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• Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

JOE CROOKSTON “GEORGIA I’m HERE” CD RELEASE CONCERT ~ ART EXHIBIT ~ LOCAL REFRESHMENTS & FARE

SATURDAY April 26
Hangar Theatre Ithaca NY
801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, NY 14850

Local Artist Gallery & Reception: 6:30
Show: 8:00
Price: $17 (Early Bird Special until March 30) $20 (From April 1st) $22 (At the Door)
General Admission

http://www.hangartheatre.org/events/Joe_Crookston_CD_Release.html
www.joecrookston.com

Tickets can be Purchased:
Email: publicity@joecrookston.com
Phone: Hangar Theatre Business Office: 607-273-8588
Visit: The Hangar Theatre Business Office in Center Ithaca on the Downtown Commons at 171 E. State St., Ithaca, NY 14850
On-Line: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/560700
At the Door (Box Office Opens at 6:00 on 4/26)

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• Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

ITHACA NY - The Djangoners have been a favorite on the Rochester & Ithaca Jazz scenes for going on four years. And now it’s finally time for a CD!  After culling through hundreds of hours of live recordings, the band has boiled it down to 14 exquisite tracks.

A “CD Release Celebration” is planned for Sunday, May 4, 8-10pm at the Argos Inn, 408 E. State St. $5.00 admission. Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/718860321497738/

This show will help fund the project, and the new CD - “En Direct et Endiable” (Live & Swingin’) - will be available at a one-time-only special price of $10 (regular $15) to everyone who comes to the show.

Here’s what Tom Kohn - owner, Bop Shop Records, Rochester, NY - has to say about The Djangoners: “Django Reinhardt left a profound influence on thousands of musicians over the last half century. The Djangoners are no exception.  They approach Django’s music with such sensitivity and passion that when you hear them, you’ll imagine yourself in a Parisian nightclub in the 1930s. It’s as if Django’s ghost is sitting at the bar giving his nod of approval.”

The Djangoners take their inspiration from Django Reinhardt and his famous Jazz band from late-1930s Paris & London - “The Quintet of the Hot Club of France” – arguably, the most famous Jazz band Europe ever produced.  Django Reinhardt was born into a family of Gypsies and began playing music early but, at age 18, he was seriously injured in a fire that rendered two fingers on his left hand useless and doctors believed he would never play guitar again. Reinhardt persevered in rehabilitation and developed a fingering technique using only two fingers for his spectacular guitar solos. In mid-1930s Paris, Django joined forces with violinist, Stephane Grappelli and formed the Quintet of the Hot Club of France which went on to a prolific recording and performance career, popularizing Django’s original compositions and his renditions of American Jazz classics.

Today, Django Reinhardt’s music is enjoying a resurgence in popularity and The Djangoners are carrying on his legacy true to its tradition, featuring Bobby Henrie on lead guitar, Eric Aceto on violin, Harry Aceto on “Manouche” rhythm guitar and Brian Williams on upright bass. These fine players have each been on the professional music scene for over 40 years playing in many different genres, but they came together on this project with a common love of Django’s music and a desire to perform it with the same enthusiasm and spirit as it was originally played in the 1930s. They’ve achieved that objective handsomely!

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• Friday, April 11th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Alash Tuvan Throat Singers! Alash Concert at the Carraige House Saturday Night 8pm $18. Follwed by a Sunday Vocal Workshop at CSMA 5pm $25. It’s a busy weekend for many, but with the tension between the US and Russia, some of us wonder if this might be the last chance to catch Alash. The real gem is the Xoomei workshop at the CSMA Sunday. This will be the first time such a possibility has been offered. Joe Prusch is doing the class registration for the Tuvan Throat Singing Workshop at CSMA: email Joe to reserve a space. Joseph Prusch <zeppelin42@yahoo.com> See poster:

More from Joeseph:

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

I would like to invite you all to come see the legendary Alash Ensemble as they visit Ithaca on their latest American tour. Alash (www.alashensemble.com) have been in Ithaca many times before, and have even performed at the Grass Roots Festival. They play traditional Tuvan instruments, singing songs and playing tunes from many different walks of life, from epic poems and love songs to Russian blues. The tones of Tuvan music reflect the land around the people, the water, the air, the birds and frogs, the rocks and the trees, and especially the horses.

