day One)
Photographs by Stanley Johnson and Andrzej Pilarczyk
It was built on the site of the old Gaslight Village amusement park, whose slogan promised “yesterday’s fun today.”
But there was no nostalgia for the Good Ole Days of Yore during the grand opening weekend at the Charles R. Wood Park’s Festival Space. It was a solidly rockin’ first day of the American Festival for the Lake, a full day of music that featured bona fide headliners (Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ), regional rockers (Paranoid Social Club) and top notch homegrown talent (Wild Adriatic, the North & South Dakotas, Rich Ortiz).
The price was right, too – just $15. And a portion of the proceeds went directly to the S.A.V.E. Lake George Partnership for its continuing efforts to ensure the water quality of the lake.
And considering that it was the first year of a brand new fest – competing with considerably more established area festivals, including Albany’s LarkFest and MASS MoCA’s FreshGrass on the same day – the crowd of about 1,600 was certainly a respectable size.
Cap it all off with an impressive fireworks display, and you’ve got what organizers and festival-goers alike are calling a grand success. And a damn good start…