"With a blend of country music's storytelling and elements of blues, gospel, roots and Americana, Our Country has Marks stepping out as a genreless artist." - Forbes
About Miko Marks
While Miko Marks is no newcomer, Our Country (via Redtone Records), is her first album in 13 years so her name may be fresh to the uninformed. In 2003, Marks made her way to Music City - Nashville, TN - playing CMA Fest year after year and fully immersing herself in the country music community. While Marks received well-deserved accolades - "Nashville's Hottest New Country Star" by People Magazine and "Best New Country Artist" by New Music Weekly - her efforts to be fully embraced by the industry in return proved to be elusive. While her crowd of supporters grew year after year, so did efforts from the industry to diminish her success. "In trying to pursue the gates of Nashville, I discovered that there were high fences made of stone," Marks said of her experience in the early 2000s. She recalls "rules" for being able to play the largest CMA Fest showcases, those of which contained criteria nearly impossible to achieve for independent artists like herself. This experience ultimately led her to pick up her life and move to California to start anew, never giving up on the dream she was devoted to.
Miko Marks proves to be a bonafide maverick that has blazed an unprecedented trail in the music industry. After a long overdue hiatus from music, Marks is eager to spread not only her music, but a message fo unity and outspokenness for Black musicians in country music and beyond. She has done much more than just make a splash and now she is ready to make waves. Marks works towards an ever evolving dream of creating art that is not stereotyped or pigeonholed by a specific genre and is created with no borders or boundaries.
About the Open Sky Arts Festival
August 2 – 15 | Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds
Open Sky is a brand new, multidisciplinary festival for arts lovers of every age. Explore two weeks of music, dance, film and theatre outdoors against a spectacular mountain backdrop. You’ll find something for everyone in your family under the open sky!
How to Get Tickets
Purchase festival passes and attend as many shows as you like between August 2nd and 15th (includes registration for free performances). Or, purchase individual tickets starting June 14.
Why Choose a Festival Pass?
At just $200 each, a festival pass gives you access to all 18 Open Sky performances at a discount of almost 50%! You’ll have the chance to see as many shows as you like, from modern bluegrass, to circus, to musical theatre and so much more. After a whole year without live performances, this is an amazing way to dive in – see your favorite artist, try something new and experience the magic as live art unfolds around us in the fresh mountain air.
Member Pre-Sale (Festival Passes only): June 1 – 6
General Public (Festival Passes only): June 7 – 13
General Public (Festival Passes or individual tickets/registrations): June 14 – August 1
We are evaluating the latest guidelines from New York State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will post the most up-to-date information here leading up to the festival to help you plan your trip to Open Sky.