The reason for this last-minute notice is that the performance Alash tried to set up fell through, and they were going to skip Ithaca altogether. But the Carriage House was gracious enough to give them a space to perform, and the CSMA gave them space for their first-ever Xoomei workshop in Ithaca!

The workshop is open to the first 20 registrants. All you need to do to sign up for an intimate singing session with Alash is send me an email at zeppelin42@yahoo.com requesting a spot. The workshop costs $25 per participant and takes place Sunday, April 13th at 5pm. Location is the 3rd Floor Auditorium at the CSMA.

For those just interested in enjoying the wit and wisdom of Tuvan music, Alash will be performing at the Carriage House Café Saturday, April 12th at 8pm. Tickets are $18 at the door.

We hope to see many of you there!
Joseph Prusch <zeppelin42@yahoo.com>

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• Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

ITHACA NY - On Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8pm-midnight, the Kitchen Theatre Company will host its 4th Annual Dance the Night Away celebrating the Kitchen’s 23rd season, featuring an evening of dancing to live music Little Joe and the Big Shots, great food and delicious drinks. And, when the band takes a break - performances by “celebrity dancers” delight party-goers. This year’s celebrity dancers include:

Denny Grout, Dave Ashton, Vicki Taylor Brous, Cande Carroll, Sally McConnell-Ginet, Marshall McCormick, Rob de la Fuente, Hilby, Christine Barksdale and Jerry Dietz. Also dancing are Kitchen staff and board members Rachel Lampert, Stephen Nunley, Lesley Greene, Blane Bent, Evan Capo, Jamie Morrissey and special guest dancers Avery Sobzcak, Emily Loewus and Andrew Walker.

Tickets online at: www.kitchentheatre.org For more information visit http://www.kitchentheatre.org/danceparty.htm

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/231921413664577

Dance the Night Away is the Kitchen Theatre Company’s most important fund raising event of the season. Many thanks to corporate lead sponsor CFCU Community Federal Credit Union and business and individual sponsors Cornell University Hospital for Animals, CSP Management, Hillside Inn, Incodema, James and Dianne Orcutt, James Orcutt Real Estate, Tompkins Trust Company and Friends of the Kitchen Theatre.

Each celebrity dancer seeks sponsorship support from friends and family and the celebrity dancer who raises the most support wins a complimentary trip to NYC, overnight stay and brunch at a trendy NYC restaurant. Tickets are on sale for $100 ($50 is tax-deductible) at kitchentheatre.org or at (607) 272-0570.

This season’s celebrity performances include a spy-foxtrot, a hip-hop free style, a 60’s tribute, a lyrical modern dance, a specialty number of dance and juggling and an over-the-top rendition of a 1978 dance classic. Choreographers: Roy Lightner, Andrew Walker, Lesley Greene and Rachel Lampert have been putting the dancers through their pacers.

The Kitchen Theatre Company is now in its 23rd Season. The theater produces and presents approximately 150 performances annually contributing to the vibrancy of Ithaca’s growing West End. Productions feature a diversity of interest that reflect Ithaca and Tompkins County broad community. The theater is not only the home of the Kitchen Theatre Company, but also a facility that used by other theater and community groups. Now located in a LEED certified building, the Kitchen Theatre Company moved into the space it owns at 417 West MLK, Jr. Street in September 2010. The Kitchen Theatre Company thanks all its friends and supporters who have helped the theater become a cultural center.

Everyone is invited to buy a ticket and/or support our celebrity dancers. For more information go to: kitchentheatre.org or call (607) 272-0403 (Monday-Friday 10am-6pm).

