archives 2015

January Jams
Sundays 2-6pm
The January Jams  return on Sunday, January 4th 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.
Underwritten by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for year round residents of the Adirondack Park

Feb. 21 8:00pm

Larry Ham- pianist 
David Dupont of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, “He glides over the keys with each note articulated cleanly…his playing is masterful.” And Mike Neely in All About Jazz calls him “…a pianist well on his way to becoming a master.”
Larry began his professional career in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in the late ’80’s. He was pianist in the Illinois Jacquet Big Band 1990-95 and has worked extensively with countless other jazz legends, including the late Junior Cook and Dakota Staton. He has appeared at jazz festivals, concerts and nightclubs throughout the United States, Europe, West Africa, and Japan. His recent New York appearances include Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Iridium, The Village Vanguard, Small’s, The Kitano Hotel, and Harlem’s historic Lenox Lounge.His jazz festival performances include the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France, the North Sea Festival in The Hague, Holland, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, Jazz Yatra in Bombay, India, The Charlie Parker Festival in New York, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He also performed at the White House for President Reagan and for President Clinton’s 1992 Inaugural Ball. Larry appeared in the jazz film “Texas Tenor” and has been a guest on TV programs including “The Today Show” (NBC) “Breakfast Time” (FX) and has been featured on NPR programs such as “Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater” and on Judy Carmichael’s “Jazz Inspired.”As a United States Department of State Jazz Ambassador, Larry toured eleven West African nations in 2001-02 in a cultural exchange program, performing in concert, and conducting workshops on the art of playing jazz. From 2002-05 he was pianist and musical director for the New York Tapdance Festival, also touring the United States and Russia, Greece and Italy.

February 26 7:30pm
Play Reading- Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk whatever it is she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
with – Leslie Dame, Peg Wilson, Susan Doolittle, Martin Deslauriers, Dimitra Dreyer, and John Spear 

a performance piece by The Space We Make
“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; … then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.” ― Herman Melville, Moby-DickIshmael’s compulsion to be rid of the gray vision that accompanies a long dreary period describes the spirit of the North Country in March: hibernating, waiting, and incubating desires that must, we insist, must spring forth in the form of light, warmth, and a cathartic release of inner fire. In these dwindling days of winter, therefore, The Space We Make performance collective will take up residency in the Upper Jay Art Center and deliver from the belly of the whale itself two nights of entertainment for local audiences.

The Space We Make, Upper Jay Art Center, Upper Jay NY
The artists’ task during their residency (March 3-6) is to adapt their ever-evolving work THE WHITE WHALE THE WHITE WAIL ― inspired by Melville’s classic novel
― to the space, a former Ford assembly plant and upholstery shop alongside (when it’s not inside!) the East Branch of the Ausable River, sharing their creative process with the community in open rehearsals and set designing sessions. The performances on March 6 & 7 will be immersive events in which audience members come in from the cold, take off their coats, their hats, their gloves, and re-enter the tactile world of sensory exploration. Guests can expect the unexpected, and will find the building transformed by original dance, music, film, installation art, and other sensory delights yet-to-be-imagined. For we are all searching for something …

March 14 8:00pm
Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo
Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are some of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. Frank’s stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O’Connor, Boston Pops, New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vinny Raniolo, at the age of 28, has already proved himself to be among the elite having performed and recorded with Bucky Pizzareli, Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman just to name a few. Since Frank and Vinny teamed up in 2008 they have performed over 1000 shows at some of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals in the world including the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, Liverpool Philharmonic, Quebec Music Festival and Italy’s Teatro Olimpico. Their jaw dropping technique and incredible showmanship explains why the New York Times deemed them, “….stars of Guitar.” Frank & Vinny have a new CD released in Jan. 2013. and an hour long PBS special featuring Tommy Emmanuel and Bucky Pizzarelli currently being aired with a DVD release later in 2013.

April 4 – 8:00pm Music with The Whispering Tree
At the heart of The Whispering Tree are singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour. With their deep-reaching sound, haunting vocals and vivid lyrics, this Franco/American duo have been captivating audiences since meeting at music school in London.

