Brett Dennen - performs at 7.40 pm
2013 looks to be a banner year for Brett Dennen. Recently signed to F Stop/Atlantic Records, Brett is currently recording his fifth studio album with Charlie Peacock (Civil Wars, Lone Below) in Nashville for an expected Fall 2013 release. Coming off a top ten hit in "Comeback Kid," Brett continues to cement himself as one of his generation's strongest songwriters. Perhaps his greatest strength as a songwriter and performer is his authentic and evolving connection to his fans. From the children listening to him as a camp counselor where he was first inspired to play, to sold-out shows across the country, Brett brings passionate followers wherever he goes.
Easy Star All-Stars - perform at 6.35 pm
Combining musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a superb rhythm section, the Easy Star All-Stars have established themselves as one of the top international reggae acts since their live debut in 2003. Thanks to their best-selling tribute album releases, Dub Side of the Moon (2003), Radiodread (2006), and Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009), the remix album Dubber Side of the Moon (2010), as well as original releases Until That Day EP (2008) and First Light (2011), the Easy Star All-Stars have built a growing, dedicated fan base throughout the world, bringing together fans of reggae, classic rock, dub and indie rock into one big family. The band stops in Pleasantville as part of their 10 year tradition of incredible live shows that have built them into one of the most popular touring reggae bands on the planet.
Red Wanting Blue - performs at 5.30 pm
Red Wanting Blue has gone about logging thousands of miles on the road throughout the nation's heartland, making fans the hard way – one at a time. With the aid of positive word of mouth and an unwavering perseverance, Red Wanting Blue has established a devoted following in and around the Midwest where the band regularly fills clubs reserved for bigger names. As Red Wanting Blue's touring schedule has grown to non-stop, and with an appearance on David Letterman following their first appearance at the Pleasantville Music Festival in 2012, to boot, the band is now seeing its following growing throughout the rest of the country as well. Red Wanting Blue's latest studio recording "From The Vanishing Point" is the band's coming-of-age album and is its first to be recorded for a label after several self-released records. The record debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, another testament to the band's loyal fans. "From The Vanishing Point," out now from Fanatic Records (EMI/Caroline), sheds some of Red Wanting Blue's small-town sensibilities as it evolves into the world-class rock n' roll outfit that audiences have believed in for years and marks an official move to the national stage for a band that will always remember where it's from.
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Delta Rae - performs at 4.30 pm
A full-throated Alt-Pop-Americana band with four lead singers delivering contemporary harmonies and an electrifying live experience. "Their music touches on all aspects of Americana: Gospel, Country, Blue Grass, and Blues. That said, the songs are strong pop and have wide appeal." —Seymour Stein, co-founder of Sire Records and VP at Warner Bros. Records
Jason Spooner Band - performs at 3.40 pm
Portland, Maine's own Jason Spooner Band (Jason Spooner - guitar & vocals, Reed Chambers - Drums & Percussion and Adam Frederick - Bass & vocals, Warren Mcpherson - Keyboards & vocals) is in the midst of one of the band's most exciting musical growth spurts to date.
Over the last few years this dynamic band has opened for acts as varied as B.B. King, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ray LaMontagne, Susan Tedeschi, Jackie Greene, G. Love, Guster, Blues Traveler, Peter Rowan and Sara Bareilles. Within the last two summers alone Jason and the band performed at Targhee Fest in Jackson Hole, WY - FloydFest in Floyd, Va - The Festival at Sandpoint - Sandpoint, ID - The Naukabout Festival on Cape Cod, the River City Roots Festival in Missoula, MT and The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO.
Kopecky Family Band - performs at 2.55 pm
"Family" is a word that encompasses a variety of definitions. With that in mind, let this introduction to Kopecky Family Band be taken with an open mind and with a grain of salt. This family is connected not by blood or by heritage, but by circumstance. No, this is a family bound by the miles on their odometer and by the songs they have crafted over the years. These six young musicians have created a family through their commitment to each other and to their craft. Crack open your dictionary, if you need to. the Kopecky Family Band – a non-traditional family, at that – is dynamic, and they wield an equally dynamic slew of instruments. Their thoughtful songwriting is supported by a diverse backdrop of sound. These six band mates – siblings, if you will – swap their musical tools without a second thought, creating an emotive, adventurous, and energetic environment onstage. In late 2007, founding members Kelsey Kopecky and Gabriel Simon became united with four friends who shared a mutual vision. With thousands of miles traveled, and surely thousands to come, the Kopecky Family Band is only just beginning their adventure – and they want to bring you along for the ride.
