O.U.R. Music Festival Finds New Home In Panama

PANAMA – Hypnotic Clambake’s Outrageous Universe Revival Fest, has found a new home in Panama.

O.U.R. Fest is scheduled for June 7-8 at the Kevin Cole Farm, 7405 Warner Road in Panama. The O.U.R festival presents two nights of camping and two full days of talent featuring comedian Chet Wild as host for the third year and musical performers from all over the country. The festival will feature a wide range of genres including: jam band, bluegrass, reggae, funk, old time, traditional, klezmer, zydeco, Cajun, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, calypso and others.

The festival is organized by Maury Rosenberg, front man for the eclectic band from Boston, Mass., Hypnotic Clambake. Hypnotic Clambake has toured with such bands as Public Enemy, Widespread Panic, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Phish and the Dave Matthews Band.

According to Rosenberg, the festival had been held at the Brushwood Folklore Center for the past 16 years, and he felt it was time for a change.

“The festival was originally initiated on the Brushwood Folklore Center back in 1995-96,” said Rosenberg. “Every year seemed to get better and better. So, we basically decided to move the festival for a change of scenery. And, we knew Kevin Cole because he was the electrician at Brushwood. He was very open to the idea of having the festival at the Kevin Cole Farm.”

The new location offers a unique experience for the attendees of the festival including a concert-sized, man-made, hand-built stage made out of trees. A barn is also located on the farm, which will be used for late-night dances. Space has been allocated for rough camping, but drinking water is available. Although the festival is no longer held in Sherman, the new location is seven minutes away in Panama.

“Panama and Sherman neighbor each other, so you could still call it Sherman,” said Rosenberg. “Sherman, N.Y., is such a beautiful location. It’s Amish country, and on the way to the festival you will see them with horse and buggy. There’s just something very special about that location. It’s just a great place to have the festival.”

This year’s festival will feature a variety of musicians including: Baby Gramps, Zydeco Vacation, The Tribe of 2, Buddhahood, Stewed Mulligan, Gumshoe, Leigh Stoner and the Smoking Jackets, Good For Nothin String Band, Anita Kinney with artist Phil Cheney, Bob Shank, Smokin Sizzors from Sugar Grove, Pa.; Creek Bend, The John Martz Experience, the Jim Drew Band, SUNY Fredonia’s Ingo Hutzenlaub and others. For a full listing of musicians and a schedule, visit www.ourmusicfest.com/shedulepage.htm.

“One thing I always look for is quality, and a lot of the musicians I bring have spent their entire careers entertaining,” said Rosenberg.

In addition to the normal members of Hypnotic Clambake, the band will feature Amanda Barton on fiddle, Rick McRae, who played trombone for They Might Be Giants, and Martz on banjo.

Music will continue late into the evening with barn dances scheduled for 12:15-2 a.m. both nights. On June 7, Zydeco Vacation will perform, and on June 8 Stewed Mulligan will occupy the barn.

“It’s going to be an old-time barn dance, which should be a lot of fun,” said Rosenberg.

In addition, the festival will feature a variety of food and trinket vendors including Flantastic Foods of Jamestown, St. Louis barbecue and breakfast burritos. Guests will also enjoy a mesmerizing late night campfire in which Rosenberg and others will attempt to set a world record of most marshmallows ever roasted in one location.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s event,” said Rosenberg. “Don’t forget to bring your tents, good vibes and a bag of marshmallows.”

No pets or fireworks are allowed at the event. Gates open at 1 p.m. Friday, June 7. Admission is $55 at the gate, and parking is $2 per car. Advance tickets can be purchased for $50 by calling 585-271-5069. For more information visit www.ourmusicfest.com.