House Concert to Benefit Local Food Pantries
Featuring music by Rick Bates (aka Tas Cru) & Mary Ann Casale
September 19, 7PM
For the third year, Mary Ann and Rick are doing a RE-stock concert series to benefit local food pantries and the opening date is here at my house. It will be an opportunity to hear great music and give to a worthy cause. It’s harvest season and a time to share. Helping relieving hunger here in our own back yard not only helps individuals, it enhances the community and reminds us of our good fortune. Please come and give what you can. Suggested donation is $10 and/or non-perishable food items.
Rick Bates is a blues artist and songwriter, whose latest album, Tired of Bluesmen Cryin’ has made its way on to the international/national roots music charts. Recent appearances include BB King’s and the Rum Boogie Cafe in Memphis, TN. Honors and recognition include Cru being awarded the 2014 Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award (KBA) for Blues Education, named to the New York State Blues Hall of Fame – 2013 as a Master Blues Artist, and in 2009 named by Blues Festival Guide Magazine as its 2009 Blues Artist on the Rise. He is currently working on his newest album “You Keep the Money” due out later this year.
Mary Ann Casale is a singer/songwriter with a strong influence from her roots in the New York City folk scene in the mid-seventies. She started playing the coffeehouse circuit in New York State and Colorado as a solo performer and a vocalist in a number of bands. Her album Running Out of Time, released in early February had done well in Europe and continues to get national airplay on NPR folk and acoustic radio programs. She is currently working on music for her next album Restless Heart.
Their unique blend of folk/blues Americana was born out of their shared experiences as young musicians when they met in Potsdam nearly 30 years ago. They have been waiting these 30 years to perform together again!