FEST: Rock n Roll Resort, v8 The Grateful Escape @ the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa

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Photograph of Melvin Seals by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Once again this weekend, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa in Kerhonkson will be transformed into the Rock n Roll Resort with 20 bands keeping the live music pumping from Friday afternoon to early in the morning hours on Sunday (March 23-25).

Headlining the fest – aka the Grateful Escape – on Friday are the Golden Gate Wingmen, who have been jamming imaginative interpretations of Grateful Dead music since 2014. The band’s all-star line-up features guitarist John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra), bassist Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Co.) and drummer Jay Lane (Primus).

Saturday’s headliners are Melvin Seals & JGB, with Jerry Garcia Band alum Seals leading Cheryl Rucker, Shirley Starks, Peter Lavezzoli, Zach Nugent and John-Paul McLean through their funk-blues-rock-gospel renditions of gems from Garcia’s vast catalog. (FYI: Although not part of the fest, we thought we’d give you a heads-up that Melvin Seals & JGB are also playing a concert at the Cohoes Music Hall on Friday [March 23]).

Tickets for the Rock n Roll Resort are on sale now, priced at $75 for an all-weekend pass; $43 for Friday and $45 for Saturday.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2018 Rock n Roll Resort:

FRIDAY (MARCH 23)
MANHATTAN LOUNGE
6pm: West End Blend
8pm: Golden Gate Wingmen
10:30pm: Golden Gate Wingmen
1am: Kung Fu
EMPIRE THEATRE
7pm: Escaper
9:15pm: Jen Durkin’s Soul Power
11:45pm: West End Blend
2:15am: Gratefully Yours
ACOUSTIC STAGE
All Day: Kind Bud’s Welcome Party
3:30pm: The Screaming J’s

SATURDAY (MARCH 24)
MANHATTAN LOUNGE
6pm: The Breakfast
8pm: Melvin Seals & JGB
10:15pm: Melvin Seals & JGB
12:45am: Kung Fu
EMPIRE THEATRE
4pm: Lord Electro
7pm: Cousin Earth
9:15pm: Tweed
11:30pm: Scott Pemberton Band
2:15am: Jen Durkin & The Business
ACOUSTIC STAGE
12noon: Cousin Earth (kids set)
1pm: Craig Greenberg
2pm: Kind Bud’s Kind Dubs
3pm: Scott Hannay
5pm: Creamery Station
3:30am: Mammal Dap
4:30am: Beau Sasser Trio

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING 2018 FESTIVALS
MOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ various locations, Albany, April 28
518 SONGFEST @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany, May 18
DISC JAM MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Gardner’s Farm, Stephentown, June 7-10
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 8-10
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 15-17
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, June 16 & 17
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE, Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 22-24
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 23 & 24
COUNTRYFEST @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, July 7
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 19-22

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