Bold, intimate, engaging… Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC), now in its 23rd season, is downtown Ithaca’s critically acclaimed and nationally recognized year-round professional theater company, specializing in regional and world premiere plays and musicals. KTC’s intimate 99-seat theater is in its newly renovated, LEED-certified building in the West End neighborhood of downtown Ithaca, New York. KTC is the first not-for-profit recipient of the David R. Strong Memorial “Small Business of the Year” Award from the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and receives public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the Tompkins County Tourism Program. The Kitchen Theatre Company also receives general operating support from the Shubert Foundation.

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• Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

TRUMANSBURG NY - The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) is excited and pleased to present d n r mendocino 1Rebecca Lomnicky, winner of the world’s most prestigious Scottish fiddle competition, in concert with David Brewer, a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in Celtic music on guitar, Irish penny whistle, bodhran frame-drum and the Scottish bagpipes. The duo will bring their energetic, emotional music to the conservatory on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30pm. Buy tickets here.
Rebecca, who began classical violin and piano as a five-year-old, won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship—an invitation-only event, regarded as the Grammys of the fiddling world—in 2009. David Brewer has played and toured with Scottish super-group, The Old Blind Dogs, and also with Molly’s Revenge, in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, China and Australia, and played as a special guest of the renowned Chieftains.
Together and separately, they’ve performed all over the world. The pair’s blended performances, aimed at bridging the gap between Scottish fiddle and bagpipe music, are stirring and lively, ranging from toe-tapping dance tunes to soaring majestic airs, with wide appeal to diverse audiences. Tickets are available online and will be sold at Good To Go in Trumansburg.
To find out more about Rebecca and about David, click on their names to visit their web sites.

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• Sunday, March 09th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Steel Wheels and Tunes for the Trail is CANCELLED: POSTPONED due to the weather. The Steel Wheels bring their Slipstream Tour to Ithaca on Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 pm, when they perform at The Haunt for Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual Tunes for the Trail, supporting the completion of Ithaca’s Cayuga Waterfront Trail. The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing. They’ve named this tour to honor the roots musicians that have influenced them – created a slipstream for their creativity. They’ll be performing some new unreleased songs in addition to some of their past hits.

The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada. These include Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Stagecoach, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Musikfest, Walnut Valley Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Riverhawk, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others. 2014 shows no signs of slowing down with a full schedule of prestigious festivals and venues. In July the band hosts their own annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival (www.redwingroots.com) bringing over 40 bands to 4 stages for 3 days of music & community. In addition as the schedule allows, the band organizes and performs the SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which the band members tow their instruments, equipment and merchandise from one show to another via bicycle. Past tours have spanned up to 11 days, 600 miles, and 10 shows. The attention from these special SpokeSongs tours allow the band to raise extra money and awareness for charities and causes along the way.

The Steel Wheels “Winter Is Coming” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj2puFC1ssY

Band members:

Trent Wagler: lead vocals, guitar, banjo, song-writing
Jay Lapp: mandolin, guitar, resonator guitar, harmony vocals
Brian Dickel: upright bass, harmony vocals
Eric Brubaker: fiddle, harmony vocals
The Steel Wheels website: www.thesteelwheels.com

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The Steel Wheels bring their Slipstream Tour to Ithaca on Wednesday, March 12, when they perform at The Haunt for Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual Tunes for the Trail, supporting the completion of Ithaca’s Cayuga Waterfront Trail. The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing. They’ve named this tour to honor the roots musicians that have influenced them – created a slipstream for their creativity. They’ll be performing some new unreleased songs in addition to some of their past hits.

Their breakout album, Red Wing (2010), garnered critical praise and enjoyed tremendous success on the radio. It spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 Chart, where it reached the number 15 slot, and cracked the Euro Americana Chart top 10. The Steel Wheels were nominated for five Independent Music Awards in 2010, with “Nothing You Can’t Lose” taking top honors as Best Country Song. Following 2011’s release, Live at Goose Creek, The Steel Wheels continued to take the Americana scene by storm with their album, Lay Down, Lay Low (2012), which lingered for 10 weeks on the AMA’s Top 40 Chart and was the 2012 Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards. Additionally NPR Music named “Rain in the Valley” their Song of the Day, marveling that the “heavy hymn […] is sparse and dense all at once.” 2013 brought yet another Americana charting release entitled, No More Rain.

