Saturday, July 13, 2019

Kat Wright to Headline Inaugural Northern Current Festival

Burlington-based songstress Kat Wright will headline the inaugural year of Northern Current, a new, daylong music festival that will continue the tradition of Hobofest.

The sultry soul singer and her band take the stage at Saranac Lake’s Riverside Park alongside an eclectic mix of music on Sunday, September 1st, for the free, family-friendly day of fun.

Next on the lineup is House of Waters, a Brooklyn-based trio that plays world music rooted in the hammered dulcimer. From Rochester, Mosaic Foundation brings in roots, ska, dub, dance-hall and beyond. Chestnut Grove is a group of best friends from Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, who will play high-energy rock and roll. And Mal Maiz is an Afro-Latino orchestra based in Burlington headed up by Costa Rican “Brujo” Maiz Vargas Sandoval that features both traditional and modern flair with cumbia, latin, reggae and afro-carribean sounds.

Rounding out the schedule are Arthur Buezo, a growling solo act by the guitar player of the Saranac Lake-based Blind Owl Band, and Soma Beats, an African dance troupe out of Lake Placid lead by Johnna MacDougall.

The lineup is still being finalized. Organizers expect to announce a handful of additions soon.

The festival replaces Hobofest, an event that was held in Saranac Lake for a decade on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend until organizers retired it last year and tapped in the new committee to develop a new festival.

Festival information is available online.

Northern Current is a nonprofit festival under the umbrella of Saranac Lake Rotary. For information on supporting the event, contact [email protected]

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