Music on the Mountain
June 14 – 20, 2021
September 6 – 12, 2021
Enjoy a fabulous weekend of music, workshops, and all around family fun! From jazz to folk to rock’n’roll to family music workshops, we’ve got something for everyone. Come experience the melody of musical days and magical nights on our mountaintop.
Physical Distancing Requirements and Maximum Occupancy Restrictions
Masks are required at all times in the Parlor. Please note our live music performances have two sessions of the same show. You may choose to attend one of the two shows. This will allow access to as many guests as possible. Between each session, we sanitize the room for the next audience to enjoy the show comfortably. We thank you for your understanding as we work to continue to make Mohonk a safe and fun environment for all.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
PAST YEARS FEATURED EVENTS
Listed below are some of the many talented artist’s featured in past years of this event.
This week-long festival features a wide variety musical styles and genres performed by high caliber musicians.
Live Music with Sweet Megg
Sweet Megg seamlessly incorporates elements of Western Swing, Classic Country, Parisian cabaret, and gut bucket blues into a timeless performance transporting you to a new world of her own making with echoes of bygone days.
Live Music with Hubby Jenkins
Hubby Jenkins is a Grammy and Americana award-nominated multi-instrumentalist, who follows the thread of Black history that is woven through America’s traditional music.
Live Music with Rhett Miller & the New Paltz All-Stars
Rhett Miller, frontman for the legendary Texas rock and roll band Old 97’s, brings a new lineup of Hudson Valley all-star players to perform a selection of songs form his vast catalog, as well as the songs that influenced him – from Neil Young to David Bowie and beyond.
Live Music with David Temple
David Temple presents a colorful program of classical guitar, featuring music from Spain, France, and Latin America.
American and World Music for Families
This workshop with Bill & Livia Vanaver is a delightful presentation of some of their favorite songs and stories accompanied on banjo, guitar, and drums and includes audience participation (socially distanced of course). Their warmth and commitment to building a feeling of community and togetherness is a signature of their show.
Live Music with A Good Boat
A Good Boat is a suite of acoustic music and poetry inspired by the 14th century Tibetan text The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. The trio features bansuri flute master Steve Gorn, drum virtuoso Harvey Sorgen, with poetry and compositions by guitarist, and long-time Mohonk artist, David Gonzalez.
Jazz Concert with Liz Heh and Ryan Perrone
Jazz artists Ryan Perrone and Liz Heh play a blend of jazz, funk, and pop put together with vocals and keys. Featuring jazz standards and other popular tunes of today.
PAST FEATURED ARTISTS
Sweet Megg is a New York City bred vocalists who performs a range of material steeped in the American traditions of jazz & blues. She is now based half in Nashville and half in Brooklyn where she performs early jazz, blues, Western swing, classic country, and her original Americana. Her newest record, “Under the Moonlight” was released in March 2020 on Dala Records. She is currently working on her first all original studio record down in Nashville as well as an early jazz record with “Turtle Bay Records” scheduled to be released in the spring.
Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz. Hubby got his higher musical education started as a busker. He developed his guitar and vocal craft on the sidewalks and subway platforms of New York City, performing material by those venerable artists whose work he was quickly absorbing. An ambitiously itinerant musician, he took his show on the road, playing the streets, coffee shops, bars, and house parties of cities around the U.S. After years of busking around the country and making a name for himself, Hubby became acquainted with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. He was an integral part of the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops (2010 – 2016), as well as a member of Rhiannon Giddens band. Today he spreads his knowledge and love of old-time American music and history through his dynamic solo performances.
David Gonzalez is a professional storyteller, poet, playwright, musician and public speaker. He is a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department, and is the proud recipient of the International Performing Arts for Youth Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence.
David was named a Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience” for The Frog Bride. He was the host of New York Kids on WNYC for eight seasons. His poetry has been featured at Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors Festival, Bill Moyers’ documentary Fooling with Words on PBS, and NPR’s All Things Considered. David was a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival and received his doctorate from New York University’s School of Education. Mr. Gonzalez is bi-lingual and is the Artistic Director for the Crisalida Communications, a company that consults on arts outreach to theaters and community organizations. David has been performing for audiences at Mohonk for over 30 years. Online at www.davidgonzalez.com and www.crisalidacom.com.
Rhett Miller is perhaps best known as the front man of the Dallas-based alt-country band the Old 97’s, although he has also pursued a critically acclaimed solo career. Formed in 1993, the Old 97’s built a devoted following with their brash blend of country and power pop influences, making a splash with 1995’s Wreck Your Life, which won the group a brief stay on the roster of Elektra Records, a period kicked off with one of their finest hours, 1997’s Too Far to Care. In his solo career Rhett has captured attention as a literate songwriter training his eye on such subjects as fatherhood, sex, and love.
David Temple has performed as a classical guitarist and composer throughout the country. He is dedicated to presenting guitar performances that are full of color and variety, and to making the concert experience as enjoyable for the newcomer as for the experienced listener. Concerts have included the Festival of the Arts at Mohonk, the Ulster Chamber Music Series, the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta, NY, and many others. A graduate of the music school at Eastern Michigan University, David is Artistic Director and Vice President of the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society, and teaches both guitar and composition at Bard Conservatory, Preparatory Division, and at his home studio in Red Hook, NY. He has produced four recordings, which include an eclectic selection from the repertoire, as well as original arrangements and compositions.
Bill & Livia Vanaver
Bill & Livia Vanaver are the co artistic directors of The Vanaver Caravan, a Hudson Valley-based nonprofit organization that performs original, world-infused choreography and music, both locally and internationally. Since 1972, they have toured the US and abroad with their dancers and musicians collecting, performing and teaching. Drawing from their ever-expanding repertoire of dance and music traditions, The Vanaver Caravan also provides cross-cultural dance education through in-school arts residencies and after-school classes. Wherever The Vanaver Caravan goes dance and music follows, inspiring people in every walk of life to join together in song, dance, and celebration.
Steve Gorn is a Grammy winner, and five time Grammy nominee, and is creating a new idiom, a music that combines the essence of classical Indian tradition with a contemporary world music sensibility. The strength of this music arises from a virtuoso mastery, generating a vibrant fusion, alive and accessible to western ears. From Indian classical music to world music and jazz projects with Paul Simon, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Winter and others, Steve infuses great mastery with a haunting, lyrical sweetness to bring the healing breath of the sacred to our demanding contemporary lives.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
When you visit for Music on the Mountain, your overnight package includes:
- Three meals daily featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients from our farm-to-table partners. See our full list of dining options>
- Access to more than 85 miles of scenic hiking trails
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness classes
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Make an appointment to visit our Greenhouse
- Indoor heated pool with underwater music
- Guided hikes and outdoor activities with our Recreation team
- Nightly evening entertainment, special events, and more! See activities schedule>
- Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on more than 30 miles of groomed trails (weather permitting)
- Winter hiking with MICROspikes® (weather permitting)
- Ice-skating in the open air pavilion
- Guided outdoor activities and hiking with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains (weather permitting)
À la carte experiences available to overnight guests:
- A full menu of nature-inspired treatments at our award-winning spa
- The Carriage Lounge, featuring a full bar and handcrafted cocktails as well as hyper local draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our dining venues
- In-room dining
- Private fitness, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions
- Disc golf discs available for purchase (weather permitting)