The inaugural First River Festival will bring big name indie talent to the Hudson Valley this October.
The two-day music festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10, 2021, in downtown Peekskill, NY at the Paramount Theater. Its aim is to build a new music experience in the Lower Hudson Valley.
Headliners include Parquet Courts, Guided by Voices and Waxahatchee. The festival’s lineup blends these headlining indie rock stars alongside smaller acts and rising artists with flares of folk, pop, electronica, Americana and even post-punk.
Unlike a traditional festival, the headliners’ sets are long–90 minutes each–to ensure the audience gets their fill. For a taste of folksiness, audiences can enjoy a performance by New York alt-folk legends, The Felice Brothers, complete with plenty of accordion and gritty vocals. First River Festival will also bring some good old fashioned rock and roll with North Carolina-turned New York Catskills band The Nude Party, Chicago alt-rock trio Dehd and Nashville/Brooklyn’s Liz Cooper.
Brooklyn favorites Small Black are set to play favorites from their new, critically acclaimed album Cheap Dreams, while California-based rising star Jelani Aryeh will share his dreamy, sunny blend of pop, rock, and indie. To round out the lineup, Nashville newcomer Katy Kirby will join the stage and showcase her light, airy vocals.
Live Goods Music and G4D Productions have joined forces to produce the festival, which they hope places Peekskill on the map as a premiere destination for live music and entertainment. First River’s audience numbers will be kept small to help the festival feel intimate.
“We wanted to see what would happen if we brought a bunch of bigger-name, indie bands to Peekskill. We think the region is ready for it, and that this festival will be the ideal stepping-stone back into life as we knew it.”Liz Goodyear, First River’s Executive Producer
Peekskill, located just one hour north of New York City in Westchester County, boasts a historic arts community which has continued to thrive. There is also plenty of great food and beer to be enjoyed at local restaurants near the Paramount throughout the festival.
Presale tickets go on sale July 8 at 10AM with code “LITTLEPEEK”. Check out First River Festival’s website for more information.