rock-and-run.JPGLive Music by Over 20 Top Bands Including Acoustic Brotherhood, The Lazy Suns and Ramblin' Jug Stompers Event Presented by Saratoga Performing Arts Center's Action Council and WEQX Radio Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - A new 10K has been added to SPAC's popular "Rock & Run" 5K fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, May 19 at SPAC. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with a 1K Kids' Run, followed by the 5K at 9:30 a.m. and the 10K at 10:30 a.m. Over 20 top Capital Region bands will perform along certified running routes and at the free, post-race party on SPAC's lawn. Online registration is available at All proceeds will benefit SPAC's Vivienne Anderson program which hosts underserved children at classical performances. "Our ‘Rock & Run' is the perfect, high-energy kick off to our season and a wonderful way to support opportunities for local children to experience the performing arts," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President & Executive Director. "Since we first introduced the ‘Rock & Run' 5K three years ago, it has become a favorite among local runners, families and the community. With the addition of a new 10K course and twice the number of bands, we are raising the volume on this great event. Tremendous thanks are owed to our Action Council members, whose creativity, time and effort are at the core of Rock & Run's success."       The headlining band for the post-race festivities will be The Acoustic Brotherhood, led by Soul Session's Garland Nelson and Audiostar front man, Jay Yager, two of the Capital Region's leading musicians.     Other acclaimed regional bands participating in the event include:
  • § The Lazy Suns -- Featured on the Discovery Channel's popular show, Deadliest Catch, the self-described "Rock Flavored Country Band" is considered to have a unique quality, blending sounds from the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Beatles, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Petty, and Hank Williams.
  • § Ramblin Jug Stompers'- Fusing the great tradition of American string band music and the classic jug bands of the 60s folk scene, the Jug Stompers consist of luminaries from New York's Capital District music scene.
  • § Drew Jacobs- The "acoustic humorist" fuses his skills as a musician and comedian covering subjects such as relationships, modern society, and life as a baby-boomer. He has earned recognition with airplay on local and national radio, such as Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's "LaughUSA," and the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Radio Show.
New bands joining the race this year include Hard Soul, Bridgette Guerrette, M.R. Poulopoulos, Molly Durnin, Summer of Doug, Above The Flood, Rob Jonas, Erin Harkes, Zan Strumfield, Immune Friction, Pony in the Pancake, and CRUSH, winners of last year's Battle of the Bands. Back by popular demand will be Black Mountain Symphony, The Dirt Cheap Band, Tamer Lane, KIDDJ, and Greg Irwin who will play bagpipes at the start of the race. Other features of the Rock & Run include performance/moisture-wicking shirts for the first 1,000 pre-registered 5K and 10K runners, tickets to SPAC's Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival for the top male/female finishers, tickets to SPAC classical performances for the top male and female finishers in each age category, finisher awards for all children participating in the Kids' Race, and a free, post race party with live music, refreshments and children's activities. Early registration cost (postmarked by 5/13) is $35 per person for the 10K; $27 per person for the 5K and $5 for the Kids' Race.  The general public may enjoy viewing the race or attending the post-race party free of charge. About SPAC's Vivienne Anderson Program Proceeds from Rock & Run benefit SPAC's Vivienne Anderson Children's Program, a special program which hosts underserved area youth at select matinee performances of the NYCB. The children visit the National Museum of Dance, meet with dancers from the company, and learn about a dancer's life. They view the performance after having been introduced to the story line, choreographer, and composer. It is the goal of the program that experiencing the arts in such a meaningful way, often for their first time, will help these children foster a lifelong love of the arts. The program is named for former Action Council President Vivienne Anderson who was a tireless advocate for children's education. Contact: Shane Williams-Ness, 518.584.9330 x 116 M:518.378.0295 Lisa Hill, 518.584.9330 x 119 M:518.496.2882;