Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

2019 Series Opening Concert

4 PM Brillhart and Smith

Brillhart and Smith is the duo project of fiddler Jake Brillhart and singer-songwriter Alex Smith. The two have toured extensively for the past five years performing Brillhart’s Cape Breton-influenced fiddle tunes and Smith’s finely-crafted folk ballads, and the result is a show that is both energetic and contemplative, and that has captivated audiences from Iowa to Maine.

6 PM Honey Cave

Four powerful women invoke the deepest wisdom through their divine enchantments. Their harmonies are spellbinding and harness the potent medicine of the elements. They write music that is mysterious and magical and weave it sweetly together with their raw primal rhythm, and musical prowess. Angie Beeler, Lora Pendleton, Jessie Gray and Alyssa Duerksen have created a new super group that unveils a new level of musical experience that is a spiritual and dynamic journey through sound.

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Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

SIRSY

SIRSY is a rock and soul duo with lots of pop sensibility and just the right amount of sass. The Boston Globe sums it up, “Little band. Big Sound.” No more needs to be said. Although the only thing “little” about Sirsy is that there’s just two of them. The rest is bigger than a T-Rex.

Close your eyes and listen to the power and heart in their music and you’ll swear there’s more than two people on stage. It’s crank up the volume, sing along at the top of your lungs music — even when the ballads kick in. Plus, “Their clever, smart songs have more hooks than a tacklebox.” (-Times Union).

SIRSY is fronted by powerhouse vocalist Melanie (Mel) Krahmer, who is described as “one of the most powerful & flexible voices you’ll ever hear.” (-Times Union). Aftertaste Magazine said, “Bursting and belting out emotion and substance, she can be the queen of ‘in the groove’ rocking or be simple and delicate.” Still, there is more to Mel than her soul-inspired vocals: she also plays a full drum kit while standing up (she’s been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine and is officially endorsed by Paiste Cymbals and Vater Percussion). At their live shows, Mel also plays bass parts with a drum stick (on a keyboard mounted on her drums). She even throws in an occasional flute solo, too.

“Killer rock guitar riffs that are every schoolboy’s dream.” (-Instrumental Magazine Scotland)
Guitarist Rich Libutti plays a well-loved and road-worn Rickenbacker through a pedal board full of vintage effects. “The guitar player is flawless and raw. Clean enough to be enjoyed, and just edgy enough to make you grin.” (-SXSW Music Blog, Austin TX). Live, Rich also plays bass on a keyboard with his feet.

Sirsy has played over 250 shows per year nationally for the last 10 years. They average about 60,000 miles per year in their little white van aptly named “Miles”. They tour for a living. Although you’ll normally find them in the headline slot, they’ve also opened for: Maroon 5, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Train, RaRaRiot, Third Eye Blind, Collective Soul, Lifehouse, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, and many more. SIRSY has played official showcases at CMJ and SXSW as well as marquee venues like The Viper Room and Gramercy Theater.

Both Mel and Rich have theater backgrounds. So, their energetic live show often includes stories and laughter from the stage. Although the lyrics can be introspective and the power of Sirsy can get pretty intense, “there is no sadness there”, Mel says. On stage they radiate joy. “It’s just us being free and playing music…”

SIRSY is currently hard at work writing new songs for a follow-up to their latest EP “Sketches and Ghosts” and their most recent full-length offering, “Coming into Frame”. “Coming into Frame” was produced by Grammy-winners, Paul Kolderie & Sean Slade (Radiohead, Hole, Dresden Dolls, Pixies). SIRSY’s song “Cannonball” was featured on the hit tv show “Shameless” (on Showtime). Their music video for “Lionheart” was in rotation on MTVu and their song “Revolution” was the theme song for a PBS documentary “So Right, So Smart”. (The music video for ‘Revolution’ was also in rotation on HBO).

