At Robin McClellan’s (The Hermitage)
Suggested Donation: $10
These two talented and generous musicians are once again playing to raise money, this time for the benefit of the Local Living Venture. I hope you will come and listen to their beautiful music and support the tireless work of the Local Living Venture. The suggested donation is $10 and reservations are not required.
“You can’t put a label on her music. It is blues & folk with a fine dose of soul & jazz. Twelve fine songs that are worth listening to.”
Since they last played here, Mary Ann has released her CD “Restless Heart” to critical acclaim:
~ Eric Campfens, Barn Owl Blues, The Netherlands
“With a real ‘when music was music’ vibe running throughout, this singer/songwriter in bluesy trappings hits it out of the park with just the right sound & fury.”
~ Chris Spector, Midwest Record, Lake Zurich, IL
“Whatever the styles, Mary Ann’s vocals will snare you with their honest emotion.”
~ Music Morsels Reviews
Tas Cru’s new album Simmered & Stewed is a collection of previously recorded material that has been re-mastered with new instrumentation, backup vocals, and a new sound. Like a fine wine, or a delicious stew that has mellowed over the years, Simmered and Stewed proves that some songs get better age. It is available on the VizzTone label and releases Nov. 12th. Pre-release copies will be available at this show!
I hope you’ll be able to come out and listen to great music in support of a great cause!
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and premiering a composition by
You may remember these fine musicians from last year, performing then as the Unnamed Quartet. I’m looking forward to having them return again this year, now christened Quartet Z. I understand why they have chosen the enigmatic name Quartet Z, as describing their music is virtually impossible.I can tell you though, that they create some of the most beautiful and interesting music you will every hear.
I hope you will join me for this benefit for the Music Friends of Potsdam Central Schools.
I hope you will join me in celebrating the imminent (it doesn’t look like it will be quite ready by 11/13) release of his newest project, Close to Home.
These two talented and generous musicians are once again playing to raise money and food for the food pantries. This is the fourth year that Rick and Mary Ann have performed to benefit the local food pantry. I hope you will come and listen to their beautiful music and support the less fortunate in the community. The suggested donation is $10, but non-perishable food items will be gladly accepted instead. You can reserve a seat in advance (and make an extra donation to the food pantry if you so choose) here.
Since they last played here, Rick has released his CD “You Keep the Money” which is the hottest debuting blues album of 2015. Released December 30, 2014, it has been either at or near the very top of every major blues chart through mid-May, 2015 and is still getting extensive worldwide airplay. It actually debuted at # 1 on the Roots Music Report and eight of its 12 songs have been in the top 25. The album debuted on the prestigious Living Blues chart at #2. Blues djs and reviewers agree that this album shows Tas Cru “at the peak of his formidable talents as a performer and songwriter.” –Graham Clark
As I write this, Rick is still on tour with his Band of Tortured Souls and will return only a few days before he plays here so make sure you ask him about the tour, I’m sure his stories of life on the road will be entertaining.
Mary Ann is back in the studio recording Restless Heart. Almost two years in the making,a fine line-up of musicians join her on this project with a whole new sound as genres collide in a mix of blues, folk and jazz. Rich vocal backing add to the soulful sound she is known for.
When Peter called me a few days ago and said that he wanted to play here, I was thrilled. I met Peter only through an email introduction from a mutual friend so his call was out of the blue. I have always liked the kind of ethereal music he plays, but his version is some of the best. He refers to his approach as “experiential,” but this term falls short. He draws on a number of folk traditions to create music that bridges the space between earth and spirit.
Like so many of the musicians who have played here, he is a native son, growing up only a few miles from here. And like so many of the musicians who have grew up here, Peter left the area to make ends meet as a professional musician. Thankfully, the community hasn’t left his heart and he returns to bring his music to us. In the past, he has played at SUNY Potsdam and twice at the Norwood Village Green as well as touring elementary and high schools in the region.
As I was putting the concert together, I thought this would be a perfect fit for the new Trillium Yoga Center in Potsdam. I contacted Shannon Miller, Jeanne Benvenuto and Teri de la Vega and they were thrilled to host the event. Another connection is that the Yoga Center is located in the building that once housed Northern Music where Peter was once a regular customer. I will miss hosting, but the stars were clearly aligned!
In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Grammy Award nominee and four-time Native American Music Award nominee, Peter Phippen is a nationally and internationally respected world flute specialist, recording artist, scholar, educator, and producer. In his approach to world flute performance, he is an experiential, natural folk musician with a penchant for creative and artistic musical improvisation.
