Sunday, August 19, 2012

Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival

Dawn and I enjoyed ourselves at the Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival in North Creek on Saturday, Aug. 18. Unfortunately, we weren't able to stay the entire day, only about five hours, but in that short time we saw some toe-tapping good bands.

My favorite of the afternoon was the Atkinson Family, of Harrisville, N.Y. They were joined by Rachel Burge, of the West Virginia-based band called No One You Know. We were too late to see the morning set by No One You Know, but we were glad to have Rachel play mandolin with the Atkinson family. Apparently, they had just met, but you couldn't tell; Rachel played that mandolin like she had been playing with the Atkinsons for years. What a great show!

We also enjoyed seeing Smokey Greene on his so-called "Farewell Tour." He's a great storyteller. He invited a 3-year-old onto the stage during one of his songs. You've never seen so many bluegrass fans get up off their lawns chairs and rush the stage to take photos! That was a treat.

The bands this year were: Rivergrass, Atkinson Family, No One You Know, Remington Ryde, Vern Young, Smokey Greene, Dave Nichols & Spare Change, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Goldwing Express, James King, Cedar Ridge and HoneyGrass.

Anyway, the festival continues today, so go check it out. You'll love what the Gore Mountain region of the Adirondack Park has to offer.

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