“Pouring their souls out and rocking the shit outta the crowd, was SIRSY … just phenomenal! SIRSY is NOT simply a two piece, they are a head scratching, ‘WOW!’ This is the complete package in a fun sized, rock and roll, smiling, laughing, have a good goddamn time with your friends, band!” (-SXSW Music Blog, Austin TX) “SIRSY is Highly talented, “edgy-feel-good” and fun to watch, you gotta go see them.” (-Houston Music Blog)

“Little band, big sound.” (-The Boston Globe, MA)
“One of most powerful and flexible voices you’ll ever hear. (-Times Union, NY)
“Inventive rock and roll.” (-Hartford Courant, CT)

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Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Annie in the Water

Annie in the Water’s music is a groovy combination of Reggae, Funk, Rock, Blues and Jamstyle written with a conscious dose of positive vibes, unique melodies and heart felt lyrics. With the ability to fill an entire night with original music and also render well-known covers into a signature style, fans share extraordinary experiences that can’t be seen anywhere else.

AITW all started with Brad Hester (Vocals, Guitar) and Michael Lashomb (Vocals, guitar) getting together in 2007 to record their first original songs. From there, Brad and Michael have been traveling all over the country playing music. What started as two acoustic guitars has now evolved into a multi-faceted electric looping jam band mixing in transcending guitar tones, vocal harmonies, synthesizers and beatbox.

The group creates a blend of music and entertainment that is inspired by the audience and the moment; The AITW Family grows with every single performance in large part due to the indisputable fact that Annie in the Water will make people dance and feel happier no matter their age. Annie in the Water guarantees to deliver a great performance and intends to create unique experiences in as many locations as possible. While they also plan to continually expand their musical consciousness, this feels like only the beginning…

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Sep
14
3:00 PM15:00

Animal Crackers - Children's Concert

Animal Crackers has been making music for children of all ages since 2009. Playing songs that encourage audience participation in the form of dancing or singing has always been the goal. Featuring Dan Sullivan-Catlin, Tom Baker, Frank McLaughlin, Beth Robinson and Matt Bullwinkle, Animal Crackers will play songs you've grown up with and songs you've never heard. The set list might include covers from a range of artists including Paul Simon to Laurie Berkner to the Beatles, and throw in some original music for good measure.

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Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

The Fretless - Co-presented by CPS

This very special concert is co-presented by Community Performance Series (CPS). The Fretless will be presenting masterclasses with students from the Crane School of Music thanks to CPS and Crane faculty!

The Fretless is the Canadian fiddle foursome playing an essential part in the emerging movement mainstreaming traditional irish folk music. Starting with its debut album in 2012, the band has steadily pushed further into the public eye, winning Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and Instrumental Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Its 2014 tune “Waving To Ryan” has topped a million Spotify plays, and in 2016, The Fretless took home a Juno™ award for Instrumental Album of The Year for its most recent full-length Bird’s Nest.

Through its deconstruction and transformation of the usual rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangements of fiddle styles around the world, The Fretless is pushing traditional music to a new place, and has now issued itself an atypical challenge in the mission to find and convert fans unfamiliar with “progressive” traditional music.

With its latest recordings, instead of attempting to make a more “accessible” follow-up to Bird’s Nest, The Fretless is taking advantage of the recent recognition by releasing an instrumental album of tunes representing the player’s traditional roots. Recorded live in a barn in upstate New York before a handful-sized audience assembled only a few feet away from the players, Live From The Artfarm (April 6th) is the raw result of this performance.

Live From The Artfarm is a joyous recording that shows off why traditional folk music is finding an audience among the non-traditional, and also why The Fretlessis leading the charge. Among the album’s “sets” – the term used in traditional Irish music for groups of three or more tunes arranged and played together – are three new originals by The Fretless.

The album’s total of ten tunes were also beautifully filmed before multiple cameras, and singles from Live From The Artfarm will be circulated that way in order for the uninitiated to fully experience the boundless electricity of the evening.

“We’ve made a record of our favorite pub tunes, but transformed them in our world of arrangement and intricacy,” says fiddle and viola player, Trent Freeman. “We are hoping to bring the current pub crowd audience to us and we are hoping to bring a new crowd to the pub, too. We want everyone involved and there’s no better way than to have you in the room with us.”

