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

Friday, Sep 17, 2021

An opening performance will be held at the Iron Rock Brewing Company, just west of the park starting at 7 pm.

Performer: (To be Announced)

Saturday, Sep 18, 2021

12-2   pm – Dan Weber
2-4     pm – Appalachian Still 
4-6     pm – Dirty Blanket 
6-8     pm – Slocan Ramblers
8-9     pm  – Acoustic Jam session at the Iron Rock Brewing Company 

The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers (2019 Juno Award Nominees) are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.

On their much-anticipated new album Queen City Jubilee (2019 Juno Award Nominee for Traditional Roots Album of the Year), The Slocans showcase their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals. With their trademark raucous energy, this new album presents The Slocan Ramblers at the top of their game – writing and playing tunes to keep you up all night. This is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something – say hello to your new favorite band.

To find out more about the band visit https://slocanramblers.com/

Dirty Blanket

The seeds of Dirty Blanket were planted in 2013 at the meeting of lead guitarist Max “Dirty” Flansburg and lead singer/songwriter Kevin “Blanket” O’Leary. Combining an array of unique musical influences with a shared passion for creating new original music, the two began playing as an acoustic duo. Utilizing what free time their other musical projects allowed to book gigs across Upstate NY, they eventually found themselves opening for acts as large as Jeff Austin of the Yonder Mountain String Band and beyond. The summer of 2016 saw the duo’s sound take a shift toward a more heavily bluegrass-influenced style, with Max and Kevin crafting new originals and taking to the stage to cover the music of such Americana legends as Hot Rize, Newgrass Revival, the Del McCoury Band, and the like.

In the months that followed, the two were joined by longtime friends Richie Colf on the mandolin, and Joel Fedkiw on the five string banjo. By December of 2016, local Finger Lakes musician Aaron Oldweiler had joined the ranks on upright bass, rounding out the band as a 5-piece, fast-picking bluegrass quintet. The group continues to garner the attention of folk music lovers and festival goers from the Finger Lakes Region and across Upstate NY.

Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dirtyblanketbluegrass/

Craft Brewers/Distilleries

  •  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. Herkimer, New York 
     
  • Laurentide Beer Company – Penn Yan, New York

Food Vendors

  •  K Dogs BBQ will have their food truck on West Mill St
  • The Cafe at Stone Mill is going to be serving ice cream, sandwiches and everything else from inside their store location.
  • Leo’s Taco Tent will be set up on the west side of the park
  • Frozen Rollies will have their food truck on West Mill St
  • Louie’s Grapevine Gyros will have their food truck on West Mill St
  • Magia Macrina’s Wood Fired Pizza in Canal Place
  • Promise Land Farm BBQ  – They BBQ their own meats and purchase all natural chicken. Their goal is to provide a cost effective healthy alternative in their local community. They will be located on West Mill St

Workshops

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

  •  Dan Weber – Songwriting and Storytelling – Time to be decided
  •  Appalachian Still – Time to be decided

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, Brews & 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 18th, 2021 from 12 pm to 9 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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