Monday, August 8, 2011

bluegrass fans will shuffle to canisteo next weekend

The area will twang this coming weekend, August 13 and 14, with banjos, mandolins and flat-top guitars as bluegrass bands crowd Canisteo.

The fifth annual Top of the Hill Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, with 10 bands, several of them new, planning on taking the stage over the three-day event. The festival is held at 6226 Laine Road, Canisteo.

Sponsored by the Southern Tier Bluegrass Association (STBA) and the ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes, the weekend drew 1,200 guests last year, said Paula House, one of the festival organizers. This year’s goal is set higher at 1,500.

In addition to the concerts, music workshops on banjos, mandolins, fiddle and flat-top guitars will be offered, with hay rides and a playground available for children.

Food and other vendors will also be present, but alcohol isn’t permitted in the stage area.

The show officially starts at 5 p.m. Friday, but a tribute concert for Lynn Bess is scheduled at 4 p.m. before beginning the festival.

Concerts will run until approximately 10 p.m. Friday.
Concerts will start again at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and will end at approximately 10 p.m. A church service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sunday, with more shows starting after. The concerts end at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $45 at the gate for the entire weekend. Tickets for Friday night are $15, $30 for Saturday, and $20 for Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Harry Lain at (607) 968-0671.