It’s a give and take that makes the audience the fifth member of the band towards the end of the new album. As the enthusiastic response from the crowd grows, the band responds in kind.

“I just want to rock as hard as I can with my friends, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever felt,” says The Fretless cellist, Eric Wright. Yes, you read that correctly: “rock as hard as I can” says the “cellist.” It’s no wonder that Wright is thought of as the band’s “drummer!”

Seriously, with that short quote, it’s clear even before listening that The Fretless aimed to make not just a live album, but its best album, and the most representative one of its career to date.

“Making this record was a test in getting out of the mindset of recording and into the mindset of performing,” Wright continues. “To capture the energy of a concert, we had to play it like a concert. With Live From The Artfarm, we’re so excited to share the best part of The Fretless, which is seeing us live!”

If making Live From The Artfarm was a “test,” as Wright calls it, then the album’s producer, Sean Boyd, was the proctor.

“I suggested to the band that following Bird’s Nest, they should put one down the middle with some traditional tunes,” Boyd explains of the album’s origins. “I suggested we do it live at The Artfarm (Boyd’s production facility and property in Accord, New York.) At that point, we weren’t even sure what the record would contain, but when they played the first two sets over the phone for me, it was clear that we were all excited about the plan.”

Like an episode of “Unplugged” on steroids, the creative approach by the entire team to the making of Live From The Artfarm reflects the life force that keeps The Fretless moving.

“People ask us how to make a living in an instrumental folk band,” says second fiddle and viola player, Karrnnel Sawitsky. “My answer is simply put: ‘creatively.’” Sawitsky continues, “When our four voices meet at the center of agreement is when our music echoes most effectively. It’s not the sum of our parts. It’s the individual sum of the band.”

The newest “voice” in The Fretless is third fiddle and viola player, Ben Plotnick, who makes his first appearance on record with the band here.
“Being asked to join The Fretless was a bit like the fiddle version of being asked to join Led Zeppelin,” he says. “I was so nervous to play with a band that has everything arranged so intricately. To practice, I played my parts along with the albums at full volume in my apartment for a good month before. It was a full-time job!”

That full-time job continues into late 2018 as The Fretless already has shows throughout North America booked into the fall, with more being added all the time. For those who can’t make it out, Live From The Artfarm serves as a document of what The Fretless can do in front of any crowd, big or small. Live From The Artfarm, the fourth album by The Fretless, arrives on April 6th, 2018.

Awards
2017 JUNO Award Instrumental Album of the Year
2014 WCMA Instrumental Album of the Year
2014 CFMA Ensemble of the Year
2012 WCMA Instrumental Album of the Year
2012 CFMA Instrumental Group of the Year
2012 CFMA Ensemble of the Year

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Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Atkinson Family Band

We are a family band, rooted in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. We play a style all our own, an acoustic genre of Americana, bluegrass and folk music with a refreshing sound. We compose a lot of the songs we perform, which tell the stories of our lives in the northern mountains of the Adirondacks. Even though our members change, some stay and some go, we are still a family band, have a sound unique to us, and believe that you will enjoy the sound we produce.

Dick is the patriarch of the family. He began an interest in acoustic bluegrass music at a young age. His father introduced him to bluegrass on the record player with the sounds of Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and traditional country music, with the songs of Jimmy Rogers, Hank Williams, Sr., Ernie Tubb, and Roy Acuff to name a few. He leads the band with his syncopated banjo playing. Dick plays a Deering Tenbrooks and is an endorser for Deering banjos, a Gibson Gold Star and a 1928 Gibson arch top. He also finds himself playing guitar on a few numbers with the Tama that belonged to his father, the HD28 Martin or one of the Atkinson guitars Dick built. Dick has written numerous songs which you will find on one of the many recordings the Atkinsons have produced. He also finds time to produce and record the projects of the Atkinsons in the studio.

