WHAT A GREAT DAY OF MUSIC
THANKS TO ALL OF OUR ARTISTS
You know the voice. You know the harmonica. You know the Hook brings you back. Headliner Blues Traveler has been making bluesy, jammy, tasty rock since 1987. But it was their 1994 album, Four, that blew them into the MTV stratosphere. Hits like Run-Around and Hook (here), soulful ballads like The Mountains Win Again, and 1990 single But Anyway established them as a household name.
This innovative, Grammy-winning band has released their 12th studio album and most collaborative effort yet, Blow Up The Moon, and we’re happy to have them headlining on our Main Stage. SEE MORE BLUES TRAVELER HERE.
In a time when music was becoming increasingly segregated, Living Colour tore down the walls. Their debut album, 1988’s Vivid, took MTV by storm, thanks to their multiple-Grammy-winning Cult of Personality (here), as well as the fun Glamour Boys and the heartfelt Open Letter to a Landlord. Their vocals, skills, and style caught the eye of Mick Jagger, who helped them land a record deal, and their success paved the way for others who refuse to fit a mold.
Today, the band continues to break down musical boxes, with their forthcoming album, Shade. We are glad to welcome them to our Main Stage. SEE MORE LIVING COLOUR HERE.
From her start in the Greenwich Village folk scene to her platinum album, Solitude Standing, featuring Tom’s Diner and the cultural touchstone, Luka (here), to her multiple awards, to her tenure in the Lilith Fair and her influence on a generation of artists, Suzanne Vega is an icon among American singer-songwriters. So clear and distinctive is her voice that it was used to test the invention of the MP3!
We’re thrilled to have the brilliant Suzanne Vega on our Main Stage, joined by her longtime bassist, Mike Visceglia and former David Bowie guitarist/musical director, Gerry Leonard. SEE MORE SUZANNE VEGA HERE.
Bam! Ripe is bringing back the funk with earth-shaking rhythm, banging bass, killer horns, and one of the most charismatic front men you’re likely to see. Percolating out of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ripe takes the best of funk, psych, jam, and pop, and churns it into a groove that defies you not to move. Check out their EPs Produce The Juice and Hey Hello, featuring the delicious Goon Squad (here).
This band is touring festivals all across the country with their infectious stage show, and they're about to blow wide open. Be prepared to get your socks knocked off as Ripe headlines the Party Stage. Can’t wait? SEE MORE RIPE HERE.
Rock ‘n’ Roll comes in many forms, and the Queens-born band Hollis Brown rocks them all. The hard-driving Peak favorite, Run Right To You (here), the Bo Diddley Beat of Rain Dance, the sweetly harmonic Sweet Tooth, and the atmospheric 3 Shots, just to name a few, have gotten them gigs opening for Counting Crows, Citizen Cope, Jackie Greene, and countless others. And they recently recorded a tribute to the Velvet Underground’s classic album, Loaded.
Their music has been featured on TV and movies. They’ve been all over the U.S. and Europe. And we’re happy to have them on our Main Stage. SEE MORE HOLLIS BROWN HERE.
Chill Tent headliners The Pousette-Dart Band, led by Jon Pousette-Dart carved a place in the landscape of American music in the 1970’s, with four critically hailed albums, Pousette-Dart Band, Amnesia (title track here), Pousette-Dart Band 3, and Never Enough. With a sound comparable to the Eagles, America, and Orleans, they toured constantly along with such big names as Peter Frampton and Yes.
Jon Pousette-Dart has spent time in all aspects of music and television production, and his solo and band work continues to win acclaim to this day. Come see them live and SEE MORE POUSETTE-DART BAND HERE.
Caleb Flood has performed his original music everywhere from New York to Hollywood, Brighton England to the Hague. His videos have been seen millions of times, and his single, Doubts (here) is all over the Peak. Now this 19 year-old (yeah, 19!) from Hastings has joined forces with up-and-coming band of brothers, The Culture, blending their styles for a full-out rocking sound. Come early to see these guys on the Main Stage, and SEE MORE CALEB FLOOD + THE CULTURE HERE.
James Maddock has been making honest, soulful, American folk-rock songs since 1999, garnering the respect and sharing the stage with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile. This transplant from Leicester, England has produced 6 solo albums, including the award-winning Sunrise On Avenue C, fan favorite Wake Up And Dream, Another Life (title track here), and his latest venture, The Green.
His work has been featured on Dawson’s Creek, and lauded by everyone from Relix to NPR. We’re happy to welcome James Maddock on our Chill Tent Stage for a special duo acoustic performance. SEE MORE JAMES MADDOCK HERE.
Arc & Stones has a sound that could easily place them in Seattle or L.A., but its roots are right in New York’s Backyard, with connections to Danbury, Pelham, and Thornwood. This tight power trio evokes great bands from the hard rock and grunge scenes, with emotional vocals, tasty riffs, and body-swaying beats.
Arc & Stones has been honing their skills, exploring their sound, touring constantly supporting 3 EPs, with songs like Wait For You (here) and opening for a full year for the legendary rock band, Kansas. We’re happy to have them on our Party Stage. SEE MORE ARC & STONES HERE.