The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada. These include Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Stagecoach, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Musikfest, Walnut Valley Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Riverhawk, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others. 2014 shows no signs of slowing down with a full schedule of prestigious festivals and venues. In July the band hosts their own annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival (www.redwingroots.com) bringing over 40 bands to 4 stages for 3 days of music & community near their home in the Shenandoah Valley. In addition as the schedule allows, the band organizes and perform the SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which the band members tow their instruments, equipment, and merchandise from one show to another via bicycle. Past tours have spanned up to 11 days, 600 miles, and 10 shows. The attention from these special SpokeSongs tours allow the band to raise extra money and awareness for charities and causes along the way.

As the band thrives, so do their partnerships with local businesses, artisans, and charitable organizations. The values portrayed in their music—devotion to roots, community, and family—are a way of life for The Steel Wheels, and this is reflected in everything from production process and booking agency to merchandise and touring. The band’s merchandise represents a host of grassroots connections to people and businesses. Lucas Roasting Company, located just outside of Harrisonburg, created “Halfway to Heaven” dark roast coffee in honor of their friends The Steel Wheels. Blue Mountain Brewery, located on Afton Mountain in Virginia, hosted the band when they were just getting started and now cans and bottles a multi-state distributed “Steel Wheels ESB.” T-shirts and printing needs are locally sourced and their one of a kind ceramic mugs are made by a potter friend, Justin Rothshank. Each product is intimately woven into the bands’ narrative. The Steel Wheels are proof that music remains a viable and sustaining force for connection in our world.

Quotes:

“If one must compare The Steel Wheels to another act in order to get an idea of their music imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers. In truth attempting to compare them with anyone is an injustice, since after one listen you can hear that they stand very well on their own perch.” — John Walker, Americana Roots

“The Steel Wheels are certainly going places… on the line between old timey folk and something raw, new and bluegrassy. Catch Trent and company on their way to fame and glory.” — Cover Lay Down

“Americana music at its best!” — Larry Groce, Mountain Stage

“Truth: Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine could all learn something from these cats.” — Michael Verity, No Depression, in article naming “Rain in the Valley” by The Steel Wheels as #2 acoustic song of 2012

“Fiddle-rich and mandolin-driven, their music includes all the elements I most appreciate in acoustiblue music- energy, strong and distinctive lead vocals that are supported and complemented by acute harmony, instrumental proficiency, originality tied to tradition, new songs that sound old and traditional songs that sound as they always have.” — Donald Teplyske, Roots Music

“Music lovers, prepare to have your breath taken away & goose bumps to cover your arms more at this one concert than any other you have EVER been to. The Steel Wheels are just that good!” — Rear Window Listening Room, Ganado, TX

Band members:

Trent Wagler: lead vocals, guitar, banjo, song-writing
Jay Lapp: mandolin, guitar, resonator guitar, harmony vocals
Brian Dickel: upright bass, harmony vocals
Eric Brubaker: fiddle, harmony vocals
The Steel Wheels website: www.thesteelwheels.com

Videos
Steel Wheels SpokeSong Tour video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OKXwuTaTXI
Here is another about bike touring to festivals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1aCPwK9kVo
Steel Wheels performing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsXbYMML0dI

Print Links
Steel Wheels on Cover of Pollstar http://bit.ly/1aKyzCZ
Tompkins Weekly Article _ Monday, March 3 www.tompkinshosting.com/tompkinsweekly/TompkinsWeekly140303.pdf#page=3

Web and Facebook Links
To visit the Steel Wheels web page www.thesteelwheels.com
Video page on web site. www.thesteelwheels.com/videos
Cayuga Waterfront Trail Website: www.cayugawaterfronttrail.com/Events
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/736848242994670/

Thanks to our sponsors Ithaca Carshare, Dan Smalls Presents, La Tourelle Resort, Merrill Lynch, Rasa Spa, and the Plantsmen Nursery.

