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August 21, 22 & 23

Enjoy 3 days of world-class music on two volunteer-built, outdoor stages - plus camping, hiking, local food, juried craft vendors, and memories to last a lifetime.  The Hoot is a down-home, down-to-earth, music gathering where everyone is welcome and there's joy to spare.  Bring your kids.  Bring your Mom.  Bring your dancing shoes!

Here's a video made by the wonderful folks at Beehive Productions.  Scroll down for the 2015 Lineup.  

 

An alphabetical listing of our Summer Hoot 2015 performers:

 

Astrograss

Newcomers to the Hoot, "Astrograss lend stratospheric virtuosity to tunes ranging from Bill Monroe to Frank Zappa." says The Village Voice. Check out their video for "This Land Is Your Land" and you'll see these family-friendly pickers know how to have a good time!

Newcomers to the Hoot, "Astrograss lend stratospheric virtuosity to tunes ranging from Bill Monroe to Frank Zappa." says The Village Voice. Check out their video for "This Land Is Your Land" and you'll see these family-friendly pickers know how to have a good time!

Baby Gramps

"The Salvador Dali of Folk Music," Baby Gramps is an energetic humorously entertaining performer with an endless repertoire. He plays a National Steel guitar, and sings his own unique arrangements of rags, jazz, & blues from the 20's & 30's, and many originals with wordplay, humor, and throat singing.  We first came across this fellow in Seattle on his home turf.  What a treat to have him back east!  

"The Salvador Dali of Folk Music," Baby Gramps is an energetic humorously entertaining performer with an endless repertoire. He plays a National Steel guitar, and sings his own unique arrangements of rags, jazz, & blues from the 20's & 30's, and many originals with wordplay, humor, and throat singing.  We first came across this fellow in Seattle on his home turf.  What a treat to have him back east!  

The Big Takeover

Back for their second Hoot, The Big Takeover is a unique concoction of backgrounds and spirits.  Jamaican born and raised NeeNee Rushie sings her heart out with a playful horn section, pulsating bass and drums, and a hypnotizing rhythm section.  This band fills our hearts with good vibes and solid joy - reggae to remember!

Back for their second Hoot, The Big Takeover is a unique concoction of backgrounds and spirits.  Jamaican born and raised NeeNee Rushie sings her heart out with a playful horn section, pulsating bass and drums, and a hypnotizing rhythm section.  This band fills our hearts with good vibes and solid joy - reggae to remember!

Bobby Bird

Bobby Bird is an eclectic American folk soul artist with a voice that's been compared to Neil Young, Marvin Gaye and Smoky Robinson. He has been heard around the Hudson Valley and beyond, playing drums, guitar, and singing in his previous bands "Drugs" and "The Duke & The King." 

Bobby Bird is an eclectic American folk soul artist with a voice that's been compared to Neil Young, Marvin Gaye and Smoky Robinson. He has been heard around the Hudson Valley and beyond, playing drums, guitar, and singing in his previous bands "Drugs" and "The Duke & The King." 

Zach Djanikian

We've had the pleasure of hearing Zach Djanikian (ja-NICK-ee-an) sit in at Levon Helm Studios on everything from mandolin to saxophone.  His tasteful accompaniment and vocal harmonies put him in a tier with the best of the best.  He tours in Amos Lee's band and makes his off-the-road home in the Hudson Valley.  Welcome to the Hoot, Zach!

We've had the pleasure of hearing Zach Djanikian (ja-NICK-ee-an) sit in at Levon Helm Studios on everything from mandolin to saxophone.  His tasteful accompaniment and vocal harmonies put him in a tier with the best of the best.  He tours in Amos Lee's band and makes his off-the-road home in the Hudson Valley.  Welcome to the Hoot, Zach!

Dylan Foley

A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Dylan has toured the US and the world, but he grew up right here in the Hudson Valley.  Now, at the age of 22, Foley teaches privately, plays concerts, sessions and celli’s around the greater NY area and beyond.  Check out his playing!

A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Dylan has toured the US and the world, but he grew up right here in the Hudson Valley.  Now, at the age of 22, Foley teaches privately, plays concerts, sessions and celli’s around the greater NY area and beyond.  Check out his playing!

