Winter Carnival returns with solid entertainment options

A T. rex guards the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace as part of the “Prehistoric Park” theme for this year. (Enterprise photo — Jesse Adcock)

SARANAC LAKE — Winter Carnival starts this weekend. On top of festivities such as the lady’s frying pan toss, snowshoe races and the parade, many local establishments will host their own events that coincide with the celebration.


The Waterhole bar and live music venue on Main Street has a stacked lineup this year for all of Winter Carnival week with some returning acts such as psychedelic funk band Lucid, two-tone reggae group the Big Takeover and groovy jam band the Melting Nomads.

The nationally recognized bluegrass group from Ellenburg Depot, the Gibson Brothers, will perform Thursday, Feb. 7 with special guest Old Sky, also a bluegrass band.

Driftwood (Photo provided — Marc Safran)

The Waterhole is selling all-access passes for $65, and tickets to individual shows can be found on their website, saranaclakewaterhole.com. Four of the performances throughout the week will be free, including the post parade show featuring the Big Takeover.

– Friday, Feb. 1, 9 p.m., Driftwood with special guest Swampcandy

– Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 p.m., Lucid with special guest Folkfaces

– Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m., Kevin Sabo (free show)

– Tuesday, Feb. 5, 9 p.m., Nina’s Brew (free show)

Lead singer Sean Harley struts like Gord Downie as Fully Completely Hip, a Tragically Hip tribute band from Cornwall, Ontario, performs in April 2018 at Bitters & Bones in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

– Wednesday, Feb. 6, 9 p.m., Annie in the Water

– Thursday, Feb. 7, 8:30 p.m., The Gibson Brothers with special guest Old Sky

– Friday, Feb. 8, 9 p.m.., Lady Moon and the Eclipse, the Melting Nomads and Swamp Kids

– Saturday, Feb. 9, The Big Takeover (free show after parade)

– Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 p.m., West End Blend with special guest Barika

Brenden Gotham, left, and Lucky Cerruti play Marvin and Lloyd, respectively, during a rehearsal for Pendragon Theatre’s production of “Guys on Ice: The Ice Fishing Musical.” (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

– Sunday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m., Dirty Blanket (free show)

Bitters & Bones

A weekend of free live music at Bitters & Bones will kick off Thursday, Feb. 7 with a “Super Jam” featuring musicians from multiple bands. As per tradition, the local bar will showcase the humorous rocking styling of Big Boss Sausage for two nights. Philadelphia-based gnarly funk group the Royal Noise will also play two days, one is Sunday morning during a bottomless champagne brunch.

– Thursday, Feb. 7, 10 p.m., Super Jam

Lucid (Photo provided)

– Friday, Feb. 8, Big Boss Sausage at 4 p.m.; Mike Lashomb and band at 10 p.m.

-Saturday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Royal Noise; Big Boss Sausage at 11 p.m.

-Sunday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m., bottomless champagne brunch with Royal Noise; Mike Lashomb at 3 p.m.

Romano’s Saranac Lanes

Ethan Zawiza plays trombone in Nina’s Brew, a soulful Burlington group, at the Waterhole in Saranac Lake in June 2018 as part of the music lounge’s Party on the Patio series. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

The pizza shop, bar and bowling alley will host multiple bands, a karaoke night, a Super Bowl party and an open mic night for Winter Carnival. This weekend will feature local hard rock band Sonic Boom and Fully Completely Hip, a tribute band for the Tragically Hip. Later in the week bands such as Shattered and Slab City will perform.

– Friday, Feb. 1, 10 p.m., Karnival Karaoke

– Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 p.m., Sonic Boom; 10 p.m., Fully Completely Hip ($5 cover)

– Sunday, Feb. 3, Super Bowl Party

– Wednesday, Feb. 6, 9 p.m., Open mic night

– Friday, Feb. 8, 10 p.m., Shattered

– Saturday, Feb. 9, 4:30 p.m., Slab City; 10 p.m., Good Guy Productions DJ

Pendragon Theatre

After its success during the 2017 Winter Carnival, Pendragon Theatre will perform “Guy’s on Ice: The Ice Fishing Musical” throughout the month of February.

Brenden Gotham and Lucky Cerruti reprise their roles as Marvin and Lloyd, two ice fisherman out on Lake Colby one frosty morning. As they wait for an ice fishing TV show host to come interview them, the two reveal their dreams and hardships to each other as they chug beers and sing about the comfort of snowmobile suits.

“It’s a wonderful little snapshot of two friends at an important juncture in their lives,” director Kim Bouchard said. “These guys reveal a lot about who they are, their love lives, their relationships. There’s also a lot of fun stuff about ice fishing, too.”

Performance dates are Feb. 2, 7, 9, 14, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for 18 and under and $18 for all matinee seats. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.pendragontheatre.org or calling 518-891-1854.

Left Bank Cafe

The Left Bank Cafe on Broadway will feature jazz pianists and guitarists during Winter Carnival.

– Friday, Feb. 1, 6 p.m, jazz pianist Karen Baker

– Saturday, Feb. 9, jazz guitarists (after the parade)

Jam band Annie in the Water performs at the Waterhole in Saranac Lake in August 2018. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

Eric, left, and Leigh Gibson of the Gibson Brothers play with drummer Sam Zucchini in the Harrietstown Town Hall on Dec. 31, 2018, during First Night Saranac Lake. The North Country-based band is branching out from traditional bluegrass to play country music with electric guitars and drums. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

From left, Ntangou Badila, Ngonda Badila and Nkoula Badila of the cosmic soul group Lady Moon & the Eclipse perform at the Waterhole in Saranac Lake in November 2018. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

Big Boss Sausage (Photo provided)

Singer NeeNee Rushie of reggae band the Big Takeover shimmies between bass plater Rob Kissner, left, and guitarist Guthrie Lord onstage at the Harrietstown Town Hall on Dec. 31, 2018, during First Night Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Funk-fusion group West End Blend performs at the Waterhole in Saranac Lake in July 2018 while recording a live album. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)