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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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• 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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• Friday, October 11th, 2013

ITHACA NY - The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) has launched its 6th Annual Arts for All Marathon. CSMA’s signature fundraising event, the Marathon benefits educational programs, with a focus on need based scholarships. Throughout October, local artists, performers, and writers will undertake creative projects and benefit events to raise funds on behalf of CSMA. For more information about the artists and events, check out the marathon website www.artsforallmarathon.org

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/508810109215846/

Benefit Contra Dance - On Saturday October 26th O’Shanigans will play music with Casey Mullaney calling for a Benefit Contra Dance. Ithaca musicians Tim Ball, Phil Robinson and Mike Ludgate will play for a contra dance at CSMA for part of the Arts For All Marathon. Casey Mullaney is calling and teaching the dances. Arts For All Marathon is CSMA’s annual fund raising drive. The band will be donating most of the door proceeds to CSMA! 8-11 pm. $10/ea or $25/family at the door. 3rd Floor performance space. 330 E Martin Luther King Jr. / State Street., Ithaca, NY 14850 - O’Shanigans acoustic band: Celtic, contra and world dance music www.oshanigans.org

Contra Dance is the traditional folk dance of New York and New England. It is easy, fun and family friendly. All dances are taught by the dance caller. No partner needed. Casey Mullaney is a rising star in the contra dance world and is in great demand for her vivacious, beginner friendly calling and teaching style. The popular O’Shanigans contra dance band perform Celtic, American and world fiddle tunes for contra dancing, general entertainment and weddings. Their repertoire includes fiddle and dance tunes from: New England, Southern Appalachia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Finland, Sweden and the Middle East! The O’Shanigans is: Phil Robinson on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle and Michael Ludgate on mandolin. Band web site http://www.oshanigans.org

More about contra dancing - What to expect at your first contra dance. Contra dancing is easy to learn, and about the most fun you can have with both feet on the ground. It’s so easy to learn that you don’t take lessons. Just show up at a dance and after a dance or two, you’ll know all the moves. People are friendly and welcoming to beginners. Both singles and doubles come to contra dances and women as well as men ask people to dance. It is usual that you change partners after every dance. You will meet people in a relaxed, pleasant, smoke and alcohol free atmosphere. What to wear? Wear smooth soled shoes and comfortable light weight clothing. Most people bring a bottle of drinking water. Contra dancing is joyous, so bring a smile! (Adapted from http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html). Local Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/cny.contradance/

More Upcoming Marathon Events – For a Complete line-up of other Marathon events, take a look here artsforallmarathon.org/events.php

CSMA would like to thank their Arts for All Marathon sponsors! Masterpiece Sponsor: CFCU Community Credit Union. Artist Sponsor: Travis Hyde Properties. Muse Sponsors: Audrey Edelman RealtyUSA; Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson & Company, LLP; Mariette Geldenhuys Attorney at Law; the Merchants of the DeWitt Mall and Wegmans. Media Sponsors: Finger Lakes Woman and Tompkins Weekly.

Since its inception, the Marathon has raised over $75,000 for CSMA scholarships and educational programs, opening doors to artistic learning and discovery for many who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. See www.artsforallmarathon.org for full information, to make a donation, and for list of participating artists and schedule of events.
More about The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)

The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), Ithaca’s downtown multi-arts center and owner of a historic 23,000 square foot facility, has supported various facets of experiencing the arts throughout its 53 year history. From its humble beginnings as a children’s music school housed in the founders’ living room, through years of steady programmatic diversification and organizational growth, CSMA has firmly established its home as a vibrant hub for instruction, production, and consumption of visual and performing arts.

Best known for its leading role in community based arts education and as a nexus of artistic collaboration and production, CSMA also has long served as a popular venue for performances, gallery shows, and events. CSMA houses a multitude of classrooms, studios, music practice rooms, art galleries, and its historic 2,700 square foot Third Floor Performance Space.

