Sterling Stage Kampitheater recently announced its 2016 festival schedule. Keeping with tradition, the venue will hold festivals each of the big holiday weekends, beginning with Folkfest Memorial Day weekend (May 26-29). While there is currently no lineup scheduled for any of the festivals, Sterling has a history of bringing in top-notch performers to their picturesque venue in Upstate New York for the past 20 years.
This year’s Folkfest, though marred by several drug arrests, attracted more than 1,500 attendees and featured stellar performances from Upstate favorites The Ryan Montbleau Band, Sophistafunk and Tim Herron Corporation, among others. Check out Montbleau’s full set from the 2015 Folkfest below:
Independence Day weekend (June 30 – July 5) brings the return of the Ameribeat Festival of the Arts. Jamband stalwarts Max Creek pulled off two sets at this year’s Ameribeat, which was also billed as Sterling’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Finally, closing out the 21st year of Sterling Stage Kampitheater is the Last Daze of Summer Festival, to be held Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1-4).
Sterling Stage Kampitheater, located in Oswego County, has been hosting music festivals since 1995. Notable artists who have played the venue include Dickey Betts, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Donna Jean Godchaux, Commander Cody, New Riders of the Purple Sage w/John “Marmaduke” Dawson, Merl Saunders, Jonathan Edwards, Anders Osborne, John Kadlecik, Max Creek, Ryan Montbleau, John Browns Body, Jazz Mandolin Project, Zach Deputy, Rubblebucket, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Hot Buttered Rum, Jackie Greene, Nahko & Medicine For The People, plus hundreds of local, regional, and other touring groups too numerous to list. Next year’s festival schedule should prove to be just as prolific. Stay tuned to the venue’s website for updates to the festival schedules as the new year approaches.