Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said 10,000 Maniacs would be performing at the music festival. On July 2, the event's organizers announced 10,000 Maniacs would no longer perform due to a serious health issue in the band. Crash Test Dummies will perform in their place.
After a two year hiatus, the Pleasantville Music Festival will return this weekend.
Also referred to as "New York's Backyard Jam," the festival will bring 18 bands to the village's Parkway Field on July 9 for nine hours of music across three stages — the Chill Tent, the Party Stage and Main Stage. The festival features an array of music genres including bluegrass, varying styles of rock, R&B and more.
"We are constantly striving to cover a lot of musical bases and a variety of demographics when we book the bands. This year is no exception," Bruce Figler, the festival's director, said. "Some people come for the headliners, but there are also many people who come to discover artists they never knew about."
Headlining and taking the main stage at the 16th annual festival will be Ithaca-originated X Ambassadors whose 2015 single "Renegade" was a top 100 song in the United States. The band is also known for their songs "Jungle," "Unsteady" and "Boom."
Also performing on the main stage will be Crash Test Dummies, Tarrytown's Clare Maloney and the Great Adventure, and Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears.
The Party Stage will be headlined by Illiterate Light who are known for their 2019 track "Better Than I Used To."
The Breaks Inc., with Croton-on-Hudson guitarist Adrian Cardenas, will also perform on the Party Stage. Also on the Party Stage will be Blankslate whose members have a history in Armonk, The Narrowbacks with members from Pearl River and The Bronx, and Girl Skin whose members include Mamaroneck's Simon Brothers.
Known for her 90s hits "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait," Paula Cole will headline the Chill Tent.
Also performing the the Chill Tent will be Riki Stevens, Tarrytown's Greg Jacquin, Chaz Kiss from Cornwall on Hudson, as well as Cole Quest & the City Pickers. Quest is the grandson of Woody Guthrie and is originally from Mount Kisco.
"After two years off, we are super pumped to get the festival back up and running," Figler said. "I think our audience is pretty pumped too."
Also performing will be the winners of the Lagond Music Battle of the Bands Platinum Moon, a five-piece classic rock group with members from Westchester and Putnam counties, who will start the line-up at the Main Stage, the indie band Noshows, who's members hale from Chappaqua and New York City, will take to the Party Stage and Pleasantville's Carter Quinn Tanis will perform at the Chill Tent.
According to the music festival's website, more artists will be announced.
The festival will also feature the Captain Lawrence Beer Garden as well as food options, and crafts and merchandise for sale.
From now until July 1, tickets are $60 for adults ages 22 to 64 and $30 for students ages 12 to 21 as well as seniors ages 65 and older. Children under the age of 12 are free. The price increases on July 2.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit pleasantvillemusicfestival.com.
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