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Eventbrite - Merry Pranksters concert

                                        Skip Murphy & His Merry Pranksters with Grievous Angel, 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.

Grievous Angel was formed in the late 1970’s by Dean Beck, Debbie Beck and Jamie Servello.  This Country Rock Jam Band played gigs throughout New York State and beyond.  They drew upon the music of artists such as Waylon Jennings, Marshall Tucker Band and EmmyLou Harris and soon formulated their unique style to gain recognition among fans of all ages.  They eventually split up – each going on with their separate lives, but the family ties kept them in close contact throughout the years.  And now, long overdue, we have “The Return of The Grievous Angel”!!  The new band is comprised of Dean Beck, Jamie Servello, Debbie Beck-Servello, and Sarah Jo (Beck) Bushinger.  Joining in the fun will be former Grievous Angel member Terry Johnson of The Swamp Drivers playing guitar and Brian Spoor of Twenty Main and The Fulton Chain Gang will be playing drums.

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

                      Colleen Kattau and Dos XX with Special Guest Cassidi 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 Cassidi Gerken.  At 18, Cassidi 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.

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

The summer of 2017 is winding down, but the music is cranking up at The Hall. Local favorites like the The Dust Devil Band and Skip Murphy will return to Unity Hall this summer, along with Grievous Angel on stage for a much anticipated return and their first Unity Hall appearance. Critically acclaimed artist Colleen Kattau and Dos XX hit the stage on another pass through upstate New York to close out the season.  

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.

Eventbrite - Colleen Kattau & Dos XX with Cassidy Gerken concert