LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — It’s been said that Bluegrass is a music genre that is more interacted with than listened to, and Lake Placid is ready to join in on the fun. The first-ever Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam is Saturday, Oct. 25, in the 1932 Rink at the Olympic Center, and discounted pre-sale tickets are available now.
This year’s co-headliners are Grammy winners Sam Bush and The Del McCoury Band. Sam Bush, a bluegrass mandolin player, is considered an originator of the Newgrass style. He has taken home Grammys for Album of the Year, Best Country Performance by a Duo and Best Pop Instrumental Performance. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has named Sam Bush Mandolin Player of the Year four times in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 2007.
Delano Floyd McCoury is an American bluegrass musician. As leader of the Del McCoury Band, he plays guitar and sings lead vocals along with his two sons, Ronnie McCoury and Rob McCoury, who play mandolin and banjo, respectively. In 2004 they were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for It’s Just the Night, and in 2006 they won that category for The Company We Keep.
Amy Helm, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys and the Gibson Brothers are also a part of the star-studded lineup. Amy is a singer-songwriter and daughter of The Band drummer Levon Helm and singer Libby Titus. She is a past and current member of the Levon Helm Band, the Dirt Farmer Band, the Midnight Ramble Band, Ollabelle, as well as her own touring band, Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers. Helm wields a powerful voice and is also a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums.
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys is a bluegrass music trio from Lebanon Township, New Jersey. It is composed of the Mizzone brothers: Jonny, Robbie and Tommy. The trio’s debut album, America’s Music, was released in October 2011. Their third album, By My Side, was released in June 2014 with one instrumental song and five vocal songs. Check them out on YouTube, where their videos have been viewed over 20 million times on their YouTube channel sleepymanbanjoboys.
Originally from Ellenburgh Depot, N.Y. (near Plattsburgh, N.Y.), the Gibson Brothers, Eric and Leigh, were voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. for the second year in a row. Help My Brother, their 10th album, won the prestigious 2011 IBMA Album of the Year Award.
Other confirmed bands include: Big Leg Emma, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Hot Day at the Zoo, Eastbound Jesus and The 52 Pick-Up.
Doors open at noon and music will play from 12:30 – 11 p.m. General admission is $55 in advance and $65 at door.
VIP admission is $80 in advance and $90 at the door and is limited to just 300 tickets. VIP’s will receive a special viewing area, VIP only bar, t-shirt, limited edition poster, complementary water and sports drink. To purchase tickets, visit https://shop.whiteface.com/ItemList.aspx?node_id=438598.
For more information about the Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam and all of the activities taking place on ORDA’s Olympic venues, log onto www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.
— ORDA —
Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface, Belleayre and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speed skating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development.