It's not every day Simon Cowell calls an artist "a great singer with massive potential." X-Factor finalist Khaya, a singer-songwriter-guitarist from NYC has gotten a lot of accolades. "Best Teen Songwriter" at 17 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Singing at Yankee Stadium. Comparisons to Adele and Amy Winehouse. And gigs all over the city, including Rockwood Music Hall and Bowery Electric.
We're overjoyed and grateful to Khaya for stepping in for Hailey Knox who had a scheduling conflict. Listen to her wonderful Think About It (here). Welcome her to the Chill Tent Stage. And SEE MORE KHAYA HERE.
Who’s that good-time band rocking out on the Party Stage? That’s The Alpaca Gnomes, a vibrant, stomp-and-groove, 7 piece original rock-folk jam band out of Bridgeport, CT. Known for spreading the joy wherever they go, The Alpaca Gnomes’ eclectic style has allowed them to appear on a multitude of bills from local clubs and festivals to giant parties, from here to Pasadena.
The Alpaca Gnomes have built a loyal following of passionate fans, nicknamed “Gnomies," who rock the band’s signature Gnome-style hats at shows. Check out their song Welcome Home here, and SEE MORE ALPACA GNOMES HERE.
The Hudson Valley's Shovel Ready String Band performs heartfelt original songs, country blues, bluegrass, traditional ballads, and up-tempo instrumental tunes like Golden Slippers (here). With tight harmonies and polished arrangements, SRSB has appeared all over the area, including the Towne Crier, the Common Ground, the Jacob Burns Film Center and Stone Barns. Please welcome them to the Chill Tent Stage, and SEE MORE SHOVEL READY HERE.
Sir Cadian Rhythm is a fun, tight 5-piece rock-pop band out of Long Island, consisting of award winning musicians, professional theater performers, and world traveling artists, all hailing from different backgrounds, and together they make a sound that makes you move. Since 2015, SCR has been featured in over 45+ blogs and publications including The Huffington Post. Their latest single, Not Quite Done Yet (here) has racked up over 200,000 streams on Spotify.
Pleasantville’s own Ghost Millionaires play the gamut from heavy minor-key rock to exuberant pop. With influences as diverse as the Velvet Underground (their name comes from a Lou Reed lyric!) and Irish music (Dublin-born singer Mani jokes that bandmate Mishti knows more Irish music than he does), Ghost Millionaires weave it all together to create a sound they call “Post-Pop Rock.”
Check out this “Tiny Desk”-esque video of the full band for Happiness Descends. Look for their new single, She Keeps Me Warm, this summer, and welcome Mani and Mishti to the Chill Tent Stage. And SEE MORE GHOST MILLIONAIRES HERE.
On one level, Albany-based 5-piece Stellar Young is a really tight, really well produced blend of atmospheric indie-rock and upbeat post-punk. Fun instrumentation, great vocals. Then you dive down into the lyrics, and it’s all about the human condition. The key moments in life that everyone understands, but often can’t explain. Their music, including We Own Nothing (here) from 2013's Everything At Once, is a great ride and worth checking out.
Stellar Young has been working hard, touring all over the US, and we’re happy to have them on our Party Stage. SEE MORE STELLAR YOUNG HERE.
How can guys so young rock so hard? Ponder that when you show up early to see Battle of the Bands winners RIIZA on the Main Stage. Uninhibited drumming, cabalistic bass, insurgent guitar, and a voice that screams with perfect pitch. Hailing from Northern Westchester, they cut their teeth on the classics. You know: Zeppelin. But they won the Battle with face-melting originals, mad skills, and tons of swagger. Not bad for a bunch of guys, half of whom are still in high school.
RIIZA has rocked 12 Grapes, the late great MTK Tavern, Lucy’s, and now the Main Stage. Come early and revel on. Thanks to Lagond Music School for sponsoring our Battle of the Bands.
It is so much fun to watch a band boogieing to their own brand. And Battle of the Bands winners For Lack Of A Term are that kind of fun. They're a raucous alt-punk-pop-rock 5-piece from Yonkers with influences ranging from the Chili Peppers to Blink 182 to Green Day. Since forming in 2014, they’ve played all over lower Westchester and NYC. Their hot second EP, Momentum in a Bottle, came out in December 2016, featuring their single, Happy Hour (here).
These guys are definitely infectious. Get here early and catch them at the Party Stage starting at noon. Thanks to Lagond Music School for sponsoring our Battle of the Bands.
Right when the sun is at its highest is a great time to head to the Chill Tent, where Battle of the Bands winner Mary Hood will open the day. Mary may be young, but her themes are timeless. Her clear voice, raw lyrics, and guitar style have earned her comparisons to Fiona Apple, Elliot Smith and Nick Drake. She may even pre-mind you of the great Suzanne Vega.
Mary has performed all the way from the Towne Crier to Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café to the Bitter End, where she played Fool’s Gold (here). And we’re overjoyed to have her open our Chill Tent Stage. Thanks to Lagond Music School for sponsoring our Battle of the Bands.