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North Creek to host bluegrass festival Aug. 18-21

The four-day Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival returns to North Creek this weekend.

The four-day Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival returns to North Creek this weekend.

Schedule of Events

Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival

Aug. 18-21

Advance tickets: $50 per person

At the gate: $60

Thursday evening: $10

Friday: $25 all day, $10 after 5 p.m.

Saturday: $25 all day, $10 after 5 p.m.

Sunday: $10

Thursday, 5-10 p.m.

Cedar Ridge, Dave Nichols & Spare Change, Rivergrass.

Friday, 9:45 a.m. - 10 p.m.

The James King Band, HoneyGrass, Acoustic Blue, Remington Ryde, Cedar Ridge, Rivergrass, American Roots, Dave Nichols & Spare Change.

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Goldwing Express, The James King Band, Remington Ryde, Acoustic Blue, HoneyGrass, The Atkinson Family, Smokey Greene, the Cabin Fever Band, American Roots.

Sunday, 9 a.m - 4:15 p.m.

Gospel hymn sing with Mike and Mary Robinson. Also performing on Sunday; Smokey Greene, HoneyGrass, The Atkinson Family, American Roots, the Cabin Fever Band.

TICKETS: Four-day tickets include camper parking and fresh water fill-up, with a septic pump available Sunday for $15.

Advance tickets may be ordered by sending check or money order payable to Upper Hudson Festivals, Inc., along with a SASE to: Larry Carr P. O. Box 233, North Creek, NY 12853.

— A weekend of field pickin’ tunes in a four-day camper town approaches as the Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival returns to the Ski Bowl Park for its eighth year from Aug. 18-21.

Among the performers is David Nichols and Spare Change, from Whippleville, outside Malone.

“We’re regionally known and marginally famous,” said Nichols.

Nichols runs a guitar inlay shop that’s embellished and built guitars for the likes of B.B. King, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.

A bluegrass festival is basically a giant campout, said Nichols. Attendees like to sit near their camper and play music while listening to the stage. Having someone to play with at your campsite is as big a draw as the stage performers, said Nichols.

The bluegrass festival season runs from April to October. It’s special, said Nichols, it’s the way performers like him live their summers. He runs his shop Monday through Wednesday, then heads out for festivals, playing from Maine to Pennsylvania.

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