Plethora of Winter Carnival performances

SARANAC LAKE – This year’s Winter Carnival is packed with events, but the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. A few local establishments have made sure there is plenty of music on tap to keep people moving into the night.

Feb. 1

EMEFE, Mosaic Foundation

The Waterhole, upstairs, 10 p.m. $10

The show begins with the Rochester-based roots-reggae band Mosaic Foundation. This seven-piece band produces a danceable wave of smooth-flowing, positive vibrations with an authentic reggae sound. They have opened for many notable names like John Brown’s Body, Toots and the Maytals and the Skatalites.

When the 10 members of EMEFE take the stage, people notice. The band utilizes a four-part horn section, drums, percussion. bass and guitar to mix infectious Afrobeat with jazz, funk and rock rhythms.

Karaoke with Keith King

Romano’s Saranac Lanes, 10 to 2 a.m. Free

Not in the mood to watch someone else perform? Then grab the microphone and show the world what you can do at Romano’s. Keith King will also be at Romano’s on Feb. 5 and 7.

Feb. 3

The Reel Jig Band

Grizle T’s, 8 to 11 p.m. Free

Come stomp your feet to music by former members of Celtic band Inisheer, Erik VanYserloo, Steve Borst and Sue Grimm Hanley, as they join forces with fiddler Nelson Rock.

Feb. 4

The Blind Owl Band

The Waterhole (downstairs), 10 p.m. Free

Local favorites The Blind Owl Band always hit the crowd with a sonic wall of high-speed string-picking songs. They have toured extensively in the Northeast, playing more than 250 shows and more than 25 festivals along the way. Still celebrating the release of their second album, “This Train We Ride is Made of Wood and Steel,” this often-blindingly-fast-but-always-melodic quartet will play twice during Winter Carnival.

Feb. 5

Sophistafunk, Groovestick

The Waterhole (upstairs), 10 p.m. $10

Citing influences like Parliament Funkadelic, Chick Corea and Victor Wooten, Groovestick promises to unleash a wave of progressive funk on any party. Hailing from Albany, this trio employs a simple mixture of drums, guitar, bass and keyboard and organ to produce their distinctive musical flow.

Sophistafunk will bring their winter tour to Saranac Lake just four days after their show in Bozeman, Mont. The Syracuse-based trio’s tight, funk-rooted music is dripping with hip-hop and dance-groove overtones, which form a dance-worthy backdrop to their positive and energetic lyrics.

Feb. 6

Start Making Sense,

The Big Mean Sound Machine

The Waterhole (upstairs), 10 p.m. $10

If you can’t get enough of the Talking Heads, Start Making Sense is the band for you. This seven-member tribute band can handle all of the Talking Heads’ popular songs, as well as some lesser-known tunes like “Cities” and “Nothing But Flowers.”

If the question is, “How many people can fit on one stage?”, The Big Mean Sound Machine might be the answer. The 12-member band has a full horn section, bass, guitar, organ, a heaping lode of percussion and an array of effects, all coming together to produce their mesmerizing, experimental Afro-beat-dance sound. BMSM started in Ithaca and has since performed in venues throughout the Northeast.

Rushad Eggleston

Pendragon Theater, 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show

With a knack for all things creative, quirky and bizarre, Eggleston promises to bring a show like no other to Saranac Lake. A one-man cello show, the Berklee School of Music in Boston graduate often sports brightly colored tights while prancing about stage, his fingers delicately dancing across the neck of his instrument. Make no mistake – the music is technical and wild, and his lyrics are as infectious as they are absurdly entertaining.

Sven Curth of JIM

Grizzle T’s, 9 to 1 a.m. Free

Adirondack singer and songwriter Sven Curth takes a raw and wild approach to music that borders on madness but never quite crosses the line. The music is of the upbeat honky-tonk, rockabilly variety. The musicianship is tight, the lyrics are direct and focus on topics that include drinking, futility, lawlessness and tractors. It might not be for everyone, but everyone is sure to find something they like.

Feb. 7

Conehead Buddha, Blind Spots

The Waterhole (upstairs),

10 p.m. $10

Come celebrate with The Blind Spots as they begin their fifth year as a band. Their highly accessible, poppy mix of indie music and rock has a little something for everyone, and vocalist Maddy Walsh’s crooning is sure to delight even the most reluctant of listeners.

Conehead Buddha are regulars at The Waterhole, and this Friday night show promises to be a blowout of never-ending jam grooves and tightly syncopated rhythms that borrow from ska, funk, rock, reggae and salsa. Horns, drums, percussion, bass, guitar and keyboards round out Conehead’s addictive sound.

Big Boss Sausage, The Cop Outs

Captain Cook’s, 5 p.m. Free

Big Boss Sausage’s music is as entertaining to listen to as the band’s name is to say. The music has a southern grit that carries a catchy melody for the oftentimes humorous lyrics. The band is playing five shows in four days: Feb. 7 and 8 at Cook’s, Smoke Signals on Feb. 7 and Whiteface Mountain’s Cloudspin Lodge on Feb. 8 and 9.

Hailing from Morristown, Vt., this self-professed “dirty drunken sailor Irish punk rock band” the Cop Outs compare themselves to Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly and encourages copious drinking and copious amounts of dancing at their shows. The quintet will perform a raucous blend of covers and originals. If you’re lucky, they might even play “Brown Eyed Girl.”

Feb. 8

Susan Grimm and Celtic Quartet

Left Bank Cafe, 7 to 9 p.m.

Local music teacher and Adirondack folk singer Susan Grimm will perform with a Celtic quartet.

Annie in Water, after-parade show; Big Boss Sausage, 8 p.m.

Captain Cook’s, Free

Annie in Water will start the afternoon off right with their mix of high energy originals and catchy top-20 covers. Having played all along the East Coast, the trio of musicians is no stranger to performing in front of crowds of people eager to dance.

The Reel Jig Band, Legend, Damaged Goods

Romano’s Saranac Lanes, Free

A triple onslaught of music at Romano’s. The Reel Jig Band will take the stage at 2:15 p.m., Legend will hit the stage at 5 p.m. and Damaged Goods will play at 10 p.m.

Blind Owl Band, post-parade

The Waterhole (upstairs), 2 p.m. Free

The Blind Owl Band will perform for the second time during this year’s Winter Carnival immediately following the parade. Get there early – the place is likely to be packed.


The Waterhole (upstairs), 10 p.m.

Lucid is such a North Country staple they barely need an introduction. Born in Plattsburgh, the six-member band has performed up and down the East Coast, and they are well-known for their undeniably groovy jams and original, tight-woven combinations of funk, rap, reggae, blues, and the occasional lick of country. Lucid can play for hours at a time, and is willing to do so if the crowd permits it. If you haven’t experienced their energy, now’s the time to do so.

Feb. 9

Tim Herron Trio

The Waterhole, 2 p.m. Free

If you didn’t get enough music during this year’s Winter Carnival, the Tim Herron Trio has what you need. Honest, simple lyrics that never come across as preachy complement a mellow and engaging mix of rock and roll, bluegrass and folk, a blend the band affectionately calls AmeriBeat. After more than 14 years and four full length albums, the Tim Herron Trio has established a strong fan base throughout the Northeast.

Annie in Water

Captain Cook’s, 4 to 7 p.m.

Annie in Water will perform a free show for the second time as this year’s Carnival season comes to a close.

Contact Shaun Kittle at 891-2600 ext. 25 or