Ludwig Day in New Paltz this Saturday

The late Ludwig Montesa of New Paltz.

A celebration to honor the life of New Paltz resident Ludwig Montesa will take place this Saturday, May 25 with music and art performances scheduled throughout the day at various local venues. Montesa, 34, was a legendary Main Street character who held a special place in the hearts of many New Paltz residents – particularly college students and Millennials. He passed away at home on April 7, following an epileptic seizure. Since then, there has been an outpouring of grief, including an impromptu shrine to honor Ludwig on Main Street and several rock shows.

Montesa was particularly known among artists, poets and musicians in town because he attended nearly every local open-mic night to sing showtunes, perform karaoke and make people smile.

Ludwig Day will start with a memorial service from noon until 2 p.m. in Hasbrouck Park. Cabaloosa, the Cafeteria coffeehouse, the Bakery, Rhino Records, Oasis Café, the Water Street Market, Bacchus Restaurant & Bar and Snug Harbor will host live music after 2 p.m. in his honor. Bands playing include Breakfast in Fur, NCM, Humble Boy Club, the Johnny Monster Band, Ratboy, Bad Princess, SnowBear, It’s Not Night: It’s Space, Black Mesa and many more. At 9 p.m., the Water Street Market will screen a special slideshow documenting Ludwig’s impact on New Paltz. Tee-shirts, buttons and a commemorative Ludwig ’zine will be available at Sacred.

All proceeds will be donated to the Montesa family, in part to help defray the funeral expenses. For more information, visit

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