LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/20/14 (Day One)

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band (photo by Stanley Johnson)
Robert Randolph & the Family Band (photo by Stanley Johnson)

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…

SECOND OPINIONS:
Susan Rice’s review and Bryan Lasky’s photographs at Upstate Live
Shawn LaChapelle’s photographs at The Glens Falls Post-Star
Cathy DeDe’s story at The Glens Falls Chronicle

Wild Adriatic
Wild Adriatic (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Robert Randolph & The Family Band (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
Paranoid Social Club
Paranoid Social Club (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
NRBQ
NRBQ (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
Terry Adams of NRBQ (photo by Stanley Johnson)
Terry Adams of NRBQ (photo by Stanley Johnson)
Wild Adriatic
Wild Adriatic (photo by Stanley Johnson)
Wild Adriatic (photo by Stanley Johnson)
Wild Adriatic (photo by Stanley Johnson)
Paranoid Social Club (photo by Stanley Johnson)
Paranoid Social Club (photo by Stanley Johnson)
Paranoid Social Club (photo by Stanley Johnson)
Paranoid Social Club (photo by Stanley Johnson)
4 Comments
  1. OswegoMatt says

    It was an awesome day. From noon until 10:00 the music was fantastic. Looking forward to the 2nd annual.

  2. Kim says

    It was GREAT
    Looking forward to your Day 2 pics

  3. Stan Johnson says

    Next year I’m going to see if Lake George again suspends it’s parking meter requirements. If I had known, I could have saved $20 in parking charges and spent it inside instead.

  4. Richard Brody says

    Great pix – Stan

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