FESTIVAL FEVER: GottaGetGon @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds

Brooks Williams
Brooks Williams

Since 1970, the Pick’n’ & Sing’n’ Gather’n’ has sponsored the GottaGetGon, a Memorial Day weekend musical getaway and family folk festival. It’s informal, interactive and lots of fun. Camping is encouraged. So grab your musical instrument and get gone…

Featured performers at this summer’s GottaGetGon include Brooks Williams (blues and Americana singer-songwriter), Tumbling Bones (new traditional American music from Portland, Maine), Windborne (Brattleboro-based folk quartet specializing in vocal harmonies from around the world) and Lorraine & Bennett Hammond (the folk duo blends musical styles from classical through Celtic, blues and contemporary).

Held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa, gates open on Friday afternoon on May 22, and the fest gets rolling with a pot-luck dinner at 6:45pm, followed at 8pm by the New Generation Folk Concert emceed by Caffe Lena’s Sarah Craig featuring performances by banjo player Hilary Hawke, the swinging jazz sounds of the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra and singer-songwriter Greg Klyma.

On Saturday, May 23, 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 Trish Miller calling the steps to the music of Quickstep.

Concerts and workshops continue on Sunday, beginning with a gospel music session at 9:30am. The fest hosts an open mic session from 4:15-6pm, and after dark, the festivities wrap up with the traditional a cappella sing session.

Advance tickets are $55 for the weekend or $30 per day. Advance tickets for students age 19-22 years old are $30 for the weekend or $18 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.

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