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Bluegrass Festival returns to North Creek this weekend

The Atkinson Family is one of a dozen bluegrass bands that will perform at the 11th Annual Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival August 15 – 17, 2014.
The Atkinson Family is one of a dozen bluegrass bands that will perform at the 11th Annual Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival August 15 – 17, 2014.Atkinson Family publicity photo

The 11th Annual Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival kicks off tomorrow morning, Aug. 15, at Ski Bowl Park in North Creek. Local bluegrass band Washington County Line heads the lineup, taking the stage at 11:30 a.m. followed by non-stop performances from traditional and contemporary bluegrass artists through 10:15 p.m. Performances continue through Saturday and Sunday. The event is sponsored by local businesses and North Country Radio.

The festival, founded in 2004, is unique in that American and Canadian traditional music sprung from Northwoods lumber camps is thrown into the mix. Bluegrass artists from across the Northeast perform, many returning from previous years at the festival. An unlikely tornado that touched down in Johnsburg early last month flipped the bluegrass stage on its side, but organizers report the stage has been righted and the venue is ready for the weekend.

Friday’s lineup includes Washington County Line, Seth Sawyer Band, the Atkinson Family, Zinc and Company, Beartracks, the Katahdin Valley Boys and Higher Mountain. Saturday, Connecticut band Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters joins the lineup along with local favorite Dave Nichols & Spare Change, Remington Ryde, and Smokey Greene, who has performed every year since the festival debuted. Sunday morning begins with a gospel non-denominational worship sing led by Mike and Mary Robinson at 9 a.m. Sunday’s performances continue through 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the gate. An all-weekend pass is $60, which includes free RV parking (no-hookups.) All day Friday tickets are $25. All-day tickets for Saturday are $30. Sunday tickets are $15. Tickets for Friday or Saturday evening (after 5 p.m.) are $15. Ample free parking for cars is available. There will be food and merchandise vendors. The Ski Bowl is located in North Creek just off State Route 28. For more information, phone (518)251-3141 or visit the Festival website.