LAC SARANAC – While COVID-19 makes planning difficult, this year’s component of Northern Current will feature diverse and dancing programming.
The one-day community music festival on Sunday September 5th will be hosted by the Mallett Brothers Band, with support from Underground System, Paris Monster, Folkfaces and Giovanina Bucci & Co.
The Mallett Brothers Band is a five-piece nation touring group from Maine that mixes alternative country, Americana and rock in a musical experience that can feel like a jaunt through the history of American roots music. Audiences can expect to hear strings ranging from acoustic and electric guitars to a dobro, mandolins and violins.
Underground System is a six-piece band from New York City that mixes dance club vibes with Afrobeat, Latin-style tunes, and other musical themes from around the world. The group started in 2018 with a reimagining of Fela Kuti’s work and has grown into an independent international touring dance group. Expect hypnotic and infectious flute, congas, sampling and grooves.
A duo called Paris Monster will amaze the public with everything they can do together. Josh Dion plays keyboards and drums while singing, and Geoff Kraly plays bass using a synthesizer. The two-man psych-funk orchestra hails from New York.
Folkfaces performed Party on the Patio on July 15th and will head to Saranac Lake again for a slot in Northern Current. The Buffalo neighborhood specializes in “Rowdy jazz and bluesy roots”.
A native of Plattsburgh, singer-songwriter Giovanina Bucci now lives in Burlington and directs the acoustic trio Nina’s Brew. She released a new solo album called Storytellers at the end of June with the help of a dynamite group of Burlington area musicians and produced by acclaimed singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau.
Held at Riverside Park in Saranac Lake, Northern Current is a free one-day music festival that succeeded Hobofest when its organizers retired. The First Northern Current took place in 2019, and after being forced to take a year during the pandemic, the festival’s all-volunteer organizing team is jazzed up to create a day of dance for the community of Saranac Lake.