CSMA’s mission is “to provide quality instruction to any community member who desires to learn music and arts, to develop and offer cultural and artistic programs and events, and to serve as a resource for community artists and musicians.”

When describing CSMA and its mission, one must look at its philosophy, a deep belief that the arts are an essential part of human nature, and that instruction in the arts should be accessible to everyone. CSMA commits its resources to students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds, to its esteemed teaching faculty and to the larger community of artists in the Ithaca and Tompkins County area. Need based “Arts for All” scholarships are awarded to students who qualify, helping to ensure CSMA’s programs are accessible to the whole community.

CSMA is a non-profit organization whose programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. http://www.csma-ithaca.org

CSMA is an active member of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce.

Website: http://www.csma-ithaca.org Telephone: 607.272.1474. Address: 330 E Martin Luther King Jr. / State Street., Ithaca, NY 14850 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/csma.ithaca

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• Wednesday, October 09th, 2013

ITHACA NY - UPDATE: This Thursday Oct 10th is the LAST DAY for ticket sales; Get your tickets now! Tickets will NOT be available at the door for this event: – Tickets are now on sale for The Great CSMA Caper - A Roaring ’20s Whodunit Benefit Soirée - at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA). This night of mystery dinner theatre will offer a thrilling evening of drama, music, dance, and intrigue while raising money for CSMA. Music by the HotFoot Club, catered by Serendipity, beverages by Felicia’s and silent film footage provided by Ithaca Motion Picture Project. In the 3rd Floor Performance Space. $75 per person. Saturday, October 12th from 6-10pm. Only 100 Tickets are available, now on sale at the CSMA office, 330 E. MLK/State Street. 1920’s party attire encouraged. Solve the Mystery! This event will be featured during CSMA’s Arts for All Marathon benefiting arts education programs, with a focus on need-based scholarships. Visit www.artsforallmarathon.org

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/451628211618990/

Mystery Theater - Whodunit Benefit Soirée – During this night of entertainment and theatrical mystery a “crime” will occur. What will that be? What sort of unexpected happenstance will occur? We do know that the guests will have to solve the mystery and a prize will be awarded to someone for their sleuthing skills. This live action theatrical part of the evening will be coordinated by actress and dramatic director, Holly Adams. Holly’s Mystery & Adventure Agency creates experiential, live interactive mysteries and adventures for everything from luncheons to business retreats. More information here http://shearwaterproductions.com/performances/mystery-adventure/

Arts For All Marathon - This wonderful evening will be filled with music, dance, art and theater in many forms. Exemplifying what CSMA is all about, this event will be one of the highlights of CSMA’s month long period of fun and exciting community oriented fundraising events known as The Arts For All Marathon. CSMA’s Arts for All Marathon is the signature fundraising event for CSMA, benefiting educational programs, with a focus on need-based scholarships. Throughout the month of October, local artists, performers, and writers undertake creative projects and benefit events that raise funds for CSMA through donations honoring their efforts. Plus, the Marathon features an extensive online auction! Since its inception, the Marathon has raised nearly $75,000 for CSMA scholarships and educational programs, opening doors to artistic learning and discovery for many people who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. Visit www.artsforallmarathon.org

Music by the HotFoot Club - Iska Ziver will be leading swing dance instruction along with an evening of music by these fantastic musicians. The musicians of HotFoot Club have been together since 1992, and played in other lineups for a decade before that. They will be playing period appropriate 20’s and 30’s jazz, blues and waltzes for this event. All the members of the group are highly regarded musicians in their own right, and their combined talents in the HotFoot Club are always a distinct pleasure to experience. HotFoot Musicians for The Great CSMA Caper: Mike Wellen on drums, Molly MacMillan on piano, Dave Davies on trombone and guitar, Brian Earle on clarinet and sax, Doug Robinson on Bass and Nikola Tomic on Trumpet. More information: http://davedaviesithaca.com/The_HotFoot_Club.html

