HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY RALLIES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR BAND’S STOLEN EQUIPMENT

If you’ve been following RPM on HVNN, you may have seen or heard about The Georgia Flood show at MTK last Wednesday in Mount Kisco. The band is currently on their first tour outside the southeast, and MTK hosted the band on Wednesday night.

Pam Condron, co-owner of MTK not only booked the group to perform, she also acted as a mentor to the group, which is something Condron often does with out of town artists who are often struggling to make ends meet in their quest to perform and entertain. According to Condron, “These guys pulled at my heartstrings the second I met them. They are the most enthusiastic and humble group I have ever met.”

The following evening, while recording at a studio in Brooklyn, the band’s tour van was broken into and everything inside was stolen, including drums, amps, instruments, band merchandise as well as all but the clothing on their backs. It was estimated that approximately $7,000 worth of equipment was taken, not including clothing, merchandise and the band members’ spirit.

According to band member Brooks Mason, “This was our very first real tour outside the southeast. It has been an amazing time and it’s so disheartening to find ourselves missing our last date and driving straight home without even being able to change clothes. We’re a young band and our gear is all we have to keep things going. We’ve been saving fervently to record our next record and now all that money will have to pay for our gear and it will likely not even cover the cost.”

The band established a Go Fund Me page, and with the help of many local Hudson Valley community members and fellow musicians and artists, the band has already raised more than $7,600. According to Condron, “this outpouring of support not only illustrates the support within the community, but it exemplifies what makes the local music scene so special. Instead of losing confidence, I hope this will build strength and not deter them from what they are meant to do.”

You can check out the Go Fund Me page here: https://www.gofundme.com/thegeorgiaflood to make a donation, get updated information or show your support.

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SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES COMING TO TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL FRIDAY APRIL 15!

Lofpro is thrilled to welcome Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes back to the Tarrytown Music Hall on Friday, April 15 2016 as they celebrate their 40th year making their wonderful music.

“I’ve always wanted to be a Juke…and I still do .” (Jon Bon Jovi) Southside Johnny

“There’s one thing I’ve always wanted to do,” Southside Johnny confesses, “and that is to sing.” And he has been doing just that for over a third of a century. In a business where success is defined as getting a second single and longevity measured in nano-seconds, just surviving for forty years is a rare accomplishment. But Johnny and the Jukes have not just survived, they have flourished: over thirty albums, several EPs and a box set; thousands of live performances around the globe; a legion of dedicated and enthusiastic fans; dozens of classic songs; a record— HEARTS OF STONE —that Rolling Stone called one of the “top 100 albums of the 70’s and 80’s”.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes 2012 CD release Men Without Women: Live 7-2-11 was recorded live on July 2, 2011 at the Stone Pony with Little Steven Van Zandt. The disc featured live versions of the songs from the Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul 1994 album of the same name, along with three Asbury Jukes bonus tracks. 2010’s “Pills and Ammo” studio CD, with other recording highlights being the critically acclaimed “Hearts of Stone” and “Better Days” albums.

With a decades-long successful career, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes continue to deliver their soul-searing brand of raucous blues and R&B, with material mined from their 20+  albums – featuring their hits like “I Don’t Want To Go Home”, “Love On The Wrong Side Of Town”, “The Fever”, “This Time It’s For Real”, “Talk To Me” and their definitive fun-time cover of “We’re Having A Party” – and the story continues.

The iconic Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes have released the much anticipated SOULTIME!, their first new studio CD of all original material in five years, on Leroy Records. The new CD was written and produced by Jeff Kazee and John Lyon, and was recorded at Lakehouse Recording Studios in the Jukes’ hometown of Asbury Park, NJ. SOULTIME! celebrates the transformative power of ‘70s soul music and represents a return to – as Southside sings -“just letting the music take us away”.

The album was actually conceived in a giant superstore: “I was pushing my cart around, minding my business, and when I got to the liquors and wines, Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Superfly’ started to play,” Johnny recalls. “I noticed how people were reacting to the music, bopping their heads. I thought, ‘It’s time to make people feel good again.” “You know how David Ruffin had that rasp in his voice?” Johnny asks. “There’s a rasp in my own voice that makes me feel like a soul singer. I like that texture. I guess it’s the voice of experience.”

