Night Lights Music Festival Set to Entertain Eyes and Ears

Categories:  Music    Arts & Culture/Entertainment
Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 5:25 PM
Night Lights Music Festival Set to Entertain Eyes and Ears by Alex Bieler

A chill may be in the air, but there's still a way to enjoy the summer music festival season in September. In fact all you have to do is head to the Great Blue Heron grounds in Sherman, New York Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13. Now, I understand that The Great Blue Heron Music Festival already came and went this year in July, but don't worry, because the Heron grounds still hold plenty of musical treasures this September with Night Lights Music Festival.

Night Lights is the brainchild of Doug Sitler, a concept that combines live music with light and art displays in the middle of the woods, creating a visually stunning experience to go along with the sonic joys of a multiple concerts. Last year, Night Lights featured stellar experimental pianist Marco Benevento with his band, an act that Reader writer Ryan Smith quite enjoyed, along with a number of other acts. Well, Night Lights certainly doesn't disappoint this time around, as the two day festival will feature roughly two dozen different bands, including Grammy Award-winning jazz-fusion experts Snarky Puppy.

Like Benevento, we're big fans of Snarky Puppy here at the Reader after seeing the band play at the crooked i as part of the 2013-14 Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture season. Numerous other bands at Night Lights are well worth your attention, as well, including the funky Turkuaz, indie electro-rockers Jimkata, and the progressive Dopapod. Not to be outdone by the music, the lights and arts displays will keep you entertained between bands, making every walk at Night Lights a cool experience.

Single day or weekend tickets for Night Lights can be found here on their website and can be picked up at will call. Camping is included as part of the ticket price, so check out details here if you're the overnight type. If you're looking for one last music festival blast, check out Night Lights for a sights and sound spectacular.

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