CAROGA LAKE — Caroga Arts Collective has announced the concert schedule for its 2021 Caroga Lake Music Festival, which will feature 26 outdoor performances between July 3 and August 22. Its 2021 concert season will not only commemmorate the music festival’s 10th anniversary, but the 100th birthday of the former Sherman’s Amusement Park, the festival’s new permanent home, with a special series as well.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate this landmark season by featuring over 100 incredible artists this summer, said Caroga Arts Collective Artistic and Executive Director Kyle Price. “There will be exciting new layers added to the concert experience at Sherman’s including a partnership with Stump City Brewery and other local vendors.” Price added, “In the spirit of the Sherman’s Centennial, we plan to offer Carousel rides for kids and concert goers to enjoy before the show.”
The 2021 Caroga Lake Music Festival will offer a diverse mix of musical programming, providing attendees with the opportunity to explore genres including classical, rock, jazz, bluegrass, ragtime and world music. Performances include an evening of Tango music from Argentina, ragtime piano music, jazz vocals, Indian tabla with cello, and a concert series featuring bluegrass-roots artists, including Sierra Hull, Hawktail, Eddie Barbash, North and South Dakotas and the Saunders Family Band.
This year’s festival will also showcase acclaimed local talent, including Jocelyn and Chris, Girl Blue and Wild Adriatic, all of whom will make their Caroga Lake Music Festival debuts. Grammy-award winning bassist Geoff Saunders from Canada Lake and singer-songwriter Bill Ackerbauer, along with his 8-year-old son, will also perform this season.
Over the course of four weeks from late July into mid-August, 75 musicians from across the country will come together as Caroga Lake Music Festival Resident Artists. Consisting of professional orchestra musicians, chamber artists and soloists, the resident artists will perform diverse programs on Fridays at Sherman’s for the collective’s Lakeside Classics 10th Anniversary Series. These musicians will also be performing at other upstate venues, including the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival and SVAN in Northville.
Caroga Arts Collective will be following both Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York state guidelines to develop health protocols for artists, patrons, staff and volunteers. Concerts presented by Caroga Arts at Sherman’s will have reduced capacity and seating will be in physically distanced pods of two, four and six people, which will be assigned upon entry into the park.
Concertgoers can reserve tickets for free and paid performances for Sherman’s concerts beginning June 17 at www.carogaarts.org.
The Caroga concert schedule
July 3: Red, White, BLUE and BLUEGRASS featuring Girl Blue and North & South Dakotas. Free; ticket reservations required
July 28: Bluegrass supergroup Hawktail
July 30: “Roaring Back:” Caroga Lake Music Festival Resident Artists will perform George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings” and Mendelssohn’s “Concerto for Violin and Strings. Featured performers include Seattle Symphony violinist Andy Liang with an appearance by saxophonist Eddie Barbash
July 31: Bluegrass virtuoso Sierra Hull with saxophonist Eddie Barbash and bassist Geoff Saunders; Saunders Family Band opens
Aug. 4: Saxophonist Eddie Barbash
Aug. 6: “Stars and Strums:” Jazz pianist David Cook will perform Jessie Montgomery’s “Starburst” and “Strum” with the Caroga Arts Ensemble.
Aug. 7: Fort Plain’s Blues-rock powerhouse sibling duo Jocelyn and Chris
Aug. 7: Bill and Finnegan Ackerbauer. Free.
Aug. 11: Tango Rendezvous: Celebrating Astor Piazzolla’s 100th Birthday featuring Argentinian violinist Alejandro Drago with Caroga Lake Music Festival Resident Artists
Aug. 13: “Classic Case of Double Trouble:” Pianist Glenn Zaleski and violinist Tomoko Omura will perform this composite, multi-genre arrangement of famous classical double concertos by Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi.
Aug. 13: Cara Samantha from American Idol. Free.
Aug. 14: Ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan
Aug. 18: Classically-trained jazz vocalist Laurin Talese
Aug. 20: “Darth Vader meets Debussy:” A medley of John Williams’ Star Wars selections and Debussy’s well known Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.
Aug. 21: Wild Adriatic
Aug. 22: World Music on the Barge at Canada Lake featuring an evening of Indian tabla and cello by Sandeep Das and Mike Block from the Grammy-Award winning Silk Road Ensemble
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