EVENING SCHEDULE
7:30 PM. Welcome and short first set by Steel Wheels
8:15 pm Steel Wheels Bike Video and discussion; Finish and Furnish it Campaign Intro/unveiling
8:45 pm. Steel Wheels long set til 10 or so. With Prize drawings in middle of set or at end.

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• Monday, March 03rd, 2014

BROOKTONDALE NY - Instrumental Workshop on Long Island dance tunes from the 19th century (from the collections of William Sidney Mount 1807-1868 and Isaac Homan 1816-1901)http://www.daveruch.com/newboys.htm Sat Mar 8th 2014 from 1-3 pm at Canaan Institute $20- More http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html RSVP via email mike@cinst.org to reserve a seat!

Dave Ruch and Jeff Davis (The New Boys of Old New York) will be teaching an unlikely-seeming workshop on the fiddle tunes of Long Island. In truth, old Long Island was a hotbed of tunes and there are at least two collections to prove it: William Sidney Mount (1807-1868), the famous painter of The Banjo Player and The Bones Player, was also a fiddler; his collection spans music from English marches, Irish jigs, to tunes learned from the minstrel stage and from black fiddlers. The collection of Bellport’s Captain Isaac Homan (1816-1901)–recently uncovered by Dave Ruch–also contains a huge variety of tunes—reels, hornpipes, cotillions, waltzes, and much more. Both reflect the intense swirl of influences upon fiddlers living near the growing vortex of New York City in the mid-Nineteenth century. Dave and Jeff will talk about the two collections and teach several tunes. Bring any instrument (they’ll be playing fiddle and mandolin). Bring a recording device if you have one. Facebook event for Workshop https://www.facebook.com/events/747907121889258/

New Boys of Old NY concert later Saturday evening …

The Cornell Folk Song Club will present an evening of traditional music from New York State done with a flair. The New Boys of Old New York — Jeff Davis and Dave Ruch — will perform in concert on March 8 at 8 pm at 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad. Earlier in the day, from 1 to 3 pm, the New Boys will be conducting a workshop on Long Island dance tunes at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale. Facebookevent for CONCERT https://www.facebook.com/events/662362207160579/

Their concert will include a mix of songs, folk tales and stories, old dance hall tunes, and uncommon music originating from farmers, sailors, lumberjacks, and homemakers. If you think singing about Erie Canal is elementary school stuff, the New Boys will surprise you with some more unfamiliar music once heard along New York’s canals. On the stage with the New Boys will be fiddles and mandolins, banjo and guitar, spoons and jawharps, including some instruments hand-made by folk artisans. Jeff and Dave also sing unaccompanied duets and use their bodies as instruments, hambone stye.

Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has both visited “source singers” and combed libraries and archives for old songs and tunes. He has toured in Canada and Europe and throughout the United States, playing in every state but one.*

Dave Ruch, based in Buffalo, has toured nationally and internationally as well, but he prides himself in being something of a musical locavore. Like-minded with Jeff, he has visited the older generation of singers, talkers, joke tellers, and tunesmiths, as well as historical archives, to build his collection of New York State based songs, tunes, and stories.

As the New Boys of Old New York, Jeff and Dave performed at the Old Songs Festival this past summer and have made appearances at NEFFA and the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival. More locally, they have wowed audiences at Bound for Glory, the Cranberry Coffeehouse, and Valley Folk.

Concert Tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, Autumn Leaves Books, GreenStar, Bound for Glory, online at www.cornellfolksong.org/. $15 adv/$17 door; usual rebate for members, seniors, teens. Cornell students $10/$12. Free for children 14 and under with an adult. Info: 607-351-1845 or website.