SouthsideJohnny3SOULTIME! encapsulates everything that fans cherish about Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. The pattern of horns plus rhythm – each song painted with catchy choruses, top-notch string arrangements and gospel charged vocals – keeps on coming. Highlighting the eleven tracks on the new disc is “Looking for a Good Time,” a show-stopping blast of unforgiving soul that’s tailored in tribute to Mayfield’s muscular 1970 “debut” album Curtis.

The tracks “Spinning” and “All I Can Do” summon the grittiness that Isaac Hayes and David Porter brought to their best work for Sam & Dave. The romance and tenderness of “The Heart Always Knows” might have been a B-side for the Drifters’ “This Magic Moment.” And, the funk flavored “Reality” sounds like it belongs on Bobby Womack’s soundtrack to Across 110th Street.

“SOULTIME!” features Southside Johnny on vocals and harmonica, Jeff Kazee on keyboards and vocals, Glenn Alexander on guitar, bassist John Conte, Chris Anderson on trumpet, John Isley on saxophone, Neal Pawley on trombone and drummer Tom Seguso. The band will continue to tour steadily throughout the U.S. and overseas.

To Johnny, it’s just what he does. “I grew up on music. We listened to Billie Holiday, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters and Big Joe Turner. My parents loved music, the louder the better.” Born and raised on the Jersey Shore, Southside’s fascination for the club scene started early. “My father played in bands for years, and my mother actually went into labor with me at some seedy New Jersey club. I guess some things were just meant to be.” Singing and playing in a number of blues and R&B bands at the now legendary Upstage Club, often joined by pals Bruce Springsteen, “Miami Steve” Van Zandt, and Garry Tallent, Johnny worked at making “meant to be” into “is.” It wasn’t easy. “We played for years on the shore, but it wasn’t until Bruce hit with ‘Born to Run’ that these A&R guys would drive to Asbury Park to see what was happening.”

Southside (so nicknamed because of his bent toward the Blues sounds of the Southside of Chicago) and his band, eventually called the Asbury Jukes, worked on growing their reputation as a dynamic live band through the late 60’s and early 70’s. “We built a big band, a home for lots of musicians, horns and all: sure we called it Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, but it was really just a bunch of guys getting crazy on stage.” Then, in 1975, they signed with CBS/Epic Records, released the critically acclaimed I DON’T WANT TO GO HOME, and a legend was begun.

What followed has been over three decades of recording and touring and solidifying a place in rock ‘n roll history. In 1992, the band released the fan favorite BETTER DAYS album, which found Southside reunited with his original Asbury Park collaborators, Bruce Springsteen and Little Steven, and relative “newcomer,” Jon Bon Jovi. In the wake of the record industry turmoil that followed, Johnny, never a fan of the “big record business,” took a hiatus from the studio, though he continued to work the road.

Johnny spent eight years working on the massive record collection he shares with E Street Band bassist, and childhood buddy, Garry Tallent, ruminating on life and his music, and just plain moping until 1999, when he returned to recording on his own terms and on his own label, Leroy Records. The result, MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES, was a return to making music for the sheer joy of it; a collection of old and new true-blues songs that Johnny had long coveted but couldn’t record in the pop-single driven, major label environment.

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES was the catharsis Johnny needed to get the band back in the studio and himself back in the groove. “You can be free do what you want, as you want…we weren’t trying to be perfect…we just wanted to play…we were professional about it, while having a lot of fun.”

Recharged and reenergized, Johnny and the Jukes have kept up the pace since releasing GOING TO JUKESVILLE, the balls-to-the-wall, honest-to-goodness Jukes record in 2002; an introspective, soulful INTO THE HARBOUR in 2005; a live Internet stream of one of their legendary shows in 2008; a new live record of the legendary HEARTS OF STONE album in 2009; and PILLS AND AMMO, their studio record released in June, 2010 and their newest 2015 SOUL TIME! Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are brassing their way full steam ahead the same way they always have, with no holds barred, good time rock and roll.

