Summer means music festivals throughout the region


Save the date — the following are music festivals within a two-hour drive from Rome:

• July 13 Verona Country Music Fest, Verona Firemens Field, Rock Road

Headliner is Nashville recording artist Styles Haury, preceeded at 8 p.m. by Steven Cali. Other scheduled acts at the top of the hour from noon include Trigger Finger, Ryan Matter,  Fulton Chain Gang, Big River, Whisky Creek, Jennie and the Buckshot, Broken Rule, Kickin It. Tickets $15; advance tickets, in limited quantities, $10 at various locations. Details: Search for “Verona VFD Country Music Festival” on

• July 18-21: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Oak Hill, about two hours from Rome

A family-friendly festival in a rural Catskills setting. Top acts include Billy Strings, Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Earls of Leicester and the Berklee College of Music American Roots Showcase.

Tickets: $235 for the full festival and camping; day passes $80 each.


• July 18-21: Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival, Trumansburg, about two hours’ drive from Rome.

A Thursday-through-Sunday marathon with a little of everything: straight country, cajun and Zydeco, Malian, hip hop, washboard-and-jug-band, Navajo rock, singer-songwriters, blues, acoustic and electric Americana, reggae and ska, a classical orchestra on Sunday morning, dance performance, a dance and healing-arts tent and visual-arts barn.

Camping is available on the fairgrounds and off-site. Four-day passes are $155 at the gate; single-day tickets are $49 advance and $58 at the gate for Thursday, $53/62 Friday, $58/67 Saturday, and $38/47 Sunday.

• July 26-28: 47th Annual Fiddlers Picnic Festival, Osceola

North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum

The annual Fiddlers’ Picnic Festival is the main event held each year at the grounds of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association in Osceola. This weekend-long event has featured world class fiddling since its founding. The event features multiple performances by the guest artists, individual sign-up performances, workshops, jam sessions, and round and square dancing. Visitors can check out the museum and visit its new kitchen facility; a children’s playground is on-site. Guests can bring an instrument and join jam sessions.

Events begin with workshops from 12:30-5:30 Friday followed by a free 7 p.m. jam session. Free hour-long workshops begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. The gate opens at noon Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Festival headliner Patti Kusturok of Winnipeg, Manitoba, a 2016 Hall of Fame inductee, performs at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets: $5 in advance, $8 at the gate; workshop fees are charged.


• July 26-27: A Lovely Time Music and Arts Festival, Snow Ridge ski area, 4173 West Road, Turin

Some 20 musical acts, comedy acts, a skate area, workshops, art installations, yoga sessions vendors Tickets: Two-day general admission is $50. Gates open at noon Friday.


• July 27-28: Great American Irish Festival

Herkimer County Fairgrounds, 198 Cemetery St., Frankfort

The event benefits the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley and exhibits and demonstrations at the Culural Building include knitting, Irish-name tags, genealogy, a photo contest, traditional stories and songs, and bodhran drum circles and open music sessions.

Among the 15 musical acts are The High Kings, We Banjo 3, Young Dubliners and Enter the Haggis.

Tickets: Friday, $15 advance, $18 at the gate; Saturday, $18 advance, $20 at the gate; Sunday, $10 advance and at the gate; three-day pass advance only, $35

• Aug 1- 24 Skaneateles Festival. In its 40th season, the festival is a blend of classical standard repertoire and lesser-known works for soloists, chamber ensembles and small orchestras, and eclectic combinations of modernist, jazz and folk-tradition music.

Performances are on weeknights at a Skaneateles church and Saturday nights outdoors at a farm winery on Skaneateles lake.

Highlights this year include three-time Grammy-winning violinist Hillary Hahn with all-Bach program Aug 10, and avant-garde banjoists Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn Aug. 3. Tickets cost $35 to $175; season passes, packages and youth and senior tickets are available.

• Aug 2-4: Canal Fest

• Aug 2-4: Seedstock XI, Cortland

Digger Jones, the Combdown, The Blind Spots, Unknown Woodsmen and other acts.

3336 Route 215 Cortland

Advance prices are $15 Friday, $20 Saturday and $10 Sunday for single days, $40 for weekend, and $55 for weekend with camping plus online ticketing fee. Ticket prices for day of show are $25/$30/$20 for single days, $50 for weekend, and $65 for weekend with camping (no additional fees).

• Aug 10: Woods Fest 2, Woods Valley, 9100 Route 46, 11 a.m. to midnight

A one-day, family-friendly event showcases musical talent from throughout central New York, covering various genres played on two stages, hosted by Woods Valley ski area and Copper City Brewing Company.

Tickets: $25

• Aug 16-17: Chenango Blues Festival, Chenango County Fairgrounds, 168 East Main St., Norwich

The Chenango Blues Association is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization whose mission is to foster an appreciation of uniquely American music forms including blues, jazz, zydeco and gospel. Three bands are scheduled for the free Friday evening event, nine bands on two stages Saturday. Tickets for Saturday 's show are $25 in advance and $35 day of the show. Details:

• Aug 24: Clinton Art and Music Festival, Clinton

A day of music from solo acoustic to 10-piece swing, Gypsy to Gospel, Irish to Oompah, jazz to Americana on stages at the village gazebo, Alexander Hamilton Institute, Kirkland Art Center, Across the Row Bistro, Tom’s Natural Foods and the Village Tavern. Events start at 11 and the last scheduled show is at 8 p.m. It’s all free.

Accompanying the music artist wares and demonstrations, kids’ activities, and a variety of food. Parking is in the village and at the Clinton Arena, Clinton Elementary School and served by free shuttles.


• Aug 22-25: Pickin’ in the Pasture, 2515 Covert Road, Lodi, Seneca County

Bluegrass festival with performances and workshops, on-site camping, food vendors. Performance times are 2-9 p.m. Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; there’s a 10 a.m. church service followed by gospel music Sunday.

Tickets: $25 Thursday, $30 Friday and Saturday, $80 for the weekend at the gate, $70 by Aug. 1; Sunday is free.

• Aug 23-24: Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival, Frontier Field

Sponsored by the city of Rochester since 1995 with talent arranged by a professional promoter and held at the city’s Triple-A baseball stadium. Bell Biv Devoe, Keke Wyatt and Guy are among the top acts.

Tickets: Start at $69 for general admission, $89 for premium and $109 for VIP.



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