Kicking off the 15 year anniversary festival season, the Sterling Stage Kampitheater in Sterling, NY brings you its 6th annual FOLKFEST, taking place Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, 2010. This yearâ€™s festival offers four days of continual groove, evergreen-laden, festival-style camping, and nothing but warm, friendly, Folkfestian vibes.
With over thirty bands sharing three stages, FOLKFEST offers a little something for everyone with its eclectic blend of cutting edge folk, roots, jam, and ameribeat muisic. New additions to the FOLKFEST family this year are: Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Nate Willson Group, Buffalo Killers, Jamie McLean Band, Leroy Justice, and Lucid. Old favorites like Natural Breakdown, The Buddhahood, The Family Dawgz, Sophistafunk, and Tim Herron Corporation will return to the stage, sprouting a sense of nostalgia for those who see the Kampitheater as their summer vacation home.
â€œIt’s been close to 12 years since I’ve been playing at Sterling and it’s probably safe to say that I’ve played more shows then anyone that’s had the pleasure to perform amongst the trees of Sterling,â€ said Tim Herron, performing both Thursday and Saturday night. â€œI never considered what I did up there as work, it’s always been me playing for my friends and community. I am looking forward to making more friends up there and having the pleasure to sing songs for them.â€
Nestled amongst evergreens and hardwoods, just minutes from Lake Ontario, the Sterling Stage Kampitheater is a venue unlike any other. Its cozy, family-oriented camping grounds provide festival goers with a unique experience not found at larger, national festivals. The music begins Thursday night with local favorites, Tim Herron and Friends, hitting the stage at 8 p.m. Following will be Oswego-based band, House on a Spring, with their highly energized dub reggae and conscious roots music lasting well into the night. Hailing from New Hampshire, riff-heavy, psychedelic hard rock quartet, Nate Wilson Group, will make their debut at FOLKFEST as Friday nightâ€™s headlining act. With their use of traditional folk instruments, tasty electric guitar and the distinctive singing and songwriting of Joziah Longo, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams will grace the Main Stage, playing a two-hour set, Saturday night.
The complete weekend schedule is as follows:
Thursday May 27
8pm – Tim Herron & Friends â€“ CafÃ© Stage
11pm â€“ House On A Spring â€“ CafÃ© Stage
Friday May 28
2pm â€“ Rubber Ducky Revenge â€“ Main Stage
3:10pm â€“ Chris James â€“ CafÃ© Stage
4pm â€“ Mystery Fyre â€“ Main Stage
5:10pm â€“ Seth Faergolzia of Dufus â€“ CafÃ© Stage
6pm â€“ Blue Sky Mission Club â€“ Main Stage
7:10pm â€“ Kevin MacConkey â€“ CafÃ© Stage
8pm â€“ Leroy Justice – Main Stage
9:10pm â€“ Sophistafunk – CafÃ© Stage
10pm â€“ Nate Wilson Group â€“ Main Stage
11:30pm â€“ BuzzUniverse â€“ CafÃ© Stage
1am â€“ The Thang – Sinatra Lounge
Saturday May 29
10am â€“ Kids Jam â€“ CafÃ© Stage
11:00am â€“ Salt City Ramblers â€“ CafÃ© Stage
12pm â€“ Siâ€™ Senorita â€“ Main Stage
1:10pm â€“ Red Sea â€“ CafÃ© Stage
2pm â€“ Lucid â€“ Main Stage
3:10pm â€“ Positive Mental Trip – CafÃ© Stage
4pm â€“ BuzzUniverse â€“ Main Stage
5:10pm â€“ The Blind Spots â€“ CafÃ© Stage
6:30pm â€“ Buffalo Killers – Main Stage
8:00pm â€“ The Happy Dog – CafÃ© Stage
9:15pm – Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus â€“ Main Stage
11:30pm â€“ Tim Herron Corporation â€“ CafÃ© Stage
1:30am â€“ Dutch Bucket System â€“ Sinatra Lounge
Sunday May 30
10:00am â€“ Kids Jam â€“ CafÃ© Stage
11:00am â€“ Arethusra â€“ CafÃ© Stage
12pm â€“ Interstellar Funkateers – Main Stage
1:10pm â€“ Atom Hadm – CafÃ© Stage
2pm â€“ The Buddhahood â€“ Main Stage
3:10pm â€“ Wooden Spoon â€“ CafÃ© Stage
4:00pm â€“ RUHA – Main Stage
5:10 â€“ PARADE w/the Buddhahood
6pm â€“ Jamie McClean Band â€“ Main Stage
7:30pm â€“ House On A Spring â€“ CafÃ© Stage
9pm – Natural Breakdown â€“ Main Stage
11:30pm â€“ The Family Dawgz â€“ CafÃ© Stage
While the music certainly is a pivotal aspect of FOLKFEST, the weekend is not limited to the multitude of musical talent invading the quaint Kampitheater on Kent Road in Sterling, New York. A family camping village, craft and food vendors, and on-site art installations will make FOLKFEST more than just four days of music, but four days of coming together, creating a synergy of positive intentions through music, art, and social gathering.
Advance sale weekend passes are available for only $60 until May 26th.
Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.sterlingstage.com, or at select ticket outlets around Upstate New York (for a full list of outlets visit www.sterlingstage.com).
As always, children 12 and under are free. Gate passes can be purchased for $75, but are subject to availability. One day passes are also available at a reduced rate. General lot parking is $12 per vehicle for the weekend and includes re-entry. A limited number of on-site vehicle passes will be available for $30 each. RV and auto/tow-behind combo’s are available for $50 each. To reserve an on-site vehicle parking or RV pass send request and fee with ticket mail order or send email reservation request to [email protected]
Free festival style tent camping is included with all tickets. Portable toilets, water, and hand washing stations are provided free of charge and are regularly serviced throughout the weekend. Please, NO GLASS, FIREWORKS, or DOGS allowed on premises.
Visit Sterling Stage this Memorial Day Weekend to experience a festival like no other. With its eclectic blend of music, art, scenery, and faces, FOLKFEST is just around the corner, ready to kick off yet another memorable festival season in the sylvan landscape of Upstate New York.