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Huntington Folk Festival
July 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sarah Lee Guthrie and The Mammals (featuring Mike & Ruthy) will co-headline the 12th Annual Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, July 29, at Heckscher Park, located off Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue, in Huntington Village. Extending from 12 noon to 10:30 p.m., the free festival – co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council – is part of the 52nd Huntington Summer Arts Festival.
The theme for the evening concert is Generations. Performing on the park’s [Harry] Chapin Rainbow Stage at 8:30 p.m. will be Sarah Lee Guthrie and The Mammals (featuring Mike & Ruthy). Talented artists in their own right, Sarah Lee is the daughter of Arlo Guthrie and granddaughter of Woody Guthrie, while Ruth Ungar is the daughter of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. A special on-stage song swap — NERFA Presents Young Folk: Alice Howe and Mike Tedesco – is set for 8 p.m. [NERFA is an acronym for Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.]
Prior to the evening concert, Michael Kornfeld, who is president of both FMSH and NERFA and editor & publisher of AcousticMusicScene.com, and Joe Pszonek of Joltin Joe’s Radio Nowhere Internet Radio (streaming @ radionowhere903.com), will host unplugged showcases and song swaps from 1-6 p.m. These will take place near canopy tents on the upper lawn area overlooking the stage and will feature some three-dozen artists/acts from New York and several other states. The day’s musical festivities begin with an open mic at noon.
Artists slated to perform during the afternoon include Jeremy Aaron, Clint Alphin, Alexis von Aulock, Emily Barnes, Tucker Bickell, Bill Buttner, Chris J. Connolly, Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers, Vincent Cross, Karen Dahlstrom, Folkapotamus, Marci Geller, Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudle, He-Bird, She-Bird, Gina Holsopple, Josh Joffen, Susan Kane, Judy Kass, Colleen Kattau, Rorie Kelly, Ray Lambiase, Mara Levine, Lori Llyn, Stuart Markus, Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale (The YaYas), Lois Morton, Emily Mure, Nico Padden, Steven Pelland, Katherine Rondeau, John Sonntag, Hank Stone, Christine Sweeney, Sweet Little Bloodhound, Toby Tobias, and The Whispering Tree. Schedules will be posted online at AcousticMusicScene.com, FMSH.org and huntingtonarts.org.
Here are the afternoon schedules for the AcousticMusicScene.com and Radio Nowhere tents:
(Host: Michael Kornfeld)
Open Mic at 12 noon
1:00 Opening Round: Jeremy Aaron, Chris J. Connolly, Hank Stone
1:30 NOOM: Ray Lambiase, Lori Llyn, Toby Tobias
2:00 Hudson Valley Voices: Susan Kane, Judy Kass
2:30 I’m From New Jersey: Mara Levine, Katherine Rondeau, John Sonntag
3:00 Folk from Upstate New York: Bill Buttner, Gina Holsopple, Colleen Kattau
3:30 Hard Luck Café @ 25: Marci Geller, Josh Joffen, Steven Pelland
4:00 Huntington’s Own: Annie Mark, Lois Morton
4:30 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists: Clint Alphin, Emily Mure, Christine Sweeney
5:00 2017 Kerrville New Folk Finalists: Emily Barnes, Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale (The YaYas), The Whispering Tree
5:30 Bluegrass & Roots: Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers with Cole Quest, Vincent Cross, He-Bird, She-Bird
Joltin Joe’s Radio Nowhere
Streaming @ Radionowhere903.com
(Host: Joe Pszonek)
1:00 Rorie Kelly
1:15 Emily Barnes
1:30 Tom Staudle
1:45 Cosby Gibson
2:00 Alexis Van Aulock
2:30 Karen Dahlstrom
2:45 Nico Padden
3:00 He-Bird, She-Bird
3:15 Christine Sweeney
3:30 Katherine Rondeau
3:45 Judy Kass
4:00 Susan Kane
4:15 John Sonntag
4:30 Bill Buttner
4:45 Sweet Little Bloodhound
5:00 Mara Levine
5:15 Stuart Marcus
5:30 Alice Howe
5:45 Marci Geller
Festivalgoers are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic supper (or walk into Huntington Village and enjoy a meal at one of its many restaurants).
The Huntington Folk Festival highlights a folk and Americana weekend at Heckscher Park that also features concerts by Long Island-based indie folk-rock band Miles to Dayton (Friday July 28) and The Sweet Remains, a nationally touring act with harmonies reminiscent of CSN, The Eagles and Simon & Garfunkel (Sunday, July 30). The Huntington Summer Arts Festival is produced by the Town of Huntington, presented by the Huntington Arts Council, and sponsored in part by the New York State Council for the Arts, the County of Suffolk and Canon U.S.A.
6-8 p.m. Dinner Break
8:00 p.m. NERFA Presents Young Folk: Alice Howe and Mike Tedesco — on the Chapin Rainbow Stage
8:30 p.m. Generations: Sarah Lee Guthrie and The Mammals (featuring Mike & Ruthy) — on the Chapin Rainbow Stage