Shelene is the matriarch of the family, playing rhythm guitar, and singing lead and harmony. She plays a small bodied "Atkinson" guitar built by Dick or an HD28 Martin. The Atkinson guitar is built with cherry from the family property, has a spruce top. Dick cut and inlaid the shell into the neck of the guitar. Shelene started playing guitar and singing after the children were grown. When the children were growing up, Shelene spent her time listening to Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Rondstat, New Grass Revival with John Cowan, and other acoustic music. She has written several songs that are on the Atkinson's recordings. Shelene does the graphic work on the projects and designs and develops the web page. She loves performing and visiting with the folks at the shows. Stop and say hello, and sit and visit awhile.

Sara, the youngest daughter of the Atkinsons joins us, playing bass. She is joining her sister and mother, singing some lead and harmony vocals as well to make a unique three part female vocal sound. Being brought up in a musical family, there is no doubt she can do the job! We are excited to have Sara along!

Liza is one of the original members of the family band and has returned to play with her family!! We are very excited and happy to have Liza back, chopping the mandolin and singing lead vocals! Liza has developed her own style of singing and playing, through the many years and hard work of playing with her family's band. She has a talent that should be heard and not wasted. She is also a strong rhythm guitar player and sings any harmony you want to throw at her! Please welcome Liza back!

Adam will be taking a break from the band to fulfill other obligations in his life. You can catch him doing solo acts around northern New York and sometimes being joined by his sister Liza and maybe Sara. He was exposed to music at a young age, finding his roots with blues and country rock with a bluegrass twist. Growing up in the Atkinson house, there was always music, and band practice once a week in the living room. Adam is an accomplished guitar player and drives the family band with his strong chunk on the mandolin. He began playing a RAG mandolin and became an endorser for the mandolins, built by Roy A. Gordon. Adam adds a bluesy style to the leads and rhythm of the band, helping to make the original sound of the family band.

Dave comes to us from the eastern Adirondack Mountains, finding his home in a small town named Chilson. In 2003, he ventured to the National Resonator Guitar contest in Todd, NC and took 1st place, making him the 2003 National Champion! We are honored to have him as part of our family band! He is one of the most tasteful inventive players in the northeast. Dave's dobro playing will stand up to any player in the country. Dave plays a Gordan resonator guitar, built by Gordon Lyon and has become an endorser for his instruments. Dave is also an endorser for the Walworth resonator capo. He has performed with some of the best musicians in Nashville, including Dan Tyminski, John Cowan, the Country Gentleman to name a few. He is a north country man and finds his roots in the Adirondack Mountains, like the Atkinsons. Dave is a part of our family!

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Sep
29
6:00 PM18:00

Dylan Perrillo Orchestra

The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra is a colorful ensemble of young musicians who have come together from all corners of the Capital Region to honor the roots of jazz. The 12-piece group sounds like a big band straight out of the 1920s, yet handles jazz classics with a freshness that makes the listener believe they just wrote this material yesterday.

Dylan Perrillo graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.

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Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

KTX

KTX burst into the Potsdam music scene in the summer of 2010 and haven't stopped since. Their unique blend of pop, rock, funk, and R&B get crowds up and dancing from the first to the final beats, with a wide spectrum of originals and cover tunes to please a whole audience.

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Sep
15
6:00 PM18:00

Angela Marion

At night, Miss Angie becomes Angela Marion comes out to play.  Angela Marion's music spans genres with ease and fluidity. Her sincerity shines through everything she does. From the deeply personal to fictional mermaid tales, she keeps you wondering and wanting more.

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Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Miss Angie Beeler, Kids Concert

Kids and their parents learn the basics of rhythm, melody, harmony, deep listening, song structure, and coordination in a relaxed and fun, heart-felt journey through a mix of guided and exploratory singing, dancing, and instrument play. All are welcome, participation is a must.

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Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

Fenimore Blues

Fenimore Blues, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is a seven-piece band that performs an eclectic mix of blues, R&B, and rock. The powerful vocals of Mary Beth Arcidiacono are backed by two guitarists and fellow musicians on keyboards, saxophone, bass, and drums, with band members doubling on harmonica and accordion. This combination enables the group to perform a range of styles and a varied repertoire, drawing on music notables from Bonnie Raitt to Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy to Van Morrison, the Neville Brothers to the Allman Brothers, the Rolling Stones to Imelda May, BB King to Nora Jones.

