Donovan Cavallaro of Liar’s Vow
The 2015 version of the Morse Rocks Music and Arts Festival is a two-day affair featuring the very best live music of the Catskill Mountains and beyond. The festival takes place on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at the Smokin’ Pony BBQ on Old Kings Highway.
Joe Defino, Grant D. Morse teacher and festival organizer, promises it will be an event not to miss. “We are showcasing the very best of our area and bringing in some incredible outside acts, as well. Though it may not have the notoriety of a major festival, it is a major festival for our community.”
Friday night’s line-up is set up as a focus on the local music scene. “Though both days have great local acts, we set Friday night up as a spotlight on the up-and-comers with a special bonus,” said Defino, who with a cadre of volunteers, has been working since January to bring the festival to a reality. Friday’s schedule of music begins at 6 PM with a special festival opening featuring the “Songstars” from Ulster ARC. The “Songstars” opened the 2012 festival and have been called back for a command performance. “This act sets the stage for the event perfectly, we are so glad they agreed to come back,” he explained.
The tightly packed schedule features many high school artists and bands such as Inatia, The Wrightson Project, the Paul Green Rock Academy, Abby Hart, Katie Hoffstatter, Kelsey Gaulin and Jack Smythe. These acts will be mixed among more veteran local acts such as Logan Callahan, Hudson’s Crew, Late Night Bloomer and Liar’s Vow. “The mix on Friday is a tribute to the hotbed of talent we have in our community. Don’t overlook this night, as it stands as an amazing testament to local talent.”
Morse Rocks’ Friday night’s schedule:
6:00 PM Songstars
6:05 PM Wrightson Project
6:20 PM Abby Hart
6:40 PM Kelsey Gaulin
7:00 PM Inatia
7:20 PM Jack Smythe
7:40 PM Logan Callahan
8:00 PM Paul Green Rock Academy
8:30 PM Katie Hoffstatter
9:00 PM Late Night Bloomer
9:40 PM Liars’ Vow
10:00 PM Hudson’s Crew
The festival is produced by the Grant D. Morse school newspaper, Just Print It. Tickets, artist information and features are available at www.justprintit.net. Ticket prices have been set to offset the cost of the festival. High school students are eligible for a reduced admission and elementary students are free with paid admission of their parents. Doors open at 5 PM on Friday and 1 PM on Saturday.