World music with a Russian soul! Russian Renaissance, a genre-defying quartet, takes performance on traditional folk instruments to the next level, creating modern and vibrant interpretations. Winners of the prestigious M-Prize in 2017, the quartet explores new expressive techniques and genres. Their stunning virtuosity defies description and has to be heard to be believed!
“One of the finest displays of musicianship in the world” — Arts at Michigan
Piazzolla Milonga Is Coming
Hans Zimmer “First Step” (from Interstellar)
Hamilton de Holanda 1 Byte 10 Cordas
Ryuichi Sakamoto Tibetan Dance
Béla Fleck Bug Tussle
Folk Song (Russian) Poliushko Pole (Field, Oh Field)
Folk Song (Russian) Sronila Kolechko (She Dropped A Ring)
Egberto Gismonti Frevo
Abreu Tico-Tico no Fuba
Béla Fleck Sinister Minister
This performance is part of the World Music Series.
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Crowned “the king and queen of the banjo” by Paste Magazine, the husband-and-wife duo of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn build upon the folk tradition to create a distinct style pulling inspiration from Chinese atonal music, the banjo’s rich American heritage, and more to stretch “their sound beyond bluegrass, across continents, and into everything from prog-rock to Eastern instrumentation” (NPR).
“Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are two American musical treasures … But together they are a timeless power that must be witnessed.” — NPR
Acclaimed folk duo The Milk Carton Kids bring a full band and their heartfelt melodies to headline Caramoor’s 9th annual American Roots Music Festival. Tennessee-based multi-instrumentalist Amythyst Kiah is a quickly rising star with a raw, hypnotic old-time sound steeped in African-American roots music. Many more artists add an exciting array of folk, country, bluegrass, gospel, blues, Old Time, and intriguing folk fusion performances to this daylong celebration of our musical heritage. Enjoy the best of the summer with great food, friends, and foot-tapping fun.
“Even when a song feels derivative, the band’s core ingredients — not to mention a gift for warm, intricate songcraft — render The Milk Carton Kids’ records practically irresistible.” — NPR Music
Evening Artists 7:30pm
The Milk Carton Kids
Daytime Artists beginning at noon
Youth In A Roman Field
Oliver the Crow
Damn Tall Buildings
Porch Stomp Revue
Bethlehem and Sad Patrick
Square Dance! With Porch Stomp Revue
and many more to be announced!
New! Summer Series
This performance is part of the Festival Series.
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Leyla McCalla is a musician who defies boundaries. Singing in English, French, and Haitian Creole, McCalla has created a style of music wholly her own. A classically trained cellist, McCalla cultivates her unique blend by merging classical and roots traditions and switching between her cello, banjo, and guitar. Having worked with the award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, McCalla has made a name for herself as a solo artist with her refreshing and poetic vocals and unbridled talent.
“It’s an exhilarating thing, hearing a musical virtuoso explore her voice’s unanticipated potential in all of the ways that Leyla McCalla does.” — NPR Music
Pete Olynciw, bass
Shawn Myers, drums
Molsky’s Mountain Drifters brings tradition steeped in possibility. The grace and wisdom of longtime fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky, described as “an absolute master” (No Depression) melds with the electricity of guitarist Stash Wyslouch, “a brilliant and free-thinking mind” (Chris Eldridge, Punch Brothers), and banjo player Allison de Groot’s “exquisite tone, timing, and taste” (Tony Trishka) to bring new ideas to old music. Hear the satisfying blend of these distinct yet harmonious musicians bring the folk tradition to the intimate Music Room.
“They are a force to be reckoned with and are creating some of the most soul-stirring music out there today… It is a rarity to hear music that lacks ego and puts soulfulness and a respect for tradition at the forefront. Bruce is simply one of the greatest musicians there is, period.” — Sarah Jarosz
Bruce Molsky, fiddle
Allison de Groot, banjo
Stash Wyslouch, guitar
Hot Tuna owes its well-honed sound to legendary blues-rock artists Jorma Kaukonen (guitar) and Jack Casady (bass), and their decades of performing, mutual inspiration, and lifelong friendship. Fusing a variety of rock styles, free rhythmic techniques, and a collected timbre of instruments is what has identified this band over their 40+ years of playing. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2016 Grammys, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are institutions of the rock genre. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear them in this intimate space.
“It was mesmerizing to witness how an acoustic bass and guitar alone could create such a massive space for proper improvisational mastery.” — Grateful Web
Jorma Kaukonen, guitar
Jack Casady, bass
Afterglow Reception for All Audience Members
All events will take place, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, necessary safety precautions will be taken.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, named one of the top-10 living songwriters by NPR Music, headlines the American Roots Music Festival, now in its 8th year. Rising star multi-instrumentalist Valerie June brings her unique blend of Appalachian tradition, gospel, and blues. Many other artists round out this day-long celebration of folk, country, bluegrass, gospel, blues, Old Time, and intriguing folk fusion performances held throughout Caramoor’s lawns and gardens. Come for a day of discovery and good ole’ fashioned leisurely family-friendly listening.
Evening Performers 7:30pm
Daytime Performers beginning at noon
The Alexis P. Suter Band
Anthony da Costa
Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons
Getting to Caramoor
Taking the train? We’ll give you a lift! Free Metro-North Katonah Shuttle beginning at 10:00am.
For Day-Only admission you can also take advantage of our Metro-North Getaway package offering discounted round-trip rail fare and admission. Purchase at Metro-North kiosks.
Other Daytime Events
Historic House Tours 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 6:15pm. Sign up at the Festival.
I Spy Tours (for kids!) 1:00pm, 1:45pm
Family-friendly Sound Art Tours 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm. Meet at Stone Song.
Music & Arts Instrument Petting Zoo Kids can play and try out a selection of instruments.
Raffles win free tickets to upcoming shows
These charismatic vocalists and instrumentalists (fiddle, mandolin, guitar) are on the road constantly with their busy individual projects, except for those rare and magical times when they come together as the Americana supergroup I’m With Her, whose debut album, See You Around, was released this February. “The harmonies couldn’t have been purer, or the picking more precise.” — The New York Times
“I’m With Her is no casual jam session or songwriters’ roundtable. Each song in the trio’s generous set was meticulously arranged to make the most of the many ways the musicians could blend. Serene understatement was the concert’s hallmark; at times, the music was so quiet I could hear the club’s floorboards creaking.” — The New York Times
The American roots music tradition thrives in the Music Room of the Rosen House. Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, gaining respect and admiration from audiences and fellow musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has honed her vocals and songwriting to match the skill of her playing gaining the attention of greats like Bela Fleck and Alison Krauss.
For this special evening, Sierra Hull will be bringing along a few guests to meet somewhere in the middle between her bluegrass roots and the Grammy-nominated, Weighted Mind.
“She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved” — Béla Fleck
Wes Corbett, banjo
Ethan Jodziewicz, bass
Enjoy an All-Audience Afterglow following the performance.
Noam Pikelny is one of the world’s greatest banjo talents. Perhaps best known for his work in the forward-thinking bluegrass band Punch Brothers, Pikelny made a name for himself as a solo artist after receiving the inaugural (and prestigious) Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass. Now, for the first time in his career, Pikelny is going completely solo leaving the accompaniment behind and letting his own striking baritone voice lead the way.
Enjoy an All-Audience Afterglow following the performance.