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AN AMAZING MUSIC FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY IN HASTINGS--
Release Date: September 04, 2014

There are many fun events to take advantage of during the fall months. Among the best is the annual "Take Me to the river Music and Arts Festival in Hastings--this Saturday. I recommend this festival. Lots of people. Food. Excellent musicians. Picnic. A world class event.
...and don't forget our annual dog swim this Sunday from 10-2 pm at Anthony Veteran pool.
PAUL FEINER

CELEBRATE THE END OF SUMMER AT 
THE 8TH ANNUAL TAKE ME TO THE RIVER 
MUSIC + ARTS FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 from 12noon - 10pm
(rain date Sept 7) 
DRAPER PARK, HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON

Hudson Valley's Premier Outdoor Summer Festival 
Two Stages, 21 Bands, Big Art, Fun Kids Activities and Community 
Delicious, Locally Sourced Food + Drink from 12+ Vendors 
Reducing Carbon Footprint with Solar Stage, Recycling Centers and More
... 
Tickets: $18 Advance, $25 at Door // $15 Seniors + Students, $5 Kids Ages 10-17, Free Kids Ages 9 and Under. To purchase, visit 12milesnorth.org. (Scroll down for line-up and concert schedule. Subject to change, please check 12milesnorth for changes.)
12 Miles North today announced the lineup for its 8th Annual Take Me to the River Festival Music and Arts Festival, which will comprise 21 live concerts, two dance performances, over a dozen local food and beverage trucks, new art installations, and a plethora of fun, workshops and outdoor children's activities, September 6th 12:00 – 10:00pm. More than 2,000 people will gather to celebrate one of the final Festivals of the summer season. See below for complete program and ticket information.

What began as an uber-local seed of an idea back in 2007 has blossomed into a must-see regional event. "Take Me to the River Festival continues to attract a growing, enthusiastic audience each year," explains Lizabeth Sipes-Liebeskind, Director of 12 Miles North and Producer of the Festival. "The events produced by 12 Miles North bring such a level of creative genius that people keep coming back for more," says Carl Carvalho, former President, Hastings-on-Hudson Chamber of Commerce. "12 Miles North knows how to bring a community together and touch people deeply. They have almost single handedly brought vitality and excitement back into our village!"

Whether you come for the live music, ice cream, or yoga workshops, the Festival has something for everyone. Sophisticated music lovers come to hear Grammy award-winning artists alongside bands right on the brink of stardom. The full concert line-up is divided into two performance stages: the Lunar Stage (dedicated to national acts); and the Solar Stage (dedicated to localized bands). Diversified musical programming ranges from jazz/blues (John Patitucci Trio, Duke Robillard Band), and country/bluegrass (The Howlin' Brothers!) to indie-rock (Outernational) and funk (High and Mighty Brass Band).

Dedicated to providing an eco-friendly environment, the Festival systematically minimizes its carbon footprint by utilizing a solar powered stage, supporting organic, local vendors, and educating Festivalgoers at its Practically Green booth. Even children are taught how to recycle at the Kids Funky Flea Recycling center. According to Sipes-Liebeskind, "It's imperative that we have a positive social impact on our community."

The Festival welcomes some of Hudson Valley's culinary best including French Press, Sakura Garden, Lemon Love, Blue Pig Ice Cream Company, Taiim Falafel Shack, Chiutney Masala, Penny Lick Ice Cream Company, and TheCookery's DoughNation, etc., while the Beverage Garden is stocked with locally crafted beer and lemonades at the Beverage Garden. Peppered throughout Draper Park are workshops for yoga, songwriting, etc., as well as spontaneous dance performances by the Hubris Fire Dancers and an interactive Silent Disco. Some highlights of the children's activities include the Zen Tree, Haven's Spectacular Nature Tent, Musical Mosaic Instrument, Giant Acorn Sling Shot, Shaving Cream Finger Painting, and more.

