The inaugural Speed of Sound music festival will captivate rock fans from across the northeast on Sept. 26 at the Dutchess County Airport in Wappinger Falls.
The Hudson Valley festival was conceived by Radio Woodstock, the creators of the Mountain Jam Festival, in celebration of the station’s 35th anniversary. Organizers have announced six of the acts to perform at this fall’s festival — and teased that one will be named later — with The Avett Brothers starring as the headlining act.
Music will kick off at noon on the 26th, a Saturday, and will continue late into the night. Providing a primetime two-hour performance are The Avett Brothers, a North Carolina alt-country band. The band is frontlined by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, who play banjo and guitar, respectively. The brothers have been playing music together since their youth, with the first Avett Brothers album being released in 2002. Their appearance at the Speed of Sound festival will mark the band’s final northeastern performance of 2015.
Sharing some of the festival’s spotlight is the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which is touring in 2015 after releasing the band’s “Phosphorescent Harvest” album last year. Chris Robinson, the lead singer, is best known for being a founding member and the kingpin of The Black Crowes, the hard rock band that peaked in the 1990s. As a member of the Black Crowes, Robinson sold more than 20 million albums and became wildly successful across the music world.
Hot Tuna will perform at Speed of Sound as well. The San Francisco blues band has been active for 46 years, with founding members Jack Cassidy (bassist) and Jorma Kaukonen (guitarist) still active with the band.
Also performing in the inaugural festival are Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers, Connor Kennedy & Minstrel, and Elijah Wolf.
Early bird tickets are available on the event’s website for $55. Tickets purchased on the day of the festival will cost $75.