Otis Mountain Music Festival

ELIZABETHTOWN For the sixth year in a row, The Otis Mountain Music Festival will bring its special sounds to the hills of Elizabethtown. The festival is scheduled for August 15 and 16 at the old ski hill from which it derives its name, and will feature perennial favorites as well as some talented newcomers. This time around the organizers are blending genres a little more and have added more folk, Americana, and country to the typically bluegrass lineup. For 2008, national recording artist Cadillac Sky will be combining Celtic, country, and bluegrass for a high energy sound. This band was nominated in 2008 for an IBMA award for Emerging Artist of the Year. Also joining the festival this year is the 2008 Grammy Nominee, The Green Cards, who bring a deep respect for tradition while combining Americana, new grass, and roots music. This band has toured with the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Patty Griffin, Darrell Scot, and Lyle Lovett. Another young band, The Biscuit Burners, also joins the lineup this year, giving an Appalachian voice to bluegrass, Americana, and jazz styles by producing their own brand of Fiery Mountain Music. This years festival also features national recording artists Blue Moon Rising and a gathering of excellent regional bands such as Jim Gaudett and the Railroad Boys, and Adrenaline Hayride. The host band, Big Spike, will be there for its fourth straight year, along with the charismatic Diz as emcee. With the entire band lineup, festival organizers expect the repertoire this year to include high energy, crossover music that will appeal to a broad range of music fans from country to acoustic rock without disappointing the loyal bluegrass crowd. We have been playing with the format and the dates since the beginning, trying to find just the right balance to make this a significant fundraising event, said festival organizer Jeff Allott. I think we have really hit it this year, and have high hopes for making this a long-term and significant community event. Allot hopes the festival will help to bring the surrounding communities together while generating interest and donations for important regional causes. Staffed and organized entirely by volunteers, the festival has a tradition of benefitting local organizations. Past and present beneficiaries include The Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks, Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, the Deepwater Project (Adirondack youth leader scholarships), and local fire and rescue groups. General Composites in Westport, NY continues to be the driving sponsor behind the event, although other major sponsors are being sought. The only way to pull something of this scale off in a small community is through significant sponsor activity, and we could really use the help, said Allott. It also is a great opportunity to help in the community and gain significant positive exposure. Companies or individuals interested in helping sponsor the festival can contact Jeff Allott at General Composites at 963-7333. Craft and food vendors are also encouraged to participate. For more information about the Otis Mountain Music Festival, visit www.otismountain.com or call 963-7333.

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