Lunar Stage Concert Schedule (subject to change)
Colette Michaan, 12:30 – 1:15pm
World, Jazz

Musical traditions from African, Arab, American, Southeast Asian and Cuban cultures have informed Colette Michaan's music throughout her life. As flautist and vocalist, she'll be leading her six-member ensemble performing works off of her forthcoming album Incarnate-Encarna to be released in September 2014. Michaan has performed with Youssou N'Dour in Senegal, Fathy Salama in Egypt, Toi Pinto in Cape Verde, Julio Cambara Palacio and the Cuban Express in Curacao, and recorded albums with Harry Whitaker, John Stubblefield, and Hubert Laws. colettemichaan.com

John Patitucci Trio, 1:30 – 2:15pm
Jazz

John Patitucci has been at the forefront of the jazz world for the last 30+ years and active in all styles of music.  He is a three-time Grammy award winner, has been nominated over fourteen times and has played on many other Grammy award-winning recordings.  John’s latest cd, Remembrance, features saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Brian Blade.  Both Remembrance and John’s 2007 release, Line by Line, were nominated for Grammys for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.  In 2005, as a member of The Wayne Shorter Quartet, John won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.  John was also nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal, and in 2003 for Best Instrumental Composition for a piece entitled Communion which features Branford Marsalis, Brad Mehldau and violist Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet.   
John has won many magazine polls and awards as a double bassist and bass guitarist. He has performed and/or recorded with jazz giants such as Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Brec ker, Kenny Garrett, Victor Feldman, Nancy Wilson and countless others.  
Mr. Patitucci has been involved in education for many years, writing books, making instructional videos and giving master classes around the world.  His latest instructional book is entitled “Melodic Arpeggios and Triad Combining” and has been published by David Gage this year. John was formerly the Artistic Director of The Bass Collective, a specialized school in New York.  From 2002-2012, he was a Professor of Music at The City College of New York. John is currently Artist in Residence at Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute. In 2012, John also launched his interactive online bass school through ArtistWorks (artistworks.com). 
2014 finds John very active playing, recording, composing and concertizing. In addition to his concerts with the Wayne Shorter Quartet, the members of Wayne’s quartet (John, Danilo Perez and Brian Blade) have formed a new trio, “Children of the Light”. The trio received rave reviews for their 2014 European tour this summer. John will be recording a new cd this fall on electric bass featuring musicians Brian Blade on drums, and Adam Rogers and Steve Cardenas on electric guitars. johnpatitucci.com

Duke Robillard Band, 2:30 – 3:15pm
Blues

Multi Blues Music Award winner and Grammy nominee Duke Robillard has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over three decades. From his conception of Roomful of Blues in 1967 to his current Duke Robillard Band, Duke continues touring today. The blues guitarist is at the peak of his six-string powers. Duke's band includes Bruce Bears on piano/Hammond organ, Brad Hallen on acoustic/electric bass and Mark Teixeira on drums/percussion, augmented by a horn section of Doug Woolverton on trumpet and Bill Novick on clarinet. dukerobillard.com

Tony Trischka and Michael Daves, 3:30 – 4:15pm
Bluegrass

Tony Trischka, a 2012 United States Artists Friends Fellow, is one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. In his 40 plus years as a consummate banjo artist, his stylings have inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. His technical and conceptual advances opened the way for a generation of players and his recordings are part of every banjo-lovers musical reference. Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular (Rounder) won several IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards including Banjo Player of the Year and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Territory (Smithsonian/Folkways) was named Best Americana Album at the Independent Music Awards. He produced Steve Martin's Rare Bird Alert (Rounder), which features performances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks and is the musical director of the PBS documentary Give Me the Banjo. As one of the instrument's top teachers, he has created numerous instructional books, DVDs, CDs and the groundbreaking Tony Trischka School of Banjo (www.tonybanjo.com) that is the online banjo home for students from around the world. Tony's latest album is Great Big World on Rounder Records. With contributions from his band, Steve Martin, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and many other special guests, more remarkable music is on offer.
Tony will be appearing at Take Me To The River with guitar and vocal virtuoso and long time collaborator Michael Daves. tonytrischka.com michaeldaves.com

