The Northern Current Music Festival is set to return to Riverside Park in Saranac Lake, NY with a lineup of live music on on Sunday, September 4th. This year’s festival is headlined by TEKE::TEKE with support from The Big Takeover, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Rose & The Bros, The Outcrops and Crackin’ Foxy. The lineup also includes a special performance by Badenyah Drum & Dance.
TEKE::TEKE is a female-fronted, Montreal-based Japanese psych-rock group that features traditional Japanese instruments, flute and trombone alongside raging guitars and a pulsing rhythm section. TEKE::TEKE creates a sound reminiscent of the 1960s and 70s era psychedelic Japanese soundtracks with a frenetic, modern twist.
Jamaican-born singer and songwriter NeeNee Rushie leads The Big Takeover. Their horn powered global blend reveals deep fluency in reggae and world music, with hints of soul and Motown, and their own infectious brand of pop classicism.
Ghost Funk Orchestra is the brainchild of producer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Applebaum. What started as a one-man band has evolved into a 10-piece powerhouse live band hailing from Brooklyn. It sounds like a sonic kaleidoscope that defines genre specification, but draws heavy influence from the worlds of soul, psych rock, salsa, and beyond.
Rose & The Bros is a six-piece ensemble hailing from Ithaca. Rooted in southern dance tradition, with the addition of crooning vocal harmonies, and country music influence, listeners can expect distinctive rhythmic patterns based in a Louisiana sound, with additional reggae and melodic drum tones.
From the woods of northern New Jersey, The Outcrops present original blues infused rock n’ roll. The four-piece band was formed in 2016 by lead vocalist Cassidy Rain and lead guitarist Bryan Schroder. Cassidy has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi, but her raw sensibility as a front woman could easily bring comparisons to blues legend Muddy Waters.
Saranac Lake band Crackin’ Foxy is a ukulele-driven ensemble, featuring close vocal harmonies and tight instrumental arrangements. The quintet is inspired by traditional New Orleans jazz, 30s swing and Hawaiian music, and plays with a fresh and joyful energy all their own.
Northern Current also features kids programming, hosted by ADK ArtRise with support from Casella Waste Systems and Adirondack for Kids. ArtRise will offer a collaborative paper quilting project, a slime factory and tutu-making kits from noon to 5 pm. From noon to 3 pm, kids and families can participate in Circus with Sammy, which includes hula hoops, poi, ribbons and juggling balls.
Food vendors this year include Kate Mountain Farm, Barley Sandwich and Jam Dots.
The Northern Current Music Festival is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
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