Whether performing at an outdoor festival or an intimate club, Fenimore Blues strives to have fun on stage and to create a contagious synergy with the audience. With this band, you can always count on a good dose of humor to liven things up.

Among the band’s recent engagements are the Congress Park Concert Series and the Final Stretch Music Festival—two events that celebrate the lively summer scene in Saratoga. Other performance venues include Skidmore College and area pubs such the Parting Glass, Peabody’s Sports Bar, One Caroline, and the Lawrence Street Tavern (Glens Falls).

The Fenimore Blues Line-up
Mary Beth Arcidiacono, lead vocals
Jim Pfoh, guitar and harmonica
Peter von Allmen, guitar
Chris Bailey, keyboards and vocals
Bob Moore, saxophone and accordion
Bob Kimmerle, bass
Jack Moyer, drums

 

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Sep
1
6:00 PM18:00

The Warp/The Weft

The Warp/The Weft, active since 2012 in and beyond New York’s Hudson River Valley, has earned praise for its uniqueness, song-crafting, and "mystical swagger" (American Pancake) from casual and devoted listeners alike. Blending traditional and avant-garde styles, the warmth of a good wool sweater and the sometimes-bleak cold of an upstate winter, the progressive folk and psychedelia that the band brings to bear (compared to Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull) is propelled by poetic lyrics and a "spirit-conjuring," lilting tenor that "puts Murphy alongside Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg as one of the most captivating high-register voices in rock today" (Ron Hart, Chronogram). 2017’s Mapping an Absence (Admirable Traits Records) introduces bassist Trevor Larcheveque, whose vocal harmonies help to anchor the band firmly in the chamber category.

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Sep
1
4:00 PM16:00

Spazzare

Three aural waste-layers creating layers of wastedness. These landscapes of changing surface volcanically erupt and then cool again making space within a sonically punishing terrain. Band members: John North, Dusky Underwood, and Jeff Asbrand.

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Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Greg Cornell and the Cornell Brothers

For decades, singer-songwriter Greg Cornell’s soul has been something of an antenna receiving transmissions from America’s beloved heritage of roots music and storing them deep in his being. Before he could add to the canon, however, he had to live his own stories. It took decades of heartbreak, loss, and finding the kind of hopeful disposition that only comes through searching. Today, he’s a critically acclaimed roots musician with a redemptive message.

“I had to live a lot of life before I could turn my experiences into songs,” admits Cornell. “One thing that had a profound effect on me was the death of my father. It made me think about my life, it made me want to pursue things I loved, like music.”

Cornell’s music courses through that muddy river of bluegrass, country, old-time music, and blues. His work conjures the plaintive and unvarnished beauty of contemporary and classic roots artists such as Ralph Stanley, Blind Lemon Jefferson, John Prine, Gram Parsons, Levon Helm, Garcia and Grisman, and Neil Young. Currently, Cornell has a two-album body of work, Deep Ocean Blues and Come On Home. His sincerity, uplifting introspection, and singular approach to making emotionally resonant music from timeless art forms has earned him praise from Americana fans and critics. The popular music discovery and critical outlet Mind Equals Blown says: "Cornell visits the deep, looming sense of longing that's often tied to bluegrass or folksy tracks...and steers clear of any clichés.”

 

“I love music that has an emotional rawness where you can still smell the soil. A lot of those early roots artists, they had this sound that’s eerie and raises the hair on the back of your neck,” Cornell says.

Cornell has built a robust profile through a diverse calendar of shows. Over the past few years his band, The Cornell Brothers, has appeared at folk conferences and the Sundance Film Festival in Park City UT, toured New England and upstate NY, played festivals throughout the Tristate area, and gigged at the finest listening rooms in NYC.

