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The Summer Hoot at the Ashokan Center - August 22, 23 & 24

The Hoot takes place at the Ashokan Center 477 Beaverkill Road Olivebridge, NY 12461

Kristin Andreassen / Marco Benevento (solo) / Robert Sarazin Blake / Breathe Owl Breathe / David Bromberg / Bright Siders / Burnell Pines / John Cohen / Jay Collins & the Kings County Band / Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer / Ivy Vine Players / The Josies / Chas Justus /  DB Leonard / Chris Merenda /  Mike + Ruthy /  Milton /  Mr Chris /  Billy Mitchel /  Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer /  Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower / Oh to be Home Again: Amy Helm & Friends / The Old Way / Putnam String County Band / The Revelers /  Saints of Swing featuring Rene Bailey /  Serious Juggling & Comedy /  Emily Schaad & Debra Clifford / Simi Stone Orchestra /  Small Houses / Spirit Family Reunion /  Jay Ungar & Molly Mason / White Light Gong Ensemble

• Friday 3:00 pm gate opens
       6:00 pm - 11:00 pm live music on Hoot Hill
          followed by short film indoors and campsite jamming
• Saturday 9:30 am - 10:00 pm live music on Hoot Hill,
       followed by square dance indoors & hilltop campfire singalong
• Sunday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm live music on Hoot Hill,
           and then we say goodbye til the next Hoot!  

• Ticket sales keep the Hoot alive + raise money for The Ashokan Center.  
• Please bring extra money to buy food, beer, records, and hoot hoodies!  

• Please bring your kids!  We have activities and programming for all ages: arts & crafts with FiberFlame, nature programming with the Ashokan staff, great children's performers & more!
• In the evenings we have a special space indoors for kids to chill out, do puzzles and board games, and watch movies!  BYO blanket and pillow.  Get cozy!  

• Local food vendors will be selling food all weekend, dig in and enjoy!
• Chef Jill Freiberg will be vending hot breakfast Saturday and Sunday.
• If you are a local farm or business and you'd like to donate food for performer meals, please contact us.  We take pride in providing for our musicians and staff!

• Camping is encouraged.  There are a few areas: some loud, some quiet, some woodsy, some out in the open.  
• On-site lodging is limited and should be purchased in advance.  Room descriptions and availability can be found on the ticketing page.  All bunks have a comfortable mattress and pillow.  Bring your own toiletries, towel, pillowcase and bedding or sleeping bag.
• Search AirBnB for local homes with shared or private rooms.
• Check out Trip Advisor for hotel accommodations in Kingston.
• See a map of bed and breakfasts in the area.

• There is a campfire singalong and a square dance on Saturday night.  Join in!  
• Dancing is always encouraged!
• There is a "jamming" campground.  

Site Rules:  
• Beer will be sold on site.  Please drink responsibly.  
• Please be kind to each other and treat the land with respect.
• Sorry, no dogs are allowed on the Ashokan Center campus.  

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See Festival tab above for more information
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Music on the main stage is from noon until 6 pm.  
And if you’d like to make your own music, bring your instrument and take a turn at our song circle/jam tent,
hosted by The Shovel Ready String Band.

We will also have locally produced food and beverage vendors, arts & crafts vendors, and activities for children

Our intrepid Iris & Pete will provide sound engineering, powered by Solar Punch’s solar equipment. In case of rain, we’ll move the performances to a really big tent.

Don’t want to pay admission?  Then volunteer!  This is a grass-roots event and we need a lot of help. Check out our volunteer section for further information.

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Lyric and Songwriting Workshop Series presented by Tribes Hill

Lyric and Songwriting Workshop Series presented by Tribes Hill

Lyric and Songwriting Workshop Series

Presented by

The Tribes Hill Music Community

Have you ever wanted to write songs or improve your songwriting ability?

Tribes Hill is proud to announce its second Songwriting Workshop series for the New York metro and lower Hudson Valley areas.  If you already have some basic song-playing skills this series is an opportunity to:

·        Build confidence to express yourself in a supportive environment

·        Develop songcraft and explore lyric voices

·        Access places inside where songs come from

Here’s what participants in our first workshop series last spring had to say:

"This was a wonderful series. Your hospitality, encouragement and enthusiasm was really appreciated."

"Loved it.  Each instructor brought something different and complimented each others' classes. Introduced to some great songwriters.  Sharing and feedback was great".

"The best parts?  Meeting and listening to the other participants. They were as encouraging as the teachers. What teachings stood out?  They were all different, which made a total whole".

"It was a positive, creative space with a good, open vibe.  Having it at Steve's house was beautiful and generous of him.  What stood out? Chord progressions, accessing creativity, the studio is a place of discovery".

"I truly enjoyed the sessions. I felt very comfortable sharing my songs and I appreciated all the feedback. I would definitely sign up for others in the future. I absolutely loved hearing the songwriters play their songs.  It gave me a better understanding of how they write their music.  I loved doing the free writing and attempting to write a song in a short period of time".

The Details:

10 sessions meeting Sundays from 3 to 5:30 in Hartsdale, NY, with a concluding performance for family and friends.

September 21-Oct 12:  Four weeks focused on lyric writing with veteran teacher and songwriter Ina May Wool (

October 19 through mid- December:  Sessions with our very special guest teaching artists:

Matt Turk (

KJ Denhert (

Lara Herscovitch (

Elaine Romanelli (

and Joe Crookston (


Full series: 10 sessions and a concluding performance: $325

Can't pay in full? Make 3 payments of $115 each.

Or you can break it up this way:

4 lyric-writing sessions: $140

6 guest-teacher sessions plus performance: $215.

Series location: Hartsdale, NY.

Times and Dates: Sundays, 3 to 5:30 PM, from September 21 to mid-December.

Preparatory Classes:

We will also offer preparatory classes, a music 101, for those who want to learn beginning song theory with keyboard and/or guitar. These classes will run prior to and during the early weeks of the Series. They will run according to need.  Cost is separate.  For more information on these classes email Steve at


Can I just take the lyric-writing section, and if so, do I need to know how to play an instrument?

Yes, you can just take either section, and if you’re taking the lyric-writing section only, then you don’t need to know how to play an instrument.

For the songwriting section with the guest artists we do recommend that you can play some songs on an instrument.  We offer Preparatory Classes to get some basic chord progressions under your fingers.

Do I need to know how to sing on pitch?

No, but we can help you with that. That way you'll be able to express your musical ideas better.

What if I can only make part of the series or section?

We will have a limit on class size, so you will be responsible for the series or section fees.  We can discuss special situations and, depending on enrollment, make room for individual class attendance.

Class size?

8 maximum full-timers, in order to give each participant attention.

Age limits?

17 and up.

About Tribes Hill:

We are a collaborative non-profit community of musicians and music lovers centered in the lower Hudson Valley.  Since 2002 we have presented concert performances, monthly gatherings, song circles, benefits and fundraisers.  Please visit us at

To register and for questions, email Steve at and write "songwriting" in the header.

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