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 17, 2022

12-2     pm – Cincinnati Creek
2-4       pm –  Andrea Asprelli (with Jason Borisoff)
4-6       pm –  The Brothers Blue
6-8       pm – Dirty Blanket

Cincinnati Creek

Where can you hear toe-tapping melodies, tight bluegrass harmonies, and original melodies all with some good fun thrown in? Why at a Cincinnati Creek performance of course!

Cincinnati Creek has been performing in Central NY since 2008. This group is comprised of seasoned band members who have performed in various groups and entertained audiences for decades.

Lori Thompson is the songwriter of the group. Her songs are sometimes based on local historical happenings. Some of her music can be heard on the local TV program, Mohawk Valley Living. She also has 2 CDs of original material available at shows. Lori sings lead and harmony vocals, and she plays the mandolin and guitar. In 1982, Lori started playing in her father’s bluegrass band, The Sutton’s. Ten years later, she moved to Oneida County and joined the bluegrass band Stump Hollow. Later, she formed Cincinnati Creek with fellow performers Chris Pepe and Gary Dygert.

Chris Pepe plays the banjo and sings bass in the band. In addition, he is also the sound engineer. Chris was drawn to the banjo after attending the Fox Family Bluegrass Festival.

Cathy Martin is the third founding member of the “Creek.” She sings lead and adds the high harmony. Cathy also keeps the beat with her bass fiddle. Cathy had prior experience singing in the Remsen Community choir and playing the piano.

The newest member of the band joined in 2021. But Joe Rowlands has been performing in Central NY for some time. He is also in Rattlin’ Bog, a group that specializes in Irish music. You can find him performing with the barbershop group Nothing Fancy. Joe plays harmonica and guitar for Cincinnati Creek. He also adds his lead and harmony vocals to the group.

Cincinnati Creek also performs yearly as part of The Steuben Players at their annual dinner theatre for the Remsen Steuben Historical Society.

All in all, Cincinnati Creek offers a unique musical concert that is entertaining and fun.

You can find out more at https://www.facebook.com/cincinnaticreek

Craft Brewers/Distilleries

  • Rock Valley Brewing Company – is a family and pet-friendly craft farm brewery just one
    block from the festival at 56 W Mill St. They offer a variety of house-brewed IRONROCK beer, local spirits, hard ciders, and soft drinks. They will have a booth in the park, just west of the stage, to give you more detail.
  • 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.
  • The Erie Canal Distillers of Fort Plain will be bringing their ‘To Hell and Back’ award winning six times distilled, sour mashed, unaged, 100% corn whisky, grown and distilled in the Historic Mohawk Valley of Upstate New York. Being the first legal distiller in Montgomery county since prohibition, Erie Canal Distillers are proud to use all American-made bottles, corks, labels, and wax. Located along the original canal in Fort Plain, New York, they are happy to bring you a dynamic flavor that will keep you coming back.

Food Vendors

  • The Cafe at Stone Mill – behind the stage inside the Stone Mill – hamburgers and hotdogs.
  • Canal Side Inn – across from the park – Southern fried cornflake crusted chicken with roasted garlic whipped potatoes locally sourced corn on the cob and Sleepy bear honey cornbread. $20
  • Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fired Pizza – behind the stage inside the Stone Mill
  • Promise Land BBQ – will have their food truck on West Mill St.
  • Little Falls Elks Lodge No. 42 – will have their grill set up on West Mill St.
  • Louie’s Grapevine Gyros – will have his food truck set up on West Mill St.
  • 508 Salvage BBQ – will have their food truck set up on West Mill St.


Workshops will be held inside of the Cafe at Stone Mill.

  •  None scheduled for this year!

Andrea Asprelli

Andrea Asprelli is based out of Brooklyn, NY, and writes, sings, and plays fiddle and banjo. Formerly of Cricket Tell the Weather, she has released two albums of original music, as well as the Master’s Radio Volume 1, a compilation of live recordings from the Master’s Radio concert series. She plays freelance with the Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective, Karen and the Sorrows, and others. She performs duos under her name with guitarist and collaborator Jason Borisoff.