The Howlin' Brothers!, 4:30 – 5:15pm
Country, Bluegrass

The Howlin' Brothers! released their first nationally distributed album, HOWL - in March of 2012 and hit the ground running spreading their original blend of old-time country blues, bluegrass, heartache, and soul throughout North America. It was produced by indie-rocker Brendan Benson (of solo career and The Raconteurs fame) and earned a ton of critical acclaim (most of it siting the quality of the groups' original songs and intelligent choices in covers). They released The Sun Studio Session - EP in October and their segment on The Sun Sessions (PBS) is now airing throughout the country through January of next year (in over 100 markets). Their newest studio album, TROUBLE (also produced by Benson) was released in May and the tour this year will bring them to Europe for the first time (Oct/Nov). The guys bring such a natural joy & a quality of musicianship to their performances that yes, there will be dancin'…theHowlinBrothers.com

New Sweden, 5:30 – 6:15pm
Folk, Indie-Rock

Since forming in late 2009, the five-piece outfit, comprised of William Dobies, Jimmy Dukenfield, Dan Weirauch, Zac Dukenfield and Chuck Knott, has been entertaining fans in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond. With sincere lyrics characteristic of Americana folk combined with the intense melodies of Indie-Rock, New Sweden's sound is a distinct and complex fusion of raw emotion wrapped up and presented in an artful array of musical flair. Showcased at Firefly Music Festival and NON-COMMvention and voted best band in Delaware for three consecutive years at the Tri-State Indie Music Awards, they've been described by WXPN's John Vetesse as "an instantly like-able blend: a little bit of Bright Eyes, a little bit of The Avett Brothers, a little bit of The Clash."
With a series of upcoming live shows, the band is eager to introduce audiences to their latest material from their new EP Fabric Room, produced by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Hoots & Hellmouth, Man Man). newswedenmusic.com

Reptar, 6:30 – 7:15pm
African, Post-Punk, Psych-Pop

Reptar is comprised of Graham Ulicny (singer-guitarist), Andrew McFarland (drums), Ryan Engelberger (Bass), and William Kennedy (analog keyboards). The group's sonic wanderlust extends from African Music to post-punk to psych-pop and converges joyously in songs such as "Blastoff" and "Rainbounce," and it's won them high fives from NPR and NME alike.

Outernational, 7:30 – 8:15pm
Rock

"Channeling the radical stance and the disregard for stylistic parameters that were a hallmark of The Clash, New York City's Outernational is hellbent on restoring righteous indignation to rock and roll." – The New Yorker According to Rolling Stone, Outernational "is an uncompromisingly, politically revolutionary band."outernational.bandcamp.com

The High and Mighty Brass Band, 8:30 – 9:15pm
Funk, Afro-Beat

Co-mingling band members from New Orleans, NYC, and a host of other cities across the globe, this dynamic krewe has the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk andR&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences. Legends such as Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, and Trombone Shorty have chosen them to share the stage.highandmightybrassband.com

Solar Stage Concert Schedule (subject to change)
Gracie, 12:00– 12:20pm
Pop/Indie

Gracie grew up in a musical family in Hastings on Hudson, and was singing out of the womb. She began playing piano at age 5, saxophone at age 10 and guitar at age 13. She’s been writing songs since she was very young and has been on stage in numerous musicals and productions. Gracie studies voice with Jessica Klein and guitar with Jay Azzolina. Her music inspirations are Amy Winehouse, Sheryl Crow, and Ed Sheeran.