Matt Heckler

Truth: we've wandered the streets of Asheville, New Orleans, and Woodstock NY and heard the same familiar strains of a gypsy-esque violin wafting by… "Is that Heckler?  Yep, there he is!"  Maybe you've seen him play with band Deep Chatham, or on a familiar busking corner, or at a late night jam somewhere.  What's certain is that you'll remember his energy and the excitement of his bow on the strings. 

Truth: we've wandered the streets of Asheville, New Orleans, and Woodstock NY and heard the same familiar strains of a gypsy-esque violin wafting by… "Is that Heckler?  Yep, there he is!"  Maybe you've seen him play with band Deep Chatham, or on a familiar busking corner, or at a late night jam somewhere.  What's certain is that you'll remember his energy and the excitement of his bow on the strings

Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

Amy Helm has played a few Hoots already, but this year is extra special because she's bringing her band The Handsome Strangers and she'll be playing songs from her brand new solo album "Didn't It Rain."  Click here to watch them play "Rescue Me" one of our favorite all-time summer jams.  In the words of NPR Music, "It's also a song that lets Helm's glorious, soulful voice soar over a gentle piano and thrumming electric bass."

Amy Helm has played a few Hoots already, but this year is extra special because she's bringing her band The Handsome Strangers and she'll be playing songs from her brand new solo album "Didn't It Rain."  Click here to watch them play "Rescue Me" one of our favorite all-time summer jams.  In the words of NPR Music, "It's also a song that lets Helm's glorious, soulful voice soar over a gentle piano and thrumming electric bass."

Erin McKeown

Erin McKeown is a renowned songwriter, ace guitarist, activist, and all-around creative force.  “Her clear mezzo-soprano sounds perpetually optimistic, and so do the syncopated electric guitar parts she picks and plucks through the sparsely arranged but fully realized songs. A degree in ethnomusicology, and African undercurrents, separate her from more rhythmically earth-bound folk-rockers.” - Jon Pareles, New York Times

Erin McKeown is a renowned songwriter, ace guitarist, activist, and all-around creative force.  “Her clear mezzo-soprano sounds perpetually optimistic, and so do the syncopated electric guitar parts she picks and plucks through the sparsely arranged but fully realized songs. A degree in ethnomusicology, and African undercurrents, separate her from more rhythmically earth-bound folk-rockers.” - Jon Pareles, New York Times

The Mike + Ruthy Band

The new CD "Bright As You Can" by The Mike + Ruthy Band (that's us your hosts!) has been called "a record about what it is to be human… about what it is to have an inextricable allegiance to tradition, while feeling compelled to speak for oneself. It's a record that will grab you, that won't let you go."  Click here to see a video of "Rock On Little Jane" from last summer.  Folk Alley calls it" A fist-raising, you can do it, don't ever stop trying anthem, one that inspires all kids, no matter how old we are, to sing along."  

The new CD "Bright As You Can" by The Mike + Ruthy Band (that's us your hosts!) has been called "a record about what it is to be human… about what it is to have an inextricable allegiance to tradition, while feeling compelled to speak for oneself. It's a record that will grab you, that won't let you go."  Click here to see a video of "Rock On Little Jane" from last summer.  Folk Alley calls it" A fist-raising, you can do it, don't ever stop trying anthem, one that inspires all kids, no matter how old we are, to sing along."  

Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower

It's hard to imagine a Hoot without these guys.  Elizabeth Mitchell and her family and friends bring beauty, honesty and joy to old folk songs and reinvented modern songs.  They've been experimenting more and more with rhythms these days and can't wait to play a lot of their new favorites on Hoot Hill!  

It's hard to imagine a Hoot without these guys.  Elizabeth Mitchell and her family and friends bring beauty, honesty and joy to old folk songs and reinvented modern songs.  They've been experimenting more and more with rhythms these days and can't wait to play a lot of their new favorites on Hoot Hill!  

Moonshine Holler

Moonshine Holler, the husband and wife duet of Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof, captures the essence of American music: hillbilly blues, ballads and breakdowns with some knock-your-socks-off flatfoot dancing to boot. They make their home in Western Massachusetts and we're pleased to welcome them to their first Hoot.  

