amazing music from noon to nine
Since forming at Tufts University in 1992, Guster has been one of the leading indie/alt bands, with 8 acclaimed albums in 21 years, from 1995's Parachute to 2015's Evermotion.
With diehard fans (including our favorite independent radio program director), music that ranges from straight-up acoustic to atmospheric and orchestral, hook-filled songs such as "Amsterdam," "Satellite," "Fa Fa," Barrel of a Gun," "One Man Wrecking Machine," and "Do You Love Me" (here), and great live shows, Guster is a musical mainstay. We're thrilled to have them headlining on our Main Stage. SEE MORE GUSTER VIDEOS HERE.
Can you believe it's been 10 years since Eye to the Telescope came out? It seems like only yesterday when Scottish-born singer/songwriter KT Tunstall filled the US airwaves with hits like "Other Side of the World," "Suddenly I See," and "Black Horse And a Cherry Tree" (seen here).
Since then, KT's music has included her follow-up gem, Drastic Fantastic featuring "Hold On," the lively, electronic Tiger Suit, and the raw Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon. Join us at the Main Stage for a full-band performance and the Chill Tent Stage for an acoustic set by this favorite of 107.1 the Peak. Woo-hoo! SEE MORE OF KT'S VIDEOS HERE.
Groove on this. Rolling Stone just named The Revivalists one of the 10 New Artists You Need To Know for March 2016. This band with over 2 million Spotify streams was described by The Six Thirty as "Pearl Jam met a New Orleans funk/soul/jazz band and had a beautiful child to bless the world with." And yet, reviews can't equal the live experience. Rhythm, horns, pedal steel, mixed with solid rock and dirty hands. Not to mention guitarist Zack Feinberg, straight out of Pleasantville. Jamming, sweating, and making the crowd do the same.
Check out this video for "Keep Going" and MORE FROM THE REVIVALISTS HERE. And check them out on the Main Stage.
It was long ago / Seems like yesterday. In the 1980s, The Smithereens led New Jersey's answer to the British Invasion with bass-heavy, haunting, anti-heroic songs. "Blood and Roses, "A Girl Like You," "Only a Memory," and "Behind the Wall of Sleep" (seen here) filled college radio and brought much-needed contrast to the bombast on MTV.
Today, Pat DiNizio and the gang are still creating new material and touring. Their music still speaks to the soul of the MTV generation and inspires garage rockers everywhere. Grab your leather jacket and welcome them to the Main Stage. SEE MORE SMITHEREENS VIDEOS HERE.
Welcome Chill Tent Stage headliners Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, celebrating 45 years making music together as the folk/rock duo, Aztec Two-Step. Taking their name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, they've been on records, on the radio, and on the road constantly. In fact, it's Kerouac's On The Road that inspired their iconic hit, "The Persecution & Restoration of Dean Moriarty" (seen here).
In recent years, the duo did a Simon & Garfunkel tribute tour with the late radio host Pete Fornatale. And in June 2007, Real Simple named their debut album one of the top five classic folk albums of all time. SEE MORE AZTEC TWO-STEP HERE.
The Annie Minogue Band rocks hard. Driving guitars, gutsy rock attitude, and a frontwoman who sounds like Patti Smith meets Patty Smyth meets Pat Benatar. Since 2000, she has been recording great music, including albums like Home, Love Parade, and Tripping the Velvet.
AMB has played across the country and around the world, opening for David Lee Roth, Blues Traveler, Steve Miller Band, and many others. And Annie's music has appeared on MTV's The Real World, Dawson's Creek, and now on our Main Stage. Enjoy their video for "Real Close Up," here, and see MORE VIDEOS OF ANNIE MINOGUE BAND HERE.
WOW! Leaping into the clean-up spot at the Party Stage is Brewster's own Karma Darwin. Part rock, part funk, part ska, all energy, this power quartet hits you between the eyes from Note One. Intricate beats, dynamic guitars, wailing solos, and tasty vocal harmonies. If you've seen them headline the Bowery Electric, the Bitter End, or Arlene's Grocery, you know what we're talking about.
When Morning Joe Music was unexpectedly called back to his day job, we were fortunate to have Karma Darwin do us a solid and step in. Check out this video for "Little Dirigible," enjoy them on the Party Stage, and SEE MORE VIDEOS HERE.
