Monday, April 8, 2019

Northern Current Music Fest Keeping Hobofest Spirit Alive

The inaugural Northern Current music festival is set to take place September 1st in Saranac Lake’s scenic Riverside Park.

The festival replaces Hobofest, a beloved event that was held in Saranac Lake for a decade on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend until it was retired by organizers Peter Seward and Todd Smith in 2018.

Hobofest, which originally took place at the local train station but eventually moved to Riverside Park, had a very distinct style and theme. The new committee organizing Northern Current hopes to embrace the same community spirit and grassroots origins cultivated by Hobofest, while expanding the musical diversity and event offerings. The new music festival is expected to remain free and family friendly, with an activity area for kids.

The new committee is made up of local musicians, artists and community activists and includes Chris Morris, Jess Collier, Eric Munley, Ray Curran, Jacob Vennie-Vollrath, Eric Ackerson, Natasha Stevens, Brittany Clark, Theresa Hartford, Kiki Sarko, Eric Foster, Luke Meissner, Emilie Allen and Rob Carr.  The logo was created through a collaborative design effort between committee members Ackerson and Stevens.

To stay up to date on fundraising events, lineup announcements and other festival info, click here.

Anyone who would like to support Northern Current can make a contribution to the Adirondack Gives campaign. Gifts can also be sent to Northern Current, PO Box 1176, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Checks must be made out to the Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation, with “Northern Current” in the memo line. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for area businesses. Anyone interested should email [email protected]

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