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Dirty Blanket to headline Bluegrass, Brews & BBQs

Posted 9/11/22

It’s a no-admission day filled with music, food, and fun at the Bluegrass, Brews & BBQ festival from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the historic Canal Place. 

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Dirty Blanket to headline Bluegrass, Brews & BBQs

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LITTLE FALLS — It’s a no-admission day filled with music, food, and fun at the Bluegrass, Brews & BBQ festival from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the historic Canal Place. 

Dirty Blanket will headline the free, open-air, family-friendly environment with continuous music, beer, and BBQ throughout the day.

Dirty Blanket is known for combining an array of influences with a passion for creating original music. Guitarist Max Flansburg and singer/songwriter Kevin O’Leary began playing as an acoustic duo, utilizing what free time their other musical projects allowed them to share their latest material with audiences across Upstate NY. 

In 2016, the band expanded its vision with a sharp turn toward the fast-paced styles of America’s bluegrass greats. Regional musicians Richie Colf, Joel Fedkiw, and Aaron Oldweiler were added to the roster on the mandolin, banjo, and upright bass, making the band a five-piece string quintet.

Dirty Blanket have been touring the American Northeast, making names for themselves on the festival circuits and in cities like New York, DC, Baltimore, Burlington, and beyond. To date, they’ve played events with some of the highest-profile names in bluegrass: The Del McCoury Band, The Infamous String Dusters, Jeff Austin Band, Kitchen Dwellers, and more.

Here’s the musical line-up:

  • Noon: Cincinnati Creek
  • 2 p.m.: Andrea Asprelli
  • 4 p.m.: The Brothers Blue
  • 6 p.m.: Dirty Blanket

Also, the festival’s workshops continue with a guitar workshop presented by Jason Borisoff at 4:30 p.m. inside the Cafe at Stone Mill. Borisoff regularly collaborates and performs duos with Andrea Aspelli.

The Bluegrass, Brews & BBQ Festival offers music for all ages, celebrating creative expression and nurturing the art of songwriting. 

Food vendors include: The Cafe at Stone Mill, Canal Side Inn, K Dogs BBQ (food truck on West Mill Street), Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fired Pizza (behind the stage inside Stone Mill), Promise Land BBQ (food truck on West Mill Street) and Little Falls Elks Lodge No. 42 will also have their grill set up on West Mill Street. 

Local craft brewer, Rock Valley Brewing Company, one block from the festival on West Mill Street, will offer a variety of house-brewed Ironrock beer, local spirits, hard ciders and soft drinks, and DikinDurt Distillery will be just west of the stage with a tasting booth and its local moonshine. The Mohawk Valley Moonshine is handcrafted with New York State-grown grains and distilled in the hills of the Mohawk Valley with a custom 100-gallon copper still built from a real Kentucky moonshiner. All-natural spirits are infused with fruits or rested on oak and finished with local honey or maple syrup for a sweet, smooth, smoky flavor.

 

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