Musicians and Performers appearing at the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

Last Years Schedule

2014 Entertainment Schedule

Annie and the Hedonist

Folksy, wide range of acoustic standards, gospel, labor ballads, early jazz and blues. Annie and the Hedonists has a strong lead singer with the harmonic backup that make for a popular act.


“Father and son play New Age and World Fusion finger picking guitar acoustic instrumental music”


Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers

When you walk away from a concert or party with Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers, your dancing adrenalin levels have probably peaked and you will need some time to decompress. Feet tapping, hand clapping zydeco dancing fans in northeastern USA often say, “It was fabulous! We loved it, our guests and audiences loved it and people are still talking about playing the washboards...You don’t just stand there and play, you really get us into your music!” This year’s line up includes Greg Speck/Captain Squeeze on accordions, Brian Egan on drums, Jim Rissacher on guitar, James Kirk on Bass and Roberto Vega on scratchboards. Look for them on the Junction Stage both days.


Mark Rust

Performances that showcase an impressive array of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer and banjo. He writes his own songs based on personal experiences and sings about family, good feelings and home. Come enjoy a fun, interactive performance by an impressive musical talent.


One World Puppetry & Performance Art

Our magical friends will be appearing from New York’s very own garlic patch. Keep your eyes open throughout the festival grounds and at the kids tent for the Garlic Giant and his friend the Garlic Fairy. They will be wandering the festival grounds and having fun with one and all, celebrating this year’s garlic harvest.


Morris Dancers

Perform an ancient dance that was traditionally used in the Spring planting time, with the bells, whistles, and pounding sticks of the dancers driving the evil spirits from the newly plowed fields. And again the dancers will be performing their celebration of the harvest.


The Homegrown String Band

Is a 21st century incarnation of the traditional family band. The band, which was literally home grown, consists of Georgianne and Rick Jackofsky and daughters Erica and Annalee. Utilizing unique instrumentation and varied musical influences, this quartet of acoustic musicians from Rocky Point, NY has put their own stamp on traditional American music. Their repertoire consists of traditional and original music inspired by the rural string bands that recorded during the 1920s and ‘30s, as well as all the great American roots music that followed. The family that plays together has been performing atg coffeehouses and music festivals from Maine to Missouri since 1997. At a Homegrown String Band show you will be treated to the sounds of fiddle, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, clawhammer banjo, banjo ukulele, mountain dulcimer, jawharp, and old time family style singing, as well as some percussive flatfoot dancing as The Homegrown String Band takes you on a rollicking ride through the sounds of American music, from the driving rhythms of old-time dance tunes to the mournful sounds of mountain ballads and blues.


NY Country Band

Saugerties’ own favorite sons Anthony L. Polizzi, front man drummer, singer/songwriter, and his childhood friend, Barry Craft, along with their band, perform original Catskill Mountain Music that is instantly recognizable.
It is Southern Rock – Upstate New York Style!

Each member pours an infectious passion and energy into their live shows that allow the fans to become part of the music.
Their new CD “The Woodshop Sessions” is critically acclaimed and showcases an incredible range of styles that stretch the parameters of the Country Music Genre. Based in Saugerties, N.Y. they perform throughout the region. 

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“Turtle Island Medicine Show”

Arm-of-the-Sea Theater creates contemporary works of mask and puppet theatre. Their large-scale productions combine visual storytelling with live music in a potent style of magical realism. They fuse the arts, natural sciences, history and current events into multi-layered performances accessible to audiences of many ages and walks of life. Founded in 1982 by Marlena Marallo and Patrick Wadden, Arm of the Sea presents an average of 85 performances each year at performing arts centers, festivals, schools and special events throughout the Northeast and beyond. The company has become best know for shows that illuminate links between human communities and the life-support processes of the planet. They also conduct theater arts residencies and host an annual summer performance event, the ESOPUS CREEK PUPPET SUITE, in Saugerties, NY. In addition to the artistic vision of Marallo and Wadden, the company is shaped by the talents of composer/musicians Dean Jones, Dennis Yerry, Juan Basilio Sanchez and Thomas Workman, designer Jean Whelan and performers Carl Welden, Cathy Muller, Leeanne Richards, Zoe Rowan and Eli McNamara. Watching an Arm-of-the-Sea performance, one is struck by the visual poetry; by the elemental presence of the puppet
characters; by the magical transformations; and by the live music that imbues each performance with lyrical energy.



Latin and World Music from South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe and Beyond.



After thousands of concerts across tens-of-thousands of miles, Ruth Ungar & Mike Merenda have emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos. As story-tellers, as singers, as poets and as parents (they tour with their two small children), Mike + Ruthy are heralds of an American cultural awakening that values honesty and togetherness, prefers grit to glitz, and revels in the old-fashioned telling of a story. Described as “rich, vintage Americana” by Time Out NY, Mike + Ruthy’s 2012 Woody Guthrie collaboration “My New York City” is being hailed as one of the most gorgeous pieces ever to have come out of the archive.

Mike + Ruthy can hold an intimate audience in the palm of their hands, and then when it's festival season it's time to crank it up a notch and expand the band. An Americana mix of bass, drums and pedal steel add swirl and stomp, making their set even more powerful, and fun for the big stage.