Regional bluegrass fest approaching

NORTH CREEK With expanded hours and record lineup of entertainment, the fifth annual Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival is planned for Aug. 22 through 24 at Ski Bowl Park. Twelve bands are slated to perform at the festival which launches its stage performances Fri. Aug. 22 at noon, and continuing to 10:15pm. Appearing on stage Friday will be Dave Nichols and Spare Change, Blue Lightning, Sweet Cider, John Hudson & Friends, Beartracks, and the Doerfel Family. An open stage is scheduled at 4:45 p.m., when festival attendees are invited to share their talents. Saturday, the music starts at 10 a.m. and continues non-stop through 10:45pm, nearly 13 hours of music straight, with 17 sets onstage. On Saturday, the festival will feature two one-hour sets with noted performed James King Also appearing Saturday will be Dave Nichols & Spare Change, the Atkinson Family, Smokey Greene, Cabin Fever, John Hudson & Friends, Beartracks, and Southern Rail, which will be offering a vocal workshop. Sunday morning starts off with a gospel sing from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. , followed by popular regional performer Smokey Greene. Also appearing Sunday will be Cabin Fever, the Atkinson Family, and John Hudson & Friends, and Southern Rail. The event features expanded concessions, including an increased variety of food. For details, see: www.upperhudsonbluegrass.com or call 251-2240, 222-8245), or 251-3141. Advance three-day tickets will be on sale until Aug.15 for $35, after which they will increase by $7. The three-day tickets include camper parking. The gate to the grounds will open at noon Thurs. Aug. 21. Tickets are available by sending a good check or money order payable to Upper Hudson Festivals, Inc. along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Mary Lou Cole, 10 Manor Road, Apt. 5, North Creek, NY 12853. A not-for-profit organization, Upper Hudson Festivals, Inc., supports local musical students and events such as the Concert by the River series. The festivals two major sponsors this year are Denton Publications and Lincoln Logs.

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