Cornell is the sole songwriter in the fluid collective of musicians that make up the Cornell Brothers. Though these artistic allies aren’t bonded by blood, they are bonded by making authentic and boldly vulnerable roots music. These musicians are some of the finest Americana players in the Tristate area.

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Waydown Wailers
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Waydown Wailers

Original Roots Rock, Blues Rock, and Jam with a healthy dash of Americana and Country, is a sound Waydown Wailers label as Outlaw Jam". 

Waydown Wailers is a band on the top of the innovative music scene now pouring from a cool North American spigot. Streaming like a refreshing blast of harmony over a burnout music wary countryside, the Waydown Wailers are boldly original, tunefully deep, and forever lingering."
Just groove to their music and you'll instantly identify a unique resonance defined by rock-hard lyrics, great musicianship, and hand-clapping, foot-stomping melodies. Everything they create brands the consciousness. Songs dissecting the discontented soul of a bitter land of liberty stand strong alongside ballads of aching hearts worn admirably on their sleeves. This is the kind of band that begins as a smoldering local event and before you know it, rapidly transforms into a blazing national trend.

Another family affair, (a North American tradition) brothers Dave (lead guitar/vocals) and Christian Parker (guitar) have not played together in a band until this harmonious bug bit them, and the rest of the tribe: Michael Scriminger (drums/percussion) and Connor Pelkey (bass backing vocals) welded the circle complete. This was four guys already carving individual niches into every nook and cranny of the North American music landscape, but collectively produced a dazzling band even stronger than the sum of its harmonies.

The Waydown Wailers is a band of dreamers that in vision a sound that they personally want to inhabit, something that gets their hearts pumping before releasing it on a cover-beaten, musically famished public. Dave Parker's vocals are right on, crisp and oh so deliciously addictive. It's his signature phrasing that hooks you fast, keeps you transfixed and in the mix. And oh what a mix it is with Mike Scriminger's funk/ rock drum flare to Connor Pelkey's eccentric bass spouting funk and dare I say world beat slaps and pops while Christian Parker is another hot-lightening picker not afraid to add his eclectic style, it's all to hell n' back and  truly defining the phrase "he's got chops."   These are some badass players, musicians that really love the art.

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Crane Latin Ensemble
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

Crane Latin Ensemble

A student group at SUNY Potsdam dedicated to bringing salsa to the North Country through a partnership with the Mambo Legends Orchestra.

Members: 
DIRECTORS: Marsha Baxter, Peter McCoy
PERCUSSION: Aaron Andia, Joe Geraci, Joey Small
PIANO: Christopher Dobson
BASS: Faraz Ardalan
CORO: Melissa Baena, Hanna Hill, Jessie Moran, Brian Schuh, Nick Terlato
TRUMPETS: Brian Brancato, Jack Dring, Tyler Nappo, Alex Sanso, Andrew Dik
SAXOPHONES: Malik Clanton, Justin Dimase, Ben Ellingham, Thom Avella, Mikey Dufresne, Will Allen
TROMBONES: Jordan Olinsky, Edward Matin, Rebecca Hamel, Sean Selinske

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Funk Mode
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Funk Mode

Funk Mode is a funk/fusion band bringing elements of funk and R&B together with progressive and jazz influences.  Started by Kyle Tupper on Drums and Jon Dufore on Guitar, the current lineup includes Bill Vitek on Keys, Matt Gayle on Bass, Tim Savage on Sax, and Dave Alderson on Trumpet.  Funk Mode’s repertoire includes jazz and fusion tunes that have been modified to have a killer groove as well as a number of originals ranging from straight ahead to much more adventurous.  Influences would include those like Lee Ritenour, Snarky Puppy, and Chick Corea.

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Animal Crackers - Children's Concert
Sep
10
3:00 PM15:00

Animal Crackers - Children's Concert

Animal Crackers began performing in 2009 with the goal of bringing music and movement to families young and old.  The group hosted a series of family dances in Potsdam and Lowville that featured familiar children’s music as well as instruction in social dances.  While the focus of Animal Crackers remains children’s music, the group has delighted all ages with songs from the likes of the Beatles, Paul Simon, Bobby Darin and Bing Crosby.