April 11, 7:30pm
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Comedy by William Shakespeare. Presented by The Adirondack Shakespeare Company.
Adirondack Shakespeare Company is dedicated to producing world-class quality theatre that is unburdened by spectacle and technology, but rather focuses on what matters most: the play.
April 18 – 8:00pm
Brian Dewan – Filmstrips and songs$10 donation at the doorBrian Dewan, a true American original, is a multi-media artist who produces music, audio visual performances, decorative painting, poetry, filmstrips, and musical instruments. This man will make you laugh until you cry.Brian Dewan’s series of I Can See filmstrips use the technology of the educational filmstrips from the mid-twentieth century as a point of departure for imaginative personal invention.Each panel features one of Dewan’s fanciful drawings, usually skillfully rendered in magic marker or watercolor. The images are accompanied by elaborate soundtracks in which Dewan is heard, adopting a deadpan narrator’s voice, and playing various musical instruments to create a different miniature soundtrack for each panel of the filmstrip. When it is time for the projectionist to advance the strip to the next panel, Dewan’s voice is typically heard singing “boop” in close imitation of the noise traditionally used for this purpose. The themes of the strips often seem as though they could have been taken from actual educational strips – Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Civic Pride, a short history of the Organ, Biblical stories have all served as conceits for the filmstrips. The strips tend to take many free-associative liberties and are by turns satirical and surreal, often whimsical and sometimes touching on serious themes. “Before the White Man Came” seems as though it might be about colonialism or racism, but the “White Man” of the filmstrip starts to seem more likely to be a folkloric evil spirit, with a charged and ambiguous relationship to racial stereotypes.


 April 28, 7:30pm Play Reading – Romance, by David Mamet
Romance is a fast paced, mad cap comedy-farce that skewers everything from our justice system, politics, homosexuality, and religious prejudice. Be warned that the language is not suitable for children.Cast- Roger Mitchell, Dylan Duffy, Matt Sorenson, Pat MacAvoy, John Nicholson, and Rob Frakas.
 May 8, 8:00pm The Resonant Rogues Variety Show
With a plethora of diverse influences, the Resonant Rogues write songs that transcend genres. Their meaningful lyrics and infectious melodies will catch your ear and move your feet. Gypsy jazz and traditional eastern European music blend seamlessly with American folk traditions like old-time, blues, and vintage hot jazz. Their music has found it’s way into many different kinds of venues- from rowdy bars to quiet listening rooms, from belly dance conventions to circus variety shows, from the local DIY space to the local jazz club, the Resonant Rogues thrive wherever they are given the opportunity.
 May 30, 8:00pm Music with Bruce Hayes and the Recoverers
Bruce Hayes plays Rhythm & Celtgrass music, a fusion of musical styles that combines acoustic and electric instrumentation with elements of Rock, Bluegrass, Celtic, and R&B music. Collaborating with The String Cheese Incident and Acoustic Junction, Hayes helped define the acoustic jam band sound. He continues this tradition performing original songs and arrangements on Mandolin, Guitar, Dobro, foot board and his latest creation, the Stratobassto.Perfoming as a solo act, a sideman, or with his bands, Hayes has given over 3,000 performances in many of America’s finest music venues, and several prominent music festivals. His music has taken him across the continent a dozen times, and twice around Europe. He’s jammed on stage with Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, New Riders, Acoustic Syndicate, Railroad Earth, Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Drew Emmitt; opened shows for David Bromberg, Jorma Kaukonen, Merle Sanders, Subdudes, Neville Bros., Dave Mathews, Sam Bush and David Lindley; and recorded in Nashville for grammy winning producer, Jon Vezner.

“…definately not some New Age dork. Man, he really cuts loose!”

