RondeauFest is a brand new all-day music festival August 18, 2012 starting at noon in Long Lake NY. RondeauFest will be held rain or shine at the Long Lake Ball Field, 1167 Main Street sponsored by The Town of Long Lake. Tickets are $15 and kids under 12 are free.
The name RondeauFest harkens back to the frontier lifestyle emulated by Adirondack hermit, Noah John Rondeau, who lived a self-sustained life in the woods north of Long Lake on and off for over eighteen years. Rondeau would sometimes spend time in and around Long Lake even having his photo taken right near the site of this event. Rondeau’s hermitage was located northeast of Long Lake in wildest country in the Adirondacks along the Cold River. Rondeaufest is a celebration of Rondeau’s self-sustaining frontier spirit.
In addition to seven outstanding bands taking the stage on Saturday look for a variety of vendors and local businesses on site. Robot Zone, sponsored by Clarkson University and North Country Children’s Museum will feature activities for kids with on-site robot demonstrations, Lego robots, remote controllers, and a robot that shoots basketballs. Other guests include: Lifeflight, The Center for Donation and Transplant, North County Kettle Corn, a Salon-quality Feather Hair Extension Artist, Incapacho Artisans, The Adirondack Trading Post, Graham Central Station, and the Long Lake Lions Club.
All times are tentative and subject to change without notice.
12 pm: Jamie Sutliff, Barry Gregson & Michele Roussel
Jamie and Barry have playing together for over 26 years and plan to wow you with original music and Michele Roussel’s powerhouse vocals. Blues, rock and folk blues and lots of originals. Most of the songs you’ll hear in the set are penned by Sutliff. Look for a great set of covers and originals by this dynamic trio to open up the Fest – slated for noon.
1pm: The Dark Marbles
This power-pop garage rock band has been around since 1987 and just released an 18-song studio recording entitled “Variety Pack. ” “Deep from the inner depths of some beat up garage, the Dark Marbles awake and step out into the moonlight to provide your soul with sounds from a time machine.” The Dark Marbles started recording their just released “Variety Pack” CD in 2000 and finished the project at Robby Takac’s (Bass player for the Goo Goo Dolls) GCR Studio in Buffalo, NY with engineer Justin Rose. The Dark Marbles are set to go at 1pm. Lineup includes Eric Peter on lead guitar, Deb Stuppiello on bass, Tony Stuppiello on drums and Yod Crewsy on vocals and guitar.
2pm: The Blind Owl Band
Paul Smiths, NY-based Bluegrass band The Blind Owl Band formed in 2011 after meeting at Paul Smith’s College. “Rabble Rousing” is the band’s debut album. It’s 13 tracks of bluegrass and original string music. The band’s influences range from the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Jaco Pastorius and The Whompers.
In 2012 The Blind Owl Band played in Hartford, CT, Kingston, NY, Burlington, VT, Peterborough, NH as well as a variety of venues in the Adirondacks. Look for a foot stomping good time when the Blind Owl Band hits the RondeauFest stage at 2pm.
3pm: The Fat River Kings
The Fat River Kings are a genre-hopping American roots band specializing in unique arrangements and tight harmonies. The Fat River Kings take turns singing lead vocals on originals and covers while collectively supplying three-part harmonies on roots songs drawn from musical styles including rock, country, Celtic, bluegrass, reggae and the occasional sea shanty. Brian Beaudin on Bass, Guitar, Pennywhistle, Tuba, Trombone.
Jason Hall, Vocals, Keyboards and Steve Signell Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica.
4pm: Jeff Umbehauer
Jeff’s music style, Americana, has been influenced by Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman, John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, The Beatles, Jack Johnson, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, James Taylor, Bob Marley, The Grateful Dead, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald as well as various folk and bluegrass artists. Jeff has four cd’s out as both a solo artist and with his bluegrass band, “Blackjack.” Look for a broad range of tunes and original styles ranging from folk to reggae when Jeff hits the stage at RondeauFest. Jeff is well-known in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey music scene playing festivals and clubs including Camp Jam, Musikfest, Mayfair and many more.
5pm: The Grip Weeds
NY/NJ- based rock band The Grip Weeds will play their debut show in the Adirondack region on Saturday, August 18th, at RondeauFest in Long Lake, NY. The Grip Weeds are favorites of fellow musician and New Jersey native Steven Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen, The Sopranos) and are regularly featured on his Sirius/XM and internationally syndicated radio show The Underground Garage.
The critically-acclaimed quartet consists of brothers Kurt and Rick Reil (on drums and guitar respectively), Kristin Pinell (guitar) and Dave DeSantis (bass)– All four sing, and surrounded by their vintage equipment they’re a blast of perfect radio-friendly guitar-pop, psychedelic enough to appeal to record junkies and Sixties-retro fans, but edgy enough to fit into a modern-rock set.
The band just released their first live album Speed Of Live (Ground Up), described as “non-stop energy– a sweat-soaked high-octane burst of psychedelic power pop”.
6pm: The 4i Band
This five piece band from the Binghamton, NY region plays a wide variety of classic rock, blues, jam-band music, and originals. The 4i Band regularly plays in and around the New York State wine country. The 4i band just played the Cortland Arts and Wine Festival, and has also been spotted at the Black Bear Winery in Chenango Forks, and Owego Strawberry Festival Block Party. They will be playing out the end of RondeauFest with an extended length set ready to sweep the crowd with dancing, raucous fun.
RondeauFest will be on the Long Lake Town Ball Field under a tent. RondeauFest will be located next to Jennings Park Pond and the weather can range from hot and sunny, to cool, breezy and wet. Anything goes. Prepare for all of it. Bring layers, rain gear, acoustic instruments, drums, bug spray, socks, sunscreen, friends, lawn chair and a cooler.
Event guests will be required to wear wristbands to access the event site. Tickets are $15 and kids under 12 are free. All ticket sales are cash, sorry no credit cards. No glass bottles are permitted on site. This event will happen rain or shine.
Carpooling is recommended. There is limited parking in Long Lake. Parking will be available at Long Lake Central School, the Long Lake Town Hall and Mt. Sabattis Parking Lot on Deerland Road. For advance tickets stop in at the Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY or call 518.624.3077 for more information.