Belleayre Music Festival brings Buddy Guy and lots of diverse talent

Blues great Buddy Guy, “Redneck Woman” Gretchen Wilson and five nights of top-flight jazz shows are among the highlights of the 2014 season at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount. Tickets go on sale April 15.
The new season promises to be one of Belleayre’s most diverse lineups. The action starts with a night of classics on Saturday, July 5 when the Belle­ayre Festival Orchestra Per­forms The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony featuring conductor Brent Havens, vocalist Brody Dolyniuk and a full rock band.
The music shifts gears on Saturday, July 12, 8 p.m. with the Belleayre Blues Show headlined by Rock Hall of Famer Buddy Guy — voted the world’s greatest living blues guitarist. Opening the show will be special guest Quinn Sullivan, a 15-year-old blues prodigy.

Redneck woman
A foot-stomping good time is promised when country phenomenon Gretchen Wilson takes the stage on Saturday, July 19. Gretchen burst into stardom a decade ago when her “Redneck Woman” anthem ruled the charts.
The entertainment takes a 180-degree turn on Saturday, July 26 when the Belleayre Festival Opera presents Gaetano Doni­zetti’s “Lucia Di Lammermoor” under the direction of Donald Westwood.
The acclaimed Catskill Mountain Jazz Series will begin a run of five shows on on Friday, Aug. 1 with the Django Reinhardt Festival. Up next will be The Cookers All-Star Jazz Band featuring Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart on Saturday, Aug. 2. Both of these shows will be in the intimate setting of the Belleayre Jazz Club.
Three Hot Latin Nights start on Thursday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m. headlined by Alberto Solis and Gil Gutierrez. On Friday, Aug. 8, Pedrito makes a return engagement following last year’s blistering performance.
The jazz action returns to the big stage on Saturday, Aug. 9 with a night of scintillating Bossa Nova & Tango music and dancing to the sounds of the Romero Lubambo Quintet and the Pablo Aslan Tango Orchestra.
Broadway’s Leading Man Norbert Leo Butz brings his award-winning talents to Belle­ayre on Saturday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m.
The focus turns to laughter when Saturday Night Live alum Colin Quinn headlines Comedy in the Catskills III on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Brooklyn bands
The 2014 season wraps up in ultra-cool style with a full day of Brooklyn Bands taking the stage on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Hold Steady headlines with other bands to be announced soon.
All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for all shows go on sale April 15 via Ticketmaster. For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344, visit: belleayremusic.org or e-mail: belleayremusicfestival@gmail.com
For information on where to stay, dine, shop or to simply enjoy the great outdoors when you¹re in town for the Belleayre Music Festival, please visit: www.catskillhighpeaks.com, www.ulstertourism.info or www.greatwesterncatskills.com. Belle­ayre Music Festival concerts are held on the grounds of Belle­ayre Mountain in Highmount.
Belleayre Mountain is located in the heart of New York’s Catskill Mountain region, and is operated by the Olmpic Regional Development Authority. The ski resort is located just off Route 28 and is 37 miles west of Thruway Exit 19 at Kingston; 55 miles southeast of Oneonta on Route 28; 40 miles from the Route 17 exit at Roscoe; and 95 miles southwest of Albany and just two hours north of NYC.