I love summer in this area, particularly August since Hurleyville is only 15 miles from a milestone in history. Yes, I’m talking about Woodstock. I heard about it in my small hometown in Wisconsin. I wanted to go. I packed a bag. I was going to hitchhike. I was going. The problem was that I was barely a teenager and cooler heads (more stubborn) heads prevailed. I still remember my heart aching as I watched the most amazing thing ever unfold in the news. Even when I moved up here, having lived in California, Chicago, NYC and Jersey, it didn’t dawn on me until several months later where exactly I was now. What a long strange trip it’s been….
Festivals and reunions galore this month on Aug. 11, 12 and 13 in commemoration.
Woods Bash 2017 at the Bethel Hideaway Campground Resort, 106 Fulton Rd., Ferndale. Camping and lots and lots of music including the Psychedelic Locomotive Peace Lovin’ Groupies (our own Debbie Fisher, Steve Schwartz, Bill Paschal and Kenny Windheim) kicking off Friday morning, Aug. 11. Another area favorite, Talking Machine, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12. Tickets are still available (at this writing) through www.bethelhideawaycampground.com.
Yasgurs Road Reunion, 34 Yasgurs Rd., Bethel. Three days of camping, music and vendors. Tickets are still available (at this writing). A full lineup of bands and other information is available at www.yasgursroadreunion.com.
A new festival that absolutely must be mentioned here is the Roscoe Singer Songwriter Festival on Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Roscoe Beer Company, 145 Rockland Rd. There are three stages, 25 performers that come to us from up and down the Eastern seaboard, Maine to Virginia and four from right here: Alan Sorenson, Bryon Gordon, Stu Kabak and Debbie Fisher. For more information: www.roscoesingsongfest.com
Have you ventured out to Cabernet Franks in Parksville yet? If not, you’re missing a real gem in this area. Walking in, you’re transported to something akin to the New Orleans I remember before Katrina, casual with a flavor you can almost taste. But more than that, what struck me were how good the acoustics are. I went there to see Lion Zen and they rocked the house as always. As amazing as they are they added just that extra dash of hot sauce to food and atmosphere that stand on their own. It’s about the same distance from Hurleyville as Monticello and well worth the trip when you’re looking for excellent food and something a little different.
Dutch’s Open Mic: 7 p.m., 205 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill
August 8 and 22: Odd Tuesday with The Greater Sullivan County Search and Rescue Orchestra, Brew, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Brew, 280 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill
Rock Hill Concert Series, Farmer’s Market Park, 223 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill 6:30-8:p.m.
Aug. 9: Evolver
Aug. 16: Jazzmosis
Aug. 23: Breakneck Annie
Aug. 30: Slam Allen
Thursday Summer Concert Series at the Gazebo Park, Kauneonga Lake, 6:30-8 p.m.
Aug. 3: Moon Dog
Aug. 10: Rock Hill Ramblers
Aug. 17: Bryon Gordon
Aug. 24: David and Julie Bloch
Aug. 31: Cathy Paty and Company
Sept. 7: Season Finale
Aug. 3 and Sept.7: Open Mic hosted by Jeff Entin, the High Falls Café, 12 Stone Dock Rd., High Falls
Sorella: Jazz Standards with Defino and Ravdin, and great Italian food! 6-9 p.m., 3562 State Route 55, Kauneonga Lake
The Liberty Farmer’s Market, 3-6 p.m., School Street, across from Manzi’s Café
The Pickled Owl, 218 Main St., Hurleyville; 6-9 p.m.
Aug. 5 and 11: (to be determined)
Aug. 18: Rapid River Boys (organic folk)
Aug. 25: The Electric Chords (blues, funk, rock, jazz)
Aug. 11: The Johnny Jules Band, The Fat Lady Café, 13 Horseshoe Lane, Kauneonga Lake
Aug. 11: Debbie Fisher, Paul Kean and David Rosenberg, Rockland Road House, 159 Rockland Rd., Roscoe; 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Sorella: Jazz Standards with Defino and Ravdin, 3562 State Route 55, Kauneonga Lake; 6-9 p.m.
The Farmer’s Market in Rock Hill, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 223 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill
Aug. 5: Too Much
Aug. 12: Sam Hairman
Aug. 19: Keith Newman
Aug. 25: Ralph Houseman
Aug. 12: Roscoe Singer Songwriter Festival, 145 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Aug. 19: The Johnny Jules Band, Bashakill Vineyards, 1131 South Rd., Wurtsboro; 2 p.m.
Pickled Owl, 218 Main St. Hurleyville 6-9 p.m.
Aug. 5: Campfire Jones and Sara Hulse (roots, bluegrass, reggae)
Aug. 12: Barry Schienfeld Trio (Jazz)
Aug. 19: Kat and Randy (acoustic duo)
Aug. 26: Albi (acoustic variety)
Aug. 19: The Johnny Jules Band, Cabernet Franks, 38 Main St., Parksville; 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 19: Debbie Fisher and her Dream Catcher bus will be at the Hope Rocks Festival in Saugerties at the Cantina Veterans Memorial Complex. The festival is to instill hope in those who struggle with addiction.
Sept. 2: Joshua Tree, Sips and Sounds, Clearview Vineyard, 35 Clearview Lane, Warwick
Music Where You Least Expect It: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., DeFillipis Bakery, 506 Broadway, Monticello
The Dancing Cat Saloon: #ShineOn, Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2037 State Rte 17B, Bethel
August 27: The Johnny Jules Band, Bashakill Vineyards, 1131 South Rd., Wurtsboro; 2 p.m.
Until next time…