‘Zombie Patty Cake,’ and other tasty treats, from Falcon Ridge

Aspiring performer at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Aspiring performer at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Video playlist: Rockin’ with zombies, Bowie and more, at the 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Fest:

By Kevin Coughlin

One of the great things about summer is outdoor music.

We heard lots of incredible music on a road trip to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in the Berkshires; here are videos of some favorite discoveries.

Don’t let that “folk music” title fool you.  This is a very big tent, with elements of rock, roots, country, Cajun– you name it.

Vance Gilbert, ever attentive to pop culture trends, invents a new genre, Zombie Folk.  Acts like the Slambovian Circus of Dreams defy categorization of any kind. There’s even a loud tribute to David Bowie.

Rocking with the Slambovians,at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Rocking with the Slambovians,at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

VIDEO PLAYLIST:

Toggle through our video playlist (above) to find…

1. Vance Gilbert, who discovers that zombies wear their funny bones on their sleeves.

2. Along those lines, Jersey City’s Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes cheerfully insist We Will All Die Together!  Gina Forsyth and 18-year-old Annika Bennett add to the musical merriment. All three acts were invited back to Falcon Ridge this year by popular demand.

3. The Mike + Ruthy Band.  Mike + Ruthy wanted to write a song about their daughter Opal, but nothing rhymed. So they took some poetic license and hit a home run with Rock On Little Jane.

4. Mike + Ruthy keep rockin’ with Legends Only Appear in Black and White. (Footnote: Ruthy Ungar’s dad, Grammy-winning fiddler Jay Ungar, created the haunting Ashokan Farewell theme for the Ken Burns Civil War series.)

5. The Slambovian Circus of Dreams unleashes the psychedelic madness of Alice in Space on a starry pasture and a steamy dance tent.

6. Lost and Found: Gina Forsyth of New Orleans invokes the patron saint of lost souls in one of the weekend’s catchiest numbers. Saint Anthony has “pop hit” written all over it.

7. Hunterdon County native Susan Cattaneo  quit a cushy New York advertising career to study music at Berklee. Now she teaches there, records in Nashville, and hooks audiences with country-flavored tunes like Worth the Whiskey.  She’s backed by the Boxcar Lilies.

8. Siblings Phil and Hannah Grajko of Grayak  set the stage on fire with Get Burned, a first-rate foot-stomper.

9. A drummer’s-eye view of the Slambovians’ tribute to David Bowie, who was a friend of the band.

MORE FROM FALCON RIDGE:

She Smiles: Meet Annika Bennett, the fresh face of folk

Falcon Ridge 2016: Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin

Walking tall at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Annika Bennett and Kate Copeland at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Catching some rays, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Vance Gilbert at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Into every festival... Kathryn Rutz documents the weather at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
NJ native Susan Cattaneo with Boxcar Lilies, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Susan Cattaneo with Boxcar Lilies, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Where's my tarp? The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
TALL TALES at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
 Heather Maloney t the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Grayak rehearsal at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Grayak rehearses at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Hannah Grajko of Grayak at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Bassist  for Grayak at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Rocking with the Slambovians,at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
DANCE TENT FEVER with the Slambovians,  at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sharkey of Slambovia, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
SONiA at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Peter Mulvey and Patty Larkin  at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Eric Lee at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Annika Bennett, 18, sings in the Orange Tent, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes, from Jersey City, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sunny day at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
RIDERS ON THE STORM at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
This too shall pass...at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN' IN MY HEAD: at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
One sheet to the wind, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Hardy fans at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
GIMME SHELTER at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Weather at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Scaling the heights t the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Stilted speech,  at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sky's the limit at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Carolann Solebello, formerly of Red Molly, gets a peek from son Felix, 10, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Carolann Solebello, formerly of Red Molly, sings solo at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Carolann Solebello at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Lara Herscovitch at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Gaslight Tinkers play kids show  at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Stage view at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Fans at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sonny Ochs, sister of Phil Ochs, with SONiA at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sarah Potenza belts it out at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sliver of moon over the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ruthy Ungar at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ruthy + Mike at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Joe Jencks of Brother Sun at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Greg Greenway of Brother Sun,  at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks of Brother Sun,  at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Josiah of the Slambovians at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Dancing Slambovian jellyfish, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sharkey of the Slambovians,  at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Slambovian bassist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Tinkerbell of the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Aspiring performer  at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mass transit  at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Staking out a spot at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Dance tent  at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Big sky at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Workshop stage, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
View from the workshop stage,  at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
SONiA of disappear fear, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Hillside at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST at the 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Luke Halpin and Stephanie Bettman at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
A music series from NJ camps out at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, August 2016.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin
ACOUSTIC SELFIE: Annika Bennett and Kate Copeland at the 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Annika Bennett, an accomplished songwriter at 18. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Annika Bennett at the 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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