Caramoor Celebrates American Roots Music with All-Day Festival

CARAMOOR CELEBRATES AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC WITH ALL-DAY FESTIVAL, JULY 2
Katonah, NY ~ June 23, 2011
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Contact: Cohn Dutcher Associates

CARAMOOR CELEBRATES AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC WITH ALL-DAY FESTIVAL, JULY 2

PERFORMANCES BY THE DAVID GRISMAN FOLKJAZZ TRIO, OLLABELLE, JAMES MADDOCK, THE SWEETBACK SISTERS, BROTHER SUN, AND SPUYTEN DUYVIL

KATONAH, NY – Caramoor International Music Festival inaugurates a new tradition with the American Roots Music Festival, a day-long celebration on July 2 of bluegrass, folk, string band, country blues and gospel music. This family-friendly event takes place at various locations throughout the Caramoor grounds beginning at 12:30pm, and continuing throughout the evening.

David Grisman – one of the world’s most influential, innovative and respected mandolin players – premieres the east coast debut of the David Grisman FolkJazz Trio featuring Jim Hurst and Samson Grisman, a new group offering a highly intricate hybrid of acoustic bluegrass, folk and jazz.

Ollabelle, the T-Bone Burnett-produced sensation, brings their soulfully unique bluegrass/gospel/country inspired sound. Indie singer/songwriter James Maddock, rollicking country swing group The Sweetback Sisters, harmonic gospel/blues trio Brother Sun and alt roots string band Spuyten Duyvil complete the line up for a day that spans the broad spectrum of fundamentally American music.

Fun, free activities for children will be available. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Picnicking is encouraged; concertgoers can bring their own picnic, or order one for pick-up at Caramoor by calling Great Performances® at 212-337-6055 or visiting www.greatperformances.com/caramoorpicnics.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
For information about David Grisman, visit: www.dawgnet.com
For information about Ollabelle, visit: www.ollabelle.net
For information about James Maddock, visit: www.jamesmaddock.net
For information about The Sweetback Sisters, visit: www.thesweetbacksisters.com
For information about Brother Sun, visit: www.brothersunmusic.com
For information about Spuyten Duyvil, visit: www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com

ABOUT CARAMOOR
Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who built their summer home – now known as the historic Rosen House at Caramoor – and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing to reality his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their musical evenings were the seeds of today’s Caramoor International Music Festival. Realizing the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor – the house with its art collection, the gardens, and the musical programs on summer evenings – in 1946 the Rosens established a public charity to open Caramoor to the community. Lucie Rosen survived her husband by seventeen years. During those years, she expanded the Music Festival: the Spanish Courtyard was used as a setting for musical events, as it is today, and, under her direction, the great stage of the Venetian Theater was built.

Caramoor is a performing arts center, located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered around music. It is often described as “a Garden of Great Music,” where audiences are invited to come early, explore the beautiful grounds, enjoy a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, Music Room of the Rosen House, and the magnificent gardens.

With its unique heritage, Caramoor remains a place where magical summer days and nights are shared and enjoyed by thousands. “Caramoor is the loveliest Festival of them all.” – The New York Times

Concert Venues and Gardens
Most Summer Festival concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic Spanish Courtyard. Caramoor’s gardens are also well worth the visit and include nine unique perennial gardens. Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, a Butterfly Garden, Tapestry Hedge, and Iris and Peony Garden, which may be enjoyed on one’s own or seen on a guided tour.

GETTING TO CARAMOOR
By car from the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey, take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right, and, at the first traffic light, make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9 miles to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor. (For detailed directions call 914.232.5035 and press 2, or online at www.caramoor.org). Parking at Caramoor is free on-site on a first-come, first-served basis. Once on-site parking is full, alternate parking will be available with free shuttle bus service.

By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah, New York. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (5 minutes away) is available.

TICKETS
American Roots Music Festival: $20, $30, $40, children under 16 half price! To order tickets, call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit www.caramoor.org. Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or matthew@caramoor.org.

PRESS CONTACT
For press tickets, images, artist information or interviews, contact Whitney Holden at 917.339.7188 or wholden@cohndutcher.com or Brittnee Walker at 917.339.7183 or bwalker@cohndutcher.com

PROGRAMS
Saturday, July 2
American Roots Music Festival
12:30pm (on Friends Field and at the Sunken Garden):
Spuyten Duyvil
Brother Sun
The Sweetback Sisters
James Maddock
4:30pm (on Friends Field):
Ollabelle
7:00pm (in the Venetian Theater):
David Grisman FolkJazz Trio, featuring Jim Hurst and Samson Grisman

Performances are made possible, in part, by
ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government.

Performances are made possible with public funds from
the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

The 2011 International Music Festival is supported in part by
an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ALL PROGRAMS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS IS LOCATED AT
149 GIRDLE RIDGE ROAD, KATONAH, NEW YORK.