“I’ll stack my group against any group out there. We enjoy playing, and the audience enjoys having a good time. Music is a shared emotion. We distill it down to that.” When you distill Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, you come down to 40 years of great music and good times. . . and counting.

Come out to Tarrytown Music Hall on Friday April 15, 2016 and see for yourself why so many consider Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes to be one of the best live bands around.

Tickets available at www.tarrytownmusichall.org or by phone 877 – 840 – 0457

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HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC 44TH ANNUAL STRING COMPETITION MARCH 12-13

The Hudson Valley Philharmonic will hold its 44th annual string competition this weekend at Skinner Hall, Vassar College.

The Hudson Valley Philharmonic will hold its 44th annual string competition this weekend at Skinner Hall, Vassar College.

This string competition gives the public a rare opportunity to hear and see some of the best young violinists, cellists, and violists in the world before their careers have even begun. The competition has always attracted some of the finest conservatory string players in the world, and many participants have gone on to illustrious classical music careers.

The first prize winner receives a cash award of $3000 and will perform as guest soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic during the following season, and will also have the opportunity to travel to Italy for a week to perform a recital at the Musical Landscapes of Tuscany Festival in August, 2016.

Previous notables include: violist Marcus Thompson ’67 (Boston Chamber Players), cellist Fred Sherry ’68, violinist Ani Kavafian ’73 (Lincoln Center Chamber Players soloist), violinist Adela Pena ’85 (Eroica Trio), and violinist Judith Ingolfsson ’96 (1998 Indianapolis International Violin Competition winner).

Schedule:

Saturday, March 12: 9:30am – 6:00pm FIRST ROUND AUDITIONS

Sunday, March 13: 10:00am – 12:00pm SEMI-FINALISTS; 3:00pm – 5:00pm THREE FINALISTS PERFORM IN RECITAL.

A reception follows.

This event is free to the public. Donations are welcome.

 

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BEATLES PRODUCER SIR GEORGE MARTIN DIES AT 90

The man known to millions as the “Fifth Beatle” is dead. Beatles producer George Martin has passed away at the age of 90.  Ringo Starr confirmed the news on Twitter, writing “Thank you for all your love and kindness George.”  Martin signed the Beatles to a record deal in 1962 and went on to produce most of their records.  He gave them a break after every other British label had passed on the foursome, though he at one point called one of their demos “rather unpromising.”  Over the course of his career, he produced 23 number one hits in the U.S. and 30 in the U.K.  For that, and for having the vision and courage to even sign the Beatles in the first place, Sir George Martin will be remembered as one of the greatest record producers of his time.

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THE LEVON HELM BAND – THE MIDNIGHT RAMBLE SESSIONS VOLUME 3

The release of The Levon Helm Band – The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 on Vanguard/Levon Helm Studios represents the last musical project with which the late drummer of The Band was involved. Helm personally hand-picked the album’s 13 songs from a five-year period of live Midnight Ramble recordings, 2006-2010 at the Barn, with his longtime band member and musical director, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell.

The album features performances from the Levon Helm Band with special guests including the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson, Jimmy Vivino, Elvis Costello and New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint, capturing the homespun spirit of those gatherings, a worthy posthumous tribute to Helm’s indomitable spirit and peerless musical abilities. Aside from listening to hours of tapes to come up with the final song selection, Helm also designed the cover art for the album, which solidifies his legacy as an enduring and revered musical figure.

The album includes some of Helm’s favorites, from Muddy Waters’ “The Same Thing,” Sam Cooke’s “Ain’t That Good News,” Blind Willie Johnson’s “God Don’t Never Change,” Junior Parker’s “:Drivin’ Wheel,” Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate,” Carl Perkins’ “Turn Around” to Dolly Parton’s “The Beautiful Lie,” Elmore James’ “Shake Your Money Maker” and Al Green’s “Take Me to the River.”