Moonshine Holler, the husband and wife duet of Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof, captures the essence of American music: hillbilly blues, ballads and breakdowns with some knock-your-socks-off flatfoot dancing to boot. They make their home in Western Massachusetts and we're pleased to welcome them to their first Hoot.  

Rik Palieri

Rik Palieri is a veteran folk artist who will bring his fast banjo picking, exotic instruments, sing-a-longs, stories, and yodeling to the Hoot. After high school, he "hobo-ed" across America, playing his guitar and banjo for nickels and dimes and collecting songs wherever he went. These days he makes his home in VT when he's not a-ramblin' round. Hear a song.

Rik Palieri is a veteran folk artist who will bring his fast banjo picking, exotic instruments, sing-a-longs, stories, and yodeling to the Hoot. After high school, he "hobo-ed" across America, playing his guitar and banjo for nickels and dimes and collecting songs wherever he went. These days he makes his home in VT when he's not a-ramblin' round. Hear a song.

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix

As the Village Voice says, "Professor Louie's upstate ensemble is an Americana template that is timeless rock, country, blues and New Orleans influenced originals."  Professor Louie collaborated with The Band for over fifteen years and Professor Louie & The Crowmatix are the backing group for solo CD's by Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson.  We know them as a powerful local torch-bearers with a great blend of party and heart.  

As the Village Voice says, "Professor Louie's upstate ensemble is an Americana template that is timeless rock, country, blues and New Orleans influenced originals."  Professor Louie collaborated with The Band for over fifteen years and Professor Louie & The Crowmatix are the backing group for solo CD's by Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson.  We know them as a powerful local torch-bearers with a great blend of party and heart.  

Serious Juggling & Comedy

Whether he's juggling fire, hula-hooping in nerd glasses, or dexterously dancing with a bounty of balls in the air, Tony Duncan makes the Hoot funner, funnier, and fantastically fanciful.  Take a workshop with him up at the Kids Tent and learn a trick or two!  

Whether he's juggling fire, hula-hooping in nerd glasses, or dexterously dancing with a bounty of balls in the air, Tony Duncan makes the Hoot funner, funnier, and fantastically fanciful.  Take a workshop with him up at the Kids Tent and learn a trick or two!  

Rafe & Clelia Stafanini

The fiery fiddle power of father-daughter team of Rafe and Clelia Stefanini will make you dance and smile real big!  Rafe has played and taught old-time fiddle and banjo at Ashokan Music & Dance camps for decades.  This spring they performed together live at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN where Clelia makes her home.  Click here to here a tune!

The fiery fiddle power of father-daughter team of Rafe and Clelia Stefanini will make you dance and smile real big!  Rafe has played and taught old-time fiddle and banjo at Ashokan Music & Dance camps for decades.  This spring they performed together live at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN where Clelia makes her home.  Click here to here a tune!

Story Laurie & Ira MacIntosh

World-wise with a super homegrown vibe, Story Laurie is a mom, adventurer, and troubadour.  As her name suggests, she weaves a great tale and enchants kids and grownups alike.  She and Ira write about gardening, blueberry picking, wonderful worms, climbing trees, and jumping on the bed.  Good stuff!  See a video here.

World-wise with a super homegrown vibe, Story Laurie is a mom, adventurer, and troubadour.  As her name suggests, she weaves a great tale and enchants kids and grownups alike.  She and Ira write about gardening, blueberry picking, wonderful worms, climbing trees, and jumping on the bed.  Good stuff!  See a video here.

Suitcase Junket

 You've got to check out what this one man can do - see his video for "Eileen" here.  Born in VT and currently based in MA, Matt Lorenz is a nationally touring, slide-guitar playing, throat-singing one-man-band.  But as impressive as his hands and feet are, "the songs are what you remember." -The Boston Globe  

 You've got to check out what this one man can do - see his video for "Eileen" here.  Born in VT and currently based in MA, Matt Lorenz is a nationally touring, slide-guitar playing, throat-singing one-man-band.  But as impressive as his hands and feet are, "the songs are what you remember." -The Boston Globe  

Tony Trischka & Michael Daves

These virtuosos are joining forces duo-style to take us on a bluegrass adventure.  Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 45 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument.  Heralded as “a leading light of the New York bluegrass scene” by the New York Times, Michael Daves grew up playing bluegrass in that grand old tradition of staying up late & singing real loud. We adore these guys.  Click here to hear em!