Tom Robbins

 June 11, 7:30pm Play Readings
A selection of original short plays written by participants in the winter Playwriting Seminar.Please come out and support our local writers.
 June 20, 8:00pm Blessing Offor and Robinson Treacher
Hailing from the Brooklyn borough of New York City, with influences from a wide array of the world of pop, soul and R&B, multi-instrumentalist Blessing Offor, 25, is finding his way to achieving his life’s ambition – namely to write and perform his music for a living. Blessing has that ability to knock people out when they simply hear him sing and play the piano. Now that his abilities have stretched into songwriting both piano and guitar, his talent has not gone unnoticed. Last fall, he was a contestant on Season 7 of The Voice, and appeared over several episodes. He made all 4 judges seats turn during his audition, covering Grover Washington Jr. with Bill Withers’ “Just The Two Of Us.” Blessings vocal quality and interview eloquence caught the eye of APB Speakers, and Blessing will be on the lecture and performance circuit worldwide via this esteemed agency. Blessing also has a new album dropping February 10, 2015 entitled Roots.Blessing’s soulful, melodic, and at times, funk-filled, keyboard-driven sound intertwines with words that often tap into a well of poetic insight, relaying songs of love, happiness, faith and life. Jazz trained in his younger years, Blessing is serious about the maturation and evolution of his art. He is actively developing a skill to simplify what he is saying to reach for maximum impact, and bring in a wide swath of the musical spectrum to the listener. “I’m not neo anything” when asked if he fit in the neo-soul realm of music
 July 3, 8:00pm – 12:00am Antidependence – The Space We Make Returns with their
Collective Take on Independance Day
Creating art and community experience outside of the dominant cultural paradigm.  An evening celebrating who choose to create in the face of all odds. Expect outsider art, dance, Mace Chasm food truck, and many small surprises.$15 at the doorThe Mace Chasm Food Truck will start serving at 6:30pm and serve throughout the evening!and… there will be a “surprise one-time only performance” that evening!
 July 9, 10, 11,12, 16, 17, 18, 19,Curtain 8:00pm Glengarry Glen Ross – the summer play
By David MametDirected by Scott Renderer
Curtain- 8:00pmCast:  Jason Brill, Robert Andrews, Brian LaVallee, Roger Mitchell, John Nicholson, Thomas Broderick, Tim SorrellThis scalding comedy took Broadway by storm and won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize. Here is David Mamet at his very best, writing about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never ending scramble for their share of the American Dream.This production design made possible in part with help from the Charles Wood Foundation.
 July 30 6:30pm – 8:30pm Paintings by Sheila PritchardSheila Pritchard Painting, Exhibition at Upper Jay Art Center, Upper Jay NY

“The Night Dragon Steals The Sun Away” (Oil on canvas)

The Upper Jay Art Center continues its series of art shows with a collection of outsider art by the unknown artist Sheila Pritchard, who died in 2005.
These paintings have never been exhibited before.  Sheila did not have an agent and was not represented in any way.  She was a true outsider, and a prolific artist.  Her art helped her to process her world and communicate her innermost feelings as life unfolded. She worked mostly in oils but also completed scores of collages, sculptures, watercolors and textile art.
Exhibit runs through August by appointment.
 Sept 4, 8:00pm Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Ana Egge with
David Moss (cello, harmony) and Alex Hargreaves (fiddle, harmony)“We were always the outsiders,” says folk songwriter ANA EGGE of her early roots in a small North Dakota town of 50 people. “I was taught how to shoot a gun and how to enjoy alfalfa sprouts and tofu, raised by two back-to-the-land hippies. My folks loved the outdoors and eccentric people; I ran around barefoot and learned to ride a motorcycle when I was 5. I grew up with all the time and space in the world.” Egge has since traded the openness of the American Plains for the untamable wilderness of New York City, recorded seven albums, and worked with musical legends such as Ron Sexsmith and Steve Earle. She’s been around the horn of life’s experiences, having gotten married and become a mother, but that childhood spirit of freedom has matured on her latest album, BRIGHT SHADOW. Self-produced by Egge herself, Bright Shadow is a direct collaboration with acclaimed American roots trio, Yep Roc recording artists THE STRAY BIRDS – Maya De Vitry (fiddle, banjo, vocals), Charles Muench (upright bass, vocals), and Oliver Craven (mandolin, fiddle, slide guitar, vocals) – who join Egge as her band on the album. “They were fans of my last album (2011’s Steve Earle-produced, Bad Blood) and approached me about backing me up at Folk Alliance in Toronto 2012. There was an immediate affinity between us and the music just flowed.” The sound also marks a return to the kind of music she fell in love with first as a teenager playing in her high school bluegrass band, and listening to artists like Iris Dement on cassettes. “Acoustic instruments played in a circle with everyone singing. I had The Stray Birds very much in mind while writing and arranging these songs. Their strengths and personalities shine! We had so much fun in the studio.” As for Egge herself, the power of her voice lies in its ability to be at once haunting and comforting, possessing the otherworldly vocal quality of Emmylou Harris and the dark sweetness of Aimee Mann with a smooth effortlessness all Egge’s own.
 Oct 3, 8:00pm The Daniel Freedman Treo
Daniel Freedman | drums
Jason Lindner | piano
Omer Avital | bass Daniel Freedman Trio at the Recovery Lounge, Upper Jay Art Center, Upper Jay NY BabyThe trio was the core of Lindner’s Big Band for many years as well as being the ryhym section for Avishai Cohen and Anat Cohens band, among others. Together they have toured the world, made many records and remain close friends.These concerts are sponsored by a Decentralization Grant through the Essex County Arts Council. Decentralization Grants are made possible through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Nov 6th, 2015 Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

