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