Food and beverages for this Benefit Soirée will be provided by fine local businesses. Serendipity Catering has created a dinner buffet menu straight from high society prohibition days. The “speak easy” beverages of beers and wines will be available in a cash bar, staffed by Felicia’s Atomic Lounge. http://serendipitycatering.biz/ and http://www.atomicloungeithaca.com/

Silent Film by Ithaca Motion Picture Project (IMPP) – CSMA is proud to partner with IMPP in celebration of both the Arts For All Marathon and Ithaca Silent Movie Month. IMPP will provide silent film footage from Ithaca’s historical Wharton Brothers studio, creating a fun backdrop for the evening’s events. http://www.ithacamotionpictureproject.org/

CSMA would like to thank all of the Arts for All Marathon sponsors! Masterpiece Sponsor: CFCU Community Credit Union. Artist Sponsor: Travis Hyde Properties. Muse Sponsors: Audrey Edelman RealtyUSA; Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson & Company, LLP; Mariette Geldenhuys Attorney at Law; the Merchants of the DeWitt Mall and Wegmans. Media Sponsors: Finger Lakes Woman and Tompkins Weekly.

CSMA - The Community School of Music and Arts, Ithaca’s downtown multi-arts center and owner of a historic 23,000 square foot facility, has supported various facets of experiencing the arts throughout its 53 year history. From its humble beginnings as a children’s music school housed in the founders’ living room, through years of steady programmatic diversification, CSMA has firmly established its home as a vibrant hub for instruction in visual and performing arts, and for artistic collaboration and production. CSMA is a popular venue for performances, gallery shows and events; housing a multitude of classrooms, studios, music practice rooms, art galleries and the grand Third Floor Performance Space.

Our mission is “to provide quality instruction to any community member who desires to learn music and arts, to develop and offer cultural and artistic programs and events, and to serve as a resource for community artists and musicians.” The Arts for All Marathon directly supports this mission.

To participate in, donate, or learn more about the Arts for All Marathon, stop in and visit CSMA at 330 E. MLK/State Street, call us at (607) 272-1474, or visit www.artsforallmarathon.org.

CSMA is a non-profit organization whose programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. CSMA is an active member of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce. www.csma-ithaca.org and www.artsforallmarathon.org

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• Thursday, April 04th, 2013

Sat Apr 06    TRUMANSBURG NY - Casey Carr w/ O’Shanigans - Contra Dance 8-11 pm. Fundraiser for the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts! O’Shanigans: Tim Ball (fiddle), Phil Robinson (guitar), and Michael Ludgate (mandolin). Location: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts. Adults $10; children under 13 free. Contra dances have been held for hundreds of years in small town halls such as the Conservatory. Come help us revive this tradition in Trumansburg! Each dance is taught, and you can come without a partner. But please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the lovely wooden floor! Sponsored by the board of the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts. Band www.oshanigans.org Venue http://tburgconservatory.org/

Fri Apr 05    COOPERSTOWN NY - Casey Mullaney w/ O’Shanigans - Contra Dance w/ Philip Robinson (guitar) and Mike Ludgate (mandolin) with Tim Ball on fiddle. The delightful Casey Mullaney (Hartwick ALUM) calling the dances in Cooperstown NY. Great little venue with a nice wooden floor. First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Pioneer and Church Streets in Cooperstown NY. 8-11 pm., $8- www.oshanigans.org

Fri Feb 08 ITHACA NY - Katy Heine with Notes Inégales (notes in-a-gall): Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) and Mike Ludgate (mandolin) - will be joined by Margaret Ball (fiddle) and Sophie Orzechowski (keyboard). Calling the dances is our fabulous Ithaca caller, Katy Heine http://www.notesinegales.org 8-11 pm 1825 Slaterville Rd Ithaca NY. Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/536339516400038/

Sat Feb 09 ROSE NY - Notes Inégales duo: Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola), Mike Ludgate (mandolin). Casey Carr Calling http://www.notesinegales.org EARLY dance 7:30-10:30 pm MAP http://goo.gl/maps/D0CVS Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/146838455471078/

