North Forkers will have a chance to show Long Island they can throw a proper music festival during this weekend's second annual NoFo Rock & Folk Fest.
"What makes us so unique is we're the only festival that really embraces the essence of the East End, North and South Fork," says Josh Horton, the fest's co-producer. "We're the only festival that . . . embraces great music along with showcasing and making available locally grown produce and other items that are specific to the East End."
Last year, the festival raised $5,000 to support the East End Arts Council's youth music education initiatives, and proceeds will go to the nonprofit again this time around.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
NoFo's organizers take pride in their festival's family-friendly atmosphere, but this year they took that a step further and booked Grammy-nominated children's musician Brady Rymer.
Rymer, from Southold, will kick the festival off with a "Fam Jam," a jamboree beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
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"When we created this festival, we wanted it to be someplace that you would feel comfortable to bring children and walk around," says Jim Silver, the general manager of Peconic Bay Winery, the site of this weekend's festivities. "The grounds are very gorgeous, and it's wide open space, so they can have fun."
In addition to the Fam Jam, NoFo will have hula hooping, Frisbee and arts and crafts set up to keep kids entertained.
Despite the presence of national acts such as the blues-rocking Bishop, NoFo remains dedicated to supporting local musicians.
"The main thrust of the music is still local, so this year you've got John Sebastian and Elvin Bishop as headliners, but there are 10 acts, literally, that are all local that come before them," Silver says.
One way the festival will bolster L.I. acts -- including Nancy Atlas, Miles to Dayton and the Lone Sharks -- is by allowing them to perform on the Acoustic Stage and along the path from the parking area to the festival grounds.
"To provide the opportunity for L.I. musicians to perform in front of the same audience as the international acts seems to just make absolute sense to me," Horton says.
TICKETS General admission: $48 for a one-day pass and $80 for a weekend pass; kids 12 younger, free; students (22 and younger) and seniors (62 and older), $44 for a one-day pass and $72 for a weekend pass
INFO 631-734-7361, noforockandfolkfest.com