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Salem Kicks off its Summer Sounds Music Festival on May 26th

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A Great Mix of Live Music in Washington County

Salem’s Summer Sounds Music Festival

You know it’s almost summertime when the sound of live music is in the air.

Phil HoytThe Village of Salem in Washington County gets rolling with their 6th annual Summer Sounds concert series, starting on Saturday, May 26th. With a new location on the green next to the Salem Train Depot, this year’s festival opens with original and traditional country music by Phil Hoyt. The opening concert also coincides with the Route 22 Farmer’s Market and Salem’s town wide tag sale. So, if you love live music, searching for treasures and good food…

What makes this year’s concert series unique is that all of this year’s performers will be performing on a sculpture installation called Porch Pieces by Bryony Graham, an artist based in Suffolk, England. Graham’s inspiration for Porch Pieces derived from the US/UK Iron Symposium in 2009, where she discovered the uniquely American social and architectural tradition of the front porch that mixes the realms of the public and private in way that does not occur in the UK. Porch Pieces is being loaned to Summer Sounds by Salem Art Works.

Summer Sounds of Salem runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Featuring some of the region’s best talent, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

This year’s roster of musical performers will include:

June 2nd: Bernice Lewis, an internationally renowned folk singer, songwriter, and Faculty member at Williams College.

June 9th: Folk and bluegrass with homegrown flair by Cambridge, NY based Cradle Switch.

June 23rd: The Saloonatics, who cover everything from Gershwin to Hendrix on mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo.

June 30th: Bread and Bone is an acoustic trio playing traditional music, featuring ukulele, banjo, and mandolin.

July 7th: The Wildwood Bluegrass Band covers a wide variety of music, ranging from traditional to modern, Bill Monroe to Alison Krauss, Merle Haggard to the Beatles (July 7th).

July 14th: New Orleans style music by Buck2Fifty.

July 21st: The Barefoot Boys play the music of the Adirondacks.

July 28th: Dana and Susan Robinson bring to the stage an exciting blend of mountain music and songs of the American landscape as well as a joyful energy.

August 4th: An eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary folk songs by Vermont based Woodchuck’s Revenge.

August 11th: Classic rock and familiar favorites from the 60s and 70s by Bob Beaver.

August 18th: Nathan Knowles puts his own spin on the music of John Prine, Delbert McClinton, Louis Armstrong, Steve Earle, Jackson Browne and Van Morrison.

August 25th: Dafe Brujado is a five piece Blues-Jazz group with a sound as smooth as silk, reminiscent of Billy Holiday and Tracy Chapman.

The duo of Al and Kathy Bain will close out the concert series with their mix of traditional country, bluegrass and gospel music on September 1st.

All concerts are held on Saturday mornings from 11am-1pm; they are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 518-854-3682.

By The Free George Staff

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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