Currently, two of his songs, “Night Song” and “Lullabye,” were featured on the Digital Download Compilation, “Native American Flute Music for Meditation” released on Canyon Records of Phoenix, Arizona. As of Sept. 22nd, 2015 “Native American Flute Music for Meditation” is #48 on iTunes World Music.</div>
“Traditionally, the Native American flute has a sound that could be characterized as haunting. Few flutists, however, bring as much warmth and richness to a single tone as Peter Phippen does. His playing is earthy, improvised and impressionistic, offering listeners a beautifully serene atmosphere for meditation and reflection.” – Music Design
“Like a call in the wild, the alluring, soothing, hypnotic tones of the wind instruments lulled and enchanted.” – Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin
“Phippen’s tune, Lascaux is a shaman’s dream.” – RJ Lannan Zone Music Reporter
I hope you will come out and enjoy some wonderful jazz for the benefit of the Potsdam Humane Society. I know there will be a lot of competition for your attention on Potsdam Summer Festival weekend but I can assure you that this is a rare opportunity. To see for yourself, check out this video of the trio that was shot at the Jazz Masters Series at Sara’s Wine Bar, March 29, 2015. Not only will you experience superb music, but a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Potsdam Humane Society’s wonderful work providing shelter and medical care for homeless animals in our community.
The trio is Paul Meyers, Vanderlei Pereira and Leo Traversa. Paul is a world-renowned jazz guitarist who has played with a long list of jazz greats and toured with Jon Hendricks and Andy Bey. Vanderlei is a Brazilian drummer, percussionist, composer and educator based in New York City and leads the Brazilian jazz group Blindfold Test. Leo is a musician, educator and author with broad experience in various musical cultures and the author of Afro Caribbean and Brazilian Rhythms for Bass.
Can’t tear yourself away on Saturday evening? The trio will also be performing at the Edwards Opera House on Sunday, July 12 at 5 PM. For more information about that show, go to the Edwards Arts Council’s website.
Led by the amazing Brazilian drummer and percussionist Vanderlei Pereira from Rio de Janeiro, the group will give a 2 hour masterclass demonstrating a wide variety of Brazilian styles and rhythms, from samba and bossa nova to baiao, chorinho, afoxe, frevo and more. As Vanderlei says: “I believe that the key to performing Brazilian and Latin music authentically lies in the ability to hear and analyze the various rhythms of each genre and to understand the connection between the percussive and tonal instruments in the ensemble.”
The group will demonstrate examples of these styles and will talk about some of the important ideas to apply to their own instruments. We’ll have group participation also, with attendees learning the rhythms of the styles by clapping patterns from the important percussion instruments that are the foundation of each style. There will be handout that can be taken home with the rhythms explained and practice patterns for guitar, piano, bass and drums/percussion, as well as a list of great resources, CDs and books, that can be used to continue working on the music.
This video gives a taste of the musicians and some of the music styles they’ll be teaching.
The trio is offering a discount package: Class and concert for $35!
To reserve a spot for this class, go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1771561.
For more information please contact Paul Meyers at email@example.com (973-722-1354).
March 8, 2PM
Mary Ann and Rick are doing another RE-stock concert series to benefit local food pantries here at my house. This winter has been a hard one, particularly for those in need and the need is great. Here’s a chance to contribute AND have a wonderful afternoon of great music. Suggested donation is $10 and/or non-perishable food items. Please come and give what you can.
Rick Bates, aka Tas Cru, is a blues artist and songwriter, whose album, Tired of Bluesmen Cryin’, made its way on to the international/national roots music charts. His latest album, You Keep the Money, has debuted and is holding the #1 spot on the Roots Music Report as well as 5 songs in the top 20. Rick and Mary Ann (who sang on the album) will be performing songs from it.
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. Mary Ann is working on a new album and hoping to release it by the end of the year. They will be playing songs from that album, too.
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. The collaboration is growing and changing so each performance brings something new and exciting!
Admission is a $10 donation or non-perishable food items.
Three and a half years ago Larry and his trio came up from New York City to play benefits for Hurricane Irene Relief and left us all speechless with their smooth, beautiful jazz. They are coming back again, this time to do a benefit for the Local Living Venture.
They will be playing at my house at 2 PM on February 22. Admission is $12 at the door and a portion will go to the Local Living Venture.
I do hope you can spend part of a Sunday afternoon listening to great music and supporting a great cause!
If you can’t this is the calendar for his North Country tour:
Friday, February 20 6:30-8:30 PM
The Left Bank Cafe
36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY
518-354-8166 for info and reservations
Saturday February 21
The Recovery Lounge
Upper Jay, NY
The LH Trio
Monday, February 23
St. Lawrence University
Wednesday, February 25 7:30 PM
Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam
Guest Artist with the Crane Jazz Ensemble