NAPLES — The summer theatrical season may be over, but the Bristol Valley Theater stage remains active. Each Saturday in October will see a diverse group of folk-based acts — featuring the sounds of traditional folk, country rock, bluegrass, the Irish and more — playing the Naples venue for its annual Fall Folk Fest.
This Saturday, Oct. 5, Annie and The Hedonists will bring their particular flavor of roots-rock — an eclectic mix of acoustic blues, vintage jazz and folk roots Americana — to the fest, starting at 7 p.m. With four album releases to their name, the band features Annie Rosen on lead vocals; Jonny Rosen on guitar and vocals; Peter Davis on clarinet, tenor guitar, piano and vocals; and Don Young on bass and vocals. They’re known for interpreting such seminal blues artists of the early to mid 20th century as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith.
The festival will continue the following week, with the annual visit by The Paulsen Baker Band at 7 p.m. Oct. 12. The folk duo — influenced by artists ranging from James Taylor to Willie Nelson — was formerly known as Paulsen, Baker & Garvey — and for the Bristol Valley show, bassist John Garvey will return to the stage to reunite with guitarist/fiddler John Paulsen and rhythm guitarist/mandolinist Keith Baker.
Next up, at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 is Bloomfield-based country/rock band Blue Jimmy, comprised of Greg Gefell and the brother pairs of Brian and Chad Ayers and Mike and Steve Nelson. According to a Bristol Valley release, they have “swung from honky tonk to funky tonk all over the Finger Lakes and beyond.” They’re equally adept at country, rock and folk sounds and all points in between, playing both originals and a diverse repertoire of covers.
For the final week, the festival moves up the road to Brew & Brats at Arbor Hill, at 6461 Route 64, Naples, for a 6-9 p.m. performance by Jack Jones and the Stid Hill Stompers, who play a “blend of bluesy-grass, old-tyme rock ’n roll, traditionalist country and Irish-flavored music.” Beer, wine and food will be on sale.
Brew & Brats, among the sponsors of the Folk Fest, will provide samples of food, wine and beer at each of the events. Tickets for each concert at BVT are $15 ($5 for those under 18); tickets for the Oct. 26 event are $10. There’s also a “Folk Lover’s Special Package” offering all four shows for $45.
If you go:
WHAT Bristol Valley Theater's "Fall Folk Fest"
WHEN/WHERE Saturdays in October — 7 p.m. Oct. 5, 12 and 19 at Bristol Valley Theater, 151 N. Main St., Naples; 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26 at Brew & Brats at Arbor Hill, 6461 Route 64, Naples
ADMISSION Tickets are $15 adults ($5 kids under 18) for Oct. 5, 12 and 19 shows at BVT, available at www.bvtnaples.org, (585) 374-9032 or at the door. Tickets are $10 for the Oct. 26 show at Brew & Brats, available in advance or on site. A Folk Lover's Special package allows entrance to all four shows for $45.