** NOTE: There will be dance instruction at 7 pm preceding the show (included as part of the donation for admittance) – all are welcome!

Formed October 1980 in Amsterdam, NY, this 12 piece orchestra is led by the Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres.  They have been presented by hundreds of festivals, performing arts centers and events annually to perform their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz.

The Orchestra has been the recipient of numerous awards including the New England Cultural Arts Preservation Award, the New York State Music Achievement Award, the Schenectady League of Arts Award, The Governor´s Excellence in Arts Award, The NAACP Albany Chapter Award and Metroland Magazine´s “Best Of Award” for seven consecutive years.

Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra have performed for President Bill and Hillary Clinton at the New York State Democratic Convention and also for New York Governor’s George Pataki and Eliot Spitzer’s Inauguration. They have shared the stage and billings with such major acts as Tito Puente, Tito Puente Jr., Eddie Palmieri, Andy Montañez, Los Hermanos Moreno, Arturo Sandoval, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Ray Barretto, Jane Burnette & The Spirits Of Havana, Larry Harlowe, Jose Alberto “El Canario,” Brenda K. Starr, Tito Nieves, Jerry Gónzalez & The Fort Apache Band, King Changó, Branford Marsalis, The Count Basie and Woody Herman Orchestras.

The group is also registered with the Arts-In-Education Program of New York State. This program brings the orchestra into schools to showcase and explain the music, instruments and rhythms associated with their music.

Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra also have been featured on television commercials for The Albany Times Union Newspaper, they wrote and performed the music for the PBS weekly program ” Made in New York”, and twice performed for Time Warner’s music series, Sounding Board. Ther music has also been featured in the motion pictures “Slammin’ Salmon,” “Old Dogs,” “Broken City,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” “Guten Tag Ramon”  and the made for TV movie “Unanswered Prayers.” Also on the TV series, “Ugly Betty,”  “The Glades,”  two Fox TV series “Human Target,”  “The Finder,” Miami’s The Color Splash,”  “Road To The Kentucky Derby,” “Quiero Mis Quinces,”  “Mistresses,” “Breaking Amish”  & also the featured sound tracks on the video games “Tropico 3, 4 & Tropico 5.”

December 2015

Multiple shows

Play: love and information

A child cannot feel pain. A man has a secret. A woman wants an affair. A scientist dissects a brain. Someone tells the police. Another puts an elephant on the stairs.

In a series of tantalizing vignettes, over 100 vibrant characters search for meaning in their lives. Through sex, death, feeling, thinking, taxidermy and karaoke they discover each other. Within their intimate whispers, philosophical exchanges and life-changing revelations, we see ourselves and the people we love.

Caryl Churchill is one of the world’s foremost living playwrights. Since the 1950s, she has maintained inventiveness and a currency that remain unmatched.

Cast includes: Olivia Zeis, Casey Galligan, Zoe Brammer, Maeve Brammer, Liza Amirault, Lucky Cerutti, Dylan Duffy, Betsey Thomas- Train, Marie-Anne Azar Ward, Susan Doolittle, Joy McCabe, James Coleman, Peg Wilson, Dorian Gossy, Theresa Cheetham-Palen, and Roger Mitchell.

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