Arts & Entertainment
FREE SUMMER CONCERTS SERIES HAS LOTS OF GREAT MUSIC ALL SUMMER LONG!
The 9th annual “on the Lawn” free summer concert series has another great line-up scheduled for this year! The extremely popular concert series will take place on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm beginning July 11th through August 15th. It is located on the grounds of Sugar Loaf Crossing off of Kings Highway, on the edge of town.
Things will kick-off on July 11th with the Hudson Valley’s premiere rock band, HOTROD BAND. Hotrod’s performance will be packed with the best music of the 60s and 70s!
The following week on July 18th is the eagerly anticipated return of PARROTS OF THE CARIBBEAN! Parrots of the Caribbean is the #1 Jimmy Buffet tribute act in the nation. In the past they wowed the record-breaking crowd here in Sugar Loaf with their authentic sounding music and stage antics! POTC will bring excitement, energy and first class musicianship to an unforgettable show!
Next up, on July 25th the evening will begin with a set by young NJ singer-songwriter, GEOFF DOUBLEDAY. Following Geoff, the JAY EVERETT BAND will take the stage in a set of heartfelt acoustic-based rock that consistently keeps them standing out in a crowded northern New Jersey music scene. Both acts were nominated in this year’s New Jersey Acoustic Music Awards.
Settling into the summer on August 1st will be the thrilling return of the MIGHTY SPECTRUM BAND. MSB is a nine piece band playing the best of Springsteen, Chicago, the Blues Brothers, Van Morrison, Southside Johnny and much more. This encore to last year’s set is sure to bring everyone to their feet with another rousing and exhilarating performance!
August 8th will bring local favorites the REDDAN BROTHERS BAND. The Reddan Brothers Band from Warwick, NY are a jammin’ Rock and Blues band. They hit the stage with high energy and appeal!
The series will conclude on August 15th with the unforgettable E’LISSA JONES BAND, with her remarkable style of folk, rock and pop. The opening slot will be filled by singer-songwriter ALICE LEON.
Concerts are on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for six weeks starting July11th through August 15th. They are held on the lawn at Sugar Loaf Crossing and are free to the public. Concerts will take place rain or shine with lawn and tent sections available. Refreshments are available on site such as popcorn, ice cream and grill favorites from Carrera’s Italian Sausage truck. Folks are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.
“On the Lawn” is the Hudson Valley’s premiere summer concert series. Thousands have enjoyed the array of musical offerings over the past eight years. However, “On the Lawn” at Sugar Loaf Crossing is about so much more than the great sound system and impressive musical talent. The lovely setting in the magical hamlet of Sugar Loaf offers a laid back atmosphere, which is comfortable for all ages. It’s a great way to kick back with family and friends all summer long!
For more information about the concert series visit facebook.com/onthelawnatsugarloafcrossing or call 845-469-2713.
These concerts made possible with the generosity of:
Partner Sponsors: Richard and Susan Logothetis; Fabco Generators Inc; Ranni Law Firm; Stanley Marks & Company; the Town of Chester; Unilock; Yesterdays Fine Food & Spirits; Comfort Inn of Goshen
Investor Sponsors: Carrero’s Italian Sausage; D&H CANVAS; Horizon Family Medical; The Newton Theatre; Price Chopper; Seely & Durland,Inc; SET Designs
Supporter Sponsors:Excel Urgent Care; Workplace Club
Associates Sponsor:Chester Diner; Giant Copy Shop
“Warm Nights, Hot Bands, Cool Concerts”
There is a buzz in the air as momentum is building once again for another exciting Hudson Valley Jazz Festival to be held August 8th – 11th . Last weekend the organization held a fundraiser at the Seligmann Center for the Arts, hosted by The Orange County Arts Council with a large audience turning out to enjoy a performance featuring area jazz musicians.Steve Rubin, festival founder and producer said, "It's fantastic to not only hear these great players, but the great vibe is what makes this community.”
