Last Saturday, Rick and I played with 5 other acts at the Valatie Community Theater, and old performance space that they are trying to rehab. What a wonderful space! I really think it interesting that old theaters can have such amazing sound with such excellent acoustics! And, as always, Marty McDermott is a wonder host and set the mood for a great show. Rick and Marilyn were in the second set, so we had a great opportunity to listen to the other acts from the house.... what a bunch of talented performers!! There are several easy chairs on stage, with lamps set up to make you think of a living room and each act plays a song and passes the mic to the next. That happens three times, then break, then the second group of people get up to play. It is a fine night of music. I really hope that you get a chance to get out to Valatie next time it comes! It is a very pleasant evening!
Then Sunday, we played the Rosendale Farmers Market. Wonderful vendors, some earth day activities for the kids (and adult-kids), and music, all in a neat Community Center. Such a lovely place to make music.
Thursday we didn't play, but we did check out the scene at the Greenville Drive in Theater during a musicians open house. What the owners are trying to do there is really a unique idea, melding music, art and film into an outdoor place to spend a Saturday evening in the Catskills, complete with excellent views of nature! We hope to be announcing a show there this summer....
Next show for Rick and Marilyn is The Kinderhook Farmers Market! Outside, on the green, they are open 9am to 1pm, but we will be playing music 10-12. Hope to see some of you there!!
And finally.... I think spring is here!! Got to get our summer tires on the cars!!! Have a good one....
Summer is the time when we start getting outside and playing music. Busking will start as soon as it warms enough to play guitar without gloves. We are making plans with Farmers Markets. Applying to street festivals (Does your town have one? We would love to play for it!). Talking to venues about earlier times to feature original singer/songwriter type music (we know that when it get to about 9pm, dancing to a band is what folks prefer to do!!!.... but LISTENING around dinner, or for a drink on a Sunday afternoon is cool.... Tell YOUR favorite bar/eatery!!)
One very special gig is coming up for us next month... "Almost Unplugged" at the Valatie Community Theater on April 21, at 8pm. The room is a great space, designed for sound, and draws an engaged audience of music lovers. We hope to add YOU to the folks who love this space. We will be sharing the stage with:
Kurt and Cheryl Henry
The evening is hosted by Marty McDermott. Please mark your calenders now and prepare for a wonderful night of great local music makers. We are POSITIVE you will enjoy your evening...