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Eventbrite - Merry Pranksters concert

                                                              Skip Murphy & His Merry Pranksters, November 17 at 8PM

Skip Murphy and his Merry Pranksters recently stole the show at the NYS Blues Fest held in Syracuse in early July.  Now he leads his band into Unity Hall for a rare visit to our area to perform in the Hall’s Landecker Auditorium at 8:00 pm on Friday, November 17.  This is a show not to be missed.

Imagine if you will, eight veteran working musicians, who play in more than a dozen bands, getting together for the love of the music. If you can, then you are thinking of The Merry Pranksters. The Pranksters play only a handful of concerts each year. Yet, every one seems to be a night to remember.  The name is an allusion to Ken Kesey's group of counterculture misfits who toured the country in a painted van in the 1960s.

Skip Murphy  (harmonica and vocals) is the bandleader and shepherd.  He is a SAMMYS Hall of Fame Award winner and can be seen regularly playing with many of Syracuse's finest musicians.    He is best known in our area as the leader of the popular group Out of the Blue.  Dave Liddy (piano) also shared the stage in Out of the Blue, and was inducted into the NYS Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2015.  Sharon Allen is the band’s female vocalist.  Mark Gibson (guitar and vocals), Mike Ranger (bass), Dave Schneider (guitar and vocals),  Wayne Stevens (drums), and George Newton (pedal steel and vocals)  round out the line up of this supergroup.

Tickets are $10 for UHF members and $12 for non members.  Doors open at 7:30pm.

​​​Cathie Timian and Above The Dam with Pete Ruben , Saturday September 16th 8PM

Canadian born songstress Cathie Timian has been pleasing audiences with her smoky, bluesy sound for well over a decade! Her velvety vocal is reminiscent of Etta James or Ruth Brown. Highly influenced by the sounds of Buddy Guy, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Beth Hart, BB King, Eric Clapton, Bessie Smith, and so many other well-known jazz and blues artists, Cathie's style is sure to leave you wanting more! On top of hosting open mic nights and performing at various local venues, Cathie is very active in the local music scene and likes to support all musicians and the venues that support local live music. Cathie has performed with many other musicians at various venues, including NYS Fair accompanied by Mr. Brian Mulkerne, and more recently, this past April at Stanley Theater with the Steve Falvo Easy Money Big Band. For more information on Cathie, you can visit her website: www.cathietimian.com

Above The Dam is pleased to announce the addition of "JT" Terrell taking over the duties on lead guitar after Rick Murray moved to the west coast.  It is a perfect fit which allows the band to remain true to its roots of great original and cover Americana based music.   JT brings a bluesy/Grateful Dead sound with his lead guitar-just what the band was looking for with the departure of Rick.  The sound lends itself for the broad array of the crossover sounds of Americana-rhythm, rock, blues, folk and country.  The band is rounded out by original members electric violinist Mark Nelson and Tom Fiore on rhythm guitar and vocals. 

The group continues to weave original songs from their debut album, "Paper and Pen" with a whole host of great cover tunes from a broad genre of musical artists throughout their sets.  Above The Dam covers such groups and artists as Little Feat, Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, Bob Seger, Doug Seeger, Stoney LaRue, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Robison, Grateful Dead, Robert Earl Keen, etc. 

Pete Ruben, a local icon in the music community, will make a guest appearance on sax.  He always lends a soulful presence and blends in very well with whatever the band presents to him-the sign of a true professional musician.  

Tickets are $10 for UHF members and $12 for non members.  Doors open at 7:30pm.

Music, Live Theater and Educational Events - The Hall has it all!

2017 is going to be a banner year for great musical entertainment at The Hall. Local favorites like the The Dust Devil Band and The Dharma Bums will return to Unity Hall this summer, and we'll be hosting the Les Brers Unplugged on stage for their first Unity Hall appearance. Critically acclaimed artist Colleen Kattau and Dos XX hit the stage on another pass through upstate New York, and E. E. Norris brings an evening of acoustic favorites.  

That's just a snapshot of our summer series - hot days make for hot nights at The Hall.

If plays are your thing, we feature live theater at various times throughout the season. Educational sessions, community events and fundraisers - whatever you're doing in 2017, be sure to include Unity Hall in your plans!

Mark your calendars and plan to attend - we'll see you at The Hall!

Adirondack Cheese Company, 8190 Rt. 12 in Barneveld, is the local pre-sale outlet for all Unity Hall concerts.

Jack and the Jukebox, Saturday July 22nd, 8PM


Jack and the Jukebox received rave reviews when they opened the show for Colleen Kattau at the Hall last November.

We live in a time when the words ‘new music’ can empty a room.  Not too long ago though, lengthy, raucous lines formed outside the record store in anticipation of a music release. That is the spirit of excitement Jack & the Jukebox seems able to generate: While listening to their music, fans claim to hear a distant tincture of old Genesis and Pink Floyd, with a dash of Jeff Buckley, a sprinkle of Procol Harum and even some Velvet Underground thrown in for good measure. But whether it be the dark cabaret-like intonations that suddenly explode into full on Progressive intensity, or the intricate instrumental and vocal interplay that, ironically, is made more intricate with floor-filling rhythms. Jack has brought us new music that Hipsters and Boomers enjoy with equal ferocity.

The band members include Spencer Colucy- Vocals, 5 string bass, Timothy B. Parker- pianos, congas, and Aaron Myatt- drums.

