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Hobofest to celebrate the hobo spirit Sept. 2

August 23, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - The fourth annual Hobofest, an all-day music festival at the Union Depot, wil once again celebrate railroad culture, and the hobo spirit on Sept. 2.

This year's Hobofest will take place under the "big top," to assure against the variables of weather, from noon until 11 p.m..

Eat 'n' Meet Grill and Larder will serve local fare and there will be a children's activities booth and festival and artist merchandise tables.

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This year's special guest is Washington State legend, Baby Gramps. A former street musician and train buff, Gramps plays antique resonator National Steel guitars, and sings his own arrangements of rags, jazz and blues songs from the '20s and '30s, and many originals with wordplay, humor, and throat singing. His appeal is to a wide range of audiences from "jam-band" - having toured with Phish and the Flecktones?-?to punk to old timey traditional and to kids of all ages. He has performed across the States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Several unsigned, fully-realized ensembles, all "invested" in this event, offer distinct takes on roots music.

Taking the stage this year are Big Slyde, Hanna Doan, Frankenpine, Crackin' Foxy, Blind Owl Band and Steve Langdon.

New to this stage this year are Eddy and Kim Lawrence, with their wry sense of humor, and deft fretwork from the Canadian border, Keene resident Stan Oliva, and Quinn Sands from Cleveland, Ohio.

Hobofest is a project of Adirondack Sustainable Communities, and is supported by a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts. North Country Public Radio is Media Sponsor.



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