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Experience the rhythm: Music festivals in Greene County this summer


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

A band performs at Catskills Irish Arts Week in this 2022 photo. File photo

Summer is the season of music festivals, where enthusiasts gather to immerse themselves in the vibrant beats, captivating melodies, and exhilarating performances.

Nestled in the scenic beauty of Greene County lies a hidden gem for music lovers.

This summer, Greene County welcomes a series of exciting music festivals that promise to be a feast for the senses. From the soulful tunes of folk and blues to the electrifying energy of rock and pop, these festivals offer an unforgettable experience amidst the idyllic backdrop of nature. So grab your tickets and get ready to sway to the rhythm of live music here in your own backyard.

Here is a sampling of upcoming music festivals around the area:

  • Catskills Irish Arts Week: Date: July 16-22, East Durham

Celebrate the rich heritage of the Emerald Isle with Catskills Irish Arts Week. Enjoy workshops, local food vendors, and explore the history and heritage of Ireland through music, dancing and song.

  • Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival: Dates: July 12-16, at Walsh Farm in Oak Hill

For lovers of bluegrass music, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has a weekend of tunes. Set in the picturesque Walsh Farm, this fiveday extravaganza brings together some of the finest bluegrass musicians from around the country. Immerse yourself in the lively energy of banjos, fiddles, and harmonies that define this genre. Workshops, dances, and jam sessions provide an interactive experience, creating a sense of community among attendees.

  • Catskill Mountain Thunder: Date: September 13-17, at Blackthorne Resort, East Durham,

Rev up your engines and prepare for the ultimate rock and motorcycle festival at Catskill Mountain Thunder. This unique event combines the thrill of live rock performances with the allure of motorcycles, attracting music lovers and biking enthusiasts alike. Enjoy a lineup of talented bands, bike shows, stunt performances and a host of other entertainment options.

Greene County is a haven for music enthusiasts seeking a memorable festival experience. From the soulful melodies of folk and blues to cultural Irish tunes, the county’s music festivals cater to a wide range of musical tastes.

These events not only offer entertainment but also provide a chance to connect with like-minded individuals and revel in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes and a deeper appreciation for live music.

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