Music Events

Babik Jazz Band Slated for Sept 17th

On Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at 7:30pm the Town of Long Lake will be presenting Babik Jazz Group at the Long Lake Town Hall.

Babik (pronounced Bah-Beek) is a progressive Gypsy Jazz band inspired by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. One of those rare musical ensembles that can truly reach across generational and stylistic lines to create a fan base that is as diverse as their musical influences. At their concerts it is not uncommon to see a white-haired 75 year-old grandmother dancing next to a purple-haired 20-something.

Babik has the ability to bridge passionate jaw-dropping virtuosity, with a rare toe-tapping danceability that keeps its audiences enthusiastically engaged. The group’s ability to connect is evident in the way crowds clamber to clap, dance, and cheer along with nearly every performance. Since forming in 2005, Babik has enjoyed both commercial and artistic success.

All four members (Stuart Fuchs-Lead Guitar, Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry-Violin, Joshua Assad-Rhythm Guitar, Kevin O’Brien-Upright Bass) are full time professional musicians, and the success of their partnership, both on and off stage, shows in their lighthearted improvisational performances.

Babik stays busy performing over 150 shows a year at concert halls and festivals, in addition to facilitating educational programs & improvisation workshops at high schools and colleges.

In March of 2008, Babik worked with arranger Brent Havens (creator of orchestral programs of Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Doors) to create the first ever orchestral program of the music of Django Reinhardt, which was performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to an audience of thousands. Babik has even performed with the contemporary dance troupe Configuration Dance in a tightly choreographed theatrical show.

Their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. has awarded them “Best Jazz Band” by two different magazines for three years in a row. Their first release, “Pronounced Bah-Beek”, broke Western New York sales records at two area retailers, and the Buffalo News calls Babik “One of the Hottest Bands in Buffalo”—high praise from a town that launched The Goo-Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, Rick James, Spyro Gyra, and Soulive.

With their latest release, “American Gypsy”, the band showcases ten original compositions and three standards that both honor the roots of Gypsy Jazz while exploring a wide range of styles such as Jazz-fusion, Klezmer, World and Latin Music. The result is an amazingly coherent, expansive, and ambitious vision of Gypsy Jazz that will excite jazz and music lovers alike.

Perhaps Buffalo Spree Magazine best expressed the spirit of the band in a recent feature story: “It’s hard not to fall in love with a band whose every tune seems to state ‘We love life and we want to celebrate it.’”

Tickets will be available at the door. $12.00 for adults and kids under 10 are free.

This concert is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.

4th of July Events 2011


Boat Parade Float Contest

4:30pm: Boats meet at the State Boat Launch on Dock Rd.
5pm: Parade to the Long Lake Town Beach

Dress-up your boat! We’ll take ANY boat–pontoon, motor boat, canoe, kayak, sail boat, inflatable raft, as long as it floats! You can get fancy (ala the Raquette Lake Loon Pontoon) or simple (stick a few American flags in your boat and hit the water!)–just join the parade whatever you got! Meet at the state boat launch on Dock Rd. at 4:30pm. We’ll then parade past the beach, through the bridge, loop around near the spillway and come back to the beach for the awards ceremony! Prizes for 1st-3rd overall, wackiest and most Long Lakey.


The Yod Squad Performs on the W.W. Durant in Raquette Lake


Get your friends and family together and drive on over the RL for a moonlight cruise on the W.W. Durant and a concert by local band, The Yod Squad! Tickets are $7, which includes your chance to win a dinner cruise! Visit for more info!


Games on the Ball Field


Treasure Hunt for the 4 & under set at 10am, then comes the sack races, three-legged race, wheel barrel race, The Great Long Lake Egg Toss and all your other classic favorites! Open to all, even adults! Winners take a trip to our epic prizebooth with hundreds of great and weird things to choose from.

The Great Long Lake Bed Races

5pm, Main St (Town Bridge to Town Beach)

The Bed Races are back for a second time in the 21st century! Find an old bed, slap some wheels on it, decorate it, decorate yourselves and race to glory and fame! $10 per bed entry fee. Must wear sneakers. Show up by 4:30pm to register. BIG PRIZES! $80 for 1st, $60 for 2nd, $40 for 3rd and $80 for Best in Show (most creative, prettiest, etc).

