Pleasantville Music Festival Returns

After a two-year COVID hiatus, the 16th Pleasantville Music Festival returned on July 9.  The all-day event featured a cornucopia of musical performances with 18 acts between three stages. 

We try to check off as many boxes as we can so there is something on our stages that everybody will appreciate.

Festival Director, Bruce Figler

Under a bright blue sky, attendees moved freely between the Chill Tent, Pamnation Party, and main stages. With each location offered its own style of music.  Superb coordination of stage start times allowed most fans to catch most if not all of the performances.

Platinum Moon

Pleasantville music festival has prided itself on the promotion of local musicians. Staying true to their mission statement, the opening acts on each of the three stages were winners in the Lagond Music School ‘s 2022 “Battle of the Band” competition, where first place winners, Platinum Moon, were rewarded with opening the main stage. Rounding out the triumvirate of winners was Westchester based Noshows — who appeared on the Pamnation stage — along with Carter Quinn Tanis (hailing from Cromwell-on-Hudson) who performed in the Chill Tent.

The Pamnation stage, set up between the Chill Tent and the main stage, offered a separate dance area. The Narrowbacks from Pearl River took full advantage by getting the crowd up and moving with their Irish rock. Pamnation stage closers, Illiterate Light, raised the bar with a guitar and drum duet from the Virginia natives. The audience roared along with enough liveliness to mimic an arena.

The Narrowbacks

Resembling a circus big top, the Chill Tent offered an oasis for acoustic performers. Located at the back of the festival grounds, the Chill Tent lived up to its name: benefiting from a constant breeze flowing through the performance area. Throughout the day solo, duo, and trios graced the stage. Paula Cole closed out this space backed by a three-piece band.  Under a subdued purple glow, Cole and band shared an intimate performance filled with songs and insights from her lengthy career.

Glenn Tilbrook

The main stage was not to be outdone. Highlights included Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze performing solo.  Tilbrook played a host of Squeeze songs including “Take Me I’m Yours” and “Black Coffee in Bed,” to the crowd’s enjoyment. Standing tall with his custom-made red Squire Telecaster, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears followed, sharing a powerful blues set.  Festival headliners, X Ambassadors, closed out the evening with lead singer Sam Harris singing and dancing from one end of the stage to another. Teenage girls lined the front of the stage giving their approval after every song.  The Ithaca band presented a dynamic performance of their music, capping a stellar day.

X Ambassadors

With its 16th event in the books, the Pleasantville Music festival has proven its sustainability, offering top-notch performers in a suburban setting while mixing in crafts, food and family-oriented activities. 

Main Stage

Pamnation Stage

Chill Stage

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