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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.

                                              The Dust Devil Band, 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.

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


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                   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.


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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.

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

​​Dharma Bums String Band and Above The Dam with Pete Ruben , Saturday September 16th 8PM


From the Great New York State Fair to opening for national acts at Utica’s AMP Levitt concert series to festivals, cafes and retirement homes, audiences have been treated to the eclectic and unexpected sounds of the Dharma Bums String Band. Their song list ranges from Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck to Johnny Cash, the Squirrel Nut Zippers and the Allman Brothers. Add in their original tunes and no one knows what to expect, even the band themselves. Their meticulous arrangements have led fellow musicians to describe them as “not really a band, but more like an orchestra.”

Lead guitarist Mike Stone, his mandolinist brother Dan and rhythm guitar brother-in-law Dave Ossont have been playing music together for over forty years. With the Dharma Bums String Band they’ve added a generation with Mike’s son Brenton on bass and Dave’s son Kyle on fiddle. If you need something to get you moving and give you a smile this band really believes, “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”


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.


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Cincinnati Creek with The Tweedlers, Friday June 2nd at 8pm


Presently in their ninth season together, Cincinnati Creek offers the listener a wide variety of acoustic music.  Using their bluegrass and country background, audiences will hear locally based original material, 50’s rock and roll, country, bluegrass, and gospel.    Cincinnati Creek’s live concerts embrace tight harmonies and foot-tapping bluegrass instrumentals.   Of course, good fun is always a part of the show.  You will hear some songs from their “Doing as We Please” album.  This CD and the earlier release, “Little Bit of Love,” are often featured on WKTV’s local TV program “Mohawk Valley Living."  

Cincinnati Creek   was formed in 2008.  Each performer brings their unique talents and experience to the band.    Lori Thompson plays mandolin, guitar, and sings both lead and harmony vocals.  Lori has written and recorded many songs.  Some of those songs are historically based and promote the folklore of the region.  Chris Pepe plays great banjo leads on every song, and he also sings bass harmony.  He is the sound tech for the band as well.   Gary Dygert plays the guitar, dobro, and mandolin.  He also sings lead and harmony vocals.  Every group needs an official musicologist, and Gary adds many interesting tunes to the group’s repertoire.  Cathy Martin is also multitalented. She plays the bass, sings the high harmony, and a sings a few solos as well.   She has been a performer for many years with the Remsen Community Choir and the Steuben Players.

Cincinnati Creek has performed at many venues including MWPAI, The Remsen Festival of the Arts, Bluegrass Festivals, Utica Monday Night, and numerous coffee houses and outdoor events.  For the past 3 years they have lent their talents to the Steuben Players annual historical play production.  So come on out to a concert and join the fun.   CD’s are available at concerts and online at cdbaby.com.


Opening the show will be The Tweedlers.  This band consists of Russ Bellair on mandolin, guitar, and vocals; Rod Barnes on guitar, banjo, and vocals; Tim Baldwin on fiddle, guitar, and vocals; and Dan Porter on bass and vocals.  They play “Bluegrass and Ol’time Country Music” and are known for great instrumentals and awesome harmonies.

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


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                                                              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.