Archive for ◊ August, 2011 ◊

• Monday, August 29th, 2011

ITHACA NY — We are lucky to have two new contra dance musicians in the Ithaca area. Ethan Jodziewicz (bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin and feet) will be studying double bass performance at Ithaca College. Ethan is from Washington state. Andrea Katz (from Texas on playing fiddle) is a PhD candidate in applied physics at Cornell University. Both are fantastic contra dance musicians and are playing a TCCD dance at Bethel Grove Friday Sept 2nd with local contra musician Mike Ludgate. This will be a fun dance! FB event PHOTOS (also see and calendar listings at ).

More information about the upcoming dance: Celebrate the START of the semester with the latest exciting version of NO’Shanigans!  A fun DANCE PARTY featuring  special guests Ethan Jodziewicz (guitar, bass, banjo and feet) and Andrea Katz (fiddle) along with Mike Ludgate (mandolin) at Bethel Grove Community Center. This is also a WALTZ JAM night, so come early! Dancing (to a waltz jam) starts at 7:00 pm and the contra dance starts at 8:00 pm. Local favorite house callers will be calling the contra dances; including Megan Ludgate!. All at 1825 Slaterville Road (Rt 79 about 4 miles east of Ithaca) Ithaca NY dancing from 7-11 pm. Admission $6- Sponsored by: TCCD - Tompkins County Country Dances. 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 wooden dance floor! Bring clean shoes, a water bottle and YOUR FRIENDS! All dances taught, No partner needed.

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This version of NO’Shanigans features Andrea Katz on Fiddle, Ethan Jodziewicz on guitar and Mike Ludgate on mandolin.

DIRECTIONS to this DANCE 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 MAP link to this DANCE

MORE INFORMATION About Contra Dancing …

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


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Author: Margaret
• Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

ITHACA NY - Saturday, August 27, 8-11 pm Beginners’ Workshop 7:30 pm CSMA Third Floor (Community School of Music and Arts), 330 East State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Fine fiddler David Kaynor, revered icon of the New England contra world, and by now an “honorary Ithacan,” will call and lead a band of friends in a high-spirited, inventive evening of dance. Beneath David’s whimsical and self-effacing image lies a superb musician who has dedicated himself to creating and sustaining a vibrant contra dance community. Over many years he has affectionately mentored other musicians, callers, and composers of tunes and dances; it was his pivotal effort that preserved and expanded Greenfield’s Guiding Star Grange (dance mecca) for Grange members and dancers alike.

Rounding out the band on August 27 will be a medley of old friends and new faces: Andrea Katz and Jennifer Dotson on fiddles (watch out: triple fiddle bliss), Gail Blake on guitar, Nancy Spero on bass (and sharing the calling), and Ethan Jodziewicz (just in from the Pacific Northwest) on tenor banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass. David is sure to mix goofy jokes or puns and wry commentary with some sublimely flowing dances and can’t-be-beat traditional tunes. Expect the unexpected. CSMA is spacious, airy, and air-conditioned, with a smooth, cushioned Marley floor! Sound wizard Terry Kelleher will get the acoustics just right.

No need to bring a partner, but please DO bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the splendid dance floor. People new to contra dancing or to this area are always made welcome by the dance community. There are just a few basic steps and patterns, easily learned, and every dance is taught.

$8 HFDI members; $10 nonmembers. You can join HFDI at the event and receive a discount on all our dances. Mark your calendars for upcoming HFDI dances: Clayfoot Strutters and George Marshall (Oct. 8), Montage with Sarah Van Norstrand (Dec. 3), Contradictions with Vikki Armstrong (Jan. 21), Matching Orange and more at the Fiddlehead Frolic (April 28), Jane’s Gang (June 16)!

For more info, visit or call 607-539-3174.

–Margaret Shepard

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• Monday, August 08th, 2011

ITHACA NY — Abby Payne at Castaways with Nate and Kate! Abby is a Brooklyn based musician, and she has recently released a new EP (”Sasquatch”) on the indie Megafauna record label. In August, she and her band and are headed Upstate to play some shows, and are very excited to be performing for the first time at Castaways in Ithaca. They’ll be here on August 17, with locally popular Nate & Kate sharing the bill. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. You can hear Abby’s music and check out pics and videos at Check out the videos on Youtube! Here is one of Abby’s most recent music videos

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• Tuesday, August 02nd, 2011

ITHACA NYErnie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band for a House Concert followed by a music jam at The Canaan Institute (Mike and Raylene’s workshop) on Wed August 10th 2011 starting at 7:00 pm Donation for the band $15- RSVP: please email Mike Ludgate to reserve your seats and for directions Facebook event

Radio Personality, Singer and Multi Instrumentalist, Ernie Evans is now on tour in 2011 and beyond. Evans, currently on tour with his own group, “The Florida State Bluegrass Band” is making waves throughout the bluegrass world. As a multi instrumentalist, Evans is very picky about who accompanies him on stage making sure his music is interpreted the way it was meant. He has hand selected some of the finest musicians in the southeastern United States that meet and exceed his expectations.

