SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> The music continues. On Saturday Irish 2000 presents more than a dozen bands on two stages at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. On Saturday and Sunday the Lake George Jazz Festival takes place at Shepard Park in Lake George.
Each event not only celebrates the diversity that exists within each genre, both line-ups have broad popular appeal.
For example, the headline act at Irish 2000 is Off Kilter. Because it performs at the Coors Light Rock Stage from 9:30 -10:45 p.m. it would seem geared to a potentially raucous crowd.
It’s doubtful that Off Kilter will offer a sedate set as the band promotes itself as “bringing a rock twist to traditional Irish tunes.” But it is a revelation that the group performed at Disney World, Florida for 18 years and was the most popular band at the attraction. You can’t get more of a family-friendly recommendation.
Proof Irish 2000 strives for a family-friendly event is that children under 12 are admitted free. And the bands support that atmosphere with fiddles, bagpipes, penny whistles and step dancing as well as ballads and other traditional Irish songs.
The popular local band Hair of the Dog closes the Irish Pub Stage from 7:30 – 9 p.m. and included among the seven acts that will play at the Pub Stage between 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. is local favorite, The McKrell’s. They play at a truly family-friendly time – 2:30-3:30 p.m.
The festival is also adult friendly with all genres of Irish-based sounds present. The music includes groups that specialize in wistful ballads, drinking songs and…
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