Published July 21:
Blue Oyster Cult, Ryan Montbleau, Johnny A, more
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.