Now entering its 4th season, the festival continues to improve and grow. Rubin works tirelessly throughout the year to galvanize musicians, build relationships with new and existing venues, promote jazz performers and make additions to the festival. Behind all of that is his fierce drive to market to a larger audience outside the area with an outcome of promoting tourism on the local scene.
At the heart of the festival are the participating players that reside in and around the area. Jeff Ciampa, Richard Kimball, Mike Jackson, Andrew Ezrin, Dave Smith, Rick Savage, Gabriele and Joe Tranchina, Chris Persad and Bob Rosen represent a small handful of musicians who perform regularly and who will be participating in this year’s event. "The goal remains to highlight local talent while expanding the local sphere, alongside some highly successful musicians in the context of a festival,” says Rubin.
In the past Rubin with the tremendous support of participating venues has had notable names like Arturo O’Farrill, Bill Evans, Todd Williams and Bobby Sanabria .This year’s festival will highlight two distinguished names from the wider Jazz Community: Dave Liebman and John Abercrombie. Liebman’s career has spanned over four decades, beginning in the early ‘70s, when he performed and recorded in the groups of drummer Elvin Jones and Miles Davis. Since then, the prolific Liebman has lead his own groups featuring many great musicians and has consistently been rated as one of the top Soprano Saxophone players in the world.
Guitarist John Abercrombie has a career spanning more than 40 years and nearly 50 albums, establishing himself as one the masters of jazz guitar. Favoring unusual sounds and nontraditional ensembles, Abercrombie is a restless experimenter, working firmly in the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries of meter and harmony.
The HVJF is also offering a week of jazz education, which will be directed by veteran musician and music educator, Bob Rosen. "The model for this summer's workshop is a time-honored one that works," says Rosen. “It works for both the Western European classical tradition and for the historically more recent American jazz tradition.”
The program will offer a curriculum of instrumental instruction coupled with performance ensemble rehearsal with an emphasis on jazz improvisation. At the end of the week the students will integrate what they have learned in performance with professional jazz musicians participating at the venues.
The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival will honor pianist and composer Richard Kimball with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Kimball’s long tenure in the music business, his body of work and all that he has done in the community of Warwick for over 30+ years will be recognized.
Although we are only in the month of April, you can bet that there will be more developments in motion. Like any good improvisation within a structured format, what makes this festival special is its constantly evolving nature towards an electrifying conclusion.
Save the date, the festival is Aug 8 - 11. Additional information, and developing schedule at hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org
On Saturday, April 27, internationally acclaimed vocalist Gabriele Tranchina and her quartet will perform an exciting evening of Jazz and World Music at Silvio’s Italian Villa. Bringing a worldview of music as a force for wholeness, a source of unity and energy for all, the event will be a night for all to celebrate, enjoy and appreciate.
In her latest CD “A Song of Love’s Color,” Tranchina ventures to cross the bridge through music, drawing from the world’s beauty and versatility. Songs from the album, in addition to a repertoire of music from Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean, World, Jazz and European Art Songs will be presented.
Top New York musicians will also be on hand to accompany Tranchina. Her husband, pianist Joe Vincent Tranchina, has performed in most major jazz clubs in NYC and has a large body of work ranging in style and composition. Considered one of the top pianists on today’s music scene and voted Hudson Valley’s 2010 Jazz Musician of the Year in a Times Herald-Record readers poll, his acclaimed compositions from “A Song of Love’s Color” along with Gabriele’s unique interpretations and vocal dynamics will hold audiences rapt with delight.
Also accompanying Tranchina will be Bassist Bill McCrossen, who plays out frequently as does drummer Lou Grassi. “These musicians have been on the music scene forever,” says Tranchina. “They are seasoned professionals at the top of their game.”
For more information about the show call (845) 987-1500. Silvio’s Italian Villa is located at 274 New York 94 South in Warwick, NY 10990.
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