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P'ville Music Fest Anticipated to Be 'Best Year Yet'

Local, international artists—and everyone in between—will perform this year.

It's that time of year again.

Pleasantville's Sol Skolnick and Rich Sarfaty, executive directors of the 7th Annual Pleasantville Music Festival, are gearing up for one of the village's—and arguably the area's—biggest events of the year.

“We are very excited about the musicians who are signing on to make this our best Fest yet," the duo said in a statement of the Pleasantville Music Festival, a partnership between the Village of Pleasantville and WXPK 107.1 the PEAK.

With an set to hit the stage, including internationally-known Marc Cohn, Augustana, Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea and Scars on 45, the organizers are confident there truly will be something for everyone when the gates open next Saturday, July 9.

Also gracing the main stage are Tony Bellantoni & The Swag Hooks (12:30 p.m.) and New York City-based If But When (1:25 p.m.).

Acts will change up on the stages every 35 minutes.

Over on the Village Stage, a few local names will be performing in the afternoon, including Skyfactor, who will be appearing for the first time.

SkyFactor—a band with members from Briarcliff Manor, Hastings, Larchmont and New Rochelle—will also be performing at 3:15 p.m.

According to guitarist and Briarcliff Manor resident Jon Rubin, the group came together in 2005 after being part of separate bands years ago, and blended their backgrounds to create a pop/rock sound.

They describe their music as a combination of "graceful melodies with edgy dynamics," and recently had their song OK play on MTV show Teen Mom.

Rubin said SkyFactor is looking forward to performing for the festival's diverse crowd.

And even if listening to music all day isn't your thing, area vendors and other entertainers will be available.

"We have free face painting in the afternoon," said Skolnick during an Inside Government show on PCTV. "The kids are well taken care of."

Patti Hupp a.k.a. Miss Patti, creator of ArtSmart, will be sure to entertain the younger crowd on Saturday (she hits the stage at 1:45 p.m.).

"This is my first time [at the festival]," she said in an email. "ArtSmart is a program I created that teaches famous art & music terminology to preschool kids."

Hupp's ArtSmart is taught out of Pleasantville, Bedford Hills and Lewisboro. She also offers a "Feeling Groovy" music and movement class at the Katonah Art Center.

What You Need to Know

  • The Pleasantville Music Festival will take place between 12 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at on Saturday, July 9.
  • You can view the schedule for the 20 performances here.
  • Tickets ($40 general admission; $15 for students ages 12 to 21 and seniors ages 62 and up; free for children 11 and under) can be purchased online here. Tickets can also be purchased at Pleasantville's , or . Day of tickets will be available at the Hopper Street entrance.
  • There will be more 50 vendors offering crafts, food, etc.
  • Beer and wine will be available from Pleasantville's and .
  • Free parking and round-trip bus service between and the Festival site will be provided from 11:30 a.m. through 10 p.m. (no on-site parking available).
  •  Coolers are permitted at the site, but are subject to inspection (no outside alcoholic beverages).
  • Beach chairs and blankets are permitted, but no dogs (except for service animals).


"I think this is the best year yet," PAMAL General Manager Jason Finkleberg. "We couldn't be happier about it."

See for coverage of last year's Music Festival.


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