“RE-stock” Concert to Benefit Local Food Pantries


Rick Bates (aka Tas Cru) &
Mary Ann Casale 

Rick and Mary Ann at Maxfields

Rick and Mary Ann

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.

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House Concert Benefit for Local Living Venture

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.

The Trio is Larry HamGraham Hawthorne on drums and Cliff Schmitt on bass.

Larry Ham, Piano

Larry Ham, Piano

Cliff Schmitt, Bass

Cliff Schmitt, Bass

Graham Hawthorne, Drums (but not that many here!)

Graham Hawthorne, Drums (but not that many here!)

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
Solo Piano

Saturday February 21
The Recovery Lounge
Upper Jay, NY
The LH Trio

Monday, February 23
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY
Masterclass

Wednesday, February 25 7:30 PM
Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY
Guest Artist with the Crane Jazz Ensemble

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CD Release Party and Benefit House Concert

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Bee Children

Friday, Feb. 6th at 7PM

Canton-based band Bee Children are proud to announce the release of their debut CD, Veranophonic. Recorded at the studios of North Country Public Radio (NCPR) in Canton and mastered at Treelady Studios in Pittsburgh, the album features ten original pop, folk-rock, and agit-folk songs influenced by acclaimed artists such as Billy Bragg, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Lloyd Cole. Veranophonic will be available for purchase locally, at Bee Children gigs, and through online retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.

Members of Bee Children include John Collins (acoustic guitar, vocals), Shane Rogers (keyboards, percussion, vocals), Don Burlingame (drums), Terry DuBray (bass guitar, vocals), Sarah Gates (acoustic guitar, vocals), Sarah Todd (vocals), and Jon Dufore (electric guitar).

To celebrate the release of this new album, I will be hosting a CD Release party at my house in Sandfordville, NY. This concert is open to the public. Admission is free but monetary donations will be accepted and will go to Renewal House and the Potsdam food pantry. Come on out to help us celebrate and support two great causes!

For directions, go to https://robinmcclellan.com/ where you’ll find a link.

For more information you may visit www.wearebeechildren.com or contact John Collins at collins@stlawu.edu.

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September 19: RE-stocking Again

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!

For more information click here to go to my website where you will find directions.

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Danny Gotham, Paul Meyers and John Kribs

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Two shows, two venues

Aug 9, 7 PMEdwards Opera House. $10, $5 for ages 6 -12, under 12 are free

Aug 10, 2 PMRobin McClellan’s House near Sanfordville. $10 at the door.

A little nostalgia…

Back in the day when the Wild Oat was young, these three young guitarists were just starting their careers in music here in Potsdam. It was a heady time for music in the North Country: David Danks was singing, “Eyes Like Cherries” with the St. Regis River Valley String Band (their fiddle player CW would go on to be first violin in the Baltimore Symphony), Double Axel and Wally Seibel’s All Star Big Band were starting on their long incarnations, Dave van Ronk played the Oat, Roy Bookbinder graced Giant Steps (Joel Ray’s little bookstore at 1 Market St.), Little Feat played at least once a year at SLU, Fairport Convention was an end-of-year headliner at Clarkson (who knew the Clarkson/British Folk Revival connection?!), James Cotton, and Eddy Shaw and the Wolfpack rocked Django’s, and Rene Fleming was singing jazz in Alger’s. But the clearest and sweetest memories I have are of Paul and Danny as a duo and John, Danny and Michael Hadfield as the Raquette River Rounders.

When it was suggested that we borrow Joe Liotta’s name for Paul, Danny and Dick Stephan’s show on Norwood Green—Guitar Legends of the North Country—Danny said, “I’d say just call it ‘three good guys and their music’ or something like that. I sure as hell am no ‘guitar legend,’ I’m just a regular Joe. Sheez.” Well maybe not in his own eyes, but in mine and many others, these guys are the stuff of legends and their music has brought great joy to my life and many others. I am deeply honored to call them friends and honored that they have agreed play here.

There is no reserved seating but no one will be turned away. Please do try to arrive before the show starts, though.

I hope to see you here or there, or better yet, here and there.
Robin

For more about these fine fellows, click on the links below:
John Kribs
Paul Meyers
Danny Gotham

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Mary Ann Casale CD Release Party/Benefit House Concert

Sunday, Feb. 16th, at 2PM

Robin McClellan’s home
465 Old Market Road,
Sandfordville, NY.

Mary Ann Casales - Running Out of Time

It was decades in the making but Mary Ann Casale’s new album Running Out of Time, an eclectic mix of original folk and blues, is now available on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon as well as the Brewer Bookstore, St. Lawrence University.

After an almost thirty year hiatus from traveling the country and performing as a solo artist and with a number of bands, she has started writing and performing again. From sultry blues to folk and Americana, always soulful, Mary Ann always delivers a true, honest performance and her new album is sure to please.

To celebrate the release of this new album, she will be holding a release party along with bluesman Tas Cru and perhaps a guest musician or two. This concert is open to the public.

Admission is free but either monetary donations or donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted and will go to thePotsdam food pantry. Anyone bringing a donation will receive a CD. Come on out for a fun afternoon of music and merry-making!

For more information you may call 315-262-5989 or email maryann@maryanncasale.com.

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Free House Concert!

A Sultry, Tropical December Night of Brazilian Music

with Paul Meyers

 Thursday, December 26, 7 PM

Forget the cold by wrapping yourself in the sensuous rhythms of Brazil – Paul will play many of the great Bossa Novas and Sambas of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa and others, as well as some original compositions and American standards in Brazilian style. Let these tropical rhythms and melodies warm you up for the 2nd day of Christmas (if anyone has two turtle doves, bring them along too, maybe they can dance a little), Boxing Day, or the end of pre-Christmas sales and the onset of post-Christmas sales. Whatever your persuasion, be persuaded to come hear Paul on Thursday, December 26, 7 PM at Robin’s.

