Northern Current in Saranac Lake Returns for Labor Day Weekend

The Northern Current Music Festival in Saranac Lake returns for Labor Day weekend, featuring local and international artists representing contemporary music’s past, present, and future.

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The festival’s mission is to enrich Saranac Lake’s cultural diversity by celebrating various musical heritages. The event is free, and family-friendly, with various activities for kids and adults. The daylong celebration will happen in Riverside Park in Saranac Lake on September 4.

Northern Current Festival Lineup


TEKE is a female-fronted Montreal-based Japanese psych-rock group that features traditional Japanese
instruments, flute, and trombone alongside raging guitars and a pulsing rhythm section. They create a
sound reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s era psychedelic Japanese soundtracks.


The Big Takeover

Leading The Big Takeover is Jamaican-born singer and songwriter NeeNee Rushie, creating a horn-powered global blend of reggae and world music, with hints of soul and Motown, and their infectious brand of pop classicism.

Photo by Katie Palatucci

Ghost Funk Orchestra

Hailing from Brooklyn, Ghost Funk Orchestra is the brainchild of producer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Applebaum. The band has evolved from a one-man band to a ten-piece powerhouse live band that draws heavy influence from the worlds of soul, psych rock, salsa, and beyond.

Rose & The Bros

Rooted in southern dance tradition and the addition of soft vocal harmonies, Rose & The Bros from Ithaca will serve with their Lousiana sound and reggae undertone.

The Outcrops

The Outcrops are from the woods of Northern New Jersey, presenting original blues-infused rock and roll. The four-piece was formed in 2016 by lead vocalist Cassidy Rain and lead guitarist Bryan Schroder.

Crackin’ Foxy

Crackin’ Foxy is a ukulele-driven ensemble, featuring tight instrumental arrangements and close vocal harmonies inspired by 30s swing, Hawaiian, and NOLA jazz.

For more information about the Northern Current Music Festival happening in Saranac Lake on September 4, go here.

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