More on the afternooon New Boys of Old New York workshop: Instrumental Workshop on Long Island dance tunes from the 19th century (from the collections of William Sidney Mount 1807-1868 and Isaac Homan 1816-1901) from 1-3 pm at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY. Dave and Jeff will talk about the two collections and teach several tunes. Bring any instrument (they’ll be playing fiddle and mandolin). Bring a recording device if you have one. $20- donation. RSVP via email mike@cinst.org to reserve a seat and for directions. Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/747907121889258

*Jeff has yet to perform in North Dakota (at least as 6/29/2013).

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• Saturday, March 01st, 2014

ITHACA NY - Dr. Kathy Selby reveals the Secrets of the Devil’s Box in a presentation and discussion for the Class of ‘63 Coffeehouse series at the Carol Tatkon Center on the Cornell University campus. Mon Mar 3, 2014, 4:30-5:30 pm

How does the violin, one of the smallest of instruments, produce such a powerful and complex sound? Kathy explores the science behind the sound of the fiddle, tracing its evolution from its meek beginnings in the 1500s through its transformation in 17th century Italy to its reimagining in the electronic age.

All are welcome, admission is FREE, with free refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Class of ‘63 and the Carol Tatkon Center.

At the Carol Tatkon Center, South Balch Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

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• Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Sat March 08 Mantra and Mantrella’s Belly Fusion Presents “Girls with Guns From the Wild Wild East” at Lot 10 in Ithaca from 7:00-9:00 pm. http://www.aliciafreedman.com/performance/

Live music and belly dance fusion inspired by the Middle East…with a twist. A FREE show featuring Tessa and the True Hearts (Tessa Myers), and Wowsie A Go-Go (Wendy Williams). Live music and dancing with Cat and the Pussy Cats (Art Bakert of Gadje and Catherine Perkins), as well as live music from members of the Cornell Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Ensemble. Wild wild west attire encouraged.

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/657841627606130/

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• Sunday, February 02nd, 2014

Fri Feb 07 Contra Dance! Last Ithaca contra dance before FLURRY! Finalize your car-pool plans! Dance to a fun new band! Caller: Casey Carr. Music: Michael Ludgate with Lindsey Clark and Alyssa Rodriguez along with their folk jam friends: aka “Fishbowl” many Ithaca College music students! 8-11 pm Bethel Grove Community Center 1870 Slaterville Rd., Ithaca NY 14850. The monthly Waltz Jam 7-8 pm, precedes the contra! The waltz jam is an open band, come dance or play! More www.oshanigans.org Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/706802996031051/

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• Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Djangoners at the Gates Sat Nov 30th
Eddy Street in Collegetown, Ithaca NY
Saturday November 30th 7-10pm $5 cover.

ITHACA NY - What do you get when you combine Harry and Eric Aceto, guitarist and 5-string violinist of Djug Django with Bobby Henrie and Brian Williams, guitarist-vocalist and bassist of ace Rockabilly band, the Goners? You get a top-notch gypsy jazz/bop band with a supremely logical name: the Djangoners. And, in case there is anyone left in the world who does not know, the group explores the wonderful “dgenre” of music associated with the great gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

The Djangoners play the music of Django Reinhardt and his band from late 1930s Paris - “The Hot Club of France” - arguably, the most famous Jazz band Europe ever produced.

Django Reinhardt was born into a family of Manouche Gypsies in Belgium and began playing music early but, at age 18, he was seriously injured in a fire that rendered two fingers on his left hand useless, and doctors believed he would never play guitar again. Reinhardt persevered in rehabilitation and developed a technique using only two fingers for his spectacular guitar solos. In mid 1930’s Paris, Django joined forces with violinist, Stephane Grapelli and formed the Hot Club of France, which went on to a prolific recording and performance career popularizing Django’s original compositions and renditions of American Jazz classics.

Today, Django Reinhardt’s music is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, and the Djangoners are carrying on his legacy true to its tradition.