Tickets are $10 for UHF members and $12 for non members.  Doors open at 7:30pm.

Eventbrite - Dion Abraham and Friends concert

                   Dion Abraham Brings His Smooth Jazz Saxaphone Sound To Unity Hall Saturday August 19th  8 PM 

Smooth Jazz artist Dion Abraham began playing in 1985 at the age of 12.  Nearly 33 years later the music you hear is a reflection of many styles wrapped into one smooth package.

Dion learned from one of the best local music educators, Mr. Rick Compton,  He took a great interest in jazz and later in life he would call upon it’s many healing roots.  He plays in a band called Prime 7, a neo soul groove band that he refers to  as family.  He can be found jamming with countless other musicians and supports the local music scene near and far. 

You can find him at a wide variety of venues through Central New York and is a big fan and supporter of the Hall.  “Unity Hall is like a ruby in the sand – a rare find.  It’s the people that you meet along the way that are the rubies.” 

He has played on countless stages but says “The biggest stage is the one you play on next.” 

People have said “Great music – You’re in for a treat.”  Come out and listen.  You’ll be thankful you did. 

Admission for this show will be $10 for Unity Hall Foundation members and $12 for the general public. This event is sponsored by the Unity Hall Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995 to maintain the Hall as a center for the arts and community activities in Barneveld, New York.  The Hall is available for public and private functions.   Tickets may be purchased locally at The Adirondack Cheese Company in Barneveld.  Tickets and information about this and other Unity Hall events are available online at www.unityhall.com, and Facebook/HistoricUnityHall.

Eventbrite - Colleen Kattau & Dos XX with Cassidy Gerken concert

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                      Colleen Kattau and Dos XX with Special Guest Cassidy Gerken, Saturday December 9th at 8:00PM

“Ever since childhood Kattau has been imbued with a voice that haunts with its clarity and range”- Syracuse New Times.

“Exuberant”, “emanates energy”, “beautiful voice”.  Colleen Kattau is a bilingual vocalist, song-maker and dynamic performer whose Latin-influenced indy eclectic folk fusion music is “power and beauty steeping in a fine tea.” Colleen has toured with Holly Near, performed on Democracy Now and shared the stage with Pete Seeger who categorized her as a great singer and organizer at the same time.  She won the 2013 Grassroots band contest performing solo and also with her Gringa-Latin group Dos XX.  She is also a selected showcase artist at NERFA and is a commissioned songwriter.

Colleen is an arts worker who believes in the transformative power of song and all the arts to create a more just and beautiful world.  She has five albums and has produced three benefit CDs for environmental and peace actions. Her latest music video “Your Place of Freedom” is getting media attention and kudos from respected musicians.  Dos XX includes lead guitarist  Jane Zell, bassist, Mike Brandt, and Connie Walters on percussion and backing vocals.

Opening for Kattau will be special guest musician and vocalist Cassidy Gerken.  At 18, Cassidy has already made a mark on the local music scene.  She has been singing and playing piano since the age of 7, and now is devoting time to creating original songs and producing her first album.  She performs her own material and others with true passion and energy.

Tickets are $10 for UHF members and $12 for non members.  Doors open at 7:30pm.

Eventbrite - Cathie Timian & Above The Dam with Pete Ruben concert
Cathie Timian Unity Hall

        The Dust Devil Band with Special Guests E.E. Norris and Nick Piccininni, Sunday October 15th  at 6PM

The Dust Devil Band is reuniting again for the annual fundraising concert at Unity Hall – the treasured 1896 performing arts venue in Barneveld, NY.  The boys have been back in the rehearsal hall adding more of your DDB favorites to their repertoire.  Come out and help The Dust Devil Band support live music in the north country. Last year’s DDB show at the Hall sold out in one week.  Get your tickets early.  The doors open at 5:30pm and the show begins at 6:00.

The Dust Devil Band is a piece of Central New York musical history. A staple of the music scene in the 70's and 80's, the DDB rocked just about every venue in the Mohawk Valley and beyond. An anchor at festivals like FUBAR and Full Moon Fest, the Dust Devil Band originated from the Waylon and Willy style of Outlaw Country to establish themselves as a formidable force in the regional music scene. The band's four songwriters added to the group's diverse repertoire and they emerged with a unique sound which blended blues, southern rock and alternative country, while shying away from mainstream styles.

The DDB is comprised of George Deveny on lead and slide guitar, Darryl Mattison on drums, Dan Porter on bass, Ed Rosenburgh on lead vocals, harmonica and rhythm guitar and George Newton on pedal steel guitar. As well as playing in the Dust Devil Band, members of the quintet can also be seen on stage with local favorites like Blueprints, The Paul Case Band and the Merry Pranksters.

E.E. Norris is a longtime performer and singer/songwriter and a recent transplant to the local music scene from the New York city area.  A gifted performer, Norris has been delighting local audiences with his singing, acoustic guitar playing and original tunes.  Norris will be joined by the multi-talented, virtuoso musician and songwriter, Nick Piccininni.  Gifted on guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo, Piccininni is a member of the band Floodwood and often plays as a duo with mandolin player Jason Barady.

Admission for this show will be $10 for UHF members and  $12 for non members. 

Eventbrite - The Dust Devil Band with E.E. Norris & Nick Piccininni concert
Eventbrite - Jack and the Jukebox Concert