Clinton Art & Music Festival combines the love of art & music

Clinton Art & Music Festival


fest3Celebrate the end of summer at the Clinton Art & Musical Festival starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at the village of Clinton. Make your plans now for a full day of exceptional live music, impressive artist wares and demonstrations, kids’ activities, and a wide variety of interesting and healthy food selections.  The Clinton Art and Music Festival, now in its ninth year, offers one of the most impressive and varied musical line-ups, featuring more than 20 musical acts – from solo acoustic to 10-piece swing, Gypsy to Gospel, Irish to Oompah, jazz to Americana.  Nine stages feature notable guests from all over the Northeast and it’s free. There also is a musical petting zoo, art tent and clay activities.  Everything gets underway mid-morning and goes on until dusk.  Join several thousand of your closest friends for a day that you will remember long after summer fades.

Schedule by venue:

Noon – The Hot Club of Saratoga
2 p.m. – Sirsy
4 p.m. – Puttin’ On the Ritz



Alexander Hamilton Institute
1 p.m. – The Rick Short Band
3 p.m. – The Hot Club of Saratoga
5 p.m. – Sirsy

NBT Bank
1:30 p.m. – The Jake Ford Jazz Combo
3:30 p.m. – Jazz Vocalist Nancy Kelly with Rick Montalbano on keyboards

Across the Row Bistro
1 p.m. – Professional Victims, featuring Syracuse Singer-Songwriter Ashley Cox
3 p.m. – The Mark Bolos Duo

3 p.m. – The Dharma Bums String Band
5 p.m. – Noell Strobino

Kirkland Art Center
3:30 p.m. – Carobh Dugan

The Hohenfels Trombone Quartet

The Hohenfels Trombone Quartet

Stone Presbyterian Church
1 p.m. – Southern Gospel with Real Soul, Foundations
3:15 p.m. – The Hohenfels Trombone Quartest

The Village Tavern

3:30 p.m. – Negative 2 with Ed Townsend on vocals
5:30 p.m. – Lorijo Manley

Tom’s Natural Foods

12:30 p.m. – Singer Songwriter Eric Bronson
2 p.m. – The Hohenfels Trombone Quartet
4:30 p.m. – Singer Songwriter Stik Slabicki

Get to know some of the performers

The Boston Globe sums up Sirsy like this:  “Little band. Big Sound.” No more needs to be said. Although the only thing “little” about Sirsy is there are just two of them. The rest is more powerful than any duo you’ve ever heard. And why so much power? Melanie Krahmer on drums and vocals, Rich Libutti on guitar. That’s why.

The Hohenfels Trombone Quartet
The Hohenfels Trombone Quartet is comprised of graduates of the Eastman School of Music, who perform with the Rochester Philharmonic and with Symphoria, Syracuse’s new professional orchestra. The quartet plays a selection of German polkas and other Oktoberfest favorites arranged for four trombones.  This isn’t your typical Oompah band!

Hot Club of Saratoga

Hot Club of Saratoga

The Hot Club of Saratoga
Hot Club of Saratoga, a Capital Region gypsy swing ensemble, plays music that reflects the spirit and style originated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in the Quintet of the Hot Club of France in the 1930’s. The driving rhythms under dynamic soloing give  the music a life and vibrancy sure to bring a smile and often an irresistible desire to move.

Puttin’ On the Ritz
Puttin’ On the Ritz is a risk-taking 10-piece horn band, led by the fabulous vocals of Ann Carey and Mark Sisti, playing everything danceable from Benny Goodman to to Steely Dan, Lena Horne to Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles to Rickie Lee Jones, Motown to Kalamazoo.  For over three decades this band has had enough fun on stage to start the party off before anyone else arrives, but then happily spreads their weird brand of fun like a contagion.

The Rick Short Band
The Rick Short Band delivers a driving brand of 100% original ROCK.  The songs are muscular.  The lyrics tell real stories.  The music makes you dance.

Jazz Vocalist Nancy Kelly with Rick Montalbano on Keyboards
Jazz singer Nancy Kelly’s vibrant, rhythm-driven vocals have precisely the right combination of good-time energy, imaginative scatting and take-no-prisoners swing. Add the King of Keyboards, Rick Montalbano to this recipe and the combo is juicy!

Foundations Southern, Traditional, Soulful Gospel
Foundations is an 8-piece traditional Southern gospel band from Syracuse that reminds us where real “soul” music started out.

The Dharma Bums String Band
Described as 5 Jazz Hepcats trapped in the body of a bluegrass band, the Dharma Bums String Quintet truly believes “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”

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