Yoakam, Doobies to play Belleayre
Highmount — Country star Dwight Yoakam and rock icons the Doobie Brothers highlight the diverse lineup for the Belleayre Music Festival’s 22nd season. Tickets go on sale April 15 at 10 a.m.
Latin jazz, Broadway, opera and comedy will also be part of the mix as the summer music festival continues its tradition of presenting acts from across the entertainment spectrum.
Dwight Yoakam kicks things off in hard-charging fashion on Saturday, July 6. Dwight traces the roots of his stardom to country music, but offers a universal appeal that spans genres.
Up next on Saturday, July 13 will be the Manhattan Transfer, recognized as the world’s foremost vocal group.
The music shifts to the ultimate in classic rock when the legendary Doobie Brothers hit the stage with their hit-filled show on Saturday, July 20.
The Belleayre Festival Opera presents Bizet’s “Carmen” on Satuday, July 27. The opera is an annual highlight on the mountain.
The Catskill Mountain Jazz Series will span five extraordinary performances. The jazz series opens with three Hot Latin Nights. On Thursday, Aug. 1, the series begins with the Sammy Figueroa Latin Dance Explosion in the Jazz Club. The phenonmenal Pedrito Martinez Havana Quartet will light up the Jazz Club on Friday, Aug. 2.
More jazz offerings
The music moves to the Main Stage on Saturday, Aug. 3 with what promises to be an inspired performance by the Paquito D’Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band.
The second weekend of the Catskill Mountain Jazz Series features “Two Piano Masters.” Keyboard wizard Bill Charlap will play the Jazz Club with his trio on Friday, Aug. 9. Kenny Barron’s 70th Birthday Celebration will be marked on Saturday, Aug. 10 with Kenny Barron’s All-Star Quintet featuring a stellar lineup presenting a show guaranteed to among the season’s highlights.
It’s Broadway at Belleayre on Saturday, Aug. 17 when song-and-dance legend Ben Vereen takes the stage.
The action shifts to laughter the next weekend when the festival presents Comedy in the Catskills II. Harrison Greenbaum, who left the audience roaring during last year’s warmup appearance, will present his full routine in the Comedy Club on Friday, Aug. 23. Veteran funny woman Rita Rudner headlines on the Main Stage on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Pink Floyd tribute
The season closes in theatrical rock style when the Belleayre Festival Orchestra presents The Music of Pink Floyd on Saturday, Aug. 31. This year marks the 40th anniversary of “Dark Side of the Moon,” one of the most enduring albums of all time. The show will feature a full rock band by Windborne Music in addition to the orchestra. Brent Havens, who guided last year’s Led Zeppelin tribute, will conduct the show that will also feature many other Pink Floyd hits.
All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for all shows go on sale April 15 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344, visit: belleayremusic.org or e-mail: email@example.com
Ticket savings for skiers
Also, as part of the Ski Season Pass Perks program at Belleayre, Gore, and Whiteface, pass holders can save 10 percent on up to two tickets to a concert of your choice for summer 2013. Present a valid season pass at the box office on the night of the performance.
For information on where to stay, dine, shop or to simply enjoy the great outdoors when you¹re in town for the Belleayre Music Festival, please visit: www.catskillhighpeaks.com, www.ulstertourism.info or www.greatwesterncatskills.com.
Belleayre Music Festival concerts are held on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount.
Belleayre Mountain is located in the heart of New York’s Catskill Mountain region, and is operated by the Olmpic Regional Development Authority.