Animal Crackers has played throughout the area at events such as Potsdam Summer Festival, the Atkinson Family Bluegrass Festival, the Norwood Sunset Series and Librarypalooza.   Members of the band include Tom Baker, Frank McLaughlin, Beth Robinson and Dan Sullivan-Catlin.

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Northbound
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Northbound

Northbound is a local band that includes Michael Welch, Andy VanDyne, Don Canannamela, Larry Baycura. A variety of well-known and best loved pop, rock and folk music chosen from the past 5 decades performed by some of our favorite local musicians. They have ‘plowed the fields’ and ‘reaped the love and affection’ of their North Country neighbors for decades for their genius in musical performance and music education. They deliver the mail too!

northbound
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Crescent Street Jam
Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

Crescent Street Jam

Crescent Street Jam is a familiar name to many Potsdam music fans. The quintet weaves swing, hard bop and bossa nova into a fresh tapestry. Playing classic jazz and blues from Benny to Miles, stopping to play Cannonball and Sonny on the way, don’t expect to stay in your seat.

Jim Akins, saxophone
David Barns, drums
Stephen Bird, bass
Victor Caamaño, guitar and vocals
Martin Heintzelman, keyboard

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OPENING FESTIVAL: Bee Children, Ten Speed Taxi and The Currys
Aug
26
3:00 PM15:00

OPENING FESTIVAL: Bee Children, Ten Speed Taxi and The Currys

Our second annual Ives Park Concert Series will begin with an Opening Festival featuring Bee Children at 3pm, Ten Speed Taxi at 5pm and The Currys at 7pm.

Bee Children

Canton, NY-based Bee Children play a diverse range of original pop, folk-rock and agit-folk songs. With a strong emphasis on songcraft, melody, and vocal harmonies, we bring the do-it-yourself spirit of the 1960s to the 21st century with songs designed to keep your hoping machine running. We released our debut CD, Veranophonic, in January 2015. Recorded at the studios of North Country Public Radio (NCPR) in Canton, the CD features ten original songs influenced by acclaimed artists such as Billy Bragg, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Lloyd Cole. Veranophonic is available for purchase at various local retailers, at Bee Children gigs, and through online retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play Music, and CDBaby. We have played at a number of venues in northern New York such as The Parkview,Maxfields, the Russell Theatre, and the Coyote Moon Wine and Craft Beer Lounge, as well as special events such as the Potsdam Summer Festival and the Renewal House Music and Arts Festival. We are currently working on new original material for our follow-up to Veranophonic.

Ten Speed Taxi

Ten Speed Taxi first formed under the name of Sundog in 2007, when drummer Phil Neisser and guitarist/songwriter Dan Caldwell connected with Doug Schatz, a singer songwriter from Nashville. In 2010 or so Dan  had to leave the band (to move to Indiana) and in 2013 Mike Magilligan joined the team as our bass player. Under that configuration we now give Doug’s original songs a tight trio sound, which can be full and grungy when we want it to, or clean and unplugged, if that is what the situation calls for (or that’s what we’re in the mood for). All along the way the band has kept its original sound that, as one reviewer put it, has “country influence, a hunk of funk, some straight-ahead rock, and other friendly indefinable bits – plus you can dance to it.” Another reviewer described our tunes as “barroom songs for thoughtful people.” Yet another pundit compared our music to that of Wilco, the Counting Crows, John Prine, and the Velvet Underground.

Doug Schatz’s band credits include a national tour with the southern alt-rock band Gladys and currently he teaches sculpture at SUNY Potsdam. Schatz grew up in Nashville and recently bought a house in Potsdam.

Phil Neisser has been playing drums for some 35 years: for example in the Spectators, the Hubtones, the Shpiel, and the Phil Neisser Trio. Neisser grew up in Manhattan, but has long since learned to love the woods as well. He now lives in West Pierrepont, NY and he teaches political theory at SUNY Potsdam.

