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Bromka, Sondra & John MUSIC ALONG THE ERIE CANAL - New York State Heritage Songs and Instruments along the Waterway History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Sondra and John Bromka use their beguiling antique instrument collection to bring a lively taste of New York State's cultural character along our famous water way during the 1800s. This is a up-close, interactive concert that includes aires, dance tunes, and singalongs from a variety of immigrant traditions, accompanied by Irish harp, bagpipes, pennywhistle, French hurdy gurdy, German hackbrett (hammered dulcimer), African-American banjo, and English squeezeboxes... our music offers the special flavor of each culture's unique contributions.
$351- $500
Roethel, Glen Concert: One Hour of Beatles Music! Music
The Beatles were the right band at the right time, and although the group is gone its gift of song continues to inspire musicians and listeners today. Join national touring and recording artist, Glen Roethel in this musical concert journey to Strawberry Fields via The Long and Winding Road – perhaps on a Yellow Submarine! (And singing along is always encouraged!) [Songs for performance may be drawn from the following, and more: Imagine, Yesterday, A Day In The Life, I Want To Hold Your Hand, I Saw Her Standing There, In My Life, Norwegian Wood, Here Comes The Sun, Back In The USSR, I Should've Know Better, Good Day Sunshine, Mother Nature's Son, Rocky Raccoon, All You Need Is Love, Blackbird, Eight Days A Week, Help!, Hard Day's Night, Here There and Everywhere, Hey Jude, I Will, I've Just Seen A Face, Let It Be, Love Me Do, Octopus's Garden, She Loves You, With A Little Help From My Friends, Eleanor Rigby, Michelle, Hello Goodbye, Yellow Submarine, Revolution, Strawberry Fields, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, We Can Work It Out, The Long And Winding Road, Something, The Fool On The Hill, Penny Lane]
$201- $350
Dotterweich,Stein,Pearles,Strom, Bernie,Dug,Gail,Don and Steve Bluegrass Music Music,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Environment
For the Blue Mule Band the message is clear; to bring the unique sound of mulegrass to audiences everywhere. While Webster might not be able to define MuleGrass, The Blue Mule Band knows exactly what it is: an eclectic mix of traditional bluegrass and upbeat folk music played amid moments of humor and a lot of fun. Awash in harmonies and unique style, the sound of The Blue Mule Band sets the group apart from other bluegrass bands. Born out of jam sessions at Fosters Irish Pub in Ellicottville New York, the Cattaraugus County based band was officially formed in December 2003. In 2004, The Blue Mule Band and 36 fans, took their music for a weeklong pub tour of Ireland. Highlights of the trip was a spot on the Cormac McConnell Show. Members were interviewed and played three songs live on National Radio. The genuine interaction between the members and the audience has become a trademark and keeps folks coming back. Comittment to continuing The Blue Mule Band's unique sound and ex-panding original music continually drive the group in new directions.Contact at:@thebluemuleband@gmail.com or visit their web site @www.thebluemuleband.com
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - FREEDOM TRAIN History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Harriet Tubman, the intrepid conductor of the Underground Railroad, comes to life in an extraordinary production, with traditional music of the period. One of Theatreworks' biggest hits!
$1001- $3000
Bromka, Sondra & John Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing: 'THE ANT & THE GRASSHOPPER, AESOP'S FABLED FIDDLER' Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's musical storytelling performance is a Greek classic concerning the value of Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing! We all understand how our lives' pressing labors hang in a balance with the wonders of artistry and expression, through colors and sounds and dances. In our telling, we are confident that all will appreciate the carefully drawn moral concerning the value of both work & play. As we weave the tale through Ant and Grasshopper’s year in four episodes, each scene begins with the appropriate movement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' evocatively performed by the artists on harp, nyckelharpa, tromba marina, and winds. The action and mystique of the tale are further highlighted by the audiences’ contributions on medieval fiddles (researched and built by the artists themselves), percussion, and dancing. At the end of our maiden performance of this show, a young fellow excitedly asked: 'Where will we all be performing this next?' Exploratory Expressions by audience+artists, before the performance: -The Grasshopper's Fiddling Troupe - The Ant's Percussion Troupe - The Butterfly Dancers And now, Dear Audience, Places!! Let the story begin as together we play and sing the 15th c. song of 'El Grillo' the Cricket!
$351- $500
Roethel, Glen What's a HOUSE CONCERT? Let's host one at the Library! Music,
Performing Arts- Other
What's all the buzz about HOUSE CONCERTS? If your curiosity is peaked but you don't know where to begin, join us tonight for our own HOUSE CONCERT in the comfort of our library, featuring the sweet voice and acoustic guitar of singer-songwriter, Glen Roethel. Glen just released his third solo CD, Unfolding, so this will be a CD release house concert! Glen's songs have a positive message, and his musicianship has gained him prestigious teaching positions at Summersongs and Wintersongs (summersongs.com, songwriting and performance camps for adults) and at the SoundConnections annual music conference in Kansas City, Missouri and Tampa, Florida. In 2009, Glen was selected over more than 150 big-name applicants as guitarist for the Harmonizing With Humanity house band for a two-day music festival at Hohokam Stadium, Arizona raising awareness and funds for Autism research, three songs from his new CD have been nominated for Posi Awards, he's published by Hal Leonard Corp, the largest music publisher on earth, he's an award-winning songwriter, sought-after studio vocalist/musician, and guitar sideman to the stars! Tonight, Glen plays two 30-minute sets with a 20-minute intermission for refreshments. Ask Glen how you can host house concerts in your own home. http://www.glenroethel.com
$201- $350
Jablonski, Barbara Barbara Jablonski & Friend Holiday Concert History,
Music
Christmas Through the Ages Program. Vocal and instrumental program showing beginnings of traditional and contemporary European and American Christmas and holiday favorites. Instruments include hammered dulcimer, ukulele, guitars, table harps, Appalachian dulcimer, accordions.
$101- $200
Ackerbauer, Bill Old-timey ballads and blues History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Doghouse Carpenters are the Americana trio of Bill Ackerbauer, Bill Healy and Bob Zink. The group plays traditional American folk, vintage country, bluegrass and old-timey music on a mix of acoustic instruments, including upright bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica. The trio peppers its performances with good humor, stories about the origins of the songs and throws the occasional curveball by putting an old-timey spin on modern material. Specialized thematic programs with topics such as Trains, Planes and Automobiles and Old-Time Gospel are available. We are willing to tailor our performances to your needs and interests.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook America's Ground Breaking Troubadour - Woody Guthrie History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Known as the Dust Bowl Balladeer - Woody Guthrie is America's most prolific folk songwriter of the 20th century. Born in 1912, Woody wrote hundreds, if not thousands, of songs that document the history, culture and concerns of 1930's, 40's and 50's America. His songs are highly educational, extremely fun and very sing-alongable. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Lipscomb, Rhonda From Jazz To Soul History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Join Rhonda Denet and the Silver Fox Songs trio on a musical journey from a time when the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, graced the stage to when the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, ruled the airways. FROM JAZZ TO SOUL celebrates great popular music from the 1930s through the 1960s by paying tribute to 9 song stylists (Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Etta James, Martha & The Vandellas, Mary Wells, Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight) and sharing interesting tales of the songs that were made famous by them. This hour of non-stop entertainment sparks memories and inspires audiences across generations. Through the music, the magic and the message there is something for everyone.
$351- $500
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