This year we're bringing back our very popular year-end ice cream social and CD swap, and the performers are a real treat. We're bringing the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's "Most Wanted" Preview Tour to The Sanctuary. Falcon Ridge is one of the biggest folk festivals in our area, and it's one of the favorites of The Sanctuary staffers. The Friday tradition there is an all-afternoon parade of up-and-coming acoustic performers and songwriters. The spectators watching the show fill out surveys, and the most well-received performers go on tour together. The energy and enthusiasm of rising stars make for a terrific evening of music, and the joy of hearing new discoveries. Also, we have 2016 three-day camping passes for the 2016 Falcon Ridge Festival (August 5-7, 2016) that we'll be giving away during this show.
The performers for our Falcon Ridge show include:
Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes are fast making a name for themselves as New Jersey’s alternative folk powerhouse. From beginnings in 2011, they have launched into success both on the air and on the ground: their debut album, Life On Fire, reached #8 on the Roots Music chart and charted on Folk DJ’s list of most played 2014 albums.
With their 2016 release, Welcoming The Flood, they stand ready to broaden that success, expanding both the lyrical imagery of Scott’s songwriting and the catchy, complex sound of the band.
Reviewers have dubbed them “dance hall folk”, “musical scamps,” “the future of folk rock,” and “an Indie Folk music that could work on street corners or big stages.” We're always amazed at how Scott and his Heros can attract a festival crowd to the stage.
"This band doesn’t hesitate to ignite like a match on their fiery second collection, Welcoming The Flood. Listen to these dudes…these people are magicians…wizards…”
- John Apice, No Depression -
Annika Bennett is a singer/songwriter who has written scores of songs and performed extensively throughout the greater NY metropolitan region. Annika's songwriting is fresh-sounding and original yet draws upon a wide diversity of musical influences. Her songs exemplify a level of craftsmanship and her lyrics a depth of wisdom that belie her youth.
She was awarded ASCAP's prestigious Robert Allen Award in 2014 for excellence in songwriting, and was the winner of radio WNYC's Queens Battle of the Boroughs competition. She is currently a freshman at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.
Mark Allen Berube is far more entertaining than any single human being with an acoustic guitar is allowed to be under current law. He is a performer who refuses to be anyone’s background music.
His punchy, brainy, well-crafted songs and rapid delivery allow audiences little time to indulge in the laughter he frequently provokes without feeling like they’ve missed something.
"A cool breeze of bracing cynicism.”
— Acoustic Live in NY
The doors open at 7:30 p.m. when our visitors are treated to ice cream and sweet fixin's. The performance starts at 8:30 p.m. And remember to bring your CDs. We'll have a large collection of CDs from The Sanctuary collection and from area dj's that will be available for either $1, or in trade for a CD from your own collection. The CD Sell-and-Swap is a great way to share CDs, and perhaps give everyone a chance at a new discovery.
The admission is $20, and free to our Pick-Six subscribers.