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Sat Jan 12 BING NY - O’Shanigans Contra Dance w/ Michael Ludgate (mandolin, tenor banjo), Philip Robinson (guitar) and Tim Ball (fiddle) for the BING contra dance. http://www.oshanigans.org/ - Contra dance in Binghamton Saturday, January 12, 2012, EARLY DANCE 7.00 - 10.00 pm intro lesson 6:40 pm Music by O’Shanigans http://www.oshanigans.org/ Caller Casey Carr (from Ithaca) General admission $8 Students with ID and those under 18 $3 Family maximum $17 At Trinity Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton (enter on Oak Street) http://www.binghamtondance.org/ MAP http://goo.gl/maps/D0CVS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/409580022451030/

Fri Jan 18 ITHACA NY - NO’Shanigans Contra Dance w/ Margaret Ball (fiddle), Sophie Orzechowski (fiddle & accordion), Tim Ball (guitar) and Michael Ludgate (mandolin). Bethel Grove Community Center 1825 Slaterville Rd., Ithaca NY. 8-11 pm TCCD. http://www.oshanigans.org/ MAP http://goo.gl/maps/D0CVS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/573713775976966

Sat Feb 09 ROSE NY - Notes Inégales duo: Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola), Mike Ludgate (mandolin). Casey Carr Calling www.notesinegales.org EARLY dance 7:30-10:30 pm MAP http://goo.gl/maps/D0CVS

MUSICIANS BIOS - http://www.oshanigans.org and http://www.notesinegales.org/

VENUE LOCATIONS - New Google Map of Central NY contra venues http://goo.gl/maps/D0CVS

From the dancers and callers about O’Shanigans and Notes Inegales –  “That was a delightful contra dance last night in Fayetteville … I truly enjoyed the many subtleties of your musical arrangements. And when Nils Fredland joined in on his trombone, it was polyphonic heaven … ” , “Ithaca’s best contra dance band”, “O’Shanigans rock(s)”, ” … such a fun group of people, and the band was awesome … ” , “What a great dance! Nils called some fun and interesting dances, the band was delightful! The place was packed…” , “you guys really GET the dance thing”, “wow …. WOW! That was inceredible!”, “you guys are so much fun to dance to!”, ”O’Shanigans is Ithaca’s hottest new contra dance band.”, “Tim Ball, Mike Ludgate, and Phil Robinson play with energy and style. It’s party time!” “I was happy to see and hear your band play, it was great! The music was the best I’ve heard at a contra for sure. It really got everyone grooving and elicited hooting and hollering … YEAH!” “The O’Shanigans rocked the hall tonight! You guys sure know how to throw a party!” “I was really glad to get to dance to your music- that was tons of fun!!” “Super dance on Friday! You guys were peppy, and there were some imaginative arrangements that made familiar tunes sound fresh. Hooray for the O’Shanigans!” “It was invigorating music, great company and fun caller!” “Do play for us again!” “It was fun dancing and even more so to the tunes of O’Shanigans!” “It was great!” “Mike, you and Phil and Tim were SOLID! I had a blast and my daughter had fun too! Thanks for playing, and thanks to Ray for the goodies!” “We’ve heard great stuff about you guys: We’d love to have you play at our dance!” “Wow! I have not seen that kind of energy at the Friday Dance in long time, you guys were great!” “That was they most amazing medley … was there something Middle Eastern in there?” “You guys were way out there like in Hungary or somewhere? … then you brought it back home with that old-time tune … the best version of that I have ever heard!” “The band was absolutely wonderful last night!”

