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Published July 21:

Blue Oyster Cult, Ryan Montbleau, Johnny A, more
American Music Festival for the Lake announces full 2016 Lineup

(Lake George, NY) -----Organizers of the third annual American Music Festival for the Lake -- whose first two editions rank as the top-grossing events at the Charles R Wood Park --  today announced their 2016 lineup, scheduled for September 24 and 25 at the former Gaslight Village site in the Village of Lake George.

Headlining the festival will be the previously-announced Blue Oyster Cult; the classic rock legends whose catalog includes one of the most enduring musical hits of all time: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" as well as radio staples "Burning for You," "Godzilla, "Cities on Flame" and many more.  Yes, shouts of "More Cowbell" will certainly fill the air on what is also the area's Balloon Fest weekend.

The other ten acts reflect the eclectic mix of stage talent for which this event has garnered both a critically-acclaimed and crowd-pleasing reputation in its first two years after opening the park to a large audience in 2014 with Robert Randolph and the New Riders of the Purple Sage.

Supporting Blue Oyster Cult on the Saturday Rocks bill is the Boston-based guitar ace Johnny A, who resume includes stints with the Yardbirds and Peter Wolf in addition to a solo career that has landed him numerous awards and even a signature guitar line with Gibson.  Local 518 acts Super 400 and Let's Be Leonard will perform on the big stage earlier in the day, while fusion-jazzy Doctor Magnum and jamgrass troubadours Ramblers Home will entertain on the second, Beer Tent side-stage.

Day Two's Sunday Jam sets a more low-key musical tone, with popular headliner Ryan Montbleau Band bringing its unique brand of folksy jam-rock to the festivities. They are preceded by the regional faves Gratefully Yours ---  a plugged-in / Dead-inspired collective comprised of some of the northeast's finest jam band members --- along with Burlington's  unique Mali-funk act Barika and rising punk-hillbilly buzzmakers Tigerman WOAH.   Blues band Sly Fox and the Hustlers play the side stage during set breaks.

"This year's American Music Festival for the Lake should  be the biggest one ever with the most significant band yet to play in this park," predicted festival co-owner Robert Millis of Saratoga-based 398Group.  "Blue Oyster Cult has a unique cross-generational appeal.  We're hearing from people for whom BOC's first few albums were part of their high school soundtrack to kids that first heard (Don't Fear) The Reaper with Guitar Hero to, of course, those that still get a kick out of Christopher Walken's iconic More Cowbell skit on Saturday Night Live.  This should be a whole lot of fun; and very exciting."

In addition to adding a second stage this year, Millis and cohorts are also expanding the beer and wine section, with an emphasis on a large craft brews selection and locally-produced wines.   The Wood Park's on-site Skate Park and Kids' Playground have both been completed and a benefit $1,000 purse Texas Hold Em poker tournament will take place on Saturday afternoon.

The best part is the fest's affordability:  general admission tickets are just $10 Sunday and $25 for Saturday when bought in advance. 

$5-off discounted tickets will also be available at King Neptune's Pub (Lake George) and Bailey's Cafe (Saratoga) starting on August 1. 

Kids 16+under are admitted free on both days, part of the producing partners' so-called Music Education initiative of showing youngsters "how music used to be played!" --- as well as helping with tight family budgets.  Food and drink selections are kept reasonably priced.

The festival is supported in part by help from Warren County's Occupancy Tax tourism-development program, the Town and Village of Lake George as well as local sponsoring businesses and volunteer workers.

The exciting new Courtyard Marriott - Lake George hotel on Canada Street in the Village -- scheduled to open its doors in early September -- acts as the Official Festival Hotel and is providing artist lodging.  They offer a discount for visitors mentioning 'American Music Festival for the Lake' or 'Blue Oyster Cult' while making reservations at518-761-1150 or online.

Up-to-date schedule and venue information, artist bio's and ticket purchasing are all available at www.FestivalForTheLake.com

Published February 9, 2016

Festival Back On-Track for Return to Lake George

Lake George, NY  --- After a brief scare that had it rumored to be heading out of the region, local officials today announced that the popular American Music Festival for the Lake will, in fact, be returning to Lake George Village for its third annual edition in September of this year.

Organizers of  the two-day event, which ushered in the long-awaited Charles R Wood Park festival space at the former Gaslight Village site on Beach Road in 2014 and has drawn the largest crowds at that space in its first two years of operation, didn't react kindly when news broke that the larger Catskill Chill Music Festival was relocating to the venue after its lease arrangement expired down south.  AMF principal Robert Millis was quoted as saying "there simply isn't room in this market for such similar festivals on back-to-back weekends; neither will succeed" and reportedly began to entertain offers from other northeast municipalities interested in hosting his gathering.

But Catskill Chill ran into unexpected difficulties securing a necessary overnight camping permit from NYS for use of the nearby Battlefield Park, forcing them to back out of their local plans and have since announced a site in Pennsylvania as their host venue. Village Mayor Robert Blais then reached out to Millis with a mission of mending fences, and a new arrangement was made to the satisfaction of all parties. September 24 and 25 are now pegged as the dates.

