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k.d. lang, Creedence Clearwater Revisted, Clint Black among headliners at Belleayre Festival’s 20th Season

  |   April 19, 2011  |  Comment

­ k.d. lang heads a stellar lineup as the Belleayre Music Festival celebrates its 20th season.  The special anniversary year kicks off on Sunday, July 3 with a show by k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang. k.d.’s new release, Sing It Loud, is burning up the charts. Her live performances are always awe-inspiring, as evidenced by her extraordinary rendition of Hallelujah at the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Opening act The Belle Brigade has produced one of the year’s most highly praised debuts and concert-goers will want make sure they arrive early to hear this talented group.

Up next will be A Broadway Benefit Weekend for The Belleayre Music Festival  & The Roxbury Arts Group.  The fun starts on Friday, July 8 with Jim Caruso’s Cast Party.  This joyous night of theater music includes surprise guest stars and audience participation.

Legendary song and dance man Tommy Tune brings his Steps in Time show to Belleayre on Saturday, July 9.  Backed up by the multi-talented Manhattan Rhythm Kings, audiences are treated to a unique and masterful evening that leaves crowds standing, cheering and dancing in the aisles.

The music makes a different turn on Saturday, July 16 when Creedence Clearwater Revisited takes the stage. Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook and “Doug Cosmo” Clifford, the original rhythm section of the legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival, will roll out hits from start to finish.

Donald Westwood, producer, artistic director and stage director for the Belleayre Festival Opera, returns for the 13th year, A company of 50 performers and musicians will perform Verdi’s tragic masterpiece of love, self-sacrifice and redemption,  “La Traviata” on Saturday, July 23.

Singer and guitarist KJ Denhert returns to the Belleayre Jazz Club on Friday, July 29, She gave a spellbinding performance with her unique blend of “urban folk and jazz” in her first visit to the venue three years ago.
The audience will be treated to the other-worldly sounds of Global Noize on Saturday, July 30. This band takes listeners on a hip and eclectic musical journey that blasts away all boundaries – an organic, free-spirited sonic brew of some of the best elements of jazz, funk, electronica and world fusion.

Ravi Coltrane, the son of jazz giant John Coltrane, will bring his red-hot quartet to the Belleayre Jazz Club on Friday, Aug. 5. Ravi has evolved into a powerfully mature artist with a richly diverse, yet highly distinctive concept, as both a saxophonist and a composer.

In the church of jazz, Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” is one of the holy relics. On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m., Jimmy Cobb’s “So What Band,” featuring Larry Willis, Buster Williams, Javon Jackson, Vince Herring & Eddie Henderson, will put its own stamp on this watershed album with a concert titled,  “The Music of Miles Davis – Celebrating 50 Years of “Kind of Blue.”

The festival takes another turn on Saturday, Aug. 13 when Clint Black, one of the giants of country music, brings more than two decades worth of chart-topping tunes to the Belleayre stage.
Five-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter comes to the mountain on Saturday, Aug. 20 and will play instantly recognizable favorites like “I Feel Lucky, “Passionate Kisses” and the number 1 hit  “Shut Up and Kiss Me.”

The Punch Brothers, fronted by mandolinist extraordinaire Chris Thile, a founding member of Nickel Creek, will play their special brand of amazing acoustic music in Belleayre’s Overlook Music Club on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Belleayre’s 20th anniversary season wraps up on Saturday, Sept. 3 when Béla Fleck, arguably the world’s premier banjo player, takes the stage with the Original Flecktones. Bela’s extraordinary musical talents transcend any simple description. His diversity has resulted in Grammy nominations in more different categories than anyone in history (27 nominations and 11 wins). This will be a superb way to top the Labor Day Weekend.
Festival information
All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale April 15 via Ticketmaster. For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344 or visit: www.belleayremusic.org or e-mail: [email protected].

Belleayre Music Festival concerts are held on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount.

Belleayre Mountain is located in the heart of New York’s Catskill Mountain region. The area is located just off Route 28 and is 37 miles west of Thruway Exit 19 at Kingston; 55 miles southeast of Oneonta on Route 28; 40 miles from the Route 17 exit at Roscoe; and 95 miles southwest of Albany and just two hours north of NYC.

Belleayre Music Festival
at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center
Belleayre Music Festival, Route 28, Highmount, NY
Catskill Mountain High Peaks

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