Monday, July 17, 2006

So many festivals in August...

In addition to the wonderful Podunk BG Festival (East Hartford, CT) to start off the month of August, and the Thomas Point Beach BG Festival (Brunswick, ME) to finish it, there are a couple other festivals in the region that you might want to try out this year:

From August 11-13 is the 5th annual Lake Champlain Bluegrass Festival in Alburgh, VT. This festival features a big lineup, including the legendary Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys (Friday only), and a pair of bands which have both won the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year award, the Gibson Brothers and King Wilkie (both bands - Saturday only). There will also be a host of regional bands, including Southern Rail, Gopher Broke, the Atkinson Family Band, the New England Bluegrass Band, Freewheelin', and Yonder Hill (from Canada). Other festival features include a $3,000 fiddle & banjo contest, a craft show, hayrides, workshops, and more. If you'd like more information, send email to or call (802)482-8110.

Running from August 24th through the 27th is something called Pickin' In The Pasture in Lodi, NY. This festival claims to be the "largest traditional bluegrass festival in the state," and that doesn't seem to be far off the mark, based on their lineup for 2006. Performers on the bill include: the Lewis Family, the James King Band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Special Consensus, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass, the Grascals, David Peterson & 1946, and BlueRidge, as well as Smokey Greene, Freewheelin', Chester Johnson & the Foggy Mountain Grass, and Seneca County Bluegrass. Although the Finger Lakes region of New York is not exactly a stone's throw from eastern CT, this looks like a festival that just may be too good to miss. If you'd like to make plans to be there, send email to or call (607)582-6363.

No comments: