Festival Fever: GottaGetGon @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 5/23-25/14

Since 1970, the Pick’n’ & Sing’n’ Gather’n’ has sponsored the GottaGetGon, a Memorial Day weekend musical getaway and family folk festival. It’s informal, interactive and lots of fun. Camping is encouraged. So grab your musical instrument and get gone…

Featured performers at this summer’s GottaGetGon include Gina Forsyth (award-winning New Orleans singer-songwriter-fiddler-guitarist with a wicked sense of humor), the Murphy Beds (close vocal harmonies on an array of traditional Irish and American songs from Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary), Molly Andrews (folk favorite) and Michael Jerome Browne (old-time country, blues and Cajun music on guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica), who recently accompanied Eric Bibb in concert at The Egg.

Held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa, gates open on Friday afternoon on May 23, and the fest gets rolling with a pot-luck dinner at 6:45pm, followed at 8pm by the New Generation Folk Concert emceed by Hannah Rosen featuring performances by Alex Smith, the Irregulars and the South Carolina Broadcasters.

On Saturday, May 24, the fest hosts workshops and concerts all day long, kicking off with the opening sampler concert at 10:25am (oh, those crazy folkies). There’s a family country dance slated for 8pm with Fern Bradley calling the steps to the music of Vermont’s Irregulars.

Concerts and workshops continue on Sunday, beginning with a gospel music session at 9:15am. The fest hosts an open mic session with emcee Don Burger from 4:15-6pm, and after dark, the festivities wrap up with the traditional a cappella sing session.

Advance tickets are $50 for the weekend ($55 at the gate) or $27 per day ($30 at the gate). Advance tickets for students age 19-22 years old are $25 for the weekend ($30 at the gate) or $15 per day ($18 at the gate); students and children under 19 are free with paying adult. Evening-only tix are also available for $5. Weekend tix include free camping.

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