Larry Campbell explains that, after the Electric Dirt record, he and Levon began formulating what a third album might encompass. “He wanted it to be more representative of what this band was like at a live show, featuring all of the players,” says Campbell. “Levon was having health problems, so our plan was to go through the archives and pull out tunes that best showed what our lifestyle was like.

“One of our engineers Brendan McDonough was charged with the task of weeding through tons of audio files to find songs that were suitably recorded, and Levon eventually decided on the titles that he wanted to include. That was his real, main motive, to showcase the band as best we could. And then he chose the tunes that he liked playing, and we edited it down to fit on a single CD.

“There were probably 20 songs that he initially wanted us to include, but these were the ones we all finally decided were best. Brendan did an incredible job, once he got the song titles from Levon, he had to select about nine or 10 different performances for each one of these titles, and then listen to every one of these and ran the three or four best past Levon, to make sure he was cool with it.”

Here Larry Campbell gives the backstory on each of the live performances:

“The Same Thing” (recorded Feb. 14, 2009, Levon Helm, vocals): We’d been doing that song for a while and it turned out to be a great show opener. When Levon’s singing was on, it was just magical. Jimmy Vivino is playing slide guitar on this, and Mike Merritt was on bass that night. The song always just set a great mood to start the evening, so we figured we’d start the record with it.

“Ain’t That Good News” (August 28, 2010, Amy Helm, vocals): We had been doing this one for a long time, and Amy still does it with her band. She brought the tune to us when we were sitting back in the living room one night. It’s a Sam Cooke tune. We just went out and performed it one night without really working on an arrangement and it just evolved. The first time, we did it without the horns, then after a few shows, the horns started chiming in, and Levon’s drum groove on that is mind-blowing. He just makes it sound so good.

“God Don’t Ever Change” (January 10, 2009, Jimmy Vivino, vocals): Jimmy brought in this Blind Willie Johnson song. We did an acoustic version in Levon’s living room before a show one night, and he sang it fabulously. I picked up a mandolin, Mike Merritt played bass, Amy and Teresa chimed in and it just worked out great, definitely one of our better performances.

“Drivin’ Wheel” (May 16, 2009, Levon Helm, vocals): Levon had been trying to remember this Junior Parker song for a long time. I remember him saying, we’ve got to do it, and it just came back to him. We ran through it briefly in the back room and then just went out and played it. Levon had a real affinity for just about any Junior Parker tune. He sang it like he owned it.

“I’m a Jealous Man” (January 31, 2009, Larry Campbell, vocals): That’s an A.C. Reed song. Levon loved playing this tune because it was just a straight-edge blues shuffle and nobody could make a shuffle feel as good as he could. There are some people who can do it just as well, but no one better. I had been doing this song with Levon since the Rambles started and it’s just a fun song to throw in when you want to lift the mood a bit. Playing a shuffle with that guy is like riding in a rocking chair, and for that experience alone, I would try to do that song as often as possible.

“Stagger Lee” (October 18, 2005, Little Sammy Davis, vocals): You know Sammy, he was present at the Rambles a lot, and Levon wanted him there to add some authenticity to the proceedings. Sammy knew every song in the book, but I think this might’ve been the only time he performed it. We found this recording and I like the way he sings it. It’s one of Levon’s favorite tunes. He really liked how Sammy did this one.

“Simple Twist of Fate” (March 14, 2009, Brian Mitchell, vocals): Brian is a great interpreter of other people’s material. He brought this in early on and we had been doing it for a while. We added a kind of New Orleans feel to this one and we all loved playing it. Brian’s one of a kind, and Levon just loved the subtle swagger of this song.

“One More Shot” (December 9, 2006, Levon Helm vocals): This was one of the first songs I played with Levon when the Rambles first started. We opened the show with it. It was written by English songwriter Paul Kennerley for The Legend of Jesse James, a concept album Levon did with Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris. This is one of those songs he had to have on the album.