If you haven’t been here before, it’s 465 Old Market Rd.. Your GPS (or map) will find the driveway, but please read the  directions at: https://robinmcclellan.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/directions-to-robins.pdf so you don’t make the mistake that everyone makes: not going far enough down the driveway!
Why free? For several years I have been holding a New Years’ Eve party at my house and this year I decided to give it a break. But I still want to show my appreciation for the community that means so much to me. When Paul approached me about doing this concert, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I also know that people sometimes get uncomfortable when they don’t have an opportunity to give themselves, so donations to the Local Living Venture will be gratefully accepted.

Questions? Call me, Robin, at 315-261-2502

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Not a House Concert but…

Idan Raichel Project

October 30, 2013, 7:30
Maxcy Hall, SUNY Potsdam

Click here for Ticket Information

Community Performance Series will be presenting The Idan Raichel Project on October 30 in SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall.  Idan is an Israeli pop star, who has formed a collective of 12 musicians from countries including Israel, Ethiopia, Brazil, France, and Sudan.  His mission through this project is to celebrate diversity and rise above differences through the power of music.  In addition to the important social themes that Idan’s work illuminates, his concerts are very lively and entertaining.  We are likening him to the Israeli Dave Matthews.

In the past four years, Raichel has co-written numerous songs and toured with GRAMMY winner India.Arie, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony in Oslo, Norway, co-written a song calling for racial harmony with Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres, performed for President Obama and family at the Kennedy Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, performed at the ceremony inaugurating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC, sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall and other major venues worldwide, toured India, South America and Africa and released the highly praised Tel Aviv Session album with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré. This year, Idan joined pop star Alicia Keys on stage as a special guest during her July concert in Tel Aviv. In August, Patrick Bruel met Idan during his visit in Israel. The instant chemistry between them has created a moving performance on stage.

We also recently learned that Idan’s October tour has been designated as a Daniel Pearl World Music Days eventThe Daniel Pearl Foundation is based in the United States. The organization was formed by his parents Ruth and Judea Pearl after musician and Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in 2002. The organization’s mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music, and innovative communications.

Daniel Pearl was a violinist in addition to being a journalist. To honor his musical spirit and promote tolerance, Daniel Pearl World Music Days is a network of global concerts celebrated each year in October. Daniel Pearl World Music Days uses “the power of music to promote tolerance and inspire respect for differences”. The first Daniel Pearl World Music Days was held on October 10, 2002, and now yearly includes more than 8,900 performances in 119 countries. More information available here: http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org/about.php

More information about the Idan Raichel Proejct and to hear their music, visit  http://www.idanraichelproject.com/en/  and, I’ve attached a word document that explains Idan’s story and how he developed the project.  Potsdam is one of only 16 cities to be visted by the Idan Raichel Project during this year’s tour.  This is an amazing opportunity for our community.  I hope you might be able to help us spread the word about this extraordinary event.  Please let me know if you need further info.  Tickets can be purchased through our box office by calling 267-2277 or online at CPSPotsdam.org.

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Restocking Again – October 18, 7PM

“RE-stock” Concert Series to

Benefit Local Food Pantries

Featuring music by Rick Bates (aka Tas Cru) & Mary Ann Casale along with special guests.

October 18, 7PM

Mary Ann and Rick are doing another RE-stock concert series to benefit local food pantries and the opening date is here at my house. It’s the most beautiful time of the year here with the maples that surround the place turning color and I hope you can come and join us! Suggested donation is $10 and/or non-perishable food items. We face a lot of first world problems even here in the North Country, but hunger is a problem we share with the rest of the world. Please come and give what you can.

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. 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. 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!

Admission is a $10 donation or non-perishable food items.

Other Concert Dates to be Announced

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Paul Meyers, Jazz Guitarist

Benefit for Local Living Venture

Sunday, October 6, 2013

7 PM

Donation $10
Ticket Ordering Information below.
Seating is limited to 50, so ticketed reservations are necessary.


Many thanks to Paul for his generosity in helping us further the work of the Local Living Project!

If you have any questions, please call Chelle Lindahl at 315-347-4223.

Click for directions to Robin McClellan’s house in Sanfordville.

Paul Meyers – “one of the most eloquent jazz guitarists since Kenny Burrell”  –  James Gavin, NY Times – Paul is already familiar to many  music fans in the North Country through many performances there over the years. He has gained a reputation as one of the top jazz guitarists of our time. Paul has performed and recorded with an ever growing list af jazz greats – Geri Allen, Karrin Allyson, Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, Ron Carter, Eliane Elias, Eddie Gomez, Jovino Santos Neto, Rufus Reid, Claudio Roditi, Annie Ross and David Sanchez to name a few. He’s also toured worldwide for many years with two of the greatest jazz singers ever – Jon Hendricks (since 1993) and Andy Bey (from 1997 to 2008). Paul performed in Argentina and the US with vibraphonist Gary Burton, who recorded Paul’s tune Panama on his “Reunion” CD with Pat Metheny. He has a number of critically acclaimed CDs including World on a String, a quintet with rising stars Donny McCaslin and Helio Alves, featuring Paul’s original compositions and arrangements, and Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess, a relaxed straight ahead session with the legendary tenor and flute master. He has also recorded 4 solo guitar CDs including Welcome Home  (2011), a highly acclaimed CD of all original music. Paul teaches jazz guitar, improvisation and coaches jazz and Brazilian ensembles at William Patterson University and at New Jersey City University and he also taught at the first year of the Jazz for Teens program at NJPAC in Newark.

Paul’s web site has more about him and you can listen to some of his music at www.paulmeyers.info/live/

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