Ernie Williams and the Annual Long Lake 4th of July Celebration!

6:30pm-10pm, Long Lake Town Beach

Blue legend Ernie Williams and his band perform a free concert, the fire dept serves up their famous sausage and peppers, the Boy Scouts sell some delicious strawberry shortcake, Penelope the Clown paints faces in the gazebo and fireworks go off at dusk!
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Martin Sexton to Play July 23rd

Critically acclaimed Martin Sexton will be playing Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in Long Lake, NY on Saturday, July 23, 2011, doors open at 5pm. Tickets are on sale now at Click here.

Some folks say… wow that’s a big show for Long Lake and it is! We are so excited to bring Martin Sexton to Long Lake and we hope you join us.

For more information about the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion – scroll down to the bottom.

Check out this video interview:
Martin Sexton with Brian Williams

Martin Sexton – what a year! From performances at Bonnaroo to opening for Dave Matthews Band, Martin Sexton seems to have found the elusive Fountain of Youth. 2010 might be Martin’s most exciting yet with a new album, a renewed fan-base, sold out shows, and a business model that other musicians are copying.

Critically acclaimed Sexton is a musician’s musician and prolific recording artist. His songs are intricate and spirited covering the American musical landscape distilling soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. His performances are dynamic and bursting with depth and have earned him a devoted following among fans, peers and critics alike. People claim that Sexton’s songs inspire them to make a change, go cross-country, and follow their hearts; to see a crowd at a Martin Sexton concert is to witness a cross-section of America.

Sexton “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument . . . his unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the sound of an ordinary heart.” –Jon Pareles, The New York Times

“Martin Sexton is the best live performer I’ve ever seen… I may just quit my job and go follow Martin and make a fuss everywhere I go, just to make sure that people don’t go their lives without hearing this man sing to them.” -John Mayer

“Martin Sexton’s extraordinary voice howls, growls and purrs in the best tradition of blue-eyed soul. It is raw and expressive and can move in an instant from a glorious falsetto to an edgy rock plea or a simple folk lament.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“I’ve been a fan of his for quite a bit more than a decade and It’s a real pleasure to finally share the stage with him. I hope that if you never heard him before tonight is a turning point for you. He’s one of my favorite singers and songwriters” -Dave Matthews

Martin Sexton was born in Syracuse, NY and first made his mark in the early 90’s by singing on the streets of Harvard Square and gradually working his way into the Boston club scene. His first album, In The Journey, was a collection of self-produced demo recordings that were recorded on an old 8-track in a friend’s attic. Sexton managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case and recalls, “All those one-dollar bills I saved to make that record was the best eight-hundred bucks I ever spent.” His captivating performances led to a bounty of Boston Music Awards including “Best New Artist” as well as a National Academy of Songwriters “Artist of the Year” award.

In 1996 Sexton released Black Sheep, his first full-fledged studio recording which remains an active favorite among fans. Two years later, Sexton made his Atlantic Records debut with The American produced by Danny Kortchmar. Sexton’s next release, Wonderbar in 2000, was self-produced and explored the spirited sound and unpretentious attitude of classic ’70s FM radio for a new generation.

While Sexton enjoyed uncommon artistic freedom and the backing of a major label, he was left wondering if the large corporate machinery was necessary. Sexton asked Atlantic to be released from his contract and formed independent label Kitchen Table Records (KTR). His first release on KTR was 2002’s Live Wide Open, a two-disc live disc set. Camp Holiday, a seasonal album of Christmas standards came next in 2005, then studio album Seeds in 2007. In 2008, Sexton released Solo, an original live collection that caught the attention of the Independent Music Awards and won for best Live Performance Album.

In April of 2010, Sexton headed back into the studio and seven days later emerged with Sugarcoating, an album that doesn’t necessarily protest, but questions. “The last couple of years have been an awakening for me about how the world seems to work and not work,” reflects Sexton. “You can’t rely on mainstream media for the truth, I’ve discovered that you’ve gotta dig if you want a real answer about what’s going on.” He explains, “My music has always been more about inspiration and entertainment, but this time I felt the need to toss some awareness into the mix.”

