Announcing the 2022 season of the Caroga Lake Music Festival

Today, the Caroga Arts Collective announced the full summer lineup for the 2022 Caroga Lake Music Festival, featuring over 35 concerts featuring 20 guest artists and nearly 100 CLMF resident artists. It will be the first time since 2019 that the Caroga Arts Ensemble will return as a full orchestra and perform a variety of repertoire, including its first major symphony, Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.

“We’re thrilled to present the most extravagant summer season we’ve had in our eleven-year history,” said Kyle Barrett Price, Founder and Artistic Director of Caroga Arts Collective. “We are extremely grateful to Zash for sponsoring many of our Saturday concerts at Sherman’s, which feature nationally touring artists coming to the area for the first time. We have something for everyone – classical, blues, jazz, bluegrass, heavy metal, rock, funk, world music – you name it!”

Guest artist debuts include music duo Michael and Kevin Bacon known as The Bacon Brothers; guitarist Cory Wong; singer Robyn Adele Anderson from Postmodern jukebox; electric guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer of Broadway’s School of Rock; modern folk ensemble Sam Reider & The Human Hands; and the Afro-Caribbean Jazz Collective.

Returning by popular demand, saxophonist Eddie Barbash with the KASA Quartet, Rushad Eggleston (also known as the “Cello Cello”) and Mike Block Trio will return to Caroga Lake this summer. Additionally, Caroga Arts will present two different all-day events at Sherman’s, including the annual Americana SAUNDERSFEST and the first Sherman’s JazzFest.

Caroga Arts is also thrilled to feature several local talents throughout the season, including Jocelyn & Chris, North & South Dakota, FLAME! The Band, Erin Harkes, 80’s Metal Night with Tommy V Live, Insolent Willies, The Ultimates and Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra.

The burgeoning American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) will be in residence at Caroga Arts to present their new production “The Cello Player”, a piece by Or Schraiber in collaboration with Yannis Logothetis & Coleman Itzkoff. During his residency, AMOC founding member and CLMF artist Keir GoGwilt will collaborate and perform with Utica dance directed by Nancy Long.

Later in the season, AMOC Co-Artistic Director and Composer Matthew Aucoin will lead the Caroga Arts Ensemble in a performance featuring a wide range of selections from Mozart to modern operas, including arias by Eurydice d’Aucoin as seen on PBS Great Performances at the Met. Other Caroga Arts Ensemble performances will include a tribute concert to Hamlisch, Marvin and his Music: A Celebration of America’s Composer, conducted by J. Ernest Green with guest singers; the reinvented Beethoven and Shostakovich quartets; and a homecoming at Caroga Chapel to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

During the season, Caroga Arts will visit nearby venues in Fulton County and beyond including the Glove Theatre, Arkell Museum, Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, Johnstown Midsummer Music Series and the Peck’s Lake and Canada Lake marinas. . The Caroga Arts Ensemble will also make appearances at renowned festivals such as the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival and the Maverick Concerts.

This summer, Caroga Arts will also launch a new educational program in conjunction with the festival. The CLMF Lesson & Ensembles program will take place every Monday during the festival and will invite members of the community of all ages to come and participate in general music workshops and individual or small group lessons for their instrument of choice led by artists from Caroga Arts. This program will be led by educators Deborah Barrett Price and Dr. Robert Saunders in collaboration with Caroga Arts

Education Committee chaired by Superintendent of Johnstown Schools, William Crankshaw.



Free rides will be offered from 2 hours before each show.

Tickets will be available from May 20 on

Saturday May 28 – Memorial Day Weekend Concert, Jocelyn & Chris, Insolent Willies

Friday, July 1 – American Modern Opera Company, Utica Dance with Keir GoGwilt

Saturday, July 2 – Red, White, BLUES & BLUEGRASS, North & South Dakota, FLAME! The Band, Erin Harkes

Sat 16 Jul – 80’s Metal Night: the ultimate 80s rock show with Tommy V Live

Wed July 20 – Sam Reider & The Human Hands

Fri July 22 – Caroga Arts Gala with Eddie Barbash & KASA Quartet

Saturday July 23 – Cory Wong with Caroga Arts Ensemble, Mike Block Trio

Wed 27 Jul – Rushad Eggleston

Fri. July 29 – Caroga Arts Ensemble reinvents Beethoven and Shostakovich

Saturday July 30 – The Bacon Brothers Out of Memory Tour with Caroga Arts Ensemble

Wed Aug 3 – Robyn Adele Anderson

Saturday August 6 – Kids Carousel Concert: Bill & Finnegan Ackerbauer

Saturday August 6 – Sherman’s JazzFest (upcoming artists)

Wednesday, August 10 – Afro-Caribbean Jazz Collective

Friday August 12 – Caroga Arts Ensemble plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7

Saturday August 13 – SAUNDERSFEST (Artists to be announced)

Friday August 19 – Scenes & Stories from the Opera, Caroga Arts Ensemble conducted by Matthew Aucoin

Saturday August 20 – Carousel concert for children: Cara’s caterpillars

Saturday August 20 – Marvin and his Music: A Celebration of America’s Composer with guest vocalists and the Caroga Arts Ensemble conducted by J. Ernest Green

Sun. Aug. 21 – Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

Saturday, September 3 – Labor Day Weekend Concert, The Ultimates! with fireworks after the show

Friday September 30 – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra with pre-show salsa lessons and more


Thu July 21 – Caroga Arts Ensemble with Eddie Barbash at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts

Sunday July 24 – Caroga Arts Ensemble with Eddie Barbash at Peck’s Lake Marina

Thu July 28 – Caroga Arts Ensemble at the Glove Theater

Thu August 4 – Caroga Arts Ensemble at the Arkell Museum

Friday August 5 – The CLMF returns to its roots: 100th anniversary of the Caroga chapel

Sunday, August 7 – Caroga Chapel 100th Anniversary Service

Sunday August 7 – Caroga Arts Ensemble at Mayfield Presbyterian Church, presented by SVAN

Thu Aug 11 – Caroga Arts Ensemble at Johnstown Midsummer Concert Series

Sun August 14 – The barge at Canada Lake Store & Marine

Tuesday August 16 – Caroga Arts Ensemble at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, presented by the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

Thu August 18 – Caroga Arts Ensemble at the Caroga Museum

Saturday August 27 – Caroga Arts Ensemble at Maverick Concerts

Sunday August 28 – KASA Quartet, Postlude to the Maverick Concerts


Fri July 22 – Caroga Arts Gala with Eddie Barbash & KASA Quartet

The Caroga Arts Collective Gala is the biggest fundraising event of the year, providing vital support to the daily operations of the organization. For more information and tickets, visit:

Saturday August 13 – Caroga Cornhole Classic organized by WCLA & Caroga Arts Collective

Sunday, August 21 – Fourth Annual Caroga Arts Golf Outing

Support Caroga Arts and join us for a fun day of golf at the beautiful Nick Stoner Municipal Golf Course! For more information visit:

Sat. September 24 – Summer Wine Down

Join us at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Art for an evening of wine, food and music pairing featuring the Caroga Arts Ensemble and benefiting the Sherman Centennial Fundraising Campaign. For more information and tickets, visit:

Caroga Arts is dedicated to maintaining flexibility in response to the current Covid-19 crisis and evolving state and federal guidelines. The festival and all other programs will be adjusted as necessary to better serve its audience and keep the community safe.

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