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Honey Slider playing music festival in Lake George

Honey Slider playing music festival in Lake George

Gallagher, Lewis met while students at UAlbany
Honey Slider playing music festival in Lake George
Alec Lewis and Caity Gallagher of Honey Slider.
Photographer: kiki vassilakis

The line-up for A Day at the Lake Music Fest is loaded with 518 talent. 

Starting with aCoustik and ending with Hasty Page, the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday at Shepard Park in Lake George. 

It’s the second year of the festival, which is presented by Hasty Page. Josh Morris, of both Hasty Page and Dark Honey, started it as a way to gather together with other local bands and fans.  

"We wanted to make it a diverse line-up,” Morris said. 

They’ve certainly done that this year, with artists ranging from rock to electric to acoustic to folksy, scheduled to perform. 

Honey Slider, one of the first bands on the line-up starts out the day on a cross between folk and something akin to pop-rock. 

Caity Gallagher and Alec Lewis, the founding members, have been performing and writing songs since 2012 when they met at the University at Albany during a student production of the musical “Rent.”

“We were both studying psych and then convinced each other to change our minors in music to majors in music. We ended up doing both,” Gallagher said. 

Both of their childhood experiences were rooted in music. 
“My dad was a huge music fanatic. He had a collection of what might have been 10,000 CDs. Music was everywhere, all the time. I remember many car rides where CDs sparked rock history lessons and sermons,” Lewis said in an email interview with the Gazette. 

He played piano, drums, saxophone and guitar, growing up, eventually sticking with the guitar.

Gallagher started playing piano at a young age, and later played saxophone, bass and sang in the choir.  

After graduation, even while Lewis and Gallagher were working full time in mental health counseling, they continued to write songs together and perform, eventually coming up with the band name Honey Slider, inspired by a Houndmouth song.

They put out their first album, “Unearned Happiness” in 2016 and their EP, “Why Not Tonight?” last year. Some of the songs they wrote together, others they wrote on their own. 
While they share many musical influences, their songwriting processes tend to differ. 

Gallagher is lyrically-driven; she prefers writing simpler melodies around poignant lyrics, while Lewis tends to be driven by more Broadway-style sounds and story-telling lyrics. 

“Lyrically, I find it difficult to be consistently deep, or metaphorical, or potent, so a lot of the time I default back to storytelling and a more narrative writing style. I think that's why I always gravitated towards musical theater; I love telling a story, and I love music,” Lewis said. 

“I think when we first started writing there was that disconnect there. You could listen to our first album and [hear] exactly who wrote what. We’ve been working on putting both of our ideas and influences in the same songs and making it more cohesive,” Gallagher said.

On both albums, they’ve written a few songs together, and those often end up being their favorite, said Gallagher. 

Their influences range from Jackson Browne to Ben Folds to Andrew Lloyd Webber, which comes out especially on “Why Not Tonight?” 

The first track, “That’s Okay,” layers sweeping piano with rhythmic acoustic guitar, while “Hard to Breathe” features bluesy piano and lilting vocals.   

Most of their shows are played acoustically, but sometimes they’re able to bring in a full band, with Will Kidder on bass and Brandon Malowski on drums. 

They’ve had a busy performance schedule lately, playing regularly around the greater Capital Region, while working on their next album. It’s part of the reason why Gallagher cut back on her counseling job to pursue music full time. 

“As I’ve been getting to know the people in the music community around here, I’ve realized that there’s so much talent and so many people are working hard to be able to do it full time that it was inspiring me to try and do the same. I’m in my mid-20s. This is the time to do it if there ever was a time,” Gallagher said. 

Between performing, rehearsing, scheduling and songwriting, pursuing a professional career in music is certainly a full-time job. 

“I never thought that the managerial side of this would be interesting to me, but over the past few years, it’s a role that I’ve taken on. I love it and it’s fun to network, but I think that’s in part why when I quit my job. When you’re trying to work full time, playout and practice and learn new songs and then [handle] the business side of it, it can get really overwhelming,” Gallagher said. 

But recently she’s been able to focus more on the band, organizing the filming of their music video with Chromoscope Pictures for their newest single, along with a release show at The Linda on Nov. 17. Prior to that, they’ve got shows lined up at Nine Pin Cider in Albany on Aug. 16, the Savoy Taproom in Albany on Aug. 23 and the Parish Public House on the following day. 

At A Day at the Lake Music Fest, they’re planning on playing all originals, some from their first album, others from the second and some completely new songs. They’ll be performing from 11:50 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Here’s the full line-up for the day:

aCoustik - 11-11:40 a.m.
Honey Slider 11:50 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Sydney Schizzano - 12:45-1:30 p.m.
Safety Meeting - 1:40-2:25 p.m. 
The Age - 2:35-3:10 p.m.
Leary - 3:20-4:05 p.m. 
Zan & The Winter Folk - 4:15-5 p.m. 
The Q-Tip Bandits - 5:10-5:55 p.m.
Girl Blue - 6:10-7:10 p.m. 
Dark Honey - 7:20-8:20 p.m.
Hasty Page - 8:30-10 p.m.  

A Day at the Lake Music Fest
WHEN: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sat. 
WHERE: Shepard Park, Lake George 
NOTE: It’s a family-friendly music fest

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