Crackin' Foxy plays at a previous Hobofest.
By Tim Baker
continued Several unsigned, fully-realized ensembles, all “invested” in this event, offer distinct takes on roots music. The intricate groove-grass pulse of Big Slyde, this year with the smoky vocals of Hanna Doan. The Adirondack-Brooklyn hybrid, Frankenpine, craft a modern take on bluegrass, with a colorful palette and original voicing. Crackin’ Foxy distinguish themselves with a post-vaudeville vintage of styled song, elegant female three-part harmony, and swinging arrangements. This year’s appearance of the young and grizzled Blind Owl Band, follows their recent romp through the Northeast, diving headlong into the mosh-pit of old-time as dance music.
The day traditionally kicks off with bluesman Steve Langdon hollerin’ and pickin’ ala John Henry against the din of the first arriving train. New to this stage this year are Eddy and Kim Lawrence, with their wry sense of humor, and deft fretwork from the Canadian border, Keene resident Stan Oliva, and Quinn Sands from Cleveland, Ohio.
People are encouraged to bring lawnchairs or blankets. The event is free, but donations are accepted. There is limited parking around the Union Depot and Depot Street.
“My best recommendation is to come early to secure a parking spot or just be resourceful and find where you can park around town,” Seward said.
11:45 a.m. Fanfare – Kyle Murray & Scott Renderer
Noon REV LANGDON (Saranac Lake)
12:40 p.m. LEMON DROPS (Saranac Lake)
1:20 p.m. QUINN SANDS (Cleveland, OH)
2 p.m. STAN OLIVA BAND (Keene)
2:55 p.m. Chris Chauvery (Cleveland, OH)
3:10 p.m. Bram & Jayne (Corning, NY)
3:30 p.m. CRACKIN' FOXY w/Brian Dewan (Saranac Lake)
4:30 p.m. EDDY & KIM LAWRENCE (Moira, NY)
5:45 p.m. BIG SLYDE (Lake Placid)
7:00 p.m. BABY GRAMPS (Seattle, Washington)
8:15 p.m. FRANKENPINE (NYC/Beacon)
9:15 p.m. Theresa Hartford (Saranac Lake)
9:30 p.m. BLIND OWL BAND w/ Addison Bickford (Saranac Lake)