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June Music Festivals

Th-Su 6/2 through 6/5- MOUNTAIN JAM FESTIVAL 2011, at Hunter Mountain, Hunter— Though by the time this magazine comes out you have probably already gotten your tickets by now, we would be remiss if we didn’t make mention of the Catskill’s premier music happening. This summer’s festival season kicks off with its usual bang up at Hunter Mountain with the ever-popular Mountain Jam Festival. Produced by CHET-5 Entertainment, LLC, in association with WDST Radio Woodstock and guitarist Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Bros.), it’s four days, four stages, and over 50 bands playing for up to 15,000 people in a large temporary community. And—unless you just want it that way—it’s not completely roughing it up there; condos are available to rent, camping for 5000 is available, the usual food, drink, and crafts vendors are interspersed, plus indoor bathrooms and a large indoor full-service bar and late night scene. The environment is also extremely family-friendly (no charge for under 10) with a children’s tent, and there’s the Awareness Village with exhibits from not-for-profit organizations and environmental groups, performance and sculpture art, physical and spiritual healing, and beer and wine garden. Now in its seventh year, the festival has worked out any kinks, and has become a smoothly-run summer favorite for bands and fans alike, with an ever-expanding galaxy of musical styles represented. Package deals and VIP specials can be available up until the festival dates online at, see website also for updated schedule and directions, as well as Better hurry.

Thursday June 2
big gigantic (late night)
the london souls
zach deputy (late night)

Friday June 3
warren haynes band
béla fleck 
& the original flecktones
electric hot tuna
lotus (late night)
7 walkers (late night)
tim reynolds & tr3
toubab krewe
chris barron 
(of the spin doctors)
carbon leaf
the heavy pets
kung fu
pieta brown
tab the band
timbre coup
aliza hava
livingston leo
Saturday June 4
gov’t mule
michael franti & spearhead
the avett brothers
umphrey’s mcgee 
w/ john oates (late night)
mavis staples
north mississippi allstars duo
the new deal (late night)
portugal the man
zach deputy
ryan montbleau band
charlie hunter
leroy justice
bronze radio return
spirit family reunion
nathan moore
the erin hobson compact
the big takeover

Sunday June 5
my morning jacket
grace potter 
& the nocturnals
edward sharpe and 
the magnetic zeros
preservation hall 
jazz band
nicole atkins
civil twilight
the alternate routes
moon taxi
ari hest
the wiyos
morning teleportation
bobby long
steven lynch

Sa/Su 6/18 & 19- CLEARWATER FESTIVAL 2011-GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL, at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson—Ah…if it’s June in the Hudson Valley, it’s also time for the yearly fundraising festival for the protection and purification of the mighty Hudson River known as the Clearwater Festival-Great Hudson River Revival. What started back in the late 60s with legendary folk master Pete Seeger passing the hat at gigs and gatherings, raising money for the sloop Clearwater—an important flagship for the American environmental movement—has become a yearly extravaganza featuring some of the finest musical talent in the nation, and beyond. This year Pete presents “Clearwater Generations,” emphasizing the importance of passing environmental inspiration and education to the younger generations, by presenting sets with generations of musicians at the close of both evenings. These performances feature: Pete & Tao Seeger, Arlo & Sarah Lee Guthrie, Peter & Bethany Yarrow, Bernice Johnson Reagon & Toshi Reagon, John & Ben Sebastian, Tom & Jen Chapin (Tom’s niece and Harry Chapin’s daughter), Jay Ungar & Ruthy Ungar Merenda, David Amram & the Amram kids, and more. This is one very family-friendly event, five stages of music, with numerous fun and educational things happening on the waterfront, jugglers, clowns, storytellers, and the regional favorite, Arm-Of-The-Sea Theater with their amazing puppetry. There is, of course, food, beverages, arts and crafts vendors, but also activist booths, where you can find out what can be done to assist with the ongoing rehabilitation of our lands and waterways. And yes, camping is available. Mr. Seeger and company throw a fine party, be a shame if you missed it. Visit, and all questions concerning directions, tickets, scheduling, and what-have-you can be easily answered. Or call 845.418.3596. Here are some artists performing, in no particular order:

Saturday June 18
clearwater generations
(see above)
arlo guthrie
martin sexton
the felice brothers
the low anthem
david bromberg
toshi reagon 
& big lovely
janis ian
billy bragg
dane zanes 
& elizabeth mitchell
pete seeger 
& the power of song
jay ungar 
& molly mason
guy davis band
josh ritter
carlos varela
dar williams
joe purdy
kj denhert
mother daughter string band
mike & ruthy
the nields
dave douglas 
& brass ecstasy
linda richards
the rivertown kids
jesse lége 
& bayou brew
toubab krewe
zon del barrio
brooklyn qawwali party
zlatne uste brass band
and more…
Sunday June 19
clearwater generations
drive-by truckers
indigo girls
suzanne vega
jorma kaukonen
john sebastian
justin townes earle
red horse
chris smither
james mcmurtry
joanne shenandoah
tao seeger band
spirit family reunion
sarah lee & johnny
thomasina winslow
the six of us
the kennedys
jen chapin trio 
the klezmatics
joe d’urso
joel plaskett
dog on fleas
bari koral
tom chapin
peter yarrow
david amram
and more…

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