Hobofest again brings mix of local, visiting musicians

SARANAC LAKE – Hobofest, a free music festival held Labor Day weekend and celebrating American roots culture, will take place for the sixth year on Sunday, Aug. 31 from noon until 11 p.m. on the grounds of the Union Depot train station.

The day showcases local and imported musicians, kicking off with a re-creation of John Coltrane’s landmark recording, “A Love Supreme,” featuring regional performers from Saranac Lake to Potsdam. Woody Pines, the Resonant Rogues, and the Honey Dewdrops will travel from points south for their Hobofest debuts, with Lew Dite crossing the Canadian border for his. Back Porch Society and Jeremiah Weed & the Wildeflowers both make their Saranac Lake debuts, representing downhill Adirondack communities. Crackin’ Foxy returns to Hobofest with a new lineup.

County Line performs on the 1 p.m. round-trip aboard the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. The Depot Jam continues this year for anyone who wants to participate with an acoustic instrument. Children’s activities are on site. Eat n’ Meet Grill & Larder, and Mace Chasm’s food truck will serve food from their menus, and Blue Line Brewery will offer beer in the afternoon.

Hobofest was founded and is still run by Peter Seward of Lake Placid and Todd Smith of Saranac Lake.