Some bands from Orleans County will perform at Batavia’s Ramble festival

Posted 1 July 2022 at 4:16 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers: The band Vette performs “Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison last Aug. 28 at the amphitheater at Bullard Park in Albion. Vette includes, front, from left: Travis Mackie, Kole Moore and Alex Fitzak. Shelby Starr is the drummer. They will perform at Ramble in Batavia on Saturday.

Press Release, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council

BATAVIA – For the past two years, the Ramble has been put on hold due to the pandemic.  However, it is coming back this year, bigger and better than ever.

The Ramble Team has partnered with the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) to bring a fun-fill event that has something for everyone, including 25 bands performing on two stages, an Explore Art tent for kids, street performances and much more! The event will take place in Jackson Square and on Jackson Street on July 2nd from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“We are so excited that the Ramble will be happening again this year!” said Paul Draper III, who has been coordinating the event for the past 6 years. “We wanted to make it the best one yet, so we partnered with our friends at GO ART! to help us not only grow the entire event but also bring more of a presence to the ‘arts’ side of the festival. It really is shaping up to be an incredible event. And I think everyone is going to love it!”

The Ramble is an annual reunion of musicians, who have a connection to Batavia and the surrounding areas, which features a variety of musical genres. This year’s the Ramble will consist of two stages; The Main Stage sponsored by Eli Fish in Jackson Square, and the Jackson Street Stage sponsored by Center Street Smoke House.  The lineup is as follows:

This year the Ramble will feature an Explore Art tent for kids and families including art projects, face painting, temporary tattoos, caricatures, sidewalk chalk drawings, and more, which will run until 5:30 p.m.

Springville Center for the Arts presents Artsapalooza will host interactive theater workshops at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. Kids will take part in interactive art-making stations and theater games, culminating in a giant-puppet performance of Lay Me Down to Sleep.

At 4 p.m. kids will have the opportunity to drum along with Womba African Drumming and Dance while learning about traditional Ghanaian drumming, song and dance.

Dylan DeSmit of the band DriVen sings “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes during a benefit for COVA on June 12, 2021. DriVen is one of the bands from Orleans County performing at Ramble. The Zackstreet Boys, Marnie K and the Nonblondes, and Vette also will be featured from Orleans County.