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Hobofest returns to Saranac Lake

— The fifth annual Hobofest takes place Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Union Depot in Saranac Lake.

Hobofest celebrates American roots culture and the independent spirit with free musical performances from noon til late.

Chef John Varga of Eat and Meet will be at the grill. Blue Line Brewery will serve a signature “Hobo Brew,” in the Depot building in the afternoon. Children’s activities range from Sunita Halasz’s workshop table to the Adirondack Carousel right next door. A large tent will protect the crowd from the weather, and Russ Feher’s Fine Line Audio will run the sound.

In addition to the main-stage offerings, Vermont Joy Parade will board the 1 p.m. Adirondack Scenic Railroad and play a round-trip gig to Lake Placid and back. Upon their return they’ll join the Shamrock, “regulars,” for an inclusive open jam in the Depot Building. Attendees are invited to join the circle. 

Past performers return to this year’s Hobofest in new configurations such as Thick as Thieves and James & Jane are both side projects of the lead-vocalists from the Blind Owl Band. They will hold court early in the day. Tall County, a trio spun off from the momentum of the North Country/Brooklyn hybrid band, Frankenpine, will bring “stripped-down songs on strung-up instruments.” The Biscuit Rollers, led by regular Hobofest opener Steve Langdon, will close this fifth annual Hobofest night, joined by Le Groove rhythm section, Rick Weber and Dan Spada and friends.

Annabelle Chvostek, a founding member of the Wailin’ Jenny’s, will travel with her trio from Toronto to play Hobofest. Annabelle has performed at Bluseed Studios and records with Saranac Lake’s Beehive Productions.

Mamie Minch, a guitarist and singer with a voice and sensibility well beyond her years, brings authentic country blues from Brooklyn. She’ll be backed by local musicians Kyle Murray and Chris Shacklett of Lucid.

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