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Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile performs an NPR “Tiny Desk” concert at Mat 2011 in Washington, DC (Photo provided – Mike Katzif)

LAKE PLACID – A two-week arts festival will be held in Lake Placid this summer, with concerts by Chris Thile, Judith Hill, Joan Osbourne, the Gibson Brothers and Martin Sexton.

The Open Sky Arts Festival, hosted by the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, will take place August 2-15 at the North Elba Show Grounds. It will feature Grammy Award-winning musicians Thile and Hill, Grammy-nominated singer Osborne, North Country bluegrass legends the Gibson Brothers with their electric band Mockingbird and Sexton, who grew up in Syracuse and has a seasonal home. in the Saranac Lake area.

The programming also includes musicals, orchestral performances, children’s programs, dance programs and a film screening.

The free Songs at Mirror Lake concert series, typically held in downtown Mid’s Park, will also be featured on the grounds during this festival.

Ticket sales for the festival will begin on June 1, with a pre-sale on festival passes for LPCA members, which will open to the general public on June 7. Festival passes, which grant access to the 18 festival shows – six of these shows are free – cost $ 200 each. Tickets for the individual shows will go on sale from June 14. Ticket prices for the individual shows have yet to be announced.

“At LPCA, we couldn’t pass up another summer without offering members of our local community and summer visitors the opportunity to safely come together and experience incredible performances in our spectacular environment,” LPCA executive director James Lemons wrote in a statement. “The lineup really reflects what we do at LPCA each season – giving everyone the opportunity to find something they love with their friends and family.”

The LPCA is “Evaluate the latest public health guidelines from New York State and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” according to an LPCA press release. Updates will be posted on

Tickets for all events will be available by calling the LPCA box office at 518-523-2512 or by visiting the LPCA website.

Those interested in becoming a LPCA member or renewing their membership can visit or email Development Director Erin Walkow at [email protected]


¯ Monday, August 2, 7 p.m. – Chris Thile, MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, songwriter, founding member of the Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek.

¯ Tuesday August 3, 10:30 am – Young & Fun: Pirate School. Free show. An interactive pirate getaway showcasing polite demeanor and everyday social courage, performed by New York actor David Engel.

¯ Tuesday, August 3, 7 p.m. – Songs at Mirror Lake, artist to be determined. Free show.

¯ Wednesday, August 4, 7 p.m. Depot Theater’s “Work: a musical”, approximately 26 real American workers, includes songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia and James Taylor.

¯ Thursday August 5, 10:30 am – Young & Fun: Bubble Trouble. Jeff Boyer juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more, mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble magic. Free show.

¯ Thursday, August 5, 7 p.m. – Judith Hill, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who appeared as a finalist on NBC’s “The voice.”

¯ Friday, August 6, 7 p.m. – The Gibson Brothers’ Mockingbird. The famous bluegrass duo perform a mix of classic 70s rock and country, a modern twist to their traditional sound.

¯ Saturday August 7, 7 p.m. – Surprise artist to be determined. LPCA is working hard to find one more artist to bring to Open Sky.

¯ Sunday, August 8, 2 p.m. – Miko Marks, singer-songwriter who has forged her own path by portraying the under-represented voices of black women in country music. His new music is rooted in the sounds of country, blues, soul and roots music.

¯ Monday August 9, time to be determined – Lake Placid Film Society: “Masters of the universe” (1987). Depicts the heroic warrior He-Man as he fights against the evil lord Skeletor and his armies of darkness for control of Castle Grayskull.

¯ Tuesday, August 10, 10:30 am – Young & Fun: Yogapalooza – Children’s yoga educator Bari Koral leads this highly interactive concert that mixes imaginative songs, yoga poses, break dancing and play. Free performance.

¯ Tuesday, August 10, 7 p.m. – Songs at Mirror Lake, artist to be determined. Free show.

¯ Wednesday August 11, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Acrobuffos: Waterbombs. From New York, the dramatic opera music marks a battle filled with 100 flying water balloons and ridiculous comedy.

¯ Thursday August 12, 10:30 am – Young & Fun: Lake Placid Sinfonietta. Free show.

¯ Thursday August 12, 7 p.m. – Elisa Monte Dance. Elisa Monte Dance will perform a new work commissioned during the pandemic.

¯ Friday, August 13, 7 p.m. – Joan Osborne. Seven times nominated for the Grammy Awards, he performs a wide range of genres: pop-rock, soul, R&B, blues, roots rock, gospel, funk and country.

¯ Saturday August 14, 7 p.m. – Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Directed by dancers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions strives to reinvent contemporary dance and ballet. Their performance will feature a collection of company favorites and “LOVE ROCKS”, put on the music of Lenny Kravitz.

¯ Sunday, August 15, 2 p.m. – Martin Sexton, American singer-songwriter and native of Syracuse. His songs have appeared in television series such as “Scrubs”, “Being a parent”, “Masters of sex” and in many films.

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