Musicians Unite for North Country Food Pantries

SARANAC LAKE – The Third Annual Musicians Unite for North County Food Pantries Benefit Concert will be held at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Adirondack Carousel on the corner of Depot St. and Bloomingdale Avenue.

This will be an all-day, family-friendly, free concert. There will be more than a dozen acts on the bill, ranging from folk to blues to rock.

The event will benefit the food pantries of Saranac Lake, Vermontville, Brighton, and Duane. Those who attend are asked to bring donations of cash and/or non perishable foods. (Cash goes further, as each dollar donated has the buying power of up to $12 worth of food)

Members of the various food pantries will be on hand to collect donations. All musicians donate their performances. Some will have CDs for sale, and those attending can support them by purchasing them at the show.

Food and beverages will be for sale, with all profits going directly to the food pantries. There will also be door prizes, raffles and a guitar auction.

Members of Trio, an organization involving students from several local colleges, will be on hand to provide assistance.

Adirondack Piper Cameron Anderson will kick off the day’s events at 10:45 a.m., followed by Jubal Consort, a recorder ensemble; songwriter Barbara Darring; the Rustic Riders and their original brand of imspirational folk and traditional music, Oh!Betty, a country blues duo from the Plattsburg area; The Lemon Drops, who play an eclectic blend of melodic music; Adirondack folksinger/songwriter Jamie Savage, who’ll take a break from teaching at Wanakena Ranger School to perform a set; The Dust Bunnies, who bring their original folk and blues to the stage; Eric Klotzko and possibly other members of Y Not Blue; recording artist Heidi Little, who will do a solo acoustic set of her songs of light and love; The Barn Cats, who perform Americana/fiddle tunes; the Shamrock Jam Band, a diverse group who jam each Wednesday night at the Shamrock in Gabriels; Keith Gorgas and Friends, who perform original songs; songwriter Theresa Hartford, who will sing in her own bluesy style; Howie Campbell, who has been a performing Southern Rock, Blues, Gospel, and Jazz musician for more than 30 years; Celia Evans, who will joined by some of the musicians who performed on her recently released CD, “The Road;” Larry Stone and Stoneground Express, who will play rock -country-blues and roots flavored originals; veteran blues musician Frank Porter; and SplitRock, a Lake Placid based band.

Several area personalities will share in the master of ceremonies spot for the festivities.

For more information and updates on the show, visit the concert’s organizers on Facebook.