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.


Nook and Crannie, Saturday April 1st 8PM


You can count on acoustic duo Ann Carey and Matt Mielnick provide an evening of mellow and entertaining sounds, covering artists such as Allison Krause, John Prine and Bonnie Raitt. Count on them to throw in a few off-the-path tunes for good measure!

Ann Carey began singing professionally in Central New York in the late seventies in bands such as Steppin' Out, Blue Steel, and Ted Radley and Co. Eventually she explored the world of jazz standards, and continues to play gigs with local legends Rick Montalbano and Monk Rowe. Ann is also the token “chick singer” in the long-living “dance” band, Puttin' on the Ritz, and is an instructor in theatre education at Syracuse University and Utica College. She recently co-wrote and directed a theatre piece on local food insecurity which was presented at Utica College entitled, Mother Marianne’s Kitchen. 

A native Utican, Matt Mielnick lists an exhausting number of personal influences that have brought him to this place at this time in his musical journey -- shoe salesman, Existentialist, luthier's apprentice, saloon owner, and more.  He was the director of performing arts programming for several local arts organizations and music curator for the Clinton Art and Music Festival for the past two years.  In 1978 he and his good friend Philip Doty invited other local musicians to put together a "one-time only" musical program that they called "Puttin' On the Ritz".  That iconoclastic 9-piece collaboration has continued for the last 35 years under that same name.  Matt credits Zorro for his strong sense of justice for the underdog and his fondness for black clothing.

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


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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.

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                                              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. 


Les Brers Unplugged, Saturday May 5th 8PM


In July of 1971, a musical explosion occurred.  On that date, after two moderately successful albums, The Allman Brothers Band released "Live At The Fillmore East," changing the shape of rock music forever.  In that one masterwork, the Allman Brothers defined the term "Southern Rock" and set the standard for thousands of acts that followed.

Who can forget the feeling that surged through them the first time they heard Statesboro Blues? In Memory of Elizabeth Reed?  Whipping Post?

Well, now that feeling is back.  Les Brers, a musical tribute to the music of the Allman Brothers Band, is thrilling sold out audiences, as they recreate not just the music but the whole spirit of an Allman Brothers show.

But their first performance at Unity Hall will be unlike any other Les Brers Show you’ve ever seen.

In 1990, The Allman Brothers were not only one of the biggest bands in the world but were also one of the rocking-est. So it was a major departure when they appeared on MTV’s groundbreaking Unplugged series playing acoustic versions of some of their most well-known tunes.  The result was so successful the acoustic set became a standard part of their subsequent tour.

Well, now the ultimate Allman Brothers tribute band is paying tribute to that legendary MTV performance with “Les Brers Unplugged,” an acoustic night of Allman Brothers music.

Of course the classic tunes that you'd expect are there, faithful to the original, but completely reworked into a whole new form.

Go Ahead.  Close your eyes.  Open your mind.  You'll swear you're back at the Fillmore. Or at least on MTV.


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



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                                Colleen Kattau and Dos XX with Special Guest, 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.
 

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E.E. Norris, Saturday March 4th at 8PM


Here’s an event to chase those March blues away!  Join us for an evening of music with singer/songwriter E.E. Norris on Saturday, March 4 at 8pm as we kick off the Unity Hall 2017 Music Series.  

Norris, a longtime performer, is a recent transplant to our area from the New York metropolitan area.  His wife, Jane Bradbury, is a native Barneveldian. This accomplished musician will entertain us with some original tunes along with acoustic favorites by Randy Newman, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Mayer and Eric Clapton.  It promises to be a fun evening and a great way to support fundraising efforts for Unity Hall.

E.E. Norris (known to some as Ernie) has been playing guitar since the age of 13.  Over the years, he has performed in several bands and duos ranging from bluegrass to country rock.  Trained as a professional actor, he has also played music on stage off-Broadway, in professional regional theatre and touring shows.   After receiving his B.A. from Princeton University, Norris studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts with a concentration in Shakespeare and stage fighting (he promises there will be no swords present on March 4!).  His other passion is writing, which has also fueled his songwriting.  

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

Cincinnati Creek, 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.

 
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.