Summer Hoot Music and Art festival

Olivebridge NY

August 26 – 28



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Tickets are now available for the Summer Hoot music and arts festival, to be held at The Ashokan Center from Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28, 2016. Produced by folk-roots duo Mike + Ruthy, this down-to-earth celebration of music, food, nature, and community will feature exciting local and world-class traveling performers along with family activities, local food and beer vendors, and on-site hiking and camping. The Hoot is about accessibility to all-festival tickets are “pay what you want”-as well as a family-friendly, welcoming atmosphere where a diverse crowd can enjoy great music together. Proceeds benefit The Ashokan Center and its programming.

Performers and activities:

 The music begins the evening of Friday, August 26 with a “locals night,” featuring some of the best artists from the Hudson Valley and Catskills region. Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 will begin with children and family-friendly acts, while afternoons and evenings will feature rock, blues, folk, and indie acts from all over the country. The line-up is listed below in  alphabetical order; line-up is subject to change. Set times will be confirmed and released closer to the festival date. In addition to live music on two side-by-side volunteer-built stages, the Hoot offers a diverse range of programming for all ages, including a morning gong bath each day, arts and crafts with FiberFlame, hiking, blacksmithing, a kids’ parade, intimate concerts and workshops, and late-night revelry, including jam sessions, sing-a-longs, campfires, and a square dance.



Performers include:

Baby States, indie-rock fused with world music

Robert Sarazin Blake, a Pacific Northwest crooner, joined by local band The Package

Tracy Bonham, a soulful pop songwriter with a powerful voice, well known for her late-’90s hit “Mother, Mother”

The Brother Brothers, identical twin harmonizers, violinists, cellists, guitarists, and banjoists

Paul Brown, who channels the essence of Southern fiddling, banjoplaying, and song

Burnell Pines, a Catskills local with an artful voice and an electrifying band

Caprice Rouge, a collection of local musicians with a love for Balkan, Roma-Gypsy, and Klezmer dance tunes

The Cupcakes, the beautifully harmonic trio of Elly Wininger, Janice Hardgrove, and Lyn Hardy

Elijah, a Woodstock-born songwriter performing soulful folk

Fiddle Fever, a wild and wonderful ’80s folk festival favorite who will be reuniting for the Summer Hoot

Dom Flemons, an “American Songster” and founding member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose music pulls from folk and blues traditions to create new sounds

Bill Harley, a vibrant singer and storyteller for the whole family Connor Kennedy & Minstrel, a Catskills-based and Catskills inspired indie rock band

The Ladles, a three-part harmony trio that blends swing, neo-soul, choral music, and acoustic instrumentation

Lula Wiles, a fiddling, crooning trio channeling classic Americana

Chris Merenda & The Wheel, a gravelly voice backed by boisterous banjo and guitar

The Mike + Ruthy Band, rural rock from a peerless five-piece band featuring Hoot hosts Mike + Ruthy

Mister Chris, friendly indie-folk for the whole family

Ratboy Jr., a duo that blurs the line between kids’ and adults’ rock

Kayln Rock, a Hudson-born songwriter performing evocative, soothing indie-pop tunes

Serious Juggling & Comedy, a juggling, dancing family favorite Simi Stone, a Woodstock local backed by some of the area’s top musicians for a “mountain meets Motown” sound


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