Colorscape has announced the music and performance lineup for the free 22nd Annual Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival to be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 10 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 11 in downtown Norwich. Performances all day will feature national recording artists on the NBT Main Stage in Norwich’s East Park, family-centered performances on the the Art Zone Stage in the Guernsey Library Park, and varied genres on the newly named Peggy’s Stage in Norwich’s West Park.
“The Colorscape Board of Directors wanted to honor our longtime, outgoing Executive Director,” said board president Melissa DeCordova about the recently-retired Peggy Finnegan. “Throughout the festival’s 22 years, she has pretty much had her hand in all aspects of Colorscape Chenango. From fundraising, public relations, publicity, and graphic design, to contracting with music and culinary vendors and managing the artists, Peggy has kept the festival growing strong, and for many, many years did so as a volunteer."
A second performance stage, ‘Peggy’s stage,’ was added in West Park three years ago. The idea was to promote professional dance and music genres that aren’t featured on our NBT Main Stage, such as drumming, opera, and jazz.
“Some of us thought we might commemorate Peggy best by naming the stage after her. We came up with ‘Peggy’s Stage.’ It had a 1960s, Dylanesque ring to it, like ‘Maggie’s Farm.’ She liked it,” added DeCordova.
The NBT Main Stage performers are presented by Night Eagle Productions, and this year include a mix of Celtic, roots, folk, gypsy swing, blues, pop, and rock and roll, capped on both days by the return of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams’ “avant-folk” from “the cool side of Americana.”
The 15th Annual Colorscape Competitive Poetry Slam will also be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Park Place Restaurant, immediately adjacent to the festival grounds. Poets of all ages and all levels of experience are invited to compete for cash prizes. Judging will include both the quality of poem and performance.
Poets interested in competing can contact Rich Bernstein at 607-244-9739 to register.
For more information on festival, including a complete concert schedule, visit www.colorscape.org.