Adirondack Independent Music Festival Rings in Its 8th Year with Stellar Lineup this Weekend in Lake George

If you are looking to see some great music this Labor Day Weekend, the Adirondack Independent Music Festival is the place to be!  Returning for its 8th year, the festival will once again take place at the beautiful Charles R. Wood Festival Commons in Lake George, Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3, and will feature several of the premiere touring bands currently on the festival circuit. 

Headlining this year’s festival will be moe., who will perform two sets each night on Saturday and Sunday, and Grateful Dead tribute Dark Star Orchestra, performing two sets on Friday.  The stacked lineup will also feature performances by Brooklyn art-pop and indie rock band Rubblebucket, multi-instrumentalist Keller Willams, and one of the funkiest bands ever to come out of New Orleans, Dumpstaphunk, featuring recent Grammy-winners Ivan and Ian Neville.  But it doesn’t stop there. The three-day event will also include performances by Twiddle frontman Mihali, a Prince and David Bowie tribute featuring members of Pink Talking Fish, Twiddle, The Machine, and the Cool Cool Cool horn section, Dogs in a Pile, Melt, Neighbor, Eggy, Roots of Creation, Jimkata, Lucid, Karina Rykman, Sophistafunk, Sam Kininger & The A-Beez, Baked Shrimp, Escaper, Creamery Station, The Suke Cerulo Band and Hilltop. 


Hailed by American Songwriter for their “mind-bending musicality,” moe. is treasured for their mesmerizing musical synergy, unfettered showmanship, and smart, resonant songcraft. The band has corralled myriad musical forms for three decades on a truly original journey rich with crafty, clever songwriting and astonishing resourcefulness. Fueled by an impassioned fan base, moe. has spent much of those thirty years on the road, encompassing countless live performances marked by eclectic wit, deep friendship, and exploratory invention.  

Performing to critical acclaim for over 20 years and over 3,000 shows, Friday’s headliner, Dark Star Orchestra, continues the Grateful Dead live concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows young and old fans to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past and developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra’s members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations.  While they have performed numerous times at Albany’s Palace Theatre, this will be the band’s first time performing in Lake George.

In addition to lots of great music, the festival will feature a variety of food and craft vendors and a great view of the Lake George fireworks on Saturday evening.

Music at the festival commons is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and will go until 11:00 p.m. each night. All ages are welcome to attend, and children 12 and under are free.

General Admission weekend and single-day festival tickets are on sale now at  A special VIP option is available, including admission to all three days of the festival, a meal each night, free snacks, heavily discounted adult beverages, $2 water / soft drinks, a private viewing area (with a private bar), and access to private bathrooms.  

Gates at the Festival Commons will open at Noon on Friday and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For tickets and more information, visit the festival website at

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