Ashokan Center hosts Summer Hoot this weekend

The sixth annual Summer Hoot at the Ashokan Center boasts an overstuffed lineup of cool music, and one that, per usual, taxes any stable definition of “folk music” to its breaking point. Certainly, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, who run the joint, will be hand with their profound command of the many streams of Americana; but so too will the storied, eccentric New York City rock band Johnny Society – and, speaking of Johnny, the super-talented and expansive roots/rock songwriter Johnny Irion. Where there’s a stage, there’s the Big Takeover, the region’s premier reggae band, back from a grueling season of touring. The Mike & Ruthy project the Mammals is on hand, as is the storied children’s artist Elizabeth Mitchell, formerly of the terrific impressionistic folk/rock band Ida.

You get the idea: All high-end stuff in an extraordinary setting with the high-fiber community values that have always distinguished the Hoots from your standard-issue folk bacchanalia. The Summer Hoot runs from Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, August 26 at 10 p.m. A full weekend pass fetches $75. Day passes range in price from $25 to $45. Camping is available at an additional fee. For more information, visit The Ashokan Center is located at 477 Beaverkill Road in Olivebridge.