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Beyond The Blue Summer Festival Series

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Fri, August 19 • All Day

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Admission starts at: $77
Great Blue Heron Grounds • 2361 Wait Corners Road, Sherman NY 14781

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The Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman, New York, will happen once again the first weekend in July. For nearly 30 years, this annual event has drawn thousands of fans from across the U.S. It is a tradition for many young and old, as an event to celebrate music, nature and the spirit of self- expression.

This year, The Heron organizers will expand on this concept with an extended summer music series aptly named, “Beyond the Blue.” These weekend events, running from the middle of July through Labor Day weekend, are an extension of the long-standing Great Blue Heron Music Festival with its eclectic and diverse lineup of artists. This concept of smaller-scale festivals was piloted out of necessity during the pandemic. Organizers now embrace the approach as an opportunity that best aligns with the farm’s commitment to regenerative stewardship of the land while still honoring their mission to transform lives through music, agriculture, art and education. “Our goal of this season, and the future, is to create a vibrant Great Blue Heron experience that honors both the traditions of the past and the land, by operating at a scale that doesn’t over-stress the natural and human resources we are entrusted to care for,” Julie Rockcastle, festival co-founder states. “The genre-focused Beyond the Blue mini-festivals present  diverse and family-friendly experiences all summer long that enable us to welcome more people who share our passions for music, the outdoors, and sustainability.”

Beyond the Blue I, slated for July 16, kicks off with sweet harmonies, funky bluegrass and soulful rhythms with artists Dirty Blanket, Folkfaces and Bella’s Bartok. The series will continue on July 30, with Beyond the Blue II, a full day of progressive Reggae beats, island vibes and thunderous Native American sounds. Event headliner, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, often referred as “The Grateful Dead of Reggae,” will grace the main stage, along with Keith Secola, Root Shock and Mosaic Foundation. On August 20, Beyond the Blue III is jam packed with electrifying funk and electro-rock with event headliner, Jimkata. This trio, based in Ithaca and Los Angeles, stretch boundaries with bold arrangements fueled by swirling synthesizers and anthemic hooks.

The season finale, Beyond The Blue IV, will take place on Labor Day weekend with more than 20 artists gracing the stage including Pokey Lafarge, a musician influenced by old-time country, blues, folk, and Western swing. Another headliner, the acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Montbleau has spent much of his life crisscrossing the globe on a perpetual search for meaning, purpose, and understanding. A quest that’s defined not only his music, but his very sense of self.

While widely known for its connection to music, The Heron is also an award-winning campground with amenities suitable for those who prefer comfort as well as secluded, primitive sites. Families and groups are welcome to enjoy the land with its lush pastures, deep woods and wetlands, along with a sandy swimming beach. Voted the #1 campsite in the U.S. by HipCamp, The Heron is open daily for seasonal camping from May through October along with the Green Heron Growers Farm Store.

To learn more about The Heron Farm & Event Center, to book your stay, purchase festival tickets, sign up as a vendor or volunteer please visit TheHeron.org or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Beyond the Blue I – JULY 15TH – 17TH

Join us for our first annual Beyond the Blue Series. We invite you to take off those shoes and dance in the sand with some finger pickin and knee slapping funky bluegrass bands and the sweet harmonies of Upstate and The Arcadian Wild. Don’t get tired though, Bella’s Bartok is going to keep you out of those chairs with a closing show of sea shanty rhythms you don’t wanna miss. It will be a soulful dance-party that is sure to leave you breathless. Come make some new traditions and memories with us!

Beyond The Blue II – JULY 29TH – 31ST

Beyond The Blue II brings you a full day of music featuring 3 Reggae bands of unique styles, 2 Native American bands, plus a rocking, up-and-coming, Ithaca band you’ll not want to miss!  Beyond the Blue II is a great mix of genres for a great day at The Heron!  Come for the day or stay the whole weekend!

Beyond The Blue III – AUGUST 19TH – 21ST

Beyond The Blue III is jam packed with Funk and Jam artists for a memorable day of music! It’s gonna be an electrifying return to The Heron for crowd favorite Jimkata! Come for the day or stay the whole weekend!

Beyond the Blue IV – SEPTEMBER 2ND – 4TH

Well the end of the season is nearly here, but not before we go out with a blockbuster bang! There will be over 20 artists this weekend and over half of them have never graced our stages before. Bring an extra pair of shoes because you will be dancing all 3 days!

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