Expect to be entertained by this high energy group of professional performers. Treat your audience to unique renditions of traditional and contemporary bluegrass tunes as they get the experience they came for. If you’re looking for a band to compliment your line up, sound like no other and keep customers looking forward to your next event, choose Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band.

Sound clips here. They do a lot of old style southern gospel vocal harmonies in addition to excellent instrumentals:

About the band members …

Ernie Evans — (Guitarist, Vocalist, Arranger, Band Leader ) Ernie’s lengthy resume includes touring internationally most recently as a member of Grammy Nominee, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, 5-Time Grammy Nominee Vassar Clements, and even with Motown legends “The Platters”. His music has taken him all over the world throughout his career, and when he is not on stage he can be found broadcasting in St. Augustine, FL at WFCF 88.5FM, as well as on World Wide Bluegrass with his co-host, wife, and band mate Debi Evans, on their own shows, airing weekly. Debi has been there through the entire journey learning the trade and building the company from the ground up that they both own and manage called “Evans Media Source”. When it comes to the identity of an artist/musician a specific instrument is tied to an artist name and title branding them for recognition throughout their career. In the case of Ernie Evans, that’s not so easy to do. Evans can play many instruments and sing lead and harmony vocals at a high level giving music what ever it needs when ever it needs it. Couple this with the ability to play many styles of music from Jazz, Pop, Country and more. This skill level has made a major contribution to his ability to lead and orchestrate the now nationally touring band “Florida State Bluegrass Band”. His lengthy resume includes playing most recently as a member of Grammy Nominee Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, 5 Time Grammy Nominee Vassar Clements Band, Southern Lite and Motown legends “The Platters”. His music has taken him all over the world throughout his career and he is not on stage he can be found broadcasting in St. Augustine, FL at WFCF 88.5FM and also on World Wide Bluegrass with his co-host, Wife and band mate Debi Evans on their own shows airing weekly.

Debi Evans — (Bassist, Vocalist) Debi has been a music lover all of her life. She grew up singing and is a fan of many styles of music. Her bass playing has developed very fast and has been recognized by many notable musicians. Her love for music can be heard in her playing and singing, not to mention seeing it in her presence on stage. Debi balances the vocal harmonies and adds a new dimension to The Florida State Bluegrass Band with her sweet lead voice. She is dedicated to practicing and takes performances seriously, while having a blast at the same time.

Lamont Goff — (Mandolin, Vocalist) Lamont grew up in a family that loved bluegrass. Both of his parents sang and played guitar, and his grandfather played guitar and mandolin. One of his earliest memories is playing with toy cars at a bluegrass festival at River Ranch Acres, FL when was 5 or 6 years old. He started playing banjo, guitar, and mandolin when he was 12 or. He loved traditional bluegrass, which he would listen to every Thursday night on the local radio station in Pennsylvania. His parents would have jam sessions at their house, and invite the local pickers to come over about once a month. They would go play out and play at churches, and the local VFW. At 16 he heard Tony Rice’s Manzanita album, music from the New Grass Revival, and David Grisman’s “Dawg” music and soon mandolin became his primary instrument. Lamont has played in a number of bluegrass and folk bands, including US1, Florida Bluegrass Express, Hand Picked, and Lis and Lon Williamson. He was excited to be invited to join the Florida State Bluegrass band early in 2011, and looks forward to making music with this powerful bluegrass band. He also loves Celtic music, and plays mandolin and guitar with “Under the Radar”, a Celtic/Americana trio in Orlando, FL.

Isaac Taylor — (Banjo, Vocalist) Isaac is the youngest band member. He was born a fourth generation Florida boy, in Kissimmee, raised in Vero Beach and home schooled his entire educational career, Isaac graduated from high school in 2009 where he was studying Music Theory at Indian River State College as a Dual Enrolled Student. Music has always been his passion. He started helping his father lead singing in church when he was just four years old. His first love is acapella hymn singing, especially Sacred Harp music, with all of its beautiful harmonies. After watching the movie, Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? , he became inspired to learn more about Bluegrass music. Ralph Stanley, in particular, sparked his interest in the banjo. In 2004, just after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, he gladly left behind four years of piano for a new adventure on the five string banjo. With a few teachers showing him the basics early on, he soon discovered that he could learn songs by ear. Isaac plays his banjo every spare minute of the day. If he is not playing, he is researching something about banjos or Bluegrass. His younger siblings are often lulled to sleep at night by its charms.


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