Poppa Molly, 12:30 – 12:50pm
Indie Rock

Poppa Molly is a very eclectic lineup of Hastings High School musicians. Drummer Caleb Flood Goldstick has reached heights in the industry as a singer songwriter and vocalist. Zach Pearson is a natural born bluesman whose vocals add the right amount of smokiness and character to the set. Matt Hays plays guitar from a number of different blues, country, and rock inspirations. Adam Manson's lead guitar lines are as smooth as the rich jazzy tones of Gershwin and Charlie Parker, making the guitar sound almost like a horn. And last but not least, Nathan Blum is an exceptionally talented classical bassist, who perfectly rounds out the low end of the spectrum. This interesting mix of influences and talent coalesce to form a set of unique covers from artists like Steely Dan to the Police. 

Caleb, 1:00 – 1:20pm
Acoustic, Pop

Caleb, 16 year old recording artist/guitarist from NY, writes his own music in a style you'll find alluring and unique. His song, More Time, recorded by famed Jonas Brothers Producer, PJ Bianco, has won international acclaim and is a favorite among young and old alike. With compelling lyrics and a catchy sound, you're sure to find yourself humming it for days after listening. about.me/officialcaleb

Greetings From Anywhere, 1:35 – 2:10pm
Americana, Alt-Country

Sheila Noonan-Gorham, acoustic guitar/ lead vocals, Andrew Schriever, acoustic guitar/banjo/vocals, Doug Schneider, drums/vocals, Michael Chatham, baritone guitar/dobro/blues harp/vocals, Liz Mackanesi, fiddle, Adam Friedman, electric bass 
Formed high up on a hill in Dobbs Ferry, NY in 2007, Greetings From Anywhere mashes folk, blues, bluegrass and country into a unique roots-rock hybrid, performing with the gritty, impromptu abandon of a good-old-time garage band. Veterans of the NYC and Hudson Valley pub and festival circuit, GFA features a wide array of original compositions alongside choice reinterpreted feel-good covers. Graceful lead vocalist Sheila Noonan-Gorham, who's steeped in the tradition of Irish music, is joined by a supporting cast with diverse musical backgrounds; acoustic guitarist/banjoist Andrew Schriever cut his chops in the Boston folk scene, electric bassist Adam Friedman and drummer Doug Schneider are veterans of the jam band circuit, multi-instrumentalist Michael Chatham is rooted in the south Florida punk/DIY tradition, and classically-trained fiddler Liz Mackanesi performed in NYC indie rock bands. In addition to their primary instruments, each supporting band member is known to take their own turn on lead vocals, creating a unique dynamic to each performance. GFA is in the final stages of recording sessions with producer/engineer Matt Noble of their hometown Riverworks Recording, with a record release date slated for Fall 2014.reverbnation.com/greetingsfromanywhere

Riverrun Trio, 2:25 – 3:00pm
Blues, Rock

Adam Hart, guitar and vocals; Ken Tuccillo, guitar and vocals; Joan Indig, bass and vocals have been playing together in differing configurations locally for 18 years. We've recently distilled our sound using our voices and guitars to produce a blended scotch of the spirit of love. The essence of our vibe is harmony...the Riverrun sound.adamhartmusic.com

Swimsuit Issue, 3:15 – 3:35pm
Alt-Rock

Drew Swiderski/Guitar & Vocals. Mike Ice/Lead Guitar. John Cotaj/Drums. 
Swimsuit Issue is a group of young folk trying to play music forever. Mike and Drew one day decided to start a band and pursue music. The name is from a Sonic Youth song off of one of their favorite records. In there free time they enjoy listening to rad music, watching J. Mascis do his thing and Sports Time USA.

