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Two big music events to blow you away this summer

Jam Tent at Clearwater's Hudson River Revival
Jam Tent at Clearwater's Hudson River Revival

First up, and barely into the summer, is Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival on June 21 and 22. Called “One of the Top Four Music Festivals in the US” by Outside Magazine, the Clearwater Festival is the oldest environmental and music festival in the country.

Located at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, the festival is an easy commute from any point on the compass, within walking distance of the Metro North and Amtrak station. Bring your bike and a tent for a fun family weekend of great music and environmental awareness on the banks of the Hudson River. Dozens of bands and performers will appear on one of the seven solar powered and biodiesel powered stages. Children 12 and under are free and everyone else will have lower ticket prices this year. See their facebook page for updates on the actual performers and ticket information.

Then, on July 10-12, the site of the ’94 Woodstock Festival 25th Anniversary Concert could be the host of a summer concert. For the first time since 1994, Winston Farm in Saugerties at exit 20 on the New York State Thruway might host another music event. That is, if the powers-that-be say yes. Right now it is tentatively planned for 2 outside stages and 2 stages under tents, with onsite camping and mostly offsite parking. Current estimates are for 25,000 attendees with little or no gate crashing. According to Friday’s Daily Freeman, the Saugerties Town Board is still waiting for a formal application documenting all the final arrangements.

And here’s a heads-up – planning has begun for the 100th anniversary of the precursor of 1969’s seminal Woodstock Festival, The Maverick Festival. Sources close to the Maverick board report that 2015 and 2016 will mark 100 years of summer chamber music and the beginning of it all, the first Woodstock Music Festival.