More information About Contra Dancing:

http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra_dance
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayDance.com/US_NY_ITH_TCCD
http://hands4dancers.org/
http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/
http://contra.binghamtondance.org/contra_calendar.htm
http://www.thedancegypsy.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTtEOaruqr4
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128273050

NPR: Youth Flock To Contra Dancing — Contra dancing has been around since the 1700s. If you don’t know it — it’s kind of like square dancing but with long lines of dancers. The dance is having a renaissance around the country thanks to a thriving youth scene and incredibly lively acoustic music. Article by Marika Partridge on All Things Considered NPR July 2nd 2010 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128273050

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• Thursday, February 07th, 2013

ITHACA NY - Sunday, February 24 at 4pm at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca Winter Village is very excited to bring the Kruger Brothers to Ithaca for the first time later this month. Cornerstone was fortunate to play with them at the Riverhawk Festival in Florida in 2004ish, and at that time I was impressed my their incredible instrumental ability.  Jens is an amazing banjoist, second to none, and Uwe a top-notch flatpicking guitartist.  In listening to their recorded music, I am struck by their rare combination of technical proficiency, respect for the traditional mountain music of their adopted home in the Carolinas, and their heartfelt original songs.  In concert, they blend their beautiful original instrumentals, folk-tinged original songs, with some bluegrass chestnuts.  And they are not above playing popular, flashy, and fun bluegrass instrumentals like Dueling Banjos or Orange Blossom Special.  Please join us for what should be a great show.

“Jens Kruger is a wonderful banjoist who is one of the most creative and giving and positive musicians I’ve ever met. The Krugers put on a great show and you shouldn’t miss it.” Tony Trischka

Concert at 4pm at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca - 2 sets
Tickets cost $18 in advance (additional Ticket Center fees may apply) and are available exclusively at The Ticket Center on the Ithaca Commons. You can reach Ticket Center Ithaca at 607-273-4497. Tickets can also be purchased online through www.IthacaEvents.com.  Tickets will likely be available at the door for $25. Note that The Krugers travel with their own sound man so the sound should be great in the Unitarian Sanctuary.

Jens Kruger Banjo Workshop at 6pm
Jens Kruger will teach a banjo workshop after the show for 90 minutes.  Cost will be $60 per student with a minimum of 5 students required (all fees to Jens).  Email Rick to register in advance.  Pay Jens directly at the workshop.

About the Kruger Brothers
Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Since a formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, their remarkable facility with their instruments and unique take on the American Songbook have made the Kruger Brothers a fixture within the world of acoustic music. Although initially staying fairly close to a traditional repertoire, the group later turned to song writing and composition in order to draw more closely from their personal experiences. The result is a catalog of songs distinguished by rich detail and an insight into the delicacy and complexity of everyday life. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work. The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music, composed by Jens Kruger, is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh.

The Kruger Brothers were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Music from the Spring a sym­phonic suite composed and orchestrated by Jens Kruger, which premiered in 2007.  In late 2010, the Kruger Brothers premiered the Appalachian Concerto, a concerto for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet. In addition to their regular concert schedule they perform these pieces regularly with select symphony orchestras and string quartets throughout the country. Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, lectures, and collaborative efforts, the Kruger Brothers powerful artistic state­ment inspires and enlightens.

What Colleagues Say About the Kruger Brothers

The Krugers are nothing short of magnificent. Bluegrass Journal

“I used to think the banjo was somewhat limited to certain styles, until I heard Jens Kruger. Jens has played some of the most beautiful and expressive banjo I’ve ever heard.“ Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station

“The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with … I love to play music with them.” Doc Watson

“It’s a blast playing with them … not only are they all superior musicians, they are the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet.” Adam Steffey

“They are some awesome musicians.” Bobby Hicks

“Jens Kruger has established himself as one of the world’s most musically sophisticated and technically accomplished five-string banjo players.” Happy Traum

Videos on You Tube with Viewer Comments

Jack of the Wood
“Is this what love sounds like?”
“Jens plays and his soul pours out along with the amazing technical performance.”

Forever and a Day
“Lost my mother a few months ago and this song speaks so directly to my heart and the loss I feel. You folks are so evocative in your playing. Thanks so much for putting music to my feelings. I am a life long banjo player and , Jens , your banjo playing is so tonal and nuanced…You are just so refreshing to hear. Excellent, Beautiful, Thanks”
“Absolutely beautiful. I like the northern, ice-flow imagery with the southern pickin’.”
“The Kruger Brothers are AMAZING. Tight, highly skilled musicianship and ensemble PLUS real humanity. I can listen to them for hours.”
“A man could live a lifetime and not experience something that amazing. This song will be played in my home for ever more. Thanks for the music.”

