With so many great festivals right in our backyard, we are lucky in the Upstate region to be able to pick and choose what we attend every summer. One gem that calls the North Country home and always has a solid lineup is Backwoods Pondfest. Now in its 8th year, this years fest will be headlined by Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na with his project Chali 2na and the House of Vibe. Other acts include bands like Twiddle, Spiritual Rez, Turkuaz, Alan Evans’ Playonbrother, Conehead Buddha, and of course, the gracious hosts, Lucid. With it still being two months away though, there’s still a lot of great music to catch in the near future before even thinking about that.
Welcome to ‘s “Road to Backwoods Pondfest” series. Through this, we plan on highlighting some of the shows in the region that we are sponsoring that feature Pondfest bands before its August kick off. Being that it’s our first installation, it made sense to tell you about the guys who host Pondfest every year, Lucid. The band hails from the Plattsburgh region and have been a gracious host over the years to the many bands that make the trip in August. As the winner of ‘s March Madness tournament, Lucid is gaining popularity throughout the region as one of the premier up and coming bands to catch.
On Friday, June 6th Lucid will be taking the stage at Olive Ridley’s in Plattsburgh. Joining them that night are two bands from the area that are local favorites in Doomf*ck and Trinity Park Radio. The following night, Lucid is making the short trip south to Saranac Lake to play Waterhole. Opening the night will be The Royal Noise whose powerful funk sound is a great fit for the show.
For both shows, doors open at 9pm with music beginning at 10, so head out and get a taste for what’s to come this August when Backwoods Pondfest kicks off its 8th year. And if you still haven’t picked up your Pondfest ticket quite yet, hit the link and grab yours now! There’s a reason why this is one of our favorites in New York.