To Sexton, Sugarcoating is “a photo album filled with snapshots of my family and friends” with each song stylistically different from the next. “I’ve always preferred records that range, sort of like The White Album from “Black Bird” to “Helter Skelter,” he explains. “At one time industry types tried to convince me to stick one genre, but it was like wearing a suit that didn’t fit.”

Sexton recorded Sugarcoating with no rehearsals and no pre-production, using all vintage gear in the old Rounder studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “The fellas and I gathered around the big kitchen table at the studio,” recalls Sexton, “I’d play them the song, and then we’d go in and start tracking. We nailed every one of them in four or five takes at most, and a couple are take ones. I like making records the old school way— they just showed up and worked it out.”

Sugarcoating is an unquestionable pinnacle for this modern-day troubadour, but it by no means signifies a slowing point to Sexton’s career. From headlining premiere venues like the Fillmore in San Francisco to the Nokia Theatre in Times Square, and overseeing his fiercely independent label, Sexton derives great satisfaction from ‘livin’ the life’ he’s sketched for himself. He is a compound of rarefied talent mixed with sheer determination or as Billboard describes him, Sexton is “the real thing, people, a star with potential to permanently affect the musical landscape and keep us entertained for years to come.”

How to get here –

Long Lake is in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains at the crossroads of NYS Route 30 and Route 28N. For directions click here


Mt. Sabattis Pavilion is accessible at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area in Long Lake along Route 30 Deerland Road, across from the Long Lake Post Office at the intersection of Deerland Rd, South Hill Rd and Owl’s Head Lane. Parking is free, shuttle service will be provided from Long Lake Central School, St. Henry’s Parking Lot, the LL Town Hall to the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. General admission for this concert. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. No glass bottles please. All ages welcome. Flashlights and comfortable shoes recommended, this is the Adirondacks and the Pavilion, while covered is an open air space so please dress according to the weather, bring an umbrella if raining. Did we tell you to bring a flashlight???

Lodging information available at or by calling our office 518.624.3077

Please join us at Mt. Sabattis Pavilion on July 23, 2011.

20th Anniversary of the Fiddle Jam

On May 1, 2011 at the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake NY, Frank Orsini and The Whippersnappers will join Donnie Perkins and the Family Band for the 20th Annual Spring Blossom Fiddle Jamboree in Long Lake, NY.

The Whippernappers, Peter Davis, George Wilson and Frank Orsini have played the Albany Region folk-music scene for decades. Davis plays guitar, piano, and clarinet; Wilson is a traditional fiddler and banjoist who regularly performs at regional folk festivals; and fiddler-mandolinist-guitarist Frank Orsini has played with bluegrass greats Bill Keith and Frank Wakefield.

Donnie Perkins and the Family Band are seasoned vets of the Long Lake Fiddle Jam and return having performed on the Long Lake stage for many years. Over the years, Don’s playing has evolved to include more modern styles such as bluegrass and country-western. All the while, though, he has continued to carry the torch for the old-time fiddle music he grew up with. Now based in Plattsburgh , Don Perkins has won numerous fiddle contests, recorded several LPs and CD’s and published at least one book on fiddling. He is widely regarded as an outstanding New York State fiddler.

Long Lake’s Fiddle Jam is a celebration for all ages and all levels of experience helping preserve, and promote old time fiddling. No auditions are required, no competition, just good times, toe-tapping, spirit lifting music. Fiddlers arrive at the Long Lake Town Hall on Route 30 by noon on May 1st to reserve a slot to play two songs with our backup band or with your own back up musicians. It’s an informal gathering of friends, old and new in a non-competitive atmosphere. Get there early to sign up.

Admission is $7 for Adults, $4 for kids 10-16 and children under 10 are free. The Long Lake Ladies Auxiliary will be selling lunch.

Long Lake is located in the center of the Adirondacks on NYS Routes 30 and 28N offering year-round recreational activities and a variety of events. Long Lake is a widening of the Raquette River and part of the 740 mile long Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Make Long Lake a springtime destination and visit the Fiddle Jam.