The first two editions of the festival have drawn healthy crowds --- in stark contrast to other musical prodctions at the new venue.   Prominent national performers Robert Randolph, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Quinn Sullivan, NRBQ, Sawyer Fredericks, Clare Lynch, Kung Fu, Blotto, Sundy Best and Austin Webb have been on the lineups, which have crawn considerable praise from both attendees and media observers.

Current plans for the 2016 festival --- which is produced by The 398 Group (Robert Millis and Sam Bottini) of Saratoga Springs ---  include the projected announcement of headlining talent in early May.

Published July 7

Sawyer Fredericks, Quinn Sullivan, Kung Fu, more...

American Music Festival brings rising national talents to Lake George

(Lake George) --- Today's announcement of the musical lineup for the 2015 edition of the American Music Festival for the Lake (September 26-27) certainly has as its overriding theme a “next big thing” aspect, given its multi-genre mix of acts that have been individually tagged with “can't miss” labels by industry and media observers alike.

Front and center is the surprise local booking coup of one Sawyer Fredericks; the 16yo mass market sensation that gained international fame as the Season 8 winner of NBC's ratings machine The Voice. After wowing the show's judges (and television audience) with his soulful blend of folk and rock stylings, the upstate farm boy is now in an LA studio producing his eagerly-anticipated followup album that will certainly challenge for #1 on the pop charts when it debuts. His Lake George appearance on the fest's Saturday Rocks stage will act as a very rare national preview of those songs.

Another 16yo wonder kid will be on that same bill: Quinn Sullivan and his band. Touted as “the new American guitar hero” while drawing comparisons to Joe Bonamassa and even (gasp) Eric Clapton, the Boston-area gunslinger has been a familiar face on daytime and late-night TV since the age of six. Having nicely shed the child star jinx, Quinn now headlines festivals around the globe. Of local note was his sensational SPAC appearance in 2014.

Sawyer Fredericks to play Lake george 

Quinn Sullivan to play American Music Festival in Lake George

(Sawyer Frdericks and Quinn Sullivan; 16yo stars share bill in Lake George)

Nu-sion –- or new fusion –- is the genre-spanning tag applied to the exciting and acclaimed Kung Fu band, which will close out the Saturday night spectacle. Magically combining 70's-era progressive jazz-rock with modern day jam-dance-funk, this act had made its way up the music industry food chain and appears to be the breakout act from this year's national festival scene.

Kung Fu Lake George

Likewise, two on-the-verge of stardom acts are on the fest's Country Sunday bill. Nashville's Austin Webb wears the modern country hat, and his debut radio hit (and accompanying CMT video) All Country On You brought with it a slew of “can't miss” and “one to watch” accolades from the music press. The band will be flying in to this show off a Grand Old Opry appearance prior.

Outlaw country's new golden boys Sundy Best are quickly gaining a huge following, especially withing the Willie & Waylon crowd. Originally a duo, these Kentucky lads will be unveiling full-band fury at the Lake. “A young band coming of age,“ says CMT.

Austin Webb brings the country to Lake George   

Sundy Best -  Sept 27

Further completing the future-forward look to the lineup are the alt-folkgrass act Driftwood, the Ithaca-based afrobeat / nouveau-funk collective Big Mean Sound Machine and the buzz making Carolina dancehall reggae makers Crucial Fiya.

To nicely counter balance all of this young stage talent, each day will also feature a highly popular, established veteran act. Saturday's choice is Blotto, the 80's fun-rock MTV staple. Of note, 2015 is the 35th anniversary of the band's big hit I Wanna Be A Lifeguard; of which its video was filmed right across the street fro the festival at the Million Dollar Beach.

Blotto Lake George

The most interesting band in America” is what Rolling Stone said of Donna the Buffalo, and their 25 year legacy proves it. Their unique blend of country, jam rock, zydeco and mountain folk creates a moving, danceable experience. Their loyal following -- called The Herd -- will be out in force mid-day Sunday.

driftwood lake george sept 27 

A number of local and regional acts will be added to the bill in the coming weeks, playing on a side stage for between-set entertainment.

The American Music Festival for the Lake launched in 2014 as the introductory event for the long coming Charles R Wood Park in Lake George on the site of the old Gaslight Village theme park. Highlighted by appearances from Robert Randolph and the Family Band and the New Riders of the Purple Sage, the festival immediately established itself as a major calendar date for the region's post-summer, shoulder season entertainment and tourism attractions and garnered several year-end Best Of awards.

This year's festival includes more than just world class music, with the addition and expansion of various zones within the festival commons space: a Kids Corner; a Food Truck Rodeo, a Craft Beer Garden and the ecoLocal Village vending expo.

Updates and advance, money-saving admissions are on sale now at the festival web site: www.FestivalForTheLake.com . Accompanied, 12 & Under children are free.