Behind the Barn
These kats are really amazing, world class for sure. I was fortunate to do a session which Jens was also playing on a year or so back , incredibly gracious and talented man, I am in awe of his talent ! A one take genious ! I did get a chance to see them at Merle Fest last year, great set.

Jens Kruger Playing Bach Cello Suite No 1 on Banjo
Bach’s genius created music that can work on many instruments, and Mr. Kruger’s genius brought that music to life. Bravo!

Waterfall Waterfall at Grey Fox Workshop Tent
Todd Taylor is in the Guiness Book of Records as the fastest banjo, playing dueling banjos at 210 bpm. I don’t have a drum machine, but I just listened to it before listening to this of Jens play Waterfall, and I’m pretty sure this is faster, at least 20 bpm! Jens, you should be in Guinness!

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• Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

ITHACA NY - This station has been great about supporting local live music. WRFI Community Radio (formerly known as Ithaca Community Radio) will be presenting it’s first live on-air fundraising and community radio marathon from Dec. 3 to 9, 2012, on 88.1 FM in Ithaca and 91.9 FM in Watkins Glen. In addition to cornerstone syndicated programs like Democracy Now! and Al-Jazeera News, listeners can expect to hear lots of live radio, featuring the voices of community members from Tompkins and Schuyler counties, playing music, talking about community projects and events, and, of course, about community radio and why it matters. Email info@ithacaradio.org to get involved. WRFI Community Radio • 88.1 FM Ithaca • 91.9 FM Watkins Glen • www.ithacaradio.org

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• Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

TRUMANSBURG NY Sat Jun 30 - Casey Carr calling contra and square dances (she’s gifted at keeping beginners of all ages comfortable and experienced dancers entertained). Lively music (from Celtic to Quebecois to old-time, Scandinavian to French to Middle Eastern) by the amazing O’Shanigans: Tim Ball (fiddle), Phil Robinson (guitar), and Michael Ludgate (mandolin) http://www.oshanigans.org/. Location: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Congress St. just off Main St., downtown T’burg http://tburgconservatory.org/. Suggested donation $10; children under 13 free; discount for families.

Come celebrate the T’burg community and the area dance community together in a splendid historic building. Contra dances have been held for hundreds of years in small town halls such as the Conservatory. Help us revive this tradition in T’burg! The steps are simple, each dance is taught, and you can come without a partner. But please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the lovely wooden floor! Sponsored by the board of the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts. For info., e-mail mbs19@cornell.edu.

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• Monday, April 30th, 2012

AUDIBLE GEOMETRY: A Benefit Concert of Guitar Music Composed by Bill Gregg to be presented at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts - On Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM, Trumansburg composer, teacher and performer Bill Gregg will present AUDIBLE GEOMETRY, a concert of his works for guitar in the auditorium of the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) located at Congress and McLallen Streets in Trumansburg, NY. This is the first concert that consists entirely of Gregg’s original compositions featuring acoustic guitar. Although many in Central New York know Mr. Gregg as a composer of computer and synthesizer music as well as a multi-instrumental performer of traditional American folk music, performances of his serious guitar works are rare. All proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Trumansburg Conservatory’s fund to maintain and repair the Conservatory’s magnificent historic building. MORE INFO http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=4753#4753

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• Friday, November 25th, 2011

MORRISVILLE NY - O’Shanigans contra dance band will be playing high energy fiddle tunes with Tim Ball on fiddle, Phil Robinson on guitar and Mike Ludgate on mandolin at Madison Hall in Morrisville for the Syracuse Contra Dance on Saturday December 3rd 2011. The fantastic caller, David Smukler will teach the dances. Madison Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places. A symbol of the town of Eaton and village of Morrisville the building sits in the center of Morrisville, NY 13408 on Historic US Route 20. Madison Hall was constructed in 1865 and was once the county center for Madison County in New York State. See  the links below for dance location and sponoring dance group. See http://www.oshanigans.org/ for more about the band! December 3rd 8-11 pm $7-

Sponsored by Syracuse Country Dancers! Admission $7- Don’t miss this dance! This is an authentic (registered historic site built in 1865) old ballroom style venue with a newly refinished dance floor! Bring clean shoes, a water bottle and YOUR FRIENDS! All dances taught, No partner needed.

