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Pleasantville Music Festival Executive Director Bruce Figler announcing the 2022 line-up of performers in the upcoming July 9 Festival at Soul Brewing Co. on Sunday. Performing for the crowd was Christine Chanel, who played the Chill Tent Stage at the 2018 festival, and the Rosters.

A jam-packed crowd filled Soul Brewing Co. in Pleasantville on Sunday, eager to hear the lineup for the 16th Pleasantville Music Festival scheduled for Saturday, July 9 at Parkway Field.

“It’s been a long time since I last made an announcement for the upcoming festival,” said Bruce Figler, festival executive director who organized the Reveal Party.

Figler was referring to the cancellation of the festival for the last two years because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

“This is a cause for celebration,” he said.

Music fans waiting to hear the roster of bands on were entertained by Christine Chanel, who performed on the Chill Tent Stage at the 2018 festival, and the Rosters, a three-piece band with Chanel singing and playing keyboard.

There were 14 confirmed bands that were announced as a video of each group was featured on two screens over the bar.

The headliner for the festival is X Ambassadors, a pop rock band from Ithaca, N.Y. that will perform on the Main Stage. Their most notable songs include “Jungle,” “Renegades” and “Unsteady.”

Also performing on the Main Stage is the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs featuring famed violinist and violist Mary Ramsey; rock n’ roll, soul and Americana band Clare Maloney and the Great Adventure; and the blues, funk and soul group Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears.

One more band for the main stage has yet to be confirmed.

Another three bands from the festival’s Battle of the Bands competition will also be announced. A total of 18 acts will be performing throughout the day.

The headliner at the Chill Tent will be Grammy-winning artist Paula Cole who wrote and sang “I Don’t Want to Wait” for the television series “Dawson’s Creek.” Also at the Chill Tent will be New Yorker Chaz Kiss performing her emo-jazz-piano-rock; folk music and indie rock singer and Hudson Valley songwriter Greg Jacquin; alternative folk artist Riki Stevens; and the bluegrass band Cole Quest & the City Pickers.

Headlining the Party Stage will be Illiterate Light, a psychedelic indie-rock duo from Virginia followed by The Breaks Inc., a six-person power pop rock band from New York City. Also on the Party Stage will be Blankslate, a three-piece alternative rock band from Denver; Girl Skin, a Brooklyn-based indie-rock band; and the Narrowbacks, Irish rockers from The Bronx.

The three winners from the Battle of the Bands competition will kick off the festival’s music on each of the stages. Those winners have yet to be announced.

Figler, wearing a blue 2019 Pleasantville Music Festival t-shirt at Sunday evening’s reveal party, said acts were booked that appeal to a variety of tastes and ages.

“I’m pretty convinced that most everybody will find an artist they already like or discover someone new that they didn’t know about,” he said.

Tickets for the 2022 Pleasantville Music Festival now through July 1 are $60 for adults and $30 for seniors (65 and up) and students (12 to 21 years old). Prices increase to $70 and $32 the week leading up to the festival and $75 and $35 the day of the festival. Children under 12 will be admitted free if they are accompanied by an adult who bought a ticket.

Tickets to the Pleasantville Music Festival are available at the Pleasantville Recreation Center, located at 48 Marble Ave. in Pleasantville during office hours, or through Ticketweb, which can be accessed through the festival’s website at More information about the event and links to the performers can be found on the website.

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