archives 2014

January Jams
Sundays 2pm
The January Jams  return on Sunday, January 5th and continue every Sunday in January. The microphone is open at 2:00pm and we welcome musicians of all levels of play. If you don’t play, then come and enjoy the show- always an entertaining way to spend a chilly winter afternoon.

February 15
Saturday 8pm
Alexis P. Suter Band
Reservations recommended. Tickets $15. Call 946-8315
Back by popular demand, international recording artist Alexis P. Suter is a powerful and unique vocalist who transcends styles and genres. When the great bluesman B.B. King first heard Alexis sing he was visibly impressed and said so after her opening night set for him at B.B. Kings NYC. Shaking his head in wonder he remarked “It’s a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady.”Last year at the Recovery Lounge, Alexis and her amazing band had a full house on their feet and jumpin’. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear a voice that could bring down the Tower of Babel.

Thursday March 20
Play Reading. “No Man’s Land.” by Harold Pinter.Roger Mitchell, Ted Cornell, Dylan Duffy, and Matt Sorensen will read this mysterious, bleakly beautiful, and very funny play by the author of “The Birthday Party,” presented a two seasons ago at the Recovery Lounge.

April 19
3 short one-act Comedies by Ethan Coen    (Coen Brothers Fame)
being read by Recovery Lounge friends including Peg Wilson, Brian LaVallee, Bob Andrews, Rob Farkas, Annie Scavo, Tom Broderick, Olivia Zeis, Dylan Duffy, and Scott Renderer.

May 10
“28 Guitars”
The Recovery Lounge celebrates the acoustic guitar with 28 local musicians singing one song each including a grand finale where all 28 guitarists join together for one last song to be determined by the participants.

May 24, Saturday
Staged Reading – “Becoming Dr. Ruth” by Mark St. Germain
This one woman show featuring visiting artist Anne O’Sullivan, tells the incredible journey of the young Holocaust survivor, Karola Ruth Siegel, who became “Dr. Ruth”, America’s most famous radio and television sex therapist.
Free Admission 

May 31, Saturday
Cuddle Magic
Cuddle Magic, an audience favorite at the Lounge, returns with new songs and ideas. If you have never seen this group of talented and hard working musicians, you should save this date.

June 20
Jeremiah Weed and the Wildeflowers
with special guest opener Brian Dewan

July 4
The Space We Make – New Project
The Space We Make, at the Upper Jay Art Center, Upper Jay NY

July 24, 25, 26, 27, 31
Aug 1, 2, 3
8:00pm Curtain
Why Torture Is Wrong, And The People Who Love Them
by Christopher Durang
Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland “insecurity.”  WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis:  Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist?  Or just crazy?  Or both?  Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collection really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government?  Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much?  Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane?  Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.Cast:  Olivia Zeis,  Dylan Duffy,  Terrance Young,  Susy Doolittle,  Annie Scavo,
Bob Andrews,  Scott Renderer

Aug 22, Friday
6:00 pm

The Upper Jay Art Center summer benefit celebrating 10 years of art, entertainment, and community at the Recovery Lounge. Outdoor grill and drinks begin at 6:00pm.
Friday, August 22 
Save the date! 
*Wine, cocktails and soft drinks available in addition to the keg of local brew
The Upper Jay Art Center (UJAC) was founded by Scott and Byron Renderer in 2005 as a place to share their passion for music, theater, and visual art; in 2008, it incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.  Over the past decade, UJAC has made itself an essential gathering place in the Ausable River valley,  bringing an eclectic array of professional musicians to this rural region of the northeast Adirondacks throughout the year and staging plays by classic and contemporary playwrights, acted by local amateurs.  UJAC also hosts play and poetry readings, performance art, and art exhibits.  All events are affordable and many are free.  Guests can expect a relaxed environment with warm acoustics, comfortable antique furniture, and low lights.