DIRECTIONS to this DANCE — Historic Madison Hall is 4/10 mile east of the traffic light on Rte. 20 in Morrisville, NY, about 10 miles east of Cazenovia. Madison Hall is on the south side of Rte 20. Parking is available across the street on the north side of Rt 20.

PARKING — TONS OF EASY PARKING right across the street! Parking is available across the street on the north side of Rte 20. http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/Directions.html#madison

BAND on WEB http://www.oshanigans.org/
BAND on FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/oshanigans (please click “like”)
VENUE WEBSITE http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/index.html
EVENT POSTER http://canaaninstitute.org/docs/Oshanigans_current_poster.pdf
FACEBOOK EVENT https://www.facebook.com/events/304382226252350

GOOGLE MAPS DIRECTIONS to this DANCE — http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Madison+Hall+Morrisville+NY&ll=42.898462,-75.641406&spn=0.009321,0.01929&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&fb=1&gl=us&hq=Madison+Hall&hnear=0×89d97e3dfcce6591:0xbd7e214b46903be3,Morrisville,+NY&cid=0,0,973169564827262547&t=m&z=16&vpsrc=0

DIRECTIONS http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/Directions.html#madison

PARKING — TONS OF EASY PARKING right across the street! Parking is available across the street on the north side of Rte 20. http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/Directions.html#madison

FROM THE DANCERS AND MUSICIANS about O’Shanigans — “The O’Shanigans rocked the hall tonight! You guys sure know how to throw a party!” “I was really glad to get to dance to your music- that was tons of fun!!” “Super dance on Friday! You guys were peppy, and there were some imaginative arrangements that made even old, familiar tunes sound fresh. Hooray for the O’Shanigans!” “It was invigorating music, great company and fun caller!” “Do play for us again!” “It was fun dancing and even more so to the tunes of O’Shanigans!” “It was great!” “Mike, you and Phil and Tim were SOLID! I had a blast and my daughter had fun too! Thanks for playing, and thanks Ray for the goodies!” “We’ve heard great stuff about you guys: We’d love to have you play at our dance!” “Wow! I have not seen that kind of energy at the Friday Dance in long time, you guys were great!” “That was the most amazing medley … was there something Middle Eastern in there?” “You guys were way out there like in Hungary or somewhere? … then you brought it back home with that old-time tune … the best version of that I have ever heard!” “The band was absolutely wonderful last night!”

HISTORY OF MADISON HALL — Madison Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. A symbol of the town of Eaton and village of Morrisville the building sits in the center of Morrisville, NY 13408 on Historic US Route 20. Madison Hall was constructed in 1865 and was once the county center for Madison County in New York State. The current building is the last of three courthouses built on the same site. The original courthouse built in 1817 was a simple wooden structure and was demolished in 1849. It was replaced with a sturdier more attractive building of Greek Revival features and stood for 15 years. On October 11, 1864 it is rumored that the notorious NY Loomis gang set fire to this building because they wanted to destroy county records since a gang member was on trial. Replacing the burned down building, the present building was erected on the old stone foundation, preserving the previous steps and porch floor. In 1909 the county seat was moved north to Wampsville, NY to more closely associate with businesses and travel along Scenic Route 5 Seneca Turnpike. In 1910 the courthouse became the main instructional and administrative facility on the newly established New York State School of Agriculture which later became Morrisville State College. The historic courthouse now sits on the edge of the college campus. http://www.madisonhall.org/

