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July 5, 2013

Doobie Brothers, Yoakam to kick off Belleayre Music Festival

Summerlong concert series to start Saturday

Country singer Dwight Yoakam and rock icons the Doobie Brothers are highlights of the diverse lineup for the Belleayre Music Festival’s 22nd season.

Yoakam, known for his music and movie roles, will kick things off Saturday. 

The Manhattan Transfer, one of the world’s foremost vocal groups, will perform on Saturday, July 13.

Th Doobie Brothers will be “Takin’ it to the Streets” with the group’s hit-filled show on Saturday, July 20.

The Belleayre Festival Opera will present Bizet’s “Carmen” on Satuday, July 27. The opera is traditionally among the season’s highlights.

The Catskill Mountain Jazz Series will open Thursday, Aug. 1, as the Sammy Figueroa Latin Dance Explosion kicks things off in the Jazz Club. The  Pedrito Martinez Havana Quartet will perform the following night. The series will move to the Main Stage on Saturday, Aug. 3, with Paquito D’Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. The series will wrap up with “Two Piano Masters”: Keyboard wizard Bill Charlap will play the Jazz Club with his trio on Friday, Aug. 9, and Kenny Barron’s 70th birthday celebration will be marked Saturday, Aug. 10, with Kenny Barron’s All-Star Quintet.  

Song-and-dance legend Ben Vereen will bring Broadway to Belleayre on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Laughter will take center stage when the festival presents “Comedy in the Catskills II.” Harrison Greenbaum, a rising star, will present his full routine in the Comedy Club on Friday, Aug. 23. Veteran funny woman Rita Rudner will headline on the Main Stage on Saturday, Aug. 24.

The season will close in theatrical rock style when the Belleayre Festival Orchestra presents The Music of Pink Floyd on Saturday, Aug. 31. This year marks the 40th anniversary of “Dark Side of the Moon,” one of the most enduring albums of all time. The show will feature a live rock performance by Windborne Music in addition to the orchestra. Brent Havens, who guided last year’s Led Zeppelin tribute, will conduct the show that will also feature many other Pink Floyd hits.

The Belleayre Music Festival is off state Route 28 in Highmount. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster. For more information, call (800) 942-6904, ext. 1344, visit or email

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