Masters Radio Volume 1 is a compilation of duo performances with Andrea and her favorite Brooklyn musicians. Every month, they picked a new artist to focus on. After each show, they went to Conveyor Studios, and Jason Borisoff recorded the tracks as live as possible. All in all, about 80 tracks were recorded, and were slimmed down to a best-of list.


Wyndham Baird on Woody Guthrie
Hilary Hawke on the Carter Family
Ross Martin on Doc Watson
Dave Goldenberg and Dave Speranza on Foghorn Stringband
Jason Borisoff on Townes Van Zandt
Justin Camerer on Tony Rice
Rick Snell on Peter Rowan


Dirty Blanket

The seeds of Dirty Blanket were planted in 2013 at the meeting of guitarist Max Flansburg and singer/songwriter Kevin O’Leary.

Combining an array of influences with a passion for creating original music, the two began playing as an acoustic duo, utilizing what free time their other musical projects allowed them to share their latest material with audiences across Upstate NY.

By the summer of 2016, their vision for the project had come into focus. Their writing took a sharp turn toward the fast-paced styles of America’s bluegrass greats. Regional musicians Richie Colf, Joel Fedkiw, and Aaron Oldweiler were added to the roster on the mandolin, banjo, and upright bass, rounding out the band lineup as a 5-piece string quintet.

Dirty Blanket has been touring the American Northeast, making names for themselves on the festival circuits and in cities like New York, DC, Baltimore, Burlington, and beyond.

To date, they’ve played events with some of the highest-profile names in bluegrass: The Del McCoury Band, The Infamous String Dusters, Jeff Austin Band, Kitchen Dwellers, and more.

The Brothers Blue

Rooted in the fertile tradition of Old-Time fiddle music, The Brothers Blue grow a sound all their own – offering a hybrid that unites fresh, original songwriting with elements from Country, Bluegrass, Cajun, and Irish music. They weave three-part harmonies through a rich tapestry of fiddle, banjo, and guitar. The band of multi-instrumentalists entertained audiences at both the Grey Fox (2017) and Turtle Hill (2015) festivals where they were featured as Emerging Artists. Their tight huddle around a single microphone and groove-oriented arrangements prompted one fan to describe them as a “one-mind band” and another as “a dancer’s dream.” Whether around a campfire or in a concert hall, the band is excited for any opportunity to share honest, heartfelt musical experiences with their ever-growing family of friends: The Brethren Blue.

In 2016, the trio released their debut album, Ghost Town. It was hailed as “a well-honed, fine-tuned record that expertly cuts a piece out of the bluegrass lexicon” by Rochester CITY Newspaper. They followed up with a collection of their favorite traditional tunes and old songs, Big Eyed Rabbit, in 2017. The Buffalo Public wrote that “their approach to the songs … will likely inspire listeners to dig deeper into the folk roots of the music.”

As teenagers, Benny Haravitch and Matthew Sperber began learning songs together on an acoustic guitar they brought on bicycle trips throughout the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier. Growing up together in Honeoye, NY, the boys came to appreciate playing music early on. Benny’s next-door neighbor fronted the Rochester-based jug band, The Wilderness Family, and his mother played the spoons for a local contradance band. Now, as an award-winning banjo player, Benny makes his living teaching, recording, and playing music, and also as a geologist. Matthew made his way to Buffalo, NY where he immersed himself in studying a wide variety of musical styles, earning a Master’s degree in classical guitar performance in 2010. He developed a career in music and today he teaches over 40 students a week on the guitar and bass and keeps a busy performance schedule as a classical guitarist. His involvement with the traditional Irish band, Crikwater, introduced him to a talented young fiddler, Charlie Coughlin in 2013. Charlie grew up in the cultural neighborhood of South Buffalo and began studying Irish fiddle at eleven years old. Today he makes his living by playing the fiddle and woodworking.

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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 17th, 2022 from 12 pm to 8 pm at Canal Place in the Heart of the City.
  • Address:590 Garden St, Little Falls NY 13365
  • Phone:315-508-5310
  • Mobile:315-867-9039
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