“Turn Around” (May 9, 2009, Teresa Williams, vocals): This is a Carl Perkins tune, one of the first songs he ever wrote and recorded. I loved it and, when I was out with Bob Dylan, I was invited to a release party and heard this tune. One night after a ramble, Brendan was playing some MP3s and this song came on. I said, “I’d love to hear Teresa sing this,” so I brought it to her and she just hit it out of the park, really killed it. Levon just loved hearing her sing country songs like this one.

“The Beautiful Lie” (January 3, 2009, Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Fiona McBain, vocals): Amy was listening to one of Dolly Parton’s albums and played this song off the record for me, and we decided to do it as an a cappella tune. She, Teresa and Fiona worked it out and at one point I was playing fiddle behind it, but it was just so pretty, I dropped out because they didn’t need it. “You got it figured out,” I said. They killed that one.

“A Certain Girl” (January 1, 2007, Allen Toussaint, vocals): Allen sporadically joined in with us, and he would always do this song with the band. What a gentleman. It was always a joy and a treat when he came around. He had a great vibe and great music for us to play. He and Levon go way back, of course, to The Last Waltz and before that. They loved each other.

“Shake Your Money Maker” (August 23, 2008, Chris Robinson, vocals): Chris is always a firecracker up there, but the Crowes had just recorded their Cabin Fever album at the Barn around this time. I think this might’ve been the week before or after and Chris was still around. We wanted to get him up to sing a song, and Levon was all for it. He loved the way Chris did it. That show as a lot of fun.

“Take Me to the River” (February 10, 2007, Levon Helm, vocals): Great song done by a great singer and a great musician. If I’m on a desert island, do I take Levon’s version or Al Green’s? Now it’s settled because I played on Levon’s version.

Each track hand-picked by Levon who also designed the cover art, The Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol.3 continues to solidify Helm’s 
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JOHN PIZZARELLI TO PEFORM AT THE PAC AT PURCHASE COLLEGE APRIL 30

Paul McCartney had a great idea for an album. He just needed the world-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli to make it.

“I got an idea got in my head,” McCartney wrote to Pizzarelli in late May 2014.  “It might be interesting for you to do a few of my songs that are lesser known than some of the others. I realize this may be a little immodest, if not pushy.” “I imagine the songs would include post-Beatles melodies of mine like ‘Love in the Open Air’ (from the soundtrack to 1967 film The Family Way), ‘Junk,’ ‘Warm and Beautiful’ and, possibly, ‘My Valentine.’”

“My Valentine” was the one McCartney composition on his album of songs from the ’30s and ’40s, Kisses on the Bottom(MPL/Hear Music/Concord). Pizzarelli played guitar on the album and backed Sir Paul on a handful of prestigious live performances, including the GRAMMY Awards, MusiCares Person of the Year gala and the initial iTunes/Apple TV live broadcast. Hailed as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded his repertoire by performing the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney.

McCartney concluded in his letter, “The attraction for me is lesser-known tunes done in a mellow jazz style and, if it gets some traction, maybe the album could be titled Midnight McCartney. As I said, this may tickle your fancy or you may decide these are the ramblings of a deranged composer with too much time on his hands.”

To say Pizzarelli was tickled is putting it mildly.

Pizzarelli, his wife Jessica Molaskey – co-producer of Midnight McCartney – and pianist Larry Goldings immediately went into research mode, digging through McCartney’s albums of the last 45-plus years to find songs that could be re-harmonized and adapted for Pizzarelli’s trademark style.

“I immediately found ‘Warm and Beautiful’ and ‘Junk’; Larry Goldings brought in ‘Waterfalls’; my wife found ‘Heart of the Country’,” Pizzarelli says. “We started to realize how brilliant these songs are. He’s obviously a rock ‘n’ roller, but they were really easy to break down.

“When I did the Beatles record in 1996 (Meets the Beatles), I found you can really re-harmonize that stuff, find nice harmonies and not get too crazy. That’s the challenge and the fun of the whole thing.”

Concord Records released  Midnight McCartney, Pizzarelli’s 11th album for the label, on September 11, 2015.

