What is Bluegrass?

Bluegrass is typically played on acoustic stringed instruments and is a sub genre of country music with roots in traditional English, Irish and Scottish ballads, and in traditional blues and jazz.

Performance Schedule

Saturday, Sep 7, 2019

2-3     pm Rope Smokin’ Roy “The Hair Farmer & His Orphans of the Storm Band”
3-4     pm Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band
4-5     pm Rope Smokin’ Roy “The Hair Farmer & His Orphans of the Storm Band”
5-6     pm Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band
6-8     pm Appalachian Still
8-10   pm The Delaney Brothers
10-11 pm – Acoustic Jam session

Sunday, Sep 8, 2019

An encore performance with Dan Weber will be held at Canal Side Inn. There are only 75 tickets for this event, drinks and finger food will be available for purchase during the performance.

Tickets for the music – $5.00

A buffet will be served afterwards at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts by Canal Side Inn.

Tickets for the buffet – $25.00

On the buffet menu:

Corn Flake encrusted Southern Fried Chicken
Farm to table hickory smoked bbq pulled pork
Buttermilk cornbread
Corn on the cob
Red cabbage slaw
Mayoless red and green grape potato salad

For reservations visit EventBrite

Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band

The Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band focuses on the folkier side of bluegrass, with great attention to vocal harmonies and tasty musicality.

The band has been playing locally for close to four years, mainly weddings and benefit concerts most notably the Folk Fest For Food Concert which is held in Cherry Valley annually to benefit local food pantries.

The Delaney Brothers

For over 35 years, brothers Ray and John Delaney have entertained audiences around the northeast and beyond with their own brand of wonderful “brother duo” harmony that was hallmark of legendary acts such as Jim and Jesse McReynolds and the Louvin Brothers. With John’s smooth lead vocals and Ray’s high tenor harmonies, they cultivated a unique sound which built a loyal fanbase that has continued to grow throughout the years.

The brothers made a point in every show of paying homage to the bluegrass pioneers by performing at least a song or two from the “Father of Bluegrass,” Bill Monroe, as well as reflecting the strong spiritual tradition of the music’s roots with a few gospel selections.

While Ray is no longer with us, John and the band intend to continue the journey the brothers began all those years ago.

Visit their website at http://www.delaneybrothers.com/

Food & Drink

  • The Cafe at Stone Mill is going to be serving ice cream
  • Canal Side Inn will have a beer tent with Fat Tire & Southern Tier featured
    They will also be serving fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, and corn for $14
    Food ordered from the kitchen can be:
    Grilled chicken wrap w/avocado aioli, aged Wisconsin cheddar, roma tomatoes, tri-colored peppers, and mixed greens $10
    Vegetable Burger – $10
  • Leo’s Taco Tent will be set up on the west side of the park
  • Holy Smoques BBQ Fusion will have their food truck on West Mill St
  • Frozen Rollies will have their food truck on West Mill St
  • K Dogs BBQ will have their food truck on West Mill St
  • Louie’s Grapevine Gyros will have their food truck on West Mill St
  • DikinDurt Distillery will be just west of the stage area with a tasting booth. They are proud to be the first to bring local moonshine to the Mohawk Valley area. Their Mohawk Valley Moonshine is handcrafted with New York State grown grains and distilled in the hills of the Mohawk Valley with a custom 100-gallon copper still built from a real Kentucky moonshiner. All natural spirits are infused with fruits or rested on oak and finished with local honey or maple syrup for a sweet smooth smoky flavor. 

Additional Vendors/Booths

  • Cancer Services Program of the Central Region 2 – 6 pm
  • Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study 2 – 5 pm
  • Little Falls Elks Club – raffle tickets to sell a 4-wheeler


Workshops will be held inside of the Cafe at Stone Mill, just behind the stage area.

  • 2:10-2:40 pm Playing the Guitar – with Ed Pryztadek
  • 3:10-3:40 pm Songwriting with Mike Lonis
  • 4:10-4:40 pm Appalachian Still – the entire band!
  • 5:10-5:40 pm Playing the Mandolin with Daniel Stone

Orphans of the Storm Band

Rope Smokin Roy the Hair Farmer and his Orphans of the Storm Band is a group that plays a lot of Americana Music. Everything from Johnny Cash to Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, the Grateful Dead, as well as Country, Bluegrass, classic rock and blues.

