2011 Pleasantville Music Festival: July 9 Pleasantville New York

Main Stage

Francine Tesler - appearing at 12.00pm

The psychic for people who don't usually go to psyhics will hold an open forum at 12 noon on the Main Stage and 4:10pm on the Village Stage. Francine seems like a very normal woman, but she's a very old soul who has been accurately predicting future events since she was a small child. As her abilities and passion for the craft grew, so did her following. In 1994, due to a huge demand for her services, she decided to pursue a full time career in the psychic arena. www.francinetesler.com

Leroy Justice - performing at 1.00pm

The guitar-driven grooves and powerhouse rhythm section of Leroy Justice recall the majestic Led Zeppelin but it is in their dynamic live performance that this band truly comes to life. "We let the music go where it takes us", says lead singer and songwriter Jason Gallagher. Gallagher's soulful songs speak to both the mind and heart, and he delivers with brutal honesty. The band takes his cue and performs with camaraderie and expressiveness. www.leroyjustice.com

Jessica Lynn - performing at 2.00pm

Country Music's fast rising new star Jessica Lynn (from Yorktown Heights) is on the way to becoming a household name. Jessica has filmed and recorded her first full length television special and live album, "This Much Fun – Live from the Winery at St. George" which is now airing on PBS, She sang in opening ceremonies twice in Madison Square Garden and has a publishing deal that will have her in Nashville writing with today's top songsmiths. She performed at NAMM 2014 and is performing at some of country music's largest festivals. www.jessicalynnmusic.com

Grizfolk - performing at 3.00pm

The story behind the band Grizfolk unfolds like a richly episodic Beat novel: it's a collection of character-driven vignettes that give way to one another with ease, with songs like chapters in a traveler's cherished diary, suspended in time and space above an aural landscape of blue-collar romanticism and electro-inflected folk-rock.
It's a story of five musicians who meet in Los Angeles as strangers who came together to create a sound that is a built upon a bedrock of lush electronic tones and analog textures, stomp-and-clap guitars and heart-swelling vocals. Grizfolk is here today after a successful tour with Bastille.

Scars on 45 - peforming at 4.00pm

Scars on 45 new single, "Crazy for You" will be released for download next Tuesday, July 15th. This fall they will release their new album, "Safety in Numbers" Danny Bemrose said, in a recent interview, that the group is returning to Pleasantville "Because it's one of the first festivals we ever did in the U.S., and it was a great day. In England a gig like this wouldn't be family-oriented. It would mostly be young people out having a lot of drinks. But this is different. Everybody comes out and it's a really enjoyable time." Thank you Scars on 45 for helping us celebrate our 10th.

Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers - performing at 5.15pm

Amy Helm's deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe.

Helm's resume is highlighted by years of singing and playing alongside her father, with whom she conceived, launched and perfected the Midnight Rambles, intimate performances held since 2004 at his home and studio in Woodstock, N.Y. She co-produced his 2007 CD "Dirt Farmer", which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, and she is prominently featured on the Levon Helm Band's "Electric Dirt" and "Ramble at the Ryman" Grammy-winning albums. She is set to release her first solo album in this year.

Augustana - performing at 6.35pm

Augustana, has emerged through personnel and sytlyistic changes as a creative force, again, with their new album, Life Imitating Life. According to Rick Florino of ARTISTdirect. "The music itself conjures vivid and vibrant pictures of living and love that are definitely big screen-worthy. You'll be adapting your own visuals to Life Imitating Life. It's simultaneously the group's catchiest and most cohesive offering to date, making it a piece worth listening to (or watching) again and again.

Ian Hunter & The Rant Band- performing at 7.40pm

As leader of '70's British rock legends Mott The Hoople and a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock 'n' roll's most compelling performers. As author of such immortal anthems as, "All The Way From Memphis", "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" and "Cleveland Rocks" and the voice of such landmark albums as, "All The Young Dudes", "Mott", "Ian Hunter" and "You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic", he remains a hero to fellow musicians and fans around the world.

Whilst his achievements during his first decade as a recording artist would have been more than enough to ensure his iconic status, Hunter has never been one to coast on past glories. Indeed, in the past dozen years, he's made a series of riveting albums that stand with his best and most resonant work, while making a decisive return to touring, delivering incendiary live performances that show his fire to be burning as brightly as ever.

Village Stage

Stone Cold Fox - performing at 12.30pm

Comprised of members from California to Maine, the band's inception was a fairy tale that only Brooklyn could write. With influences of all genres and decades ranging from American Roots to Electro-Indie Pop, the band strives to create a cohesive blend of the new and old.

Blues Mothers - performing at 1.30pm

The Blues Mothers combined experiences include sharing stages and recording credits with legends like Claude Bolling, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and Pete Seeger. These five women and drummer dad collaborate to produce an exciting sound that delights and surprises their audiences at the festivals, coffeehouses and cafes where they regularly perform. The band features the talents of Jenny Murphy, Hope Berkeley, Pam Sklar, Irene Maher, and Joan Indig.

The Compact - performing at 2.30pm

At The Compact's core is the song-writing team of bassist Steven W. Ross and guitarist Erin Hobson whose unique harmonies and vocal stylings are integral to the group's signature sound. Driving the rhythm section is veteran drummer T. Xiques.

Ben Fuller - performing at 3.30pm

Ben Fuller's Little Siberia is a homage to the soul of 70's Americana Rock. Little Siberia was inspired while hunkered down in an isolated wilderness of Lake Tahoe's snow-laden West shore. Snow-bound with his pregnant wife and daughter in a secluded cabin during one of the wettest winters on record, Fuller crafted a mosaic of stories sung from a place of introspection and re-birth. Fuller's voice is the backbone of the album. The Dallas Morning news writes: "Fuller has an uncluttered, organic sound… he manages to keep an acoustic purity to his music even while backed by a full band." Little Siberia is a mature artistic step forward while showcasing Fuller's powerful singing and songwriting ability.

Francine Tesler - appearing at 4.10pm

The psychic for people who don't usually go to psyhics will hold an open forum at 12 noon on the Main Stage and 4:10pm on the Village Stage. Francine seems like a very normal woman, but she's a very old soul who has been accurately predicting future events since she was a small child. As her abilities and passion for the craft grew, so did her following. In 1994, due to a huge demand for her services, she decided to pursue a full time career in the psychic arena. www.francinetesler.com

Spuyten Duyvil - performing at 4.45pm

Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil show for the first time is like "throwing a cherry bomb into a lake" (Rich Warren, WFMT). It wakes you up. Their brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Lead by song-writing couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this seven piece powerhouse brings barn burning energy to venues throughout the Northeast.

American Pinup - peforming at 6.05pm

American Pinup emerged from the suburban sprawl and unsung underground music scene of Westchester County, New York and brought along an original brand of fierce, exuberant performance that is just as wild as it is charming. The indie/punk four-piece was pegged by AMP magazine as the "voice of the new decade" and combines elements of rockabilly, surf rock, punk, pop, folk, and ska to create a fresh alternative sound. American Pinup has carved out their own niche in the world of independent music.