45th Parallel music festival on Barnhart Island indefinitely postponed
Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:07 pm

MASSENA – The 45th Parallel music festival, a two-day event slated for Sept. 10 and 11, and expected to draw thousands of alternative and country music fans to Barnhart Island, has been postponed with no new dates given, according to the event’s Facebook page.

No reason for the postponement was given.

“Please be advised that The 45th Parallel Music Festival has been postponed till further notice. We are sorry for the delay and new dates will be posted as soon as we come up with them,” the site, created by Massena-based JLM Entertainment, states. The announcement was posted at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday at www.facebook.com/45thparallelmusicfestival?v=wall.

When first announced earlier this year, the event was promoted as a potential major tourist boost for the area in local news outlets, touting more than a dozen artists of “several types of genres, appealing to a mass crowd” including indie band Everclear.

Other bands on the roster with national and regional reputations included The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, the Alternate Routes, Chad Hollister Band, Ten Year Vamp, Bronze Radio Return, Columbia Fields, Soul Risin’, TrenchTown Oddities, and Sabbatical.

“The outdoor festival will feature live music from all around, they will take the stage and perform in front of a potential crowd of 5,000 people or more,” the site stated.

Following the model of modern music fests such as Moe.down and Bonnaroo, attendees would be able to camp at the nearby state campgrounds and mill around the various vendors’ tents, selling everything from food to festival merchandise.

The site also promised helicopter tour rides, provided by Adirondack Helicopters from Gouverneur.

The festival was to end Saturday evening with a big fireworks display.