These virtuosos are joining forces duo-style to take us on a bluegrass adventure.  Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 45 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument.  Heralded as “a leading light of the New York bluegrass scene” by the New York Times, Michael Daves grew up playing bluegrass in that grand old tradition of staying up late & singing real loud. We adore these guys.  Click here to hear em!

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason have devoted their heart and soul to The Ashokan Center and to playing American dance music.  From country blues and swing to the beautiful fiddle tunes and waltzes that have become their signature sound, Jay & Molly make the Hudson Valley proud.  

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason have devoted their heart and soul to The Ashokan Center and to playing American dance music.  From country blues and swing to the beautiful fiddle tunes and waltzes that have become their signature sound, Jay & Molly make the Hudson Valley proud.  

The Vanaver Caravan

The Vanaver Caravan’s broad repertoire covers percussive Appalachian clog dancing and dance traditions of the world.  In the words of Pete Seeger: “You’ll have to see The Vanaver Caravan to believe the high professional skills they have developed to bring out the old folk traditions – and then to see how they make the audience feel part of the show. In the end, everyone is on their feet cheering!”  See a video of their Woody Guthrie show "Pastures of Plenty."

The Vanaver Caravan’s broad repertoire covers percussive Appalachian clog dancing and dance traditions of the world.  In the words of Pete Seeger: “You’ll have to see The Vanaver Caravan to believe the high professional skills they have developed to bring out the old folk traditions – and then to see how they make the audience feel part of the show. In the end, everyone is on their feet cheering!”  See a video of their Woody Guthrie show "Pastures of Plenty."

Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright is a Grammy Award winning songwriter, singer, humorist and actor. A few years ago we saw him perform at a festival out in Colorado and he had hundreds of us laughing full belly laughs and wiping tears from our eyes.    Mojo Magazine called him "...one of America's most astute lyrical commentators...lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering."  This guy's for real.  Don't miss him at The Hoot!  

Loudon Wainwright is a Grammy Award winning songwriter, singer, humorist and actor. A few years ago we saw him perform at a festival out in Colorado and he had hundreds of us laughing full belly laughs and wiping tears from our eyes.    Mojo Magazine called him "...one of America's most astute lyrical commentators...lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering."  This guy's for real.  Don't miss him at The Hoot!  

White Light Gong Ensemble

First thing each morning you will hear the meditative and restorative vibrations of the gongs ring out across Hoot Hill and the whole festival site. Hariprakash and Theresa Widmann give this gift to us each year and we are so thankful! Check out Shuniya, their beautiful Kundalini Yoga studio in Kingston, NY.

First thing each morning you will hear the meditative and restorative vibrations of the gongs ring out across Hoot Hill and the whole festival site. Hariprakash and Theresa Widmann give this gift to us each year and we are so thankful! Check out Shuniya, their beautiful Kundalini Yoga studio in Kingston, NY.

The Wiyos

The Wiyos have been rolling for over a decade. One of several "old-timey" bands to emerge on the national scene riding a renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music, they have opened for Bob Dylan, graced the screen of the BBC, and in 2012 they recorded a Wizard of Oz-inspired album called "Twist" which Chronogram called “A surreal Americana opus—Big Pink meets Pink Floyd."

The Wiyos have been rolling for over a decade. One of several "old-timey" bands to emerge on the national scene riding a renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music, they have opened for Bob Dylan, graced the screen of the BBC, and in 2012 they recorded a Wizard of Oz-inspired album called "Twist" which Chronogram called “A surreal Americana opus—Big Pink meets Pink Floyd."

The Zucchini Brothers

The Zucchini Brothers deliver words of wisdom set to foot-tapping music.  You may find yourself grooving out to a song about eating fruit, making friends, or even cleaning your room! One thing's for sure, once you've seen 'em - you won't forget 'em. These zucchinis are 100% healthy and 100% fun!!!  

The Zucchini Brothers deliver words of wisdom set to foot-tapping music.  You may find yourself grooving out to a song about eating fruit, making friends, or even cleaning your room! One thing's for sure, once you've seen 'em - you won't forget 'em. These zucchinis are 100% healthy and 100% fun!!!