SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack Carousel will host the annual North Country Musicians Unite for Local Food Pantries concert all day on Saturday.
The free, family-friendly event will feature more than a dozen musical acts, from rock to blues to folk. This year, the benefit will support the food pantries in Saranac Lake, Vermontville, Brighton and Duane, according to a press release from organizers Keith Gorgas and Daun Reuter.
"Over the past few years we have raised nearly $10,000 and truckloads of food with these concerts," the release states. "We all donate our time and performances, asking that those who attend bring donations of money and food."
Donations of money will be matched with state and federal funds, as well as private sources.
"Each dollar donated has the power to buy about $12 in food for those who are in need," the release states.
Adirondack Piper Cameron Anderson is scheduled kick off the day's events at 10:45 a.m., followed by Jubal Consort, a recorder ensemble; songwriter Barbara Darring; the Rustic Riders and their original brand of imspirational folk and traditional music; and Oh!Betty, a country blues duo from the Plattsburg area.
Other fetatured performers include The Lemmon Drops, who play an eclectic blend of melodic music; Adirondack folksinger/songwriter Jamie Savage, who'll take a break from teaching at Wanakena Ranger School to perform a set; The Dust Bunnies, who bring their original folk and blues to the stage; Eric Klotzko and possibly other members of Y Not Blue; recording artist Heidi Little, who will do a solo acoustic set of her songs of light and love; and The Barn Cats, who perform Americana/fiddle tunes.
The Shamrock Jam Band, a diverse group who jam each Wednesday night at the Shamrock in Gabriels will also peform, as will Keith Gorgas and Friends, who perform original songs; songwriter Theresa Hartford, who will sing in her own bluesy style; Howie Campbell, who has been a performing Southern Rock, Blues, Gospel, and Jazz musician for more than 30 years; Celia Evans, who will joined by some of the musicians who performed on her recently released CD, "The Road;" Rock-country-blues and roots act Larry Stone and Stoneground Express; veteran blues musician Frank Porter; and SplitRock, a Lake Placid based band.
Organizers are seeking advance donations of money, gift certificates and merchandise that can be used for door prizes, raffles and drawings. They also are looking for baked goods made fresh the day of the concert.
Local college students will be on hand to sell food and beverages, with all proceeds gong directly to the food pantries. Representatives of the food pantires will be on hand to collect donations.
Cash, checks or gift certificates to support the event may be sent to Daun Reuter, P.O. Box 290, Bloomingdale, NY 12913.