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
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.
Caramoor and KMA extend their summer of music into September, co-presenting alto saxophonist Eddie Barbash and his American roots band as a precursor to KMA’s fall exhibition, Sound Actions. A founding member of Jon Batiste Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Eddie has performed with stars in almost every genre – jazz with Wynton Marsalis, classical with Yo-Yo Ma, rock with Lenny Kravitz, and country with Vince Gill. Don’t miss this one-night only, outdoor performance in our Marilyn M. Simpson Garden before the weather turns. Advance tickets recommended.
Join us for an intimate benefit concert in our smallest venue – the 170-seat Music Room of the historic Rosen House to celebrate and support Caramoor’s American Roots Music programs. British folk rock legend Richard Thompson, hailed as one of the top 20 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and widely recognized as one of the world’s most critically acclaimed songwriters, returns to Caramoor for a rare solo acoustic performance.
As a not-for-profit cultural organization, Caramoor depends on the generosity of individual contributors to help underwrite the music we offer and this exceptional concert is a benefit to raise funds for our American Roots Music programming featured throughout the year.
By purchasing a ticket for this evening you will provide both vital financial support for Caramoor, and have the pleasure of experiencing a celebrated artist in a unique and personal setting.
We hope you can join us for this memorable evening. A cocktail and dessert reception follows the performance.
All but $35 of each benefit ticket is tax-deductible, as provided by law. For more information and to reserve your seats, contact our Special Events office: email@example.com 914.232.1492.
Tickets will be available for pick up on the night of the event. If you require accessible seating, please contact the Special Events office.
A true music legend, 13-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris returns to Caramoor with her unique blend of folk, country, and roots music. Whether singing the songs of Seeger, Dylan, Baez, or a lyrical masterpiece from her own pen, Harris infuses her singing with pathos, crystalline beauty, and emotional honesty. No matter the genre, hers is one of the most distinctive voices in American music, conjuring images of wide open spaces and the lonely, dusty roads that connect us all.
Getting to Caramoor
Taking the train? We’ll give you a lift! Free Metro-North Katonah Shuttle beginning at 6:00pm.
Enhance your Caramoor experience.
Pre-Order Picnic Boxes
Let us pack your picnic for you! For heartier options, no lines, and the ease of ordering a picnic in advance this summer, consider choosing from our special picnic boxes offered by our caterer, Great Performances. View the menu
and order by noting how many of each option you would like after selecting your seats for Emmylou Harris. Confirm by selecting "Add to Cart."Already purchased your tickets?
You can still pre-order your picnic by ordering online (be sure to select July 22)
or by calling the Box Office at 914.232.1252.
Order by Tuesday at 5:00pm for the upcoming week's performance.