Big HowlBrings Together Region's Best Americana Acts

Rotterdam Junction, N.Y. –The Mabee Farm is celebrating the summer and ten years of Howlin' at the Moon Concert Series with the Big Howl, a toe-tapping Americana music festival! 

On Sunday, June 25th from 3 PM to 7 PM regional favorites Everest Rising, The Nellies, and Rusticator will take the stage at The Mabee Farm for the Big Howl, an afternoon of bluegrass, indie folk, and more. Nestled on the banks of the Mohawk River, The Mabee Farm is an unforgettable rustic venue for live music with stunning views. Since 2007, the Mabee Farm has been home each month to energetic local folk and bluegrass music.  Now, to celebrate ten years of full moon music, the best of Howlin' is coming together to perform under the summer sun. “This concert is going to bring together some of the best local musicians in one afternoon!" explains Everest Rising member Dale Wade-Keszey.

The Big Howl is this summer's destination for lively Americana tunes, BBQ from The 99 Restaurant, and plenty of beer, plus blacksmithing demos and more. June's sun is high, the day is long, and the banks of the Mohawk River are the best place to soak it up. Admission to the Big Howl is $8, with BBQ dinners and drinks available at an extra cost. The 99 Restaurant is generously sponsoring the Big Howl, and the Mabee Farm is excited to partner with them for their grand re-opening party on May 25th at 4 PM.

About the Bands

Everest Rising's progressive acoustic sound is unique yet comfortably familiar. A tightly-knit quartet influenced by folk, jazz, bluegrass, rock and more, Everest Rising is recognized for their innovative instrumental arrangements and thoughtful lyrics.   

The Nellies' signature sound is their blend of driving rhythms and beautiful two part harmonies. Their rootsy, Americana energy is contagious, and their fun-loving stage presence will put a smile on your face! 

Rusticator is an acoustic band with an Americana spirit. The four-piece group creates an energetic blend of original songs and sing-along covers. Expect to be charmed by thought-provoking originals plus covers from your favorites! 

About Mabee Farm

The oldest farm in the Mohawk Valley, Mabee Farm Historic Site (owned and operated by the Schenectady County Historical Society) offers visitors today vibrant educational and recreational opportunities. With its deep history and riverside beauty, Mabee Farm is the perfect place to explore Mohawk Valley heritage.

At Mabee Farm, walk across weathered pine floors in the home of 17th century pioneers. Say hello to our resident goat, sheep and chickens. Ogle the hand-pegged Dutch Barn (1760s) or simply meander through our orchards, gardens, and forest trails. Tied to the dock sit our reproduction 18th century bateaux, helping visitors imagine river transportation three centuries ago. Pop inside the Franchere Educational Center for interactive exhibitions, lecture series, workshops, Howlin' at the Moon bluegrass concerts, and school programs plus extensive historical and archaeological collections.

The Mabee Farm Historic Site continues to change and grow, as it serves its mission of sharing stories, inspiring dialogue, and encouraging understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County. Together with the SCHS Museum and Library in the Stockade, the organization is more active than ever in presenting vibrant programming and engaging the diverse Schenectady community.

For more information on the Big Howl, please visit or contact Mary Zawacki at or 518-374-0263 x4.

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Contact: Mary Zawacki, Schenectady County Historical Society