The Sleepy Hollow Music Festival (A Gallery + Recap)

June 20, 2024
The Sleepy Hollow Music Festival (A Gallery + Recap)

Photo Credit: Joe Madonna

On Saturday, June 8, the first-ever Sleepy Hollow Music Festival occurred at Kingsland Point Park on the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. The single-day event was headlined by The Cold War Kids and underscored by the Nightingale All-Stars, an ensemble of performers known for entertaining during the 1980s and ‘90s at the New York City club Nightingale, featuring Jono Manson, John Popper, Joan Osborne, Craig Dreyer, Brett Bass and Eric Kalb. 

Notable, Osborne arrived seven songs into the set. Fellow player Popper responded to her appearance via Facebook, writing, “Joan Osbourne rocked yesterday!! She was THE first person I met at the open mic nights at Abilene’s Blues Bar on 21st&2nd ave….(it’s now a kfc last time I checked)…before Chan Kinchla Brendan Hill & Bobby graduated at PHS…it was Joan who took me to the nitengale’s & introduced me to Jono Manson&the rest from there…It’s been a pleasure ever since jamming w/her ever since lo these past 38yrs…She still radiates so [beautifully] w/her tender bluesy voice.” 

During the aforementioned frame, Blues Traveler material percolated the set, including a crowd-rousing take on “Hook” and Osborne’s appearance on the 1990-released deep-cut, “Warmer Days.” Osborne assisted with back vocals on the LP originator, adding context to her addition during the festival frame. Also included was a take on Bob Dylan’s “Buckets Of Rain,” which Osborne recorded on her 2017-released Dylan tribute LP. 

Scroll down to view more photos from the first-time gathering, including performances from fellow participants Danielle Ponder, Clare Maloney & The Great Escape, and more. 

Joe Madonna generously shared the following images.