HoboFest, in its eighth year, returns to Riverside Park with an all-new lineup and the US premiere of a century-old work by composer Béla Bartók, who once lived in Saranac Lake.
The all-day event, which will run from noon to 9:30 pm on Sunday, September 4th, is free and open to the public.
Acts include Bucket Ruckus, a marching drum corps; the Dust Bunnies, a popular local blues and folk band; and Piotr Moore, an 11-year-old blues guitar whiz from Essex. Slow Pony from Vermont and North Carolina, will perform folk traditions from the States and Europe, and present silent films in the evening.
Iva Bittová, an avant-garde violinist, singer and composer from the Czech Republic will perform Hungarian folk songs composed by Bartók with a string quartet, recruited for the occasion, comprised of locals Esther Rogers and Elaine Dewar, Karen Waltuch from NYC, and a special guest from Montreal. The program, Bartók’s Slovak songs, was based on ethnographic research conducted by the composer in the early 20th century, which he incorporated into his pieces. Bartók died thinking these works were lost to the ravages of World War II.
Tri-Lakes based Le Groove will present classic jazz and Latin beats; Chris Kowanko will serenade, accompanying himself on keyboards; and Tuba Skinny, from New Orleans, will recreate early jazz. Saranac Lake alternative-rockers, Crowfeather, will close the evening.
The full HoboFest lineup is:
Noon – Bucket Ruckus and Soma Beats
1 pm – The Dust Bunnies
2 pm – Slow Pony
2:30 pm – Iva Bittová with the Oseetah String Quartet
3:45 pm – Piotr Moore
4:15 pm – Le Groove
5:30 pm – Chris Kowanko
6:30 pm – Tuba Skinny
8 pm – Crowfeather
A children’s activity booth, organized by BluSeed Studios will be available, as will food from Nori’s Village Market, and the Bronx Bistro Food Truck. Pizza and other items are available to-go at Little Italy Restaurant & Pizzeria, across the street from the park. Little Italy Restaurant & Pizzeria is HoboFest’s official business sponsor for the second year in a row.
Additional sponsors include Cape Air, Coakley High Peaks Ace Hardware, the soon-to-open Fiddlehead Bistro, Guide Boat Realty, Stewart’s Shops, and The Waterhole. HoboFest programs are available, in advance, at Ampersound and at 421 Lake Flower Avenue in Saranac Lake where merchandise and other event information may also be found.