Mike Magilligan has, among other things, played guitar with El Muchacho and drums with A Fine Line (a northern New York jazz trio). Check them out at www.tenspeedtaxi.com

This concert is made possible by generous contributions from Nikki Coates & Associates. 

The Currys

Brought together by family ties and a shared appreciation for folk, rock, and roots music, The Currys are an Americana trio featuring brothers Jimmy and Tommy and cousin Galen Curry. Like many family groups, their songs are anchored by the sort of elastic, entwined harmonies that only seem to exist among kin. On their second record, West of Here, their songwriting chops match those interlocking voices, with all three members contributing songs to an album that deals with the constant search for home.

It’s an album that was born on the road. Following the release of the band’s official debut, Follow, The Currys packed up their van and spent nearly two years on tour, playing everywhere from Los Angeles to New York to a string of oyster bars in the Florida panhandle. Performing and traveling together on a daily basis tightened the trio’s melody-driven sound — a sound captured by producers Chris Keup and Stewart Myers (Lifehouse, Jason Mraz) on West of Here ‘s 13 tracks — but it also left them feeling adrift. Tommy and Jimmy had grown up in the Sunshine State, Galen in upstate New York, and after college they all relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, to record and release Follow. Now the trio found themselves hopping between the basement couches of friends and relatives as they drove around the country for months at a time, trying to figure out where they might like to plant their own roots.

West of Here doesn’t offer clear answers, but it does deliver a roster of warm, wistful songs whose influences are as wide-ranging as The Currys’ travels. Album opener “Hold Me Here” wraps a simple request in gentle guitar swells and acoustic fingerpicking. “Restless” marries a big country-rock riff to a young man’s lyrical angst: “Everywhere I go / the air that I breathe there tastes like home.” Like fellow folk troubadours The Avett Brothers, The Currys know when to crank up their rootsy stomp — as on lead single “If I Find It” — but the trio have stopped trying to artificially define their sound by genre. Instead, West of Here pays homage to the classic sound of The Band, the acoustic storytelling of Josh Ritter, the rhythmic soul of Al Green. Even a hint of Coldplay shines through in the sweeping arpeggios of “All It Takes,” compliments of pianist Daniel Clarke (KD Lang, Ryan Adams). Throughout West of Here, The Currys weave these disparate strands together, creating a mosaic that is by turns pop and folk, epic and intimate.

It’s been years since The Currys played their first songs together as teenage boys, swapping tunes during family reunions in the Florida panhandle. West of Here pays tribute to that history while simultaneously pushing the band forward, with one foot in the folksy sound of The Currys’ early writing and the other pointing toward something new. Like its title suggests, West of Here is the sound of a band on the move.

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SIRSY
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

SIRSY

Rock + Soul Duo that's chock full of sing along pop melodies, lots of heart, & just the right amount of sass. 

Melanie (vocals, drums, bass, flute, melodica)
Rich (guitar, bass, keys)

Sponsored by Between the Buns

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John and Orion Kribs
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

John and Orion Kribs

Accomplished multi-instrumental Father & Son, John and Orion Kribs, performing rootsy Americana and originals, marked by a unique and undeniable chemistry.

John Kribs, guitar and vocals

Orion Kribs, mandolin and vocals

Sponsored by Nikki Coates and Associates

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Feb
14
1:00 PM13:00

Benefit Concert with Prize Raffle and Art Auction

Join us for our benefit concert on Valentine's Day! There will be music by KTX, Crescent Street Band, Wells and the Gathering, Caramelo Trio, Mark Lyon, Alan Darrah and maybe something from The McKennas too! We'll have poetry readings from Donald McNutt as well. We'll be raffling off prizes from local businesses including the Potsdam Food Co-op, Brick and Mortar Music, the Orchestra of Northern New York and many more! We'll also run a silent auction with fantastic art by local artists including Catherine LaPointe-Vollmer, James Gonzalez, Chris Jay and more!!

Tickets are $5 (suggested donation), but if you buy the ticket, you get two free raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the event. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Jernabi Coffeehouse and Brick and Mortar Music.


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