Aug 26, Tuesday
Fiction writer and essayist, Scott Russell Sanders,
will give a reading of his stories accompanied by photographs.
the author of 20 books of fiction and non-fiction, Scott Sanders cares about social justice, our place in nature, the ways in which culture and place reflect one another, and what it means to be a citizen of the earth. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, and the Mark Twain Award.
Sanders is the author of twenty books of fiction and non-fiction carved out of a life lived in the hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley. Whether writing of early settlers in the Ohio valley or of his growing up on the wild and uninhabited grounds of a federal arsenal, Sanders work celebrates the virtues of a located life, one centered not just in his own family but also in the history, community and environment of his time and place. Residents of the Adirondacks will easily recognize their hopes in such titles of Sanders’ work as Staying Put, A Conservationist Manifesto, and A Private History of Awe.Among his novels are Wilderness Plots, Terrarium, and Divine Animal, published this year. His non-fiction includes memoirs such as The Paradise of Bombs and A Private History of Awe, celebrations of place (In Limestone Country and Staying Put), as well as A Conservationist Manifesto and Hunting For Hope. For this remarkably wide-ranging body of work, Sanders has won the Lannan Literary Award, the Great Lakes Book Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he was recently made a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His reputation as a teacher, as well, has made him a popular instructor at workshops and conferences around the country. Retired from regular teaching, Sanders is now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. He and his wife, Ruth, “stay put” in the hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.

Oct. 10, 7:30pm The Taming of the Shrew – Adirondack Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare  at the Upper Jay Art Center, Upper Jay NY
A drunken beggar wakes up to find himself a lord and husband and an audience member at a play about an uncontrollable shrew. Before long, he finds himself inside the world of the play wooing the wild Kate. Traditionally presented as Shakespeare’s “Battle of the Sexes,” ADK Shakespeare is excited to take a brand new look at this play by embracing its self-
conscious theatricality and turning the tables on how we see this story.

Oct.  24, 8:00pm Two Brooklyn based bands – Why Lie? and Ellen O.
“Why Lie? live on the boundary between song, sound, and story. The band consists of Dave Ruder(Guitar, vocals, clarinet), Aliza Simons (vocals, harmonium), Matthew Gantt(bass guitar, percussion) and Ellen O’Meara(voice, keyboards.
Ellen O. will open the night with her husky voice, synthesizers, and the above musicians backing her up.”

Oct.  31, 8:00pm Halloween Costume Party!
Russ Bailey Trio
J. Weed opens solo
Cash Prizes!

Holloween  at the Upper Jay Art Center, Upper Jay NY

Nov 14, 8:00pm Adrian Legg is an English guitar player, born in East London in 1948, who has been called “impossible to categorize”. Legg plays fingerstyle guitar, mixing an alternating-bass style with harmonics, banjo-peg retuning and single or double-string bending. He makes extensive use of altered tunings and capos, playing custom guitars that are a hybrid of electric and acoustic. His fingerstyle picking technique has been acknowledged by the readers of Guitar Player who voted Legg the “best acoustic fingerstyle” player four years in a row (1993–1996).For Legg, the fulcrum and essence of his creativity is in live performance. “Playing live is the whole point,” he stresses. “Everyone makes a journey, an effort; we all come together — me, the audience, the people who run the venue — to share this wonderful, universal, human emotional interaction.” Legg is a genuine entertainer who excels at not only painting pictures and telling stories with music but also wittily regaling his audiences with tales from his life and travels. His travels have included concert tours sharing the stage with Richard Thompson, David Lindley, Joe Satriani, and many others.

Nov 29, 8:00pm
Tribute to John Coltrane
Coltrane Tribute  at the Upper Jay Art Center, Upper Jay NYon the 50th anniversary of his landmark recording “A Love Supreme”
In 1957 saxophonist John Coltrane was fired from the Miles Davis band due to drug addiction. He went on to form his own band, straightened out, came back and recorded A Love Supreme, a four- part suite, in 1964 with McCoy Tyner on piano, Billy Garrison on bass, and the powerful Elvin Jones on drums. It has been described as Coltrane’s offering of humility and thanks to God. In short, a song of thanksgiving presented on Thanksgiving weekend this 50th anniversary of the original recording with local musicians Wayne Davidson on sax, Jack Woulfe on piano, Colin DeHond on bass, and Rick Weber on drums. The ensemble will open the evening with a selection of John Coltrane’s standards.

Dec 13, 8:00pm Singer Songwriter Jillette Johnson and friends
Now 24 years old, Jillette has been performing live since she was 12, captivating audiences with her sultry, thoughtful piano driven tunes. She is currently on an extensive U.S tour in support of her debut record “Water in a Whale” on Wind-Up Records. For this show she will be backed by some of New York’s finest players, including Recovery Lounge veteran drummer Graham Hawthorne who has appeared here with jazz pianist Larry Ham, guitar wizard Teddy Kumple, and the Paul Joseph Project.

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