Mary C and the Stellars - perform at 2.05 pm
Born and raised in New York City, Mary C's star began to shine bright, with her scene stealing cameo in the John Hughes 80's cult classic, 'The Breakfast Club". It's no surprise; the daughter of Jazz recording artist Mercedes Hall and the sister of "Brat Pack" member Anthony Michael Hall, Mary's artistry was her birthright. Her first performance space as a kid was on the steps of her NYC schoolyard and ever since, she has been writing and performing original material. Growing up in a house surrounded by artists and music, Mary has found a distinctive way to weave a unique mixture of pop, blues and rock, highlighted by infectious melodies and driven by Mary's soulful voice.
Bobby Long - performs at 1.35 pm
Though England is his place of birth, the songs found on Bobby Long's album, Wishbone, are redolent with pieces of Americana. They were composed in New York City, a place he feels more at home than he ever did while living in his native country, and the album itself was brought to life in Los Angeles. "New York has shandy print on everything I do," explains Long, "but there's a Californian tint or energy on this album." Four years ago Long made the move to the states to live among the streets and visit the places he'd read about while composing his university thesis on the social impact of American folk music. A student of the craft on a musical and intellectual level, Long's reverence for American music runs deep, with influences ranging from country greats like Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb, to folk singers Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and modern day luminaries like Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith. Long has come a good way from his early days playing open-mic nights in London. He now finds himself stepping into the pantheon of that grand musical history he so admires, gigging at major festivals like Bonnaroo, and impacting popular culture with performances on late night TV shows and his "Twilight" tie-in Let Me Sign (co-written with Marcus Foster ) sung by the film's star, Robert Pattinson.
Mishti - performs at 1.00 pm
Born in Tokyo, Mishti overcame her fear of flying and Asians going on to live in Hong Kong and India and finally settling in the humble hamlet of Chappaqua where she worked at an independent bookstore throughout high school and college serving thousands of satisfied customers while managing to read a total of 3 books and refining the art of the run-on sentence. After studying Yiddish and Neuropharmacology (not in the same class), she mastered the ABCD's of melanoma detection during her day job helping cure cancer while spending nights gigging all throughout Westchester as a rock singer-songwriter/guitarist/drummer with a penchant for Chicago blues, Klezmer and Slash.
Terrible Friends - performs at 12.30 pm
Beginning in a basement in South Jersey, Vin Dammann and Dan Tumolo crafted the first batch of the bands tunes on the intermingling of their musical influences. The duo quickly became a four piece by spring 2012 adding the guitar work of Rich Ealer and the bass playing of Morgan Bartz. The music since has become an entirely different animal. Terrible Friends has been playing shows in the Philadelphia area over the past year developing a solid base of fans and now on the heels of their EP entitled 'Leaving RIP City', they'll show the crowds their style of rock music that is passionate, raw, and unrelenting.
This year we will be offering a wonderful group of family-friendly non-musical performers in the stage and adjoining area near the vendors.
Robin Lynch - Aerialist - performs at 1.00, 2.00, 3.45 and 4.45 pm
Aerialist Robin Lynch has performed at Big Sky Works in Brooklyn, the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show, the Paterson Art Walk 2012 and 2013, the Bard and Busk Festival in Roxbury, NY, Nimham Mountain Music Festival, with The Amazing Grace Youth Circus and at private parties and fundraisers.
Francine Tesler - Psychic - performs at 2.45 and 5.00 pm
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. So, in 1994, due to a huge demand for her services, she decided to pursue a full time career in the psychic arena. Since then, she has helped many clients.
Keith Leaf - Juggler - performs 12.00 to 2.45 pm
Keith's circus education and training includes participation in the Motionfest Performing Art Festivals in Baltimore, the Coney Island Side Show Workshop, juggling nights at S.F. Circus School, and the National Circus Project. He has taught workshops in juggling at the International Juggling Association Festival and has taught unique passing patterns at regional festivals. Keith also teaches circus arts. He was four clubs winner at the Lincoln Nebraska Festival; Diablo high toss winner at Millbrea Regional Fest; five ball winner at the Millbrae, Davis, Lincoln Festival; first place winner of the Karamazov look-a-like contest at the International Juggling Festival in Buffalo; and three quarter winner and runner up at many festivals, such as the Philly Fest where he placed in the category of one-footed juggling.