The idea of Midnight McCartney was an easy one to warm to: A half-dozen of Pizzarelli’s albums have been devoted to a single artist or style: Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, bossa nova. The title, too, captures the treatment of the songs.

“It’s like the Sinatra thing – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers or Moonlight Sinatra – it gives people an idea to hang their hat on,” Pizzarelli says.

The project started with Pizzarelli and Goldings making demo recordings of ballads – “My Love,” “Some People Never Know,” “Heart of the Country” and “Waterfalls” – and while Pizzarelli was touring, he would work on other songs, among them the up-tempo numbers. The intensity of the sessions, Pizzarelli says, was higher than for most recordings – every musician knew that Paul McCartney would be listening to their work.  pizzarelli palm tree

“It’s amazing what the power of McCartney means to so many people,” Pizzarelli notes. “Everyone elevates their game. Not that they wouldn’t play their best normally, but there was this special thing. You tell a Paul McCartney story to the string section before a take and they’re saying, ‘Let’s make sure we get this right.’ Michael McDonald, my guys, the Brazilians – the second they hear ‘Paul McCartney’ they get really, really excited.”

The Beatles broke up when Pizzarelli was nine years old, and his fascination with their albums lingered, particularlyAbbey Road and Rubber Soul through his teen years, and their early work when he was in his 20s, which included playing the songs the Beatles covered in his own rock band in New York.

Long a McCartney fan, Pizzarelli has kept up with his work over the decades, noting a strong affinity for his albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace.

“I always loved finding his new records and hearing what he was up to,” Pizzarelli says. “When this record came along I had a lot of fun revisiting things like Venus & Mars.”  pizzarelli black and white

Rather than record in New York City, they moved the operation to the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab in Pleasantville, N.Y.  “The beauty of the project was having a lot of time to sit and listen to these things and make sure it was right,” Pizzarelli says. “There were a lot of things we had never done before – a lot of background vocals, additional horns and handclaps. That really made it into something.”

And like most Pizzarelli records, it’s a family affair: wife Jessica Molaskey co-produced the album and provides background vocals; John’s father Bucky adds rhythm guitar on several tracks and a stunning solo on “Junk”; brother Martin is on bass throughout; and teenage daughter Madeline got into the act, transcribing “Warm and Beautiful” for her father to sing in a different key.

“We’re McCartney fans and this is our way of letting people know these are good songs,” he says. “It’s a take on the songs within a style we’re comfortable with. If one became a hit, we’d be fine with playing it for the next 20 years.”

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THE 5TH DIMENSION TO PERFORM AT TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 11! WIN FREE TICKETS, A MEET & GREET AND SIGNED CD!

In case you haven’t heard, the 5th Dimension is coming to Tarrytown Music Hall this Friday, March 11! This is a once in a lifetime chance to experience music legends perform.

LOFPRO Arts & Entertainment is offering three pairs of tickets with a meet and greet with the stars of the band a FREE Autographed CD. 

To enter just go to LOFPRO’s facebook page and Private Mesage them your names and email addresses. They will then be in touch with the winners. All entrees must be in by THIS Wednesday, March 9 by 12:00 pm EST.

ENTER HERE: https://www.facebook.com/LOFPRO-118555898174915/?fref=ts

 

 

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POP, JAZZ, R&B ARTIST NAT ADDERLEY JR TO PERFORM AT THE LOBBY AT THE RITZ MARCH 5

Safe Harbors welcomes back Pop, Jazz and R&B artist, Nat Adderley Jr.,
with his trio, featuring famed percussionist Jay Hoggard, to the Lobby at the Ritz Saturday, March 5.

Adderley, Jr. is best known for his work with Luther Vandross. Nat wrote (and arranged) Luther’s first top 20 pop hit, “Stop to Love”, “Wait for Love” and the Grammy-nominated “Give me the Reason.” Nat also arranged many of Luther’s most popular records and produced “The Closer I Get to You,” a Vandross duet with music superstar Beyonce.

Now, the well-deserved spotlight is shining on Nat as he performs his unique blend of Pop, R&B and Jazz in Asia, Europe and all over the U.S.