Wow these guys can rock. Wild Adriatic crushes a soulful, hard-rocking sound reminiscent of Zep, Humble Pie or early Free. Since their debut album Big Suspicious was released in January 2014, this power trio has been touring constantly, winning rave reviews and rabid fans. They've shared the stage with Grand Funk Railroad, Robert Randolph, Blues Traveler, and many more.
Wild Adriatic will be bringing their face-melting talents to the Party Stage for two sets. Check out their video for "Lonely" here and SEE MORE WILD ADRIATIC VIDEOS HERE. Thanks to Pamnation for making their sets possible.
Surprising is right. Rainbow Kitten Surprise supplies songs that start with catchy, meaningful lyrics, beautifully designed bass lines, and and melodic guitar riffs, then layer on mega-attitude, swagger, and showmanship. Think Modest-Mouse-meets-Lana-Del-Rey-meets-Kings-of-Leon. Yep, surprising. Check out this energetic live video for "Seven" and see MORE VIDEOS HERE. And check them out on the Party Stage for two sets, thanks to our friends at Pamnation.
We're so excited to have Side Saddle play our Chill Tent Stage. This Astoria-based five-piece with 4 members originally from Yorktown and one from Verplanck only formed in 2013, but their sound is fresh and polished, and infectious. At first, you notice there's a Decemberists / DCFC stream-of-consciousness vocal. Then you realize that it's all harmonized. Then you get the Of Monsters and Men horn vibe and the pedal steel guitar, and you think "this stuff is really layered and really fun!"
Don DiLego is a master of many trades. Producer, movie scorer, singer and songwriter. He's co-written songs and toured with Jesse Malin. And his four solo albums have each won critical acclaim, including Western & Atlantic, which won an Independent Music Award for best roots / alt country album, with comparisons to the Jayhawks and Jeff Tweedy.
Don's music is always direct, sometimes introspective, and often fun and irreverent. Check out the foot-stomping "Drive Like Pirates," here, from his upcoming album, Magnificent Ram A. Come watch him on the Chill Tent Stage. And SEE MORE VIDEOS BY DON HERE.
Drew Bordeaux is a singer/songwriter with talent a mile wide and a resumé a mile long. This Mt. Kisco native and Harvard grad plays guitar, violin, and bass, has performed with local legends Geoff Hartwell and Marc Von Em and opened for Daughtry and Boz Scaggs. He's just as comfortable playing full electric with his band, The Cavalry, as he is playing solo with his loop station. And his voice has been described as a mix of Eddie Vedder and Darius Rucker.
Check out this full-band performance of "Lost," and check out Drew's solo performance at the Chill Tent Stage, where his looping and guitar skills will be on full display.
Here's why you need to get to Parkway Field early. We liked these Battle of the Bands winners so much, we put them on the Main Stage. Indigo King, a fun four-piece from Ossining, NY, describes their music as "Space Aquarium." We'd call it Psych Mod. Tight, Beatlesque harmonies, tasty atmospheric guitar jams, driving bass and crashing beat that got them heard on the Peak's 9:37 Local.
Come see these guys on the Main Stage, and you'll be doing the whole-body head-bob just like they do in this video to "Loss Aversion," a song they performed in the finals. Congratulations, fellas.
The Pleasantville Music Festival is rocking from start to finish. Kicking off the Party Stage is Battle of the Bands winners, the Amanda Ayala Band. At age 18, rock singer Amanda Ayala has already been on Team Adam in NBC's The Voice, has had a top 100 hit on iTunes, and has played at The Bitter End, Playland, and many other clubs in New York's Backyard.
This talented band recently played sold-out shows at the Winery at St. George and Daryl's House, where they performed "Where Do We Go From Here" (seen here). Make sure to get to Parkway Field before noon to watch these young rockers start the party right.
Hey, Pleasantville! Recognize these guys? The Chill Tent Stage kicks off at noon with Battle of the Bands winners, Back 2 Zero, featuring members from right here in our village and in neighboring Briarcliff Manor.
With an alt rock sound influenced by such '90s hitmakers Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20, these guys showed they're equally at home going all out or keeping it chill. It's a talent that earned them fans at the Battle and a spot last year on the Peak's 9:37 Local. Watch their video for "March On" (here) from their EP, In Other Words. And get to the Festival early. They go on at Twelve Zero Zero.