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Northern Current Music Festival

Main and River Streets
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Northern Current Music Festival

Northern Current: A Community Music Festival returns to Riverside Park with an irresistible lineup of live music on Sunday of Labor Day weekend

The festival’s mission is to enrich the cultural diversity of the town by celebrating a myriad of musical heritages. This year’s lineup explores a vast array of genres and sounds from multiple countries + cultural backgrounds that represents the past, present, and future of contemporary music.  

This year’s festival is headlined by TEKE :: TEKE with support from - The Big Takeover, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Rose & The Bros, The Outcrops, and Crackin’ Foxy.

TEKE :: TEKE is a female-fronted Montreal-based Japanese psych-rock group that features traditional Japanese instruments, flute and trombone alongside raging guitars and a pulsing rhythm section. TEKE::TEKE creates a sound reminiscent of the 1960’s and 1970’s era psychedelic Japanese soundtracks with a frenetic, modern twist.  

Jamaican-born singer and songwriter NeeNee Rushie leads The Big Takeover.  Their horn powered global blend reveals deep fluency in reggae and world music, with hints of soul and Motown, and their own infectious brand of pop classicism. 

Ghost Funk Orchestra is the brainchild of producer and multi - instrumentalist Seth Applebaum. What started as a one-man band has evolved into a 10-piece powerhouse live band hailing from Brooklyn, NY. It sounds like a sonic kaleidoscope that defines genre specification, but draws heavy influence from the worlds of soul, psych rock, salsa, and beyond. Think psychedelic oddities, big horns, soulful vocals and uncomfortable time signatures. 

Rose & The Bros is a 6-piece ensemble hailing from Ithaca NY. Rooted in southern dance tradition, with the addition of crooning vocal harmonies, and country music influence; listeners can expect distinctive rhythmic patterns based in a Louisiana sound, with additional reggae and melodic drum tones. 

From the woods of Northern New Jersey, The Outcrops present original blues infused rock n’ roll. The four-piece band was formed in 2016 by lead vocalist Cassidy Rain and lead guitarist Bryan Schroder. Cassidy has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi, but her raw sensibility as a front woman could easily bring comparisons to blues legend Muddy Waters. 

Local band Crackin’ Foxy is a ukulele-driven ensemble, featuring close vocal harmonies and tight instrumental arrangements. The quintet is inspired by traditional NOLA jazz, 30’s swing  + Hawaiian music, and plays with a fresh and joyful energy all their own. 

Held at Riverside Park in Saranac Lake, Northern Current is a daylong community music festival that succeeded Hobofest when its organizers retired. The event is free, family friendly, + rain or shine. Local food vendors and activities for kiddos will be available. For more information, to volunteer, or see the full musical lineup please visit

Northern Current is made possible with the support of its event sponsors – North Country Community College, Little Italy Pizzeria, Adirondack Health, Waterhole Music Lounge, and Hotel Saranac and its musician sponsors  - Fiddlehead Bistro, Long Run Wealth, Cape Air, Edward Jones, and Nori’s Village Market. Additional support is provided by the Franklin County Government Office of Economic Development & Tourism and the CloudSplitter Foundation. To become a sponsor or learn how to support Northern Current, email

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