 

Tickets are $25. Specially priced tickets, available only at the box office, include $15 for City of Newburgh residents and $10 for students. The box office opens at 7 p.m. the evening of the performance, at 109 Broadway. Season Tickets can be purchased for $160 (a savings of $5 per concert).

 The 2016 Lobby at the Ritz Music Series is sponsored by New York State Council of the Arts and Ulster Savings Bank.

SAFE HARBORS OF THE HUDSON 

Safe Harbors of the Hudson is a large scale, non-profit re-development project in the City of Newburgh with the mission of transforming lives and building communities through housing and the arts. The Safe Harbors project includes the Cornerstone Residence, supportive housing for 128 of our neighbors; the Lobby at the Ritz, our performing arts venue; the Ann Street Gallery, our contemporary visual arts venue and the historic Ritz Theater, which Safe Harbors is committed to restoring into a large scale performance space for the community.

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CORNFLOWER BLUE’S FORTHCOMING EFFORT INVINCIBLE CAPTURES UNIVERSAL EMOTIONS WHILE CELEBRATING THE HUMAN SPIRIT

Highly Praised Canadian Group Ready Their Third Album for Release June 3

Everyday occurrences, no matter how small or insignificant they may initially appear, are the essence of life. There’s the love of a parent for a child. The urge to escape through alcoholic indulgence. The heartache that often accompanies loneliness, creating the need to hold another person close. The despair that lies in homelessness and the heartbreak of unrequited love. The celebration of heroes and desperate attempts to seize a specific moment in time. These are experiences that create a universal bond, inspiring songs that need to be sung, and sentiments that beg to be shared.

Those are the realities that Cornflower Blue express on their upcoming album, the aptly titled Invincible, scheduled for release on June 3, 2016, on both CD and vinyl.

Their highly received sophomore set, Run Down the Rails, charted Top 10 on both the Music Roots Country Chart, and the Roots Music Report Canadian Roots Chart.  It gained entry onto the Top 100 of Nashville Music Row’s Country Breakout Chart.

The new album Invincible spotlights the vibrant harmonies and resplendent melodies for which this Canadian band has become known.

Led by Trevor May (vocals, guitar) and Theresa McInerney (vocals, guitar), and featuring Dasha Korycan (Bass), Deanna McDougall (Violin) and Robbie Vegas McLeod (Drums), the group has garnered comparisons to Gram and Emmylou, Johnny and June, and Richard and Linda Thompson, given that their tales of hope and heartache, love and longing, desire and despair are fraught with emotions that seem to come from firsthand experience.  These are true-life tales synonymous with the human condition, both good or bad, and they create an immediate impression. The new songs resonate with spirit and determination, courtesy of rootsy arrangements, seamless harmonies and the kind of down home melodies well suited for both back porch hoedowns or festival stages.

“In a weird way, we were inspired by what we heard on the radio,” May suggests. “There were cheesy lyrics, formalistic song structures, over-polished productions and auto-tune everywhere we turned. So by contrast, this led us to write the best songs we could and record them as honestly as we knew how. We did it the old-fashioned way. We all got in a room, got a good sound and then hit ‘record.’ We chose the best take and opted for a minimum of overdubs. Sometimes we’d even choose a less than perfect take because it had a better feel. I think it turned out as honest as we could make it.”

Recorded in the wintry heart of their native Ottawa and mastered by Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Nikki Lane) at Magic Garden Mastering, Invincible reflects the intimacy of their studio setting. Opting to produce the album themselves, they eschewed more elaborate set-ups and the usual production trickery for the sake of capturing a pure, natural and uncluttered ambiance. Rather than over-arrange the proceedings, they chose to record all the musicians in a room at the same time to create a true ensemble feel.

“Recording took place in a very relaxed atmosphere over several months,” Korycan explains. “It enabled us to bring out our best and give the record the freshness and immediacy we were striving for. Recording this album was a balm for me. I’ve had my share of personal challenges lately, so getting together with folks I admire and creating something this beautiful was a real blessing. This music is good for the soul. The camaraderie and enthusiasm we share as a group definitely come through on this album.”