We primarily love to play John Prine and pride ourselves on the fact that we can play for any crowd from children up to the elderly.

The band consists of Mike Lonis on a rhythm 12-string guitar and vocals, the Minnich brothers Phil and Steve on bass and lead respectively, who have played all over the United States, Gene Colorito on drums, Dan Stone on mandolin and guitar, Richard Morraco on harmonica and Mike Molinaro on guitar.

We always try to provide a beautiful show that people will enjoy.

Appalachian Still

Appalachian Still is an acoustic string band out of Northampton, Massachusetts playing high energy Americana that combines oldtime mountain music with bluegrass, rock, and folk. This New England group has managed to create a unique sound that is distinctly their own yet remains rooted in the heart of Appalachia. Drawing from a repertoire of traditional tunes, original material, and covers, this band combines traditional music of Appalachians with many “modern” influences like The Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Grateful Dead, Norman Blake, and The Avett Brothers.

Appalachian Still formed in the Spring of 2005; after busking on the streets of Northampton and honing their chops together in local coffee shops and bars, the band has picked up additional musicians along the way and graduated to the regional circuit, playing venues and festivals throughout the Greater New England area and beyond. They’ve had the chance to open for some legends like the Del McCoury Band, and their songs have been featured on radio stations from Vermont to Georgia. For these boys, it’s all about the music and they show no signs of slowing down.

Visit their website at https://appalachianstill.wordpress.com/

Dan Weber

Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The Classic Mid-Life Overnight Sensation” after bursting onto the scene to a standing ovation at the Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon. Since then he’s toured extensively across the country, along the way becoming a rare 3 time finalist in the legendary Kerrville ‘New Folk’ competition. In 2019, he won 1st Place in the Woody Guthrie songwriting contest for ‘Ever Since Columbine’, his deeply moving and timely song about gun violence.

A former National Park Service Ranger (as well as Eagle Scout, Altar boy and one-time ‘Deadhead’), Weber left his hometown of Rochester, NY in 1989 in a ‘beat-up ‘78 Pontiac Trans-Am with a guy named Joe’ he’d met in a bar the night before and never looked back. Living first in Seattle, then off the grid as a Ranger in a sheepherder’s trailer in Utah’s remote Canyonlands National Park, he eventually moved back to the Pacific Northwest. Along the way he picked up stories and hitchhikers and eventually, picked up a guitar and began writing songs. He now lives in Vancouver, WA.

Weber began performing later in life but quickly won over audiences with his upbeat performances and hilarious off-the-cuff stories from the many roads he’s traveled. His songs have been described as “Guthrie-esque” and “Reminiscent of early John Prine” as well as “A rare combination of wit, emotion and Harry Chapin-esque imagery.” None other than legendary Folk troubadour Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.”

Critics noticed too. The UK’s Maverick Magazine said: “4 Stars: The touch of a true Master Craftsman songwriter” while DJ’s praised “Hank and Jesus is easily the best folk song I heard last year” and The Victory Review wrote “Weber’s writing is as strong as any in the Contemporary Folk community. Goodbye to Dad is one of the best original tunes that I have heard in a long time.”

After the success of What I’m Lookin’ For, which included Oh Woody, (rising all the way to #2 on the Folk charts and winning the prestigious Winfield, Kansas ‘NewSong’ contest) and crowd sing-a-long favorite (I Deal with) Crazy ALL Day, Weber is currently starting work on his next release with more than 40 new songs to choose from. If his phenomenal growth in such a short period of time is any indication, it promises to be his best work yet.

Visit Dan’s website at https://danwebermusic.com/

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  • The Bluegrass, Bikes & BBQ Festival offers music for all ages, celebrating creative expression and nurturing the art of songwriting. The one-day festival will be held on September 7th, 2019 from 2 pm to 11 pm in the city’s historic Canal Place, an open-air family-friendly environment with continuous music, beer and bbq throughout the day.
  • Address:590 Garden St, Little Falls NY 13365
  • Phone:315-508-5310
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