“The main objective of this event is to support our local area and all the good that comes out of it. We support local music, local art, local farms, local business, local economy and local sustainability. This event began in August of 2011 with the wedding plans of a Forestport, NY couple, Stephen and Kellie Fletcher, who instead of a traditional reception, decided to organize an open to the public three day music festival in celebration of all the friends, family, fellow musicians, artists and community that supported them along the way.
The result was outstanding. More than 20 local bands and musicians such as SLUG, Funktional Flow, The Crazy Fools, Suns of the Empire and so many more came out and volunteered their time and talent to make the weekend special. In the months after the memorable event, the buzz kept going for many of the local bands involved and they continued to get exposure through pictures, video and audio recordings as well as through fondly recalled stories told by guests of the festival.
This inspired the Forestport couple, to not only organize the event again the following year, but to put the focus on the local community that truly created it. The idea of Fletch Fest 2012 and its mission was an inspiration to many who shared the couple’s motivation for the cause. The festival was hosted by the local band SLUG who was joined by many local acts such as Acoustically Speaking, Sassafrass Jenkins, Waydown Wailers and BADDOGG.
The featured act of the weekend was an explosive finale by the legendary ‘New Riders of the Purple Sage’ who came out from southern California to help support the cause. Many artisans and businesses from throughout the Central New York area also got involved and supported the event. With such great post-event feedback, the event was declared a success and ideas and dreams began to form for Fletch Fest 2013.”
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“sUMmer school 2012 is an unforgettable week long music camp in the Catskills where Umphrey’s McGee pulls back the curtain to reveal details on songwriting, improvisational techniques, gear, business, marketing and more. Join UM for sUMmer school 2013.”