Neil Young and Bon Jovi in the Adirondacks?

lllustration by Matt Paul

Conjuring a rock-and-roll star doesn’t necessarily lead to the real deal, but it’s an awful lot of fun. That’s what happens each August during Adirondack Rust Fest, a Neil Young love-in that means jamming Young tunes at bar 20 Main, in Au Sable Forks, then gathering on Saturday at Dave and Jean Wiswell’s place in Jay’s Ausable Acres for more music and merriment. Hear Young revelers, aka “Rusties,” rock out to “Down by the River,” “Walk On,” “Motorcycle Mama” and more at 20 Main this Friday, August 10, from 9 p.m. on.

Old Forge becomes a hotbed for hair bands on Saturday, August 11, during Forgefest 2012: An Adirondack Tribute to Rock Legends. Among the performers, Kashmir will play Led Zeppelin covers, Blaze of Glory will channel Bon Jovi, and Completely Unchained will give the complete Van Halen package—music, antics and attitude—at the Hiltebrant Recreation Center from noon until 10 p.m.

Ruthie Foster, the real Ruthie Foster—blues sensation, Blind Boys of Alabama collaborator, singer whose soulful voice will turn you inside out—takes Lake Placid’s Mid’s Park stage August 14 starting at 7 p.m. Foster’s the final performer in the Tuesday night summer Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series.

And then August 25, singer/songwriter Martin Sexton, who’s adopted the Adirondacks—not just as part-time home, but its causes too—plays the Lake Placid Center for the Arts to benefit Saranac Lake’s Dewey Mountain Recreation Area. The show starts at 8 p.m., preceded by a live auction.




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