John Fullbright, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Sara Watkins are among the artists slated to perform on Saturday, June 25, during the sixth annual American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor — a daylong, family-friendly celebration of acoustic music. Set on 90 acres of gardens and Italianate architecture in Katonah, Westchester County, NY – 40 miles northeast of New York City — the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is well known for its summer music festivals. AcousticMusicScene.com is delighted to again be a Cultural Partner of the festival and will have a presence there.
“Caramoor is a nature paradise and the music takes place in several locations on the grounds so that folks can experience some of the environmental beauty as well,” says Maggi Landau, artistic director –roots music for Caramoor and the festival’s organizer. She notes that daytime artists will be performing acoustic, unplugged sets in the Sunken Garden – “a quiet grove with the audience sitting on the ground literally at the feet of the artist” – as well as on the larger Friends Field.
Daytime performers, starting at noon, include Sara Watkins (a fiddle player, singer and founding member of Nickel Creek), High Plains Jamboree, Man About A Horse, Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole, the Lowest Pair, Spuyten Duyvil, Silver City Bound, Matt Turk and Monica Rizzo. The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) presents Young Folk featuring Lula Wiles, Eric Lee and Eliza Paltauf. In honor of Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, many of the day’s featured artists will also perform songs from The Basement Tapes during The Social Music Hour beginning at 6 p.m.
An evening concert featuring John Fullbright (a Grammy-nominated young Americana artist from Oklahoma) and Hurray for the Riff Raff (NYC-born and New Orleans-based Alyndra Segarra, a 26-year-old of Puerto Rican descent, fuses folk-blues and Americana) will take place inside the Venetian Theater, for which there is reserved seating.
$25 daytime only tickets (excluding the evening performances) and full-festival tickets, priced at $35-$100 (including reserved seating for the evening concert), may be ordered by visiting www.caramoor.org.
Attendees are advised to bring their own chairs for the daytime performances. Although food and beverages will be available for purchase, folks also can bring their own and enjoy picnicking on Caramoor’s spacious lawns.
Editor’s Note: As vice president of the board of directors for the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, a regional affiliate of Folk Alliance International on whose board I also serve, I will emcee the hour-long “NERFA presents Young Folk” showcase during the festival.