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June 17-19 Lineup
Estival Festival 2022

Gates open at 12 PM (Noon) Friday, June 17th, 2022

Estival Festival 2022 Music Schedule

Friday, June 17th, 2022

Uncle Uke and the Guise

Uncle Uku & the Guise

“The escape into music is a beautiful one.  It can satisfy all our human needs, from spiritual elevation to carnal desire. It can be the sun and water, it can feel like the air we breathe. Uncle Uke navigates this universe with the understanding that music, the song, is a living thing. It is a flower. It is the ever-expanding universe. It grows and it blooms and it dies and most importantly it begins again.  Uncle Uke and the Guise are simply conduits of the universal electricity that connects people to their stars.” – Steve Webb

Smilo and the Ghost

Smilo and the Ghost

Formed in 2016, Smilo and the Ghost have been delivering hard-driving, old-time influenced folk-rock to crowds around the Northeast. Their debut album, Ghost Writers, was voted one of the top three albums of 2018 by the Erie Reader. Since then, Smilo and the Ghost have opened for national acts like Grammy Award Winning country duo Dan + Shay and alt-rock legends 10,000 Maniacs.

Smilo’s emotionally charged lyrics and vocals are backed up by the virtuosity of Wilber (who has toured the world with American blues guitarist Bernard Allison) and McKillip. Their setlist  moves between gritty, hard-luck foot stompers like “Nothing’s Changed” and “Big Guns” to triumphant ballads like “Save Me” and “There’s Nothing Left.” All of which are highlights of the band’s live shows.

The Probables

The Probables

The Probables are a rhythm-driven, folkcana/roots rock band from Jamestown, New York. The band formed in March of 2016 and hit the ground running by releasing their EP in July of the same year. The Probables follow-up release, “Cumberland Line,” brought to fruition in June of 2018, expanded their music scope. With influences of Americana, Folk, Contemporary, Bluegrass and Rock, The Probables result was a fusion of a unique blend. 

The group’s distinctive name was decided upon during a booking exchange with the organizer of the annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman, NY. The band had not yet chosen a name when they expressed interest in making a debut at the annual festival. The organizer of the festival responded, “I’ll probably book you, so I guess we should just call you ‘The Probables’.” The rest is history… 

Donna the Buffalo

Donna the Buffalo

Donna The Buffalo is not just a band, rather one might say that Donna The Buffalo has become a lifestyle for its members and audiences. The band has played thousands of shows and countless festivals including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Telluride, Austin City Limits Festival, Merle Fest, and Philadelphia Folk Festival.  At several festivals Donna The Buffalo has become the house band for closing the events by backing up artists including The Avett Brothers, Keller Williams, Zac Brown, Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, and Chris Thile. They’ve opened for The Dead and have toured with Peter Rowan, Del McCoury, Los Lobos, Little Feat, Jim Lauderdale, Rusted Root, and Railroad Earth to name a few. They also toured with Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen to help raise awareness about increased corporate spending in politics. 

Also Performing on Friday, June 17th! (More info coming soon!)

Arron Lipp and Ric Robertson (Cup o’ Soup – Fire Stage)

Nate Coffey & the Good Vibes (Late Night – Mountain Stage)

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

Sly Boots Circus
High Pines

High Pines

With no one show being the same as the next, High Pines delivers a unique improvisational sound through their original melding of psychedelic funk-rock since 1820. “Music to groove to” as we like to say, though that’s quite a vague statement, it’s the best way we’ve found to describe what we do.

Diggin Roots Band

Diggin Roots Band

Hailing from the Buffalo/Western New York area, Diggin’ Roots Band was formed in the summer of 2013 by a group of friends who share a passion for the roots of American music. The band draws from a variety of musical influences such as blues, jazz, rock, bluegrass and folk music with a hint of “Jam Band” mixed in for good measure.

Music is something most everyone has in common. It’s a way we can connect to one another and music is unifying and familiar. The sound of music can be therapeutic as well as healing while brightening a person’s day and enhancing their mood. The band shares a common belief that music is medicine and has the power to inspire and heal.

Teressa Wilcox & Mike Brown (Fire Stage)

Arron Lipp and Rick Robertson (Electric Bisque – Mountain Stage)

Miller & the Other Sinners

Miller and The Other Sinners is a nationally touring southern soul band based out of NY.  They blend the soul of gospel & blues, grit of southern rock, grease of funk and groove of rnb into a smooth slow burn of southern soul.  Playing across 21 states and 1 province, Miller and his “Sinners” have opened for and shared stages with such greats as The Steve Miller Band, Govt Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Shemekia Copeland, Jonny Lang, Eric Gales and Kingfish as well as playing festivals and great rooms such as Borderland, NYS Blues, Telluride Blues and Brews, Blues in the Bay, The Tralf, Double Door (RIP) and Madlife Stage & Studios.  Miller has 2 albums out under his own name, collaborating with The Campbell Brothers, prior to forming the band.  Now, Miller and The Other Sinners has 2 albums out, a live album and their latest, “Rise” EP.  Recently they have become the main national brand ambassador for Three Chord Bourbon, founded by Grammy winning producer/songwriter and musician, Neil Giraldo (Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, John Waite, Beth Hart, The Del-Lords and Kenny Loggins).  Neil will be helping produce the next Miller and The Other Sinners record in 2023.