Indeed, that synchronicity is evident throughout each of the album’s twelve tracks, from the upbeat and infectious energy of “Around My Heart” and “Catherine” to such rousing, rollicking rockers as “Cold Snap” and “Reason to Smile” and its trio of tender ballads, “Log Walk Home,” “Way Down Town” and “Elmdale.” The melodies mix traditional tones with contemporary sensibilities, encompassing rock, country, folk and Americana without bowing to any specific genre.

“We’re really excited that this album came together the way it did,” McInerney says enthusiastically. “Life pulls us in all directions, but we were determined to capture those thoughts and feelings that are at our common core. Our goal was to convey themes that everyone can relate to, and hopefully, that’s evident on this album.”

She needn’t worry. After only a single encounter that intention comes through.

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MTK PRESENTS STEVE EVERETT AND THE GEORGIA FLOOD ON MARCH 9

Mark your calendars! MTK in Mount Kisco will present Steve Everett and The Georgia Flood on Wednesday, March 9!

Steve Everett is a rock/pop/soul singer and songwriter from Nashville, TN. mtk steve everett

Born in Albany, GA, raised in Greensboro, NC, Steve blends acoustic guitar with catchy, melodic hooks and hip, clever lyrics to form his upbeat and fun musical style. Steve studied music performance at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and has played stages ranging from The House of Blues to acoustic home shows. He has been fortunate enough to tour the country with Sister Hazel and Michael Tolcher. His debut album RECIPROCITY was nominated for “Album Of The Year” at The 12th Annual Independent Music Awards. Steve also loves film, golf, sports, cigars, and travel….and high-fives.

 

The Georgia Flood: Meet the Band

“Growing up in Georgia, you’re gonna be influenced by roots music,” says Brooks Mason, lead guitarist of The Georgia Flood. “It’s just in your blood… and we’re thankful for that.” Though they cut their teeth playing rock and blues, talented brothers Brooks Mason and Lane Kelly can handle any genre that comes their way. “We just feed off the crowd,” says bassist Kelly. “If they’re grooving on something, we feel it and give ‘em more. The music’s for them so why should we just play just what we like?”

The Georgia Flood is a family tradition going on 13 years now. “Brooks would play guitar and I’d play drums back when we were just 7 and 10,” says Lane. “We were the family entertainment at every reunion and birthday party.” But these brothers have moved from living room to large stages over the past seven years. Starting with the blues, they cut their teeth in the smoky clubs and biker bars refining their technique. From those early blues beginnings, you can hear the influence of artists like Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, The White Stripes, and even John Mayer in their set lists.  Their songwriting style and straight-ahead rock mentality has allowed them to stretch as musicians and find many ways to connect with audiences.   Brooks and Lane grew up together in McDonough, Georgia but The Georgia Flood calls Atlanta their home now.

They have traveled the southeast playing everywhere from the Hard Rock Café to Beale Street’s Coyote Ugly to Atlanta’s famous Blind Willie’s. “We’re hitting our stride as a band now and it’s a lot of fun. We’re getting bigger and bigger gigs and opening for some well-known artists,” Brooks says. In early 2014, they teamed up with self-taught percussionist Rich Simmons, who is influenced by the soul of blues and passion of rock and roll. Who creates a full and dynamic foundation for The Georgia Flood.    mtk georgia flood

In 2015, The Georgia Flood will go back into the studio to capture the sonic songs they’re currently working on to give fans of 2012’s self-titled The Georgia Flood and 2013’s EP Play It Loud more music to add to their collections. Along with recording, their touring schedule will take them all around the Southeast to play venues large and small.   And The Georgia Flood sound? Well, they’re definitely guitar-driven but beyond that… “We just love music,” says Lane. “Our influences are everything from Cream to the Black Keys to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Weezer to B.B. King and beyond.” One thing you can be sure of, these talented brothers know how to put on a high-energy show that is like no other.

MTK is located at 30 East Main Street in Mount Kisco.

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