For more information about our area check us out on the web at or call 518-624-3077.

Cardboard Boat Races

Float night is on Friday, July 16th at 5pm on the Long Lake Town Beach. What is float night? An opportunity to hop on your forbidden inflatable beach toys and swim at the town beach while red-cross certified lifeguards watch.

Enjoy live music by The Yod Squad and Eric Peter with Live Bait starting at 5pm.

There will be games and fun activities and the much anticipated “Cardboard Box” Race. Long Lake never found a cardboard box it didn’t like. Whether it’s in the middle of snowmobile season for Winter Carnival or in the middle of summer.

Long Lake will provide teams duct tape and cardboard and members can build a boat on site. The race goal, to sink the other teams while being the first one to cross the finish line. Get creative and make your own and bring it along. If you have paddles, we suggest you bring those too, and please bring your lifevests!

We always love a good competition in Long Lake and Friday night will be no exception.

Now if it rains… all bets are off. So please, have your weather machine charged and ready. No rain! If raining the music will be moving to the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. Bring your floats anyway!

4th of July Looks HOT & HUMID!

Kids Games at 11am on Sunday, July 4

Bust out your boat, fill up the cooler and head down to the LL Town Ballfield on Sunday, July 4th at 11am. Games for all ages kicks off with a scavenger hunt and pinata game for the littles and we morph into timeless classics including sack races, hula hoops, egg toss and much much more. Winners of the games visit our exclusive prize booth.

6pm Bed Races WILL GO ON… in a new location, on School Street. We have trophies and prizes and judges to help with the return of Long Lake’s signature 4th of July Event. It may not be on the main drag, the runners may have to push up hill, but come on out to see what we have in store for you.

The Beach will be busy with Penelope the Clown, the Fire Department BBQ, and 4i Band rockin’ out until dusk. Lifeguards will be on duty until 9pm.

Bring your lawn chair, get there early, stay late and remember why we are celebrating. Please pay homage to the Independence of our Country and think of our service men and women overseas who cannot be at home to celebrate with us.

Long Lake 4th of July Bed Races Return

Got Wheels?

Bed Races in Long Lake from the 80's

The Long Lake Bed Races have been absent since 1992, at least the only evidence is a rather large trophy issued to winners “The Lakeside.” that will be given out to the first place winner.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Best in Show.  Costumes, themes will be judged by Long Lake Secret Judges to be hand selected very very carefully.  These judges will be so secret, they may not even know whom the other judges are, they may not even know they are judges until the final judging.

Other 4th of July activities include 11am games on the Ball Field, Fire Dept BBQ on the beach, Penelope the Clown, North Country Kettle Corn and keep your fingers crossed for Strawberry Shortcake sale (I know I am keeping my fingers crossed)

 On July 4, 2010, the 4th of July bed races return to Long Lake at 6pm. Expect traffic delays.

Look for music by the 4i Band on the Town Beach starting at 5pm.

Spring Blossom Fiddle Jam Plan

Donnie Perkins and Dick Pierce Featured Fiddle Jam Acts

Long Lake will host the 19th Annual Fiddle Jam on Sunday, April 25 at the Long Lake Town Hall starting at 1pm. This year it will morph into a weekend long event complete with free Fiddle workshops on Saturday with George Harriger Sr and George Harriger Jr.

George and George will coach students to play, all levels of fiddlers are welcome to participate. Workshops start at 1pm at the town hall and run until 4pm. That evening there will be an informal jam at the Town Hall and anyone interested in auditioning for Saturday’s show is to welcome to try out. Six people will be selected to compete in Saturday’s jam for cash prizes of $125, $100 & $75 for Audience Choice.

In the past Long Lake has prided itself on it being a relaxed casual fiddle jam atmosphere, but this year changes were made to amp up the performances on Sunday and award higher cash prizes.

Come on out, stay the weekend, make Long Lake the Fiddle Destination. The Spring Blossom Fiddle Jamboree is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamliton County, the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts located in Blue Mt. Lake.

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