An Evening with Keller Williams

An Evening with Keller Williams at Sugar Mountain

Virginian, Keller Williams, released his first album in 1994, FREEK, and has since given each of his albums a single syllable title: BUZZ, SPUN, BREATHE, LOOP, LAUGH, HOME, DANCE, STAGE, GRASS, DREAM, TWELVE, LIVE, ODD, THIEF, KIDS, BASS, PICK, FUNK, VAPE, SYNC, RAW, SANS, ADD, SPEED and CELL.   Each title serves as a concise summation of the concept guiding each project. Keller’s albums reflect his pursuit to create music that sounds like nothing else. Un-beholden to conventionalism, he seamlessly crosses genre boundaries. The end product is music that encompasses rock, jazz, funk and bluegrass, and always keeps the audience on their feet. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. For most of his career he has performed solo. His stage shows are rooted around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs, while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, bass, guitar synthesizer and drum samples; a technique called live phrase sampling or “looping”.  The end result often leans toward a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica, a genre Keller jokingly calls “acoustic dance music” or ADM.” Keller’s constant evolution has led to numerous band projects as well; Keller & The Keels, Grateful Grass, KWahtro, Keller and the Travelin’ McCourys, Grateful Gospel and More Than A Little to name a few. Keller can be found playing clubs and festivals around the U.S. with these projects throughout the year. 

Woodshed Prophets

Somewhere in the rolling hills of upstate New York there is an old, orange extension cord. It is a little frayed in some parts, but still appears to be in working order. This isn’t just some “run of the mill” extension cord; it is unusually long. In fact, this may be the longest extension cord one will ever see in a lifetime. I stumbled across it, draped across an old log, while walking through the woods. Funny thing is, as I followed one end of the cord to see where it came from, it appeared to have basically sprung out of the ground. I made my way back to the spot in the woods where I first encountered it, and curiosity seemed to have gotten the better of me. I began to follow the other end. After an hour of walking through fields, marshes and woodlands, not once coming across any connection to another extension cord, I heard the faint sound of music. As I pressed on, the sound began to increase in volume and intensity. I soon found myself in a small clearing in the woods… Read More…

Count Blastula

Count Blastula

Founded by Adam Fisher in Central New York, CB features eclectic music combined with visual expression, broadening genres in thoughtful ways.  For over a decade, Fisher has been at the core of the experience;  each live show, a journey displaying the multi-faceted talents of his cohorts, featuring original works and familiar interpretations.

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains

‘Moving Mountains makes the kind of progressive pop and jam-band rock that gives you pause for introspection as much as it makes you want to shake your hips. The Rochester quartet released its debut CD, “This Quiet World,” on Nov. 27. 

The band consists of singer and guitarist Miles McHugh, Jeff “Woody” Woodruff on drums and percussion, bassist Chris Meeker, and keyboardist and accordion player Lou Chitty. It’s a diverse bunch of performers with fine chops. All of the members have academic backgrounds in music, except for McHugh, who is the principal songwriter. He and Chitty also play in Into the Now, a classic rock tribute band primarily devoted to the music of the Grateful Dead. 

Moving Mountains has fun delving into the instrumental side of things with more depth than most bands. That approach keeps things fresh and makes “This Quiet World” an album you’ll come back to for additional listens.’

SIm Redmond Band

Sim Redmond Band

  Since their inception in 1999, the Sim Redmond Band has been steadily on the rise, forging new ground in roots music.  Traveling around the globe, playing with the likes of Habib Koite, the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, and moe. in some of the most beautiful venues in the U.S. and Japan.  SRB’s unique blend of Roots-Rock, African, and Jamaican music continues to spread like wild fire.
  They are based in Ithaca, NY but their magnetic pole is Africa, particularly the sounds eminating from West & South Africa.  This has served as a pivot for the Sim Redmond Band to spring into straight rock grooves and pumping reggae.  The vocals of Sim Redmond, Jen Middaugh, and Nate Silas Richardson combine to create beautiful, rich harmonies that soar above their reverberating grooves.
  The music of the Sim Redmond Band has reached the hearts of people all around the world. They have toured extensively in the U.S and Japan, bringing together sounds and people from all walks of life. Their uplifting, optimistic music is infectious. It will brighten your day, open your heart, and strengthen your resolve to make a positive impact on this crazy world we all share.

Uncle Bens Remedy

Uncle Ben's Remedy

“These are story songs. Songs about the people we grew up with; grew together with and grew apart from. This music is medicine.”

Roots grow deep in fertile soil.  The sound of Uncle Ben’s Remedy is rooted in the small towns of western New York, where community still matters and music is a part of every event. The boys learned to play and sing in this small town atmosphere, giving their music the honest, back porch feel of the country music they love.  Uncle Ben’s Remedy is Ben Westlund, Harmony Griffin, Shawn Huestis, Brendan O’Connor and Jimmy Royce, playing all sorts of traditional and rock n’ roll instruments and stomping the floors; all while singing their hearts out in service to the song.