- Val-Inc performs at Stone Mountain Sound on June 23.
Your Summer Soundtrack: 2018 Upstate Music Festivals
Bethel Woods (Through December)
Since Bethel Woods is set on the site of the original 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, it’s no accident that much of its programming is aimed squarely at the classic-rock demographic. June jumps off with Roger Daltrey performing the Who’s Tommy with members of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (June 8). Also appearing: Lucinda Williams/Steve Earle/Dwight Yoakam (June 15); Poison/Cheap Trick/Pop Evil (June 22); Steve Miller Band/Peter Frampton (June 29); Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers (July 14); Lynyrd Skynyrd (July 21); Dierks Bentley (August 3); Beach Boys/Righteous Brothers (August 5); Trombone Shorty (August 11); Deep Purple/Judas Priest (September 2); and more.
Mountain Jam | June 14-17
Aston Magna (June 14-July 21)
Now in its 46th year, Aston Magna
- Todd Williams performs at Aston Magna July 12, 13 & 14.
Tanglewood (June 15-September 2)
Tanglewood, in Lenox, Massachusetts, has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937. And while classical still fills the bill, it’s pop and NPR fare that’s kept Tanglewood in the black. Roger Daltrey plays Tommy with the Boston Pops (June 15); David Crosby (June 16); Stephen Stills and Judy Collins (June 17); Allison Krauss (June 19); “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” (June 21); Andy Grammer (June 22); Harry Connick Jr. (June 23); Bela Fleck (June 29); “Live from Here” with Chris Thile and Lake Street Dive (June 30); Ry Cooder and Emmylou Harris (July 1); festival fave James Taylor (July 3-4); and more.
Caramoor Summer Music Festival (June 16-July 29)
- The Spanish Courtyard at Caramor will host musicians all summer long.
Stone Mountain:Sound:Motion (June 23)
Brand new to our Hudson Valley summer music festival landscape is Rosendale’s Stone Mountain:Sound:Motion, an all-day event that centers on live improvisation. And if the inaugural schedule is anything to go by, it looks like a promising addition, indeed: the Jessica Jones Quartet (featuring Kenny Wolleson, Stomu Takeishi, and Tony Jones), the Tani Tabbal Trio, Fula flute masters Bailo Bah and Sylvain Leroux, Val-Inc., Cumulus featuring Pete Coates (koto) and Eric Archer (bansuri flute), 5th Wall Studio dance group, Timothy Hill, Mitochondrial featuring Chris Lané and Joakim Lartey, Visionary Youth Orchestra, and the Biophony Project.
Bang on a Can Summer Festival (July 12-28)
- Bang on a Can perform within Nick Cave’s installation Until at MASS MoCA in 2017.
Green River Festival (July 13-14)
Year by year, Greenfield, Massachusetts’s Green River Festival broadens its original folk-roots MO to take in acts that are, some might say, musically farther afield. This time around, the 32-years-and-running jamboree presents Michael Franti & Spearhead, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dr. Dog, Josh Ritter, I’m with Her, Deer Tick, Robert Earl Keen, Femi Kuti, Chuck Prophet, Lucy Dacus, Birds of Chicago, Amy Helm, the Ballroom Thieves, the James Hunter Six, Marco Benevento, the Mammals, Molly Tuttle, Magna Carda, Bella’s Bartok, Yes Darling, the Revelers, Twisted Pine, Big Mean Sound Machine, and others. On-site camping available.
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (July 19-22)
The mother of all upstate bluegrass festivals, Grey Fox began in 1984 and has been blossoming in its second home, the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, since 2008—it’s even the subject of a documentary, 2003’s Bluegrass Journey, and was one of 10 musical events around the world featured in BBC World’s television series “Destination Music.” Alongside yearly host band Dry Branch Fire Squad, the 2018 lineup stars Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Hot Rize (40th anniversary celebration), Jerry Douglas, the Wood Brothers, Della Mae, Peter Rowan, Daily and Vincent, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, Sierra Hull, and many more. On-site camping is available.
Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice (August 2-5)
Showcasing the power and artful beauty of the human voice, this four-day event in the tiny-but-hip outpost of Phoenicia is one of the most anticipated music festivals in the region. PIFV grew out of “Opera Under the Stars,” a 2009 benefit concert and opera is still its constant thread, but this genre-spanning weekend has spanned to include jazz, musical theater, world music, and other styles. This year has “Sirens of Gospel” (August 30); Rossini’s “La Cambiale di Matrimonio” (August 4); Bizet’s “Carmen” (August 4); and the festival finale, “Beauties of Broadway” (August 5).
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (August 3-5)
A Hudson Valley classic, Falcon Ridge lands at Dodds Farm in Hillsdale every August, bringing authentic folk dancing and some of the brightest and most beloved names in roots-related music. Across its four stages, organizers this year present the Adam Ezra Group, Dar Williams, Annie Wentz, Buddy System, Bunkhouse Boys, Clayfoot Strutters, Dan Navarro, the End of America, Gaslight Tinkers, Great Bear, Greg Greenway, Heather Aubrey Lord, Jason Spooner Band, John Gorka, the Kennedys, Kim and Reggie Harris, Magpie, Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Sloan Wainwright, Tom Paxton and the Don Juans, and more. Food and camping are available.