RiverArts Jazz Ensemble, 3:50 – 4:10pm
Jazz

RiverArts is a Westchester-based non-profit organization that supports the abundance of Art and Artists in the Rivertowns and produces a wide range of high quality cultural events and educational programs that enrich our quality of life. The Jazz Ensemble is made up of local children. riverarts.org

Kidaudra, 4:25 – 4:55pm
Electronic, Dance

Kidaudra is the intuitive electronic music project of Audra Kizina. It's an eclectic array of electronic sounds combined to form dance-pop reminiscent of ambient bedroom music.kidaudra.com

New Madrid, 5:10 – 5:50pm
Alt-Rock

Alt rock band New Madrid hails from Athens, GA and features Phil McGill on guitar and lead vocals, Graham Powers on guitar and vocals, Ben Hackett on bass and vocals, and Alex Woolley on drums and vocals. 
"While New Madrid don't sound much like R.E.M. or Pylon, they do draw from the same elemental sources as the Classic City legends, fashioning jangly, 80s indie with the rhythms of post-punk into something that was concisely called "college rock" at one point. That's what you're getting on "Manners"—only, with an SEC accent".
- Pitchfork newmadridband.com

Meadowhawks, 6:05 – 6:35pm
Rock

Their songs are an overdriven manifesto written in biting lyrics, pounding ferocity and vibrant harmony that expands far beyond the 3-chord rock norm, but often reverts back to it in all of its ragged jangling glory. Formed in the heart of NY's Hudson Valley, the band met while in college and came together after singer/guitarist Ryan MacLean, bassist Dan Vernam, then drummer Lucas Henry and bassist/guitarist Quinn Murphy. The band's debut EP was recorded at Rhinebeck NYs Clubhouse Studios.meadowhawksmusic.com

Exit 12, 6:50 – 7:20pm
Jazz

Exit 12 is an eclectic jazz quintet based in Hastings on Hudson: Glenn Babakian plays trombone in jazz and classical venues. David Hamburger's played bass and toured with NYC rock bands throughout the 1980s and '90s. Mark Kaufman plays jazz, R&B and Jewish music on saxophones, clarinet and bass clarinet. Yasu Okkotsu has a deep love and understanding of Brazilian percussion and guitar. And Bill Reeve has played drums with many of the great names in jazz. Sometimes raucous, often joyful, always new.exit12jazz.com

Matt Turk, 7:35 – 8:10pm
Acoustic, Folk

Web music authority All Music Guide calls Matt Turk "...an artist to be reckoned with." A seasoned recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, eternal idealist and compassionate peace loving realist, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY based Matt Turk is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world, both as a rocking bandleader and an acoustic folk troubadour. He has shared the stage with Pete Seeger and opened for Judy Collins, The Doobie Brothers, Fiona Apple, The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and more. He has performed throughout the U.S.A., Europe, Israel and the Caribbean, appearing at festivals and venues including Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, the Gathering of the Vibes, Atlanta's Music Midtown, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Beacon Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl. Matt's new recording, Cold Revival, is produced by David Dobkin, also a filmmaker, best known for directing "Wedding Crashers." Cold Revival was recorded in Los Angeles at Matter Music and is an arrestingly emotional collection of songs dealing with human relationships, loss, and the redeeming power of love. The album is scheduled for an October 2014 release. Musicians on the new album provide an impressive list of gentlemen including Russ Irwin (Sting, Aerosmith), Chris Joyner (Jason Mraz, Ray La Montagne, Sheryl Crow) and Dean Butterworth (Good Charlotte, Ben Harper) and more. Matt sings, plays acoustic guitar, mandolin and lap steel guitar.turktunes.com

About 12 Miles North
12 Miles North (12MN) is a progressive arts organization that supports and creates innovative and experimental art. All programming is site-specific and ranges from open-air festivals to individual performances, film screenings, music and art installations, plays, poetry workshops and educational opportunities. 12MN strives to produce honest work and keep programming affordable. 12MN supports artists of any age and any genre that stretch the imagination. Founded in 2009 by Lizabeth Sipes-Liebeskind, Niki Armacost and Barbara Prisament, the organization was created to produce a wide range of events and support the talent and creativity of the Hastings-on-Hudson community. Over the years, 12MN has partnered with many local artists as well as artists living as far away as Istanbul. For more information, visit 12milesnorth.org.

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