• Thursday, July 29th, 2010
On tour from Louisiana, Sammy Naquin and The Zydeco Whips will perform at Oasis Dance Club (1230 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY) on Sunday, August 1 from 6pm to 9pm. Admission is $15 at the door. http://www.ithacaoasis.com/
Sammy Naquin lives to play music that makes people feel good, have fun and want to dance. When you catch Sammy Naquin onstage, he’ll cook up a Louisiana musical gumbo, with a strong traditional zydeco / cajun / creole roux, with some zydeco blues (a la the great Clifton Chenier, one of Sammy’s early mentors), spiced with New Orleans jazz and R&B, maybe a dash of country and just about anything else he’s heard in his travels. He will mix it up till it becomes one and serves it up smokin’ hot.
“I like music from all over the world” says Sammy. “I’ll take anything and throw it into the pot.” But he never strays too far from his authentic Louisiana roots.
• Thursday, July 29th, 2010
The Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand Band, an ensemble of talented twenty-somethings dedicated to exploring the outer edges of Celtic, Appalachian, swing, old-time country music, and bluegrass, will bring their original sound to the Cornell Arts Quad on Friday, July 30, at 7:00 p.m. (rain location: Uris Hall Audritorium).
Fresh from the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and Jay Ungar’s Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp, brothers Andrew and Noah are known regionally and nationally as part of the wildly popular contra dance band Great Bear Trio (whose third member is their mother, Kim Yerton, on keyboard). The VanNorstrand Band features both brothers on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and vocals; Rachel Bell on accordion; Kevin Dorsey on bass; Dana Billings on drums; and Kailyn Wright on vocals. The group’s first CD, All the Good Summers, was released earlier this year.
This concert is sponsored by Cornell’s School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions as part of a free summer events series that includes Friday concerts on the Arts Quad, Tuesday events at the Schwartz Center, and Wednesday lectures at Statler Auditorium. For more information, call 607.255.4987, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.summer.cornell.edu/events.
• Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
Fri JULY 23rd — ITHACA NY — O’Shanigans CONTRA ROOTS party at Bethel Grove! O’Shanigans are back for a fabulous Contra Dance at Bethel Grove Community Center with the phenomenal Ted Crane calling the dances at 1825 Slaterville Road (Rt 79 about 4 miles east of Ithaca) Ithaca NY from 8-11 pm. Don’t miss this celebration of the roots of New England folk dance! This is an authentic Old New England style venue with a newly refinished dance floor! Bring clean shoes, a water bottle and YOUR FRIENDS! All dances taught, No partner needed. Sponsored by: TCCD - Tompkins County Country Dances.
O’Shanigans is Tim Ball on fiddle, Mike Ludgate on mandolin and tenor banjo and Phil Robinson on guitar.
BAND WEBSITE http://www.canaaninstitute.org/oshanigans.html
VENUE WEBSITE http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayDance.com?key=US_NY_ITH_TCCD
VENUE’S POSTER http://canaaninstitute.org/photos/TCCD_Insert_current.pdf
BAND’S EVENT POSTER http://canaaninstitute.org/docs/Oshanigans_current_poster.pdf
FACEBOOK EVENT http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114971911883362
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
DIRECTIONS to this DANCE — http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayVenue.com?key=US_NY_ITH_BG Bethel Grove Community Center 1825 Slaterville Road (NYS Rt.79) (from Ithaca take State Street east to Rt. 79, about four miles from the Ithaca Commons; a few hundred yards past the Bible Church) Google Maps http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode&q=1825+Slaterville+Rd%2C+Ithaca%2C+NY+14850&sll=42.41161%2C-76.29505&sspn=0.008523%2C0.01929&ie=UTF8&hq&hnear=1825+Slaterville+Rd%2C+Ithaca%2C+Tompkins%2C+New+York+14850&ll=42.40552%2C-76.432515&spn=0.034097%2C0.077162&z=14
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