The 10th Annual Saranac Lake Hobofest has been set for Sunday, September 2nd, 2018. The one-day free music festival takes place from noon until 10 pm, rain or shine under the Big Top. This is the fourth Hobofest at the bandshell at Riverside Park; it’s no longer at Union Depot.
This year’s Hobofest celebrates the bands that collaborated to build the event, plus a couple of special guests. Frankenpine, a band made up of former Saranac Lakers and downstate performers, is set to return for a reunion. They were featured the first two years of Hobofest. Two local ensembles that actually premiered at Hobofest are also back: Crackin’ Foxy and the Biscuit Rollers. Crackin’ Foxy presents early swing jazz with special guest drummer Bob Meyer. Biscuit Rollers takes Steve Langdon’s solo act into a fully-realized foot-stompin’ blues experience. Bucket Ruckus, the first act to kick off Hobofest in 2009, will open the Biscuit Rollers’ evening set with the fanfare that used to open Hobofest as the train rolled in. The Blind Owl Band returns for the grand finale, featuring their energetic Adirondack Freight Train String music. The band played Hobofest in 2011 and 2012, early on in their career.
Out-of-town return guests include former street performer Baby Gramps from Seattle, this time with accompaniment. Baby Gramps embodies a Vaudeville-era performer replete with shenanigans and stage antics. Resonant Rogues, the road-tested roots-music band just back from Alaska, return with Daisy Castro, a young celebrated gypsy-jazz violinist, and Eric Heveron-Smith, a seasoned upright bass player, known in swing jazz circles. We also proudly present a special, unique collaboration with the Grammy-winning American Songster, Dom Flemons, and Hobofest alum, blues-diva Mamie Minch.
Nori’s Village Market (Saranac Lake) returns as a food vendor, with the addition of a food cart from Liquids & Solids restaurant (Lake Placid). Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation continues to serve as Hobofest’s fiscal sponsor. Hobofest’s main supporter is Little Italy. Other area businesses that help sponsor this event are Adirondack Health, Bear Essentials, Cape Air, Casella Waste Systems, Coakley Home and Hardware, the Fiddlehead Bistro, Hotel Saranac, and Stewart’s Shops.
Hobofest is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature administrated through the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.
Photo of Blind Owl Band provided.