Blue Oyster Cult to Headline American Music Festival for the Lake

It’s a common theme for bands who’ve said goodbye to their height long ago to keep their music alive at smaller events and venues. But watching the band with Lake George as the backdrop just might make it feel like they’ve never declined.

The American Music Festival for the Lake in Lake George recently revealed to past attendees that one such band will headline. If you’re feeling an intense need for classic rock in the Adirondacks, well, the only cure is… more cowbell!

That’s right, Blue Oyster Cult will headline the festival on Sept. 24, kicking off day one of the two-day festival.


Originally hailing from Long Island, Blue Oyster Cult became famous for their songs of the ’70s including “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “Burning for You,” “Godzilla” and “Joan Crawford.” They toured arenas all over the world and sold more than 24 million albums. Today, they are considered a mainstay on any respectable classic rock playlist. The band currently includes Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom, the band’s original guitarists.

The festival has billed Saturday, Sept. 24 as “Saturday Rocks,” with Blue Oyster Cult as the headliner. Sunday will be “Sunday Jam,” with a discounted single-day admission.

Last year’s festival included Kung Fu, Crucial Fiya, Driftwood, the North and South Dakotas, Big Mean Sound Machine, High Peaks Band, Donna the Buffalo and others.

Big Mean Sound Machine
Big Mean Sound Machine

The American Music Festival for the Lake is located at the Festival Space of Charles R. Wood Park part of the larger West Brook Conservation Park. It sits at the southern tip of the lake directly across from tour boats.

The festival abides by the principles of the S.A.V.E. Lake George Partnership in protecting the water quality.

Two-day blind faith tickets are currently available before the other acts are announced. Weekend passes are $25 for general admission and $35 for reserved seating.

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