About Contra Dancing: WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST DANCE Contra dancing is easy to learn. It’s so easy to learn that you don’t take lessons. Just show up at a dance and by the end of the first night you’ll have learned all the dance moves and you will be able to enjoy the next dance even more. People are friendly and welcoming to beginners. The age range is from kids to folks that have been around for a while. Both singles and doubles come to contra dances and women as well as men ask people to dance. It is usual that you change partners after every dance. You will meet people in a relaxed, pleasant, smoke and alcohol free atmosphere. The patterns of the dance can be a tad confusing at first but remember everyone had a first time and that other dancers will help you. Listen to the caller and the music and go with the flow of the dance. Some people find they get dizzy at first. Looking directly at the person you are dancing with eliminates this sensation. For many, the music is what keeps them coming back as it is exciting and lively. People come to dance, hear the music, socialize and have a good time. Adapted from http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html

WHAT TO WEAR? Wear smooth soled shoes and comfortable light weight clothing. Some halls require non-street shoes so make sure the soles of shoes aren’t bringing grit onto the dance floor. Most people bring a bottle of drinking water. Contra dancing is joyous so it’s important that you bring a smile. Adapted from http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html

More information About Contra Dancing:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra_dance
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayDance.com/US_NY_ITH_TCCD
http://hands4dancers.org/
http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/
http://www.canaaninstitute.org/
http://contra.binghamtondance.org/contra_calendar.htm
http://www.thedancegypsy.com/
http://www.oshanigans.org/
http://www.notesinegales.org/

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• Thursday, September 08th, 2011

ELLIS HOLLOW (near ITHACA) NY — We’ll have an awesome array of live music at the Fair, featuring the traditional tunes and songs that have been heard at NY country fairs since pioneer days. We have performances by talented Ellis Hollow musicians, five hours of open jamming, and an open mic hour. Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=274823775863022

Saturday Sept 10, 12 noon - 5 pm 2011
At the Fairground next to the Ellis Hollow Community Center on Genung Road
http://www.ellishollowcc.org/Ellis_Hollow_Fair

JAM TENT, 12 noon - 5 pm
The genres played will depend on who shows up, so bring an acoustic instrument and join us! (In previous years, jams have included New England and Celtic, Southern old-time, Americana, folk and blues…) All levels of expertise are very welcome!.

OPEN MIC, 2-3 pm
If you would like to play or sing at the Performance Tent, please contact Kathy Selby at <ks295@cornell.edu> or Mike Mojo <mojonator9@yahoo.com>. All ages, experience levels, genres and instruments are welcome.

THE PERFORMANCE TENT, 12 noon - 5 pm
Showcasing musicians from the Ellis Hollow area
12-1 Crooked Sixpence (Kathy Selby, Gordon Bonnet and John Wobus) play Celtic and New England tunes on fiddle, flute and keyboard.
1-2 Cielle - Ellis Hollow’s own original singer-songwriter Cielle delivers bluesy vocals over an indie groove.
2-3 Open mic hour - your chance to play or sing for us all!
3-4 Four String Mojo (Mike Mojo and friends) play americana, folk, blues, parlor, rags and ukulele too.
4-5 Ramblin’ Train (Karen O’Brien, Dave Richman and John Young) play Appalachian Bluegrass and Old County from the South, in the Style of Doc Watson, Dan Crary and Tony Rice, on guitars, banjitars and upright bass.

LAST MINUTE UPDATES AT HIS FORUM THREAD http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=4289#4289

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• Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

DÓ — Violin Duo Recital with Tim Ball and William Hurley — Duo violin recital July 31st at 4pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Slaterville Springs, NY to benefit the Town of Caroline food bank. The church address is: 2740 Slaterville Rd Slaterville Springs, NY (township of Caroline). They will play under the name DÓ, which is Irish for 2. Program: Selections from the 44 Duos by Bartok. C Major Duo - Op. 70 by Mozart. Irish tunes - TBA. The Sonatina for Two Violins by Honegger MORE INFO http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=4177#4177

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