Bobby Henrie

Bobby Henrie is a performer of exceptional ability and range. His early days as an astounding child prodigy shaped his talent and love of eclecticism which includes most traditional music from old-time country to rockabilly and swing. As a guitarist with an unorthodox (flipped, lefty) technique, he can rip through a heady brew of raw roots rock, blistering flatpicking, smoking blues or smooth jazz. His vocal style is heartfelt, well honed and true to the style whether it’s tough rocking or sultry swing. Bobby holds a degree in Jazz Guitar from SUNY Geneseo and is adept at writing material with a classic yet contemporary flair. He’s played and competed at many prestigious festivals including Galax (Virginia) and Union Grove (North Carolina) Fiddler’s Conventions, Winfield (Kansas) Guitar Festival, Wheatland and Berkshire Bluegrass festivals. In addition to the Goners, Bobby plays in the bluegrass bands, Cornerstone & Paris Texas. He is a founding member of the Gypsy Jazz band - The Djangoners - and continues to perform with his 4 brothers in the Henrie Brothers StringBand that began in 1974.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams plays the upright bass in a style heavily influenced by the early basemen of jazz and rock’n'roll. He blends the rhythms of blues, bluegrass, dixieland and swing. Brian launched his musical career in 1972 with the SwampRoot StringBand playing festivals and fiddler’s conventions all along the Appalachians. Later, he joined the John Mooney Blues Band and toured for 10 years working clubs, festivals and concerts from Maine to Chicago to New Orleans.

Sharing the bill with national acts like Muddy Waters, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Paul Butterfield and Asleep at the Wheel, Brian gained recognition as a player with respect for traditional styles as well as a unique slap-style technique. In 1985, he joined Bobby Henrie and the Goners and developed a rockabilly and swing repertoire. in 2004, he formed the jazz trio Lumiere and later, the Djangoners, a Gypsy Jazz band playing in the tradition of the great Django Reinhardt.

Eric Aceto

Eric Aceto has been immersed in the traditions of jazz, acoustic folk and blues, electrified rock and experimental music for over 30 years. He’s active as a session player, touring musician and designer of musical instruments. Primarily self-taught, he advanced his violin technique under the tutelage of concert violinist Rolfe Sokol. Some of his musical projects include work with British guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson, cellist Hank Roberts, banjo player Richie Stearns, Doug Robinson, the Mectapus band, the Scott B. Adams AcousticEnsemble, the Burns Sisters Band, the Eric Aceto Quartet and Djug Django.

Born to a family that has produced several generations of artists and musicians in Rochester, New York, Eric attended art school at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Nazareth College, where he learned to combine his natural musicianship with an affinity for wood and sculptural form. While playing music during his college years, his dissatisfaction with the amplified violins of the time led him to experiment with the design and construction of his own instruments. As an instrument builder and owner of “Ithaca Stringed Instruments”, Eric has devoted years to developing and evolving instruments of exceptional quality. His violins, mandolins and guitars are in increasing demand by discerning musicians around the world; artists such as Jean Luc Ponty, Darol Anger, Matt Glaser, Tommy Malone, Jerry Goodman, Ritchie Havens, Irene Sazer, Ruben Blades, David Torn and many, many others play his instruments.

Harry Aceto

Harry Aceto’s musical career was launched at age 10 with a Christmas present of a toner banjo. He played along with brothers Robby & Eric to records by the Weavers, Leadbelly, Kingston Trio, New Lost City Ramblers and the Stanley Brothers. Soon, he graduated to the “hootenanny & coffeehouse” folkie circuit….experimenting on anything with strings on it - guitar, uke, mandolin, fiddle, bass. Throughout high school, he played in bluegrass, folk-rock & blues bands and eventually discovered the music of Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Basie, Ellington, & Django Reinhardt….. he was hooked for life! Later, he concentrated on electric & upright bass, gigging steadily with an ever-increasing array of arty original music groups, wedding bands, southern old-time, trad jazz, latin, & swing dancebands.

