The cavalcade of Lake George music festivals continues this weekend on the site of the former Gaslight Village with the Electric Love Fest, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22. Leading up to Saturday’s event is the pre-fest Electric Love Bang on Thursday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 21 the Electric Love Boat will launch from the Shoreline Cruise docks. The festival is produced by High Peaks Presents with help from Lagunitas Brewing Company.
The Electric Love Fest, according to Christine Whelan of High Peaks Sound, was inspired by their work with Frendly Gathering, an organization that holds an annual music fest dedicated to fostering friendships, selflessness and respect for the environment. High Peaks Presents’ goal is to bring a green concert initiative to the outdoor music scene. “We are striving to reduce the waste generated by these types of events, raise awareness of the conservation efforts that have gone into preserving Lake George and remind concert goers that it’s possible to enjoy an event with friends and family and still have respect for the space that has been provided to us.”
Gates open at the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons Thursday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. for the Love Bang. Headlining the show is Badfish, a Sublime tribute band, with Mirk and Conehead Budda. The music starts at 5 p.m. and continues through 9:30 p.m. The evening is capped off by the Village of Lake George’s Thursday night fireworks display over the lake. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Children younger than 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.
Boarding begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 for the Electric Love Boat, a sunset cruise aboard the Adirondac. Tickets for the cruise are $40 and include open bar for those age 21 or older until 7 p.m. Entertainment provided by Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover. Hors D’oeuvres will be served. Cruise tickets are available here. The Adirondac is docked at the Shoreline Restaurant at 2 Kurosaka Lane, Lake George, New York.
The Electric Love Fest opens at Charles R. Wood Festival Commons at 11 a.m., music begins at noon and continues to 11 p.m. Mike Doughty and his Band Fantastic is headlining the festival, with performances by Rich Ortiz, Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover, Gang Of Thieves, Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense, Northern Faces and Genevieve. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Advanced tickets for both the Electric Love Bang and Electric Love Fest are $35.
There will be food and beverage vendors, including beer, on site. No outside food is permitted. In keeping with the green initiative, vendors will not be selling bottled water. There will be a filtered water refill station on the grounds. Bring your own water bottle or purchase a souvenir stainless steel one at the festival.
Advanced tickets for the Thursday and Saturday shows may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets or at EBI on Excelsior Ave in Saratoga Springs, Parkway Music on Route 9 in Clifton Park, 42º in the Lake George Village Mall on Canada Street and Park Street in Glens Falls.