LAKE GEORGE While the Lake George Arts Project is well-known for introducing innovative, highbrow jazz musicians to the public over 30 years through its Lake George Jazz Weekend, the non-profit group is now looking at sponsoring another annual festival featuring a more widely embraced idiom of music — contemporary country.
The proposed festival, a joint project between mayor Robert Blais and the Lake George Arts Project, is tentatively scheduled to be held Aug. 1 through Aug. 3, according to John Strong, executive director of the non-profit group.
The proposed festival would be the first major event to be held at the Charles Wood Park festival space which has been under development for years.
Strong said that a lineup of a half-dozen popular, well-known Nashville-style acts would likely be booked for the festival — either mainstream or alt-country musicians. He said that up-and-coming artists with top-notch musicianship and proven name recognition would likely be chosen.
An outdoor music festival of contemporary country music is rare in the region, yet a tremendous number of fans of the idiom live in Northeastern New York.
Strong and Blais expect that the event festival will draw 3,000 to 5,000 people in either July or August.
These estimates could be conservative, local officials said this week.
Although Blais couldn’t be reached as he was on vacation in the Carolinas this last week, Deputy Mayor John Earl offered his thoughts about the festival plans.
“Nothing has a broader audience in our region than country music,” he said. “I’ve seen country acts fill the Glens Falls Civic Center.”
Lake George Trustee Ray Perry said he supported the concept. Plans call for the Village of Lake George and the Town of Lake George to contribute $5,000 each as seed money to get the festival off the ground in the first year.