Harry’s had no real formal training but has always managed to get by with good ears & deep family musical gene-pool; educating himself one tune at a time, luckily working with well-schooled players. Concurrently, he’s maintained a day job as a luthier at Ithaca Guitar Works since 1981, responsible for all the stringed instrument repairs & setups.

In 1997, he was hired by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason as regular staff member at their summer music & dance camps at Ashokan, NY. Following began a series of festivals, concerts & tours with Jay & Molly’s band “Swingology”, as well as with other folk & jazz luminaries, including David Bromberg, the Clayfoot Strutters & Wild Asparagus.

What began as a childhood obsession has somehow evolved into a life of music taking him all across the U.S. and beyond to Europe & Central America.

More info on Gypsy Jazz in western NY and The Djangoners:

Gypsy Jazz - the style of music developed by Django Reinhardt in the 1930s, has developed a following in Western New York beginning a decade ago with the help of local bands: Babik in Buffalo, DjugDjango in Ithaca and Lumiere in Rochester. Lumiere not only played Gypsy Jazz but had a Parisian Cafe vibe largely due to the fine accordion playing of Ed Marris and his repertoire of Musette Waltzes. But when Ed Marris relocated to the Catskills a few years ago essentially ending the original Lumiere band, it left a void in Rochester’s jazz scene. Bobby Henrie and Brian Williams (of Goners fame for over 25 years) quickly assembled “Manouche a Trois” with the addition of Taylor Buckley (3-time Montana State Fiddle Champion). Taylor is an outstanding violinist but had just gotten his medical degree and with 5 years of intense hospital residency ahead, couldn’t commit to regular gigs. Bobby was coming into his own with his Django stylings (albiet flipped lefty backwards) so he and Brian called upon the Aceto brothers; Eric on violin and Harry on rhythm guitar. Eric and Harry from Ithaca’s DjugDjango were anxious to dig deeper into Gypsy Jazz and were pleased to get the call and form “The Djangoners” and interpret the great repertoire of Django’s “Hot Club of France”.

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• Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Video from this concert posted below! - The Canaan Institute presents Long Time Courting for an evening of traditional and original music with evocative vocal harmonies and powerful instrumentals on Thursday November 21st 2013 starting at 7:00 pm (doors 6:30) followed by a jam session. $15- donation at the door. Please RSVP to mike@cinst.org for directions and to reserve seating at this private venue. Website www.cinst.org Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/521347131285946/

Long Time Courting is an all-women supergroup featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals) of Matt & Shannon Heaton and Childsplay, Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals) of Annalivia and the John Whelan Band, Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) of Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project and Fluttr Effect, and Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals), also of Childsplay. Together as Long Time Courting, these four talented woman offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician’s versatility, creativity, and mastery. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying. The members of the group are all seasoned performers, having toured with such notable acts as The John Whelan Band, Childsplay, Robbie O’Connell, Aoife Clancy, Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project, and Carlos Núñez.

Flute player Shannon Heaton, a Chicago native, is well known for her work alongside her husband Matt Heaton, with whom she has spent the last ten years recording, performing, and touring on several continents. Irish American News dubbed her 2009 Female Musician of the Year, and LiveIreland called her latest album with Matt Heaton the “Trad Fusion Album of 2010.”

New Hampshire-ite and guitarist Liz Simmons is best known for her work with the Celtic Americana outfit Annalivia which she co-founded with husband Flynn Cohen. She also performs with the acclaimed Irish accordionist John Whelan, and her singing is featured in the film “Time and Charges” written and directed by Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson.

Cellist Valerie Thompson hails from Kansas City and is an innovator of the folk and rock cello, as well as being a studied classical player. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a masters’ degree from the New England Conservatory. Valerie can also be heard with Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project.

Katie McNally is a New England Scottish fiddle champion and two-time runner up for the national title. She is a graduate of Tufts University where she studied traditional music from many cultures (including a semester in Scotland) and performs with the supergroup Childsplay as well as her own solo project. This past year she could also be seen touring with famed Galician piper Carlos Núñez.

For more info go to: band www.longtimecourting.com

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