Greene County, NY (June 1, 2016) - Oak Hill in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County will become a music-filled, open air concert arena during the annual Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival July 14-17, as 40 bands fill five stages to offer a weekend of incredible musical entertainment.
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is a mainstay for the Catskills, attracting a who's who of bluegrass to jam for three days at Walsh Farm in Oak Hill. The weekend includes performances by more than 40 bands, including Bela Fleck & Chris Thile, Del & Dawg, The Earls of Leicester, The Del McCoury Band, The Gibson Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, and many more.
While the music is what drives the festival, a host of workshops, programs, activities and group jam sessions adds a community spirit to the event that continues to attract people from across the country. This year's highlights include:
• Bluegrass Academy for Kids - This free, four-day camp focuses on educating budding musicians ages 8 to 17. Participants will learn to play, sing, and perform bluegrass music, as well sing in harmony, and enjoy guest appearances from Grey Fox performers. The academy wraps up with a Graduation Gig that typically features performances from more than 100 kids.
• Slow Jam Tent - Open for beginner players looking for instrumental and vocal classes from patient mentors. Instructors bring vast experiences and will help lead new platers through the basics.
• Learn to Dance - Offers the most variety of all Grey Fox's stages, providing yoga and meditation classes in the morning, and expert instruction on popular bluegrass dances in the afternoon and evening. In between, guests may catch one of their favorite performers during a concert.
• Emerging Artist Showcase - Features daily performances by a host of new young artists, providing festival guests with the opportunity to listen to fresh tunes and find new favorites.
Grey Fox guests can expect free parking and a free shuttle bus to the festival all four days of the event. On-site camping is available with the purchase of a full festival ticket. Tickets are on sale now for one-day or weekend passes. Children ages 12 and younger get in free with a ticketed adult.
Vendors will be on-site throughout the festival offering ethnic and regional foods, crafts, clothing, jewelry, instruments, and more. For more information about Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, or to find nearby lodging, visit www.greatnortherncatskills.com.
About Greene County:
Greene County is in the Great Northern Catskills, home to five of the 10 highest peaks in the Catskill Park, family resorts, outdoor adventure and year-round entertainment. Known as the nation's first wilderness, and renowned as the home of Thomas Cole's Hudson River School, the Catskills are a haven for outdoor recreation and artistic inspiration. Greene County was also the inspiration for Washington Irving's literary legend, Rip Van Winkle. Connect with the Catskills at Facebook.com/GreatNorthernCatskills, and on Twitter.com/CatskillTourism