Tickets: FREE SHOW!
* Socially distanced tables will be available on a first come, first served basis. Masks will be required upon entry (and any time you are standing) in accordance with NYS guidelines, but you may remove your mask while you are seated at your table. Burgers and hotdogs will be available for purchase.
Saratoga legend, Rich Ortiz performs a free show on the Putnam Place Patio!
Rich Ortiz’s style is truly his own and his music is his soul. Ortiz, never a wallflower, believes he is the product of his family’s cultural diversity and strengths. Since the age of seventeen he’s focused all of his talents and time on his acoustic solo act, if you can call it that. Rich plays guitar, harmonica, and peddle bass (with his feet), and he turns heads with his vocals! He has opened shows for Chicago,REO Speedwagon,STYX, Ted Nugent, Ludacris, Hoobastank, Lukas Nelson, KC and the Sunshine Band, Jeffrey Gaines, Ryan Montbleau Band, The Wood Brothers,Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Tea Leaf Green, Zach Deputy, Kracker, Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, Jim Weider and the Drifters.
Inspired by artists like Jim Croce, James Taylor, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Willie Nelson, he says “I feel I have to change every gig around in order to grow as a musician.” He plays six and twelve string acoustic guitar and chooses not to cultivate a target audience. He thinks “ideally the feeling of people who leave the room or listen to your CD should be one of making someone’s day. What comes out of your tongue says a lot about your soul.”
As his passion for life grows stronger, so does the energy in his music. Rich is a truly rare, authentic talent.