A six and a half-acre labyrinth, hand crafted from millions of pieces of bluestone known as Opus 40 is an attraction on its own. However, on Saturday, August 31, Radio Woodstock Presents the Felice County Fair, an event drawing upon the finest Hudson Valley musicians and food venders.
According to the Felice Brothers website, they have “always wanted to put on a festival in [their] backyard.” They will close out the day with a set ending just before dusk. The Felice Brothers are a folk rock outfit that began their career playing New York City Subways with roots in Upstate NY. Amy Helm’s soulful vocals are a breathtaking match for the artistry of the landscape for a late afternoon set. Jazz pianist extraordinaire, Marco Benevento will transcend the physical and create a soundscape that flows through his fingertips. Connor Kennedy has laid out the groundwork for his songwriting ability and is set to perform mid afternoon. His first disc, Nothing Lasts: Nothing’s Over, was released this summer. The daylong event will begin with Paul Green’s Rock Academy All-stars – the performance based interactive music school provides students with genuine opportunities to study and perform music.
The Felice County Fair not only offers food vending and libations by Keegan Ales, but patrons of the event will be giving back to the community as partial proceeds benefit Catskill Mountain Keeper. The not-for-profit organization promotes sustainable growth and protects natural resources essential to healthy communities: an advocate preserving the beauty of the Catskill Mountains.
The music will pause at dusk and resume Sunday, September 1. The married Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn will perform together showcasing their clawhammer style banjo playing aptitudes. Another husband-wife duo, Mike + Ruthy will bring their grit to the Opus property weaving storytelling and acoustic music through the stone and trees. Elijah and the Moon will kick off the day, greeting the sunshine (hopefully) with their intrinsic blend of roots music.
Directions to Opus 40.
Tickets to the Felice County Fair and Bela Fleck.