The Hobofest lineup
Noon: “A Love Supreme” 50-year anniversary
Members: Rick Weber, drums; Wayne Davison, sax; Colin DeHond, bass and Jack Woulfe, keys.
It takes an overwhelming sense of dedication to learn and perform the 1964 album jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane considered an admission that a higher power was responsible for his playing, but that’s exactly what this local quartet has done. The performance of this four-part album, which bridges free jazz and bop styles, makes getting to Hobofest early important.
1 p.m.: Lew Dite, “Songs My Father Taught Me to Love”
Members: Jon Parsons, a.k.a. Lew Dite
It’s sure to be a sing-along when Montreal performer Lew Dite takes the stage and sings his collection of Americana hits from the late 19th century to the early 1940s.
2 p.m.: The Honey Dewdrops
Members: Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish
This husband and wife duo from Baltimore use acoustic instruments and their voices to create beautifully simplistic melodies heavy with direct, meaningful lyrics. The Honey Dewdrops have played at Saranac Lake’s First Night and at BluSeed Studios.
3:30 p.m.: Jeremiah Weed and the Wildeflowers
Members: Annie Stoltie Sprague, violin; Shamim Allen, guitar, keys and vocals; Derek Lavoie, bass; Scott Renderer, drums; and Byron Renderer as Jeremiah Weed, guitar and vocals.
Who is Jeremiah Weed? Be there and find out when this Upper Jay-based five-piece band brings their original rockin’ grooves to Hobofest.
4:45 p.m.: The Stone Fleet
Members: Matthew Chase, banjo; Ryan Robertson, vocals and guitar; Rafi Youatt, bass; Kim Chase, percussion and vocals; and David Balogh, harmonica
When Frankenpine’s banjo player, Matthew Chase, met singer and guitarist Ryan Robertson, they discovered a shared love for roots music, American history, Tom Waits, murder ballads and ragtime. This Beacon, New York-based band will be joined by special guests.
6 p.m.: Crackin’ Foxy
Members: Sarah Curtis, Faith Dawees and Melissa Nugent, vocals; Meggan Frost, clarinet; Russ Mulvey, bass; Bobby Davis, guitar; and Mark Hofschneider, ukulele, guitar and banjo
If you’ve never seen local favorites Crackin’ Foxy, now’s your chance. The ukulele-driven ensemble specializes in tight instrumentation and three-part vocal harmonies inspired by 1920s and ’30s swing.
7:15 p.m.: The Resonant Rogues
Members: Keith Smith, acoustic guitar; Sparrow Pants, accordion and banjo; Walter Prettyman, violin; and Craig Sandburg, upright bass
Rogue members Keith Smith and Sparrow Pants made their Saranac Lake debut in June at the Left Bank Cafe, but this time they’ve brought two more musicians. This North Carolina-based band has toured extensively and explores influences that include gypsy jazz, Eastern European music and American old-time and blues.
8:30 p.m.: Back Porch Society
Members: Russ Cook, vocals, guitar and mandolin; Carrie Havilland, vocals and percussion; Brad Hurlburt, guitar, banjo and percussion; Colin Dehond, upright bass; and Andrus Nichols, vocals and percussion
Known for their ability to make even the heaviest of feet start stomping, this high-energy Keene Valley-based band will include a combination of original material and reinterpretations of blues, stringband and country standards
9:45 p.m.: Woody Pines
Members: Woody Pines, vocals, guitar, harmonica and floor tom; Skip Frontz Jr., upright bass; and Brad Tucker, vintage electric guitar and vocal harmonies
No stranger to fans of the new folk music, this Nashville-based band leader uses his twangy vocalizations to bring a professional polish to songs about wandering broken hearts, fast cars, pretty women, crusty hobos and hard luck.