Waterhole announces fall concert lineup

Ryan Montbleu debuts new band this weekend; Folk Fridays begin next weekend

Arthur Buezo (guitar) and Christian Cardiello (upright bass) of the Blind Owl Band perform at the Waterhole in Saranac Lake during a free Party on the Patio concert in 2018. Buezo will perform a free show at the Waterhole Friday, Sept. 29. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake’s Waterhole Music Lounge has announced its fall concert lineup, which began on Sept. 9 and continues through New Year’s Eve.

Music lovers can expect an explosive infusion of genre-bending bands, a triple header run of folk music Fridays, a collection of tribute acts, and handful of side projects from big name bands, including String Cheese Incident, EOTO, Turkuaz and The Brazilian Girls.

Ryan Montbleu will debut his new band at the Waterhole this Friday, Sept. 22. Montbleu brought together a funky group of musicians for this tour, featuring Michael Carubba and Craig Broadhead of Turkuaz, Paulie Philippone of West End Blend and Marc Friedman of The Slip.

On Oct. 7, The Dave Matthew’s Tribute Band will perform This 5-piece ensemble strives to pay homage to their famous counterparts by matching the excitement, energy, intensity and intimacy of a DMB live show.

A triple header of folk Fridays will highlight a wide array of folk music.

Arthur Buezo, of The Blind Owl Band, will play his Savage Folk on the Waterhole Patio for free Friday Sept. 29. Jason Dea West plays punk folk on Oct. 6. His poignant lyrics are brilliantly blended with vintage country, folk and blues, and timely sensibilities. On Friday, Oct. 13, Scott H. Biram will perform.

Saturday, Oct. 14 will feature the North Country party legends Lucid — arguably the most popular, beloved, and notorious rock act to ever emerge from the Champlain Valley and the greater Adirondack region. The self-proclaimed “party rock” or “backwoods soul” group is well known and regarded for rollicking performances lasting hours. The Outcrops will open the show.

David Sommerstein of North Country Public Radio will host a Beat Authority Dance Party on Saturday, Oct. 21. Listeners can expect a fresh, eclectic choice of dance music from all over the world. Fifty percent of proceeds from this show will be donated to North Country Public Radio.

The annual Halloween Bash at the Waterhole will be complete with a costume contest and lots of funky music from Sophistafunk, a hip-hop jamband from Syracuse. Chestnut Grove will shake things up as the opening act, known for their rock and roll.

On Nov. 11, the tribute bands continue with Barely Dead: Tribute to Grateful Dead, followed by The Frank White Experience on Nov. 18, who will bring the sounds of ’90s hip hop legend Notorious B.I.G.

Although there is neither a Donna nor a buffalo in the group, Donna the Buffalo is known for touring the country while remaining fiercely independent, and as one of the industry’s most diverse roots-music bands. An eclectic and socially conscious musical group that has its base in traditional mountain music, infusing it with elements of cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country. They perform on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Snakes and Stars debuts on Sunday, Dec. 3 as a brand new musical creation of improvised electronic dance music by Michael Travis of The String Cheese Incident and EOTO and Aaron Johnston of Brazilian Girls.

The Waterhole’s New Year’s Eve Bash will be headlined by The Mallett Brothers Band, a rock and roll, alternative, country rock band from the woods of Maine.

Concert tickets are available for purchase on the Waterhole website www.saranaclakewaterhole.com and in person by stopping into the venue. The Waterhole is a 21-plus venue.


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