FREE FEST: New Baltimore Music & Arts Festival on Sunday
Story by Rudy Lu
Organized by drummer Al Kash, percussionist Brian Melick and singer-songwriter Thomasina Winslow to showcase the unique creative spirit of the many talented musicians and other artists based in New Baltimore, the free fest will run from 2-6pm with music beginning at 3:30pm. The music line-up for the fest will feature nostalgic classics by Steve Schwebler, a percussion duet by Kash & Melick, traditional Celtic tunes from Hilary Schrauf & Eric Everson, ’60s and R&B selections by Janet Kash, bluegrass by Jim Selkirk and Americana roots and blues from Winslow.
Thomasina Winslow took a few minutes out of preparations for the fest to chat with Nippertown.com’s Rudy Lu:
Q: How and when did the idea of this festival come about?
A: I have wanted to work with Al Kash and Brian Melick for long time. They are top-notch musicians and professionals, and I knew something positive would happen if we worked together. The idea of the festival came from Al Kash, who had envisioned it for many years. Back in the spring, I called Al to tell him that I had just built a studio that I wanted to make it available initially to the musicians and artists in our area and then later expanding. He knew many artists, and we spoke about his vision for this festival that had been cooking up in his mind. We thought, “Let’s do it!” Soon after, we were able to meet with Brian Melick and began the first phase of organizing the festival. And now here we are…
Q: Brian Melick and Al Kash are not only your co-organizers, but they’re both performing as well. And both have a wide, eclectic repertoire of music, while you are known primarily as an acoustic blues singer. What should we expect to hear from the musical performers?
A: The musical performers represent a variety of styles including blues, as you mentioned. But there will be some bluegrass, traditional Irish music, classic rock and few surprises along the way that the audience coming to the festival will love. It’s a going to be a great show!
Q: The fest is also featuring some non-musical creative artists. Who should we expect to see, and what kinds of arts should we expect to see?
A: We have some great artists that you can expect to see from authors to honey producers, a soap maker, furniture builder, woodworking artist and more. There will be plenty of very talented artisans at the festival.
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING 2018 FESTIVALS
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 19-22
RORY BLOCK’S GOSPEL & BLUES FESTIVAL WEEKEND @ PS21, Chatham, July 20-22
DIVINE VIBES @ the Beer Diviner, Petersburg, July 20-22, FREE
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 4, FREE
NEW YORK STATE FOOD FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 8, FREE
DIRT FARMER FESTIVAL @ Arrowood Farms, Accord, August 19
EASTBOUND THROWDOWN @ Irwin Farm, Salem, September 7 & 8
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 14-16
PEARLPALOOZA @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 15, FREE
HOPS & HARVEST FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 19, FREE
HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 22, FREE
OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, September 23