LAKE PLACID - The first-ever Lake Placid Blues & Heritage Festival will take place from Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22 at various locations throughout the Olympic Village.
The blues festival was the brainchild of Gary Smith and his son, Garrick, who are co-owners of the Northwoods Inn on Main Street. Every Wednesday, they host an Open Mic Night for blues musicians at the inn's Delta Blue restaurant. The venue is also filled regularly with musical acts from around the Northeast, many of which will be returning to Lake Placid for the festival this weekend.
"I think it will be a sincere first-year effort at what we hope to be a longtime event for Lake Placid," Garrick said. "I'm excited. We've had a lot of positive response so far."
Musicians participate in an Open Mic Night at Delta Blue, held each Wednesday at the Northwoods Inn restaurant. The inn will be the headquarters for the first-ever Lake Placid Blues & Heritage Festival.
(Photo — Shaun Kittle)
Some of that positive response has come from other local establishments in downtown Lake Placid. In addition to the Northwoods Inn and its three venues - Delta Blue, the Cabin Grill and The Cabin - performances will be held at the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Zig Zags Pub, Generations restaurant, The Cottage restaurant at the Mirror Lake Inn, the Lake House, Adirondack Community Church and Nicola's on Main.
Some of the local entertainment groups are Spring Street, Lucid, The Harbingers, the Back Porch Society, Sven Curth and friends, Big Slyde and Fade to Blues. Regional and national acts include the Roxy Perry Blues Band, George Boone, Rhett Tyler and Early Warning, George Kilby Jr. with special guest Barbecue Bob, Murali Coryell and Jerry Dugger.
The price for a full, three-day festival pass is $35. Full, single-day passes are $28, and individual event passes are $10. Purchase tickets in person at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.
The Lake Placid News is the official print media sponsor for the Lake Placid Blues & Heritage Festival. Major sponsors include Jim Beam and Miller Lite with additional support from the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and the LPCA.
Being a first-time event, the Smiths know that it will take a few years to build an audience and hopefully grow the festival into one of Lake Placid's premier summer attractions.
"If we come close to filling some of the smaller venues, it will create an opportunity for a festive atmosphere, and then we've done our job," Garrick said.
(times and locations subject to change)
Friday, June 20
5-6:30 p.m., Sven Curth & Friends, Delta Blue
7-9:30 p.m., Fade to Blues, featuring B.B. Ready, Delta Blue
9:30 p.m. - midnight, Dave Keyes Band, The Cottage
10 p.m. - 1 a.m., Blues Jam, Delta Blue
10:30 p.m. - 2 a.m., Soul Sky, Zig Zags Pub
Saturday, June 21
12:30-3:30 p.m., Soul Sky, Nicola's on Main (outdoors)
1:30-2:30 p.m., Back Porch Society, The Cabin Grill
2-3:30 p.m., The Bad Hands, Delta Blue
2-3 p.m., Murali Coryell, Adirondack Community Church
3-4 p.m., Mad Dog Marino, The Cabin Grill
3-4:30 p.m., Lucid, The Cabin at Northwoods Inn
3:30-4:30 p.m., Roxy Perry, Adirondack Community Church
4-5:30 p.m., George Kilby Jr. with Barbecue Bob, Delta Blue
4:30-5:30 p.m., Spring Street, The Cabin Grill
5-8 p.m., Bobby Kyle Band, The Lake House (outdoors)
5:30-7 p.m., The Harbingers featuring Larry Stone, The Cabin at Northwoods Inn
6-7:30 p.m., Rhett Tyler and Early Warning, Delta Blue
6-9 p.m., The Bad Hands, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery (outdoors)
6-7:30 p.m., George Boone Blues Band, The Cabin Grill
7:30-9 p.m., Blue Steel featuring Bill Foley, The Cabin at Northwoods Inn
8-10 p.m., Roxy Perry, Delta Blue
8-11 p.m., George Kilby Jr. with Barbecue Bob, Generations
8:30-9:30 p.m., Dave Keyes, The Cabin Grill
9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m., Rhett Tyler and Early Warning, The Cottage
10 p.m. - 1 a.m., Jerry Dugger and the Dugger Brothers, The Cabin Grill
10 p.m. - 2 a.m., George Boone Blues Band, Zig Zags Pub
10:30 p.m. - 1 a.m., Slam Allen, Delta Blue
1 a.m., Blues Jam, Delta Blue
1 a.m., Blues Jam, Cabin Grill
Sunday, June 22
12:30-2 p.m., Big Slyde featuring John Doan, The Cabin Grill
1-2:30 p.m., Bobby Kyle Band, Delta Blue
2:30-4:30 p.m., Soul Sky, The Cabin Grill
3-5 p.m., Murali Coryell, Delta Blue