September 29 & 30, 2018
10am - 5pm

Music at the Naples Grape Festival

Every year, the Naples Grape Festival selection committee listens to local and regional musical artists and bands searching for the right blend of rock, blues, jazz and original music to get your feet tapping and your heart singing.

2017 Music Features

Saturday, September 23, 2017

10:50 am - 11:50 am

Milkweed has pulled from all the great aspects of American music and created their own brand of American song and storytelling. Whether it is blue grass guitar flat picking, Chicago blues harmonica, or Jersey shore folk songs, Milkweed weaves together the sounds that make up the rich tapestry of American music history. With their lyrics take the simple stories of everyday people, and tell them through the lens of dreams and what it means to be a human. The root of the bands sound is in the use of three part harmony to impart a sense of importance and depth to their lyrics.

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12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
The Crooked North

The Crooked North is a five piece, all-acoustic original Americana band that features some of the top bluegrass players in the area. They capture the high energy of a new generation of modern bluegrass, the gritty soul of great American songwriting, and the Rust Belt ethos of their Western New York home. The music features virtuosic banjo and fiddle jams, tight harmony singing, and compelling original songs. The band has played clubs and festivals across New York state, including Brantling Bluegrass Festival, The Rochester Fringe Festival and the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Their first CD was just released in 2017.

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2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Upward Groove

Upward Groove is a talented 7-piece band from Rochester, NY. The eclectic group was formed in 2012 as the brainchild of area musician and songwriter Eli Flynn. This energetic group of musicians has shared the stage with national acts including: Grammy Award winner Ms. Monet, Gang of Thieves, Yonder Mountain String Band, Preach Freedom, Moon Hooch and more! Blending a unique sound of rock, jazz, blues, and pop, the band has a little something for everyone. Drawing influence from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Lettuce and The Strokes, the group has a well-developed sound with crafty lyrics and energy. With a powerful horn section, this group truly separates themselves from the average rock band. The band has released their first full length album entitled "Sweet Tooth".

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3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
King Chro and the Talismen

With organ fused licks, blazing guitar leads, and a solid rhythm section, King Chro and the Talismen will provide an exciting performance for all music lovers who are looking to alleviate the void in today's modern music. The band was founded by Andrew Chrobak (guitarist and songwriter) who was on a quest to create songs that differentiate themselves from today's music while still retaining the catchy appeal and vibe of the 60s and 70s blues rock sounds. King Chro was honored with the 2017 Syracuse Music Awards "Best Rock Album" for 2016. (a self-titled CD)

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

10:50 am - 11:50 am
Ed Iseley

Ed is a singer-songwriter based out of Rochester, NY. Ed writes and plays a wide variety of music, boasting a sound that is a medley of folk, blues, and soul. Combining uplifting lyrics and catchy tunes, Ed demonstrates skillful abilities on the acoustic guitar and blues harmonica while projecting a deep, rich, and powerful voice. He released his first full length CD in 2016. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax and enjoy the music of Ed Iseley!

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12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Dirty Blanket

The seeds of Dirty Blanket were planted in 2013 at the meeting of lead guitarist Max "Dirty" Flansburg and lead singer/songwriter Kevin "Blanket" O'Leary. Combining an array of unique musical influences with a shared passion for creating new original music, the two began playing as an acoustic duo. The summer of 2016 saw the duo's sound take a shift toward a more heavily bluegrass-influenced style, and in the months that followed, the two were joined by longtime friends Richie Colf on the mandolin, and Joel Fedkiw on the five string banjo. By December of 2016, Aaron Oldweiler had joined the ranks on upright bass, rounding out the band as a 5-piece, fast-picking bluegrass quintet. The group continues to garner the attention of folk music lovers and festival goers across Upstate NY.


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Noble Vibes

Hailing from Rochester NY, Noble Vibes is an up-and-coming voice in reggae music. Since hitting the music scene in 2013, the band has earned a reputation as one of the most dynamic original acts in Western NY. Noble Vibes' energetic live shows feature original reggae anthems, along with reggae classics and choice deep cuts. They have shared festival stages with reggae legends such as The Wailers, Third World, and Inner Circle. Noble Vibes' self-titled debut album continues to receive international airplay. Their second CD, On the Radio, was released in October 2015.

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3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Count Blastula

Count Blastula is a music collective founded by Adam Fisher in Central New York. CB features eclectic music combined with visual expression, broadening genres in thoughtful ways. For over a decade, Fisher has been at the core of the experience; each live show, a journey displaying the multi-faceted talents of his cohorts, featuring truly original music alongside creative interpretations of familiar works. CB has been compared to classic artists such as Phish, The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead, although it is difficult to categorize such a diverse set, and better left to the listener to form an opinion.

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Prospective Musical Acts

If you would like to submit a demo to the Naples Grape Festival for consideration for one of our entertainment slots, please send information to:

Naples Grape Festival
PO Box 70 Naples, NY 14512
or Email:

The Naples Grape Festival is a venue reserved for original singers/songwriter acts of all genres.

Submissions must be made by February 1st to be considered for that year's Grape Festival held the last full weekend of September. Our Music committee reviews/listens to all submissions, and the schedule is completed no later than April 1st for that years festival. The Naples Grape Festival is always held on the last full weekend of September, rain or shine.

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