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Great Blue Heron

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7/1/2011, 7/2/2011, 7/3/2011

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Great Blue Heron Festival Grounds
Official FestivalVenue Website Official Website
Phone: 716-761-7190
2361 Waits Corners Rd
Sherman, NY 14781
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Local Music Festival with National Reputation Celebrates Twenty Years
July 1, 2, 3 2011
Sherman, NY – When a few good friends decided to have a holiday picnic in the rolling hills of
Chautauqua County back in the summer of 1992, they never expected that they were laying the
groundwork for a summer tradition that brings back thousands of music lovers each year. But
that is exactly what the Great Blue Heron Festival has become – an annual celebration. With live
music on three stages – including the Tiger Maple Stage at the Cafe in the Woods and The Dance
Tent that swings through the night – plus workshops, drum circles, and kids & teen activities, the
festival provides many ways to enjoy the Independence Day weekend. And that’s why many in
the region come back every year, sharing the event with family and friends while camping out
amongst the sunny fields and shady woods that grace the property.
This year’s lineup includes a much-anticipated visit by the David Bromberg Quartet, a nearlegendary
band whose mastery of multiple American music genres is only surpassed by their
incredible instrumental talents. They join a roster that includes Sugar Hill recording artists
Donna the Buffalo, who bring their highly contagious brand of danceable roots-rock back to the
event year after year. Other perennial performers include Vancouver Celt-rockers the Town
Pants, Ithaca’s tightly twisted old time string band The Horse Flies, and Philadelphia’s only band
with both an MC and lap steel, the inimitable Slo-Mo. Jamestown, NY barnyard stompers Big
Leg Emma head up a host of local favorites, along with Buffalo’s Latin dance band La Krema,
Cortland, NY bluegrass pickers the Delaney Brothers, and many more.
Although day passes are available, most attendees choose to stay for the weekend, while others
avail themselves of local hotels, motels and B&B's. Families are encouraged to attend with their
children and teens; everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal
In between performances, go for a swim at the spring-fed pond, take a hike or bike along
forested trails, or just relax with coffee at the cozy Café in the Woods. The festival midway offers
fresh-cooked fare from an exotic variety of food stands, as well as artists and vendors offering a
wide variety of clothing, jewelry, musical instruments, and other gifts.
While much has changed in the last 20 years, the core principles of the event remain the same –
to present a wide assortment of original music from regional and national performers, to create a
magical space where festival-goers can interact with the artists and each other, and to foster a
positive environment that ensures a safe and satisfying experience.
For tickets and more information, go to http://www.greatblueheron.com.