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We were pleased and proud to  be recognized as one of the  Best Venues for live music in the 2019 and 2020 SAMMY Awards. Our thanks to the Syracuse Area Music Awards board and all those that voted, and congratulations to the venues we share this distinction with.

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Friday, February 28 at 8 PM. Tickets - $15/ $12.

Central New York’s Better than Bowling is a 5-piece classic rock group that delivers powerful vocal harmonies, shredding solos and has been referred to by the Syracuse newspapers as “laugh-out-loud fun”. Their eclectic repertoire extends from Crosby Stills & Nash to The Indigo Girls, Van Morrison to Tom Petty, and The Ventures to JimiHendrix.

Better Than Bowling features Arty Lenin, recipient of the Best Rock Instrumentalist award from the Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS). Also featured is vocalist Sharon Allen whose strong, passionate voice and intense delivery have made her a central New York favorite with a devoted fan base.  Pedal steel guitar player George Newton capably demonstrates that the steel guitar can be used with all types of music. He has shared the stage with Peter Tosh, Muddy Waters, The Winters Brothers Band, and Orleans. He is best known to Unity Hall audiences for his affiliations with the Merry Pranksters and the DustDevil Band.  Bass player Tom Navagh has played with The Alligators, Crawdaddy, and delivered back-up vocals with the national recording group Dakota.  Drummer Wayne Stevens is best known for his tenures with The Mercurys and The Merry Pranksters, and has shared the stage with Duke Jupiter, Benny Mardones and

Jeff Altman.

Put them all together and you have a virtual jukebox of classic rock that raises the

musical question, “What’s Better than Bowling?

Saturday, March 14 at 8 PM
Tickets - $18/ $15

PROFESSOR LOUIE & THE CROWMATIX

Tickets - $18/ $15

 

Professor Louieand the Crowmatix have emerged in the music industry as the torchbearer of the true spirit of American Roots Music. Seasoned live performer, prolific recording artist and versatile multi-instrumentalist, Professor Louie also wears the hat of award-winning recording Producer and Engineer, capturing the talents of some of the

world’s most highly acclaimed musicians, most notably, The Band.

 

Grammy Nominated Professor Louie & The Crowmatix began as the studio backingband for Professor Louie’s recording work with the The Band. Rick Danko christened him Professor Louie over the course of a collaboration with them that started during The Band’s residence in the Woodstock area (home of Big Pink), and lasted over 17 Years.

 

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix play 150 shows a year in the US and worldwide, featuring songs from roots music at its best (their playlist includes songs from their 15studio CD’s including original songs, blues and select tunes from The Band, Bob Dylan and more. They have performed at the Falcon Ridge Festivals, BB Kings, NYC, and the

House Of Blues in LA. They have been inducted into Blues Hall Of Fame, NY Chapter, and hold a permanent place in The Canada South Blues Museum.

 

The members of The Crowmatix have performed with The Band, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan (during The Rolling Thunder Review tour) , and with Levon Helm’s Woodstock All-stars.

Last year, Unity Hall’s own production of A Tribute to The Band’s Last Waltz ConcertEvent/ Film, earned an impressive response from our audience, followed by ongoing requests to reprise the tribute format. We are pleased to announce another such effort, this time featuring a dual tribute to the music of The Eagles and Jackson Browne.
 

The show will once again be hosted by members of last year’s Last Waltz house band, butwill also feature performances by The Justice McBride Band, Two of Us, and The Burns and Kristy Band from Ithaca, NY.

The advance sell-out of the Last Waltz Tribute at the Hall last year left lots of people wishing they'd gotten tickets ahead of time. Don't get left out this time. Get tickets early.
 

If tickets remain, they will also be available locally starting February 29 at Adirondack Cheese Company on Rt. 12 in Barneveld. Unity Hall members purchasing $20 advance tickets are eligible for a $3 rebate at the door the night of the concert.

The Burns Sisters

Saturday, May 9 at 8 PM
Tickets -- $18/ $15

Annie and Marie Burns as a duo create “passionate, energetic music filled with seductive harmonies and lyrics that are bursting with spirit and soul”.
Two of twelvesiblings, Annie and Marie have been singing together since early childhood.
 

The Burns Sisters have been through many different configurations over the years.  They started as a trio. At one time, all five sisters sang together, but they eventuallyreturned to the original trio. Two years ago, Jeannie Burns left the band to follow her heart westward to the Austin music scene.
Marie and Annie have kept the name and reputation of The Burns Sisters alive, performing in major venues and festivals in the United States, as well as in Ireland where they have been repeatedly invited to play established music festivals.

The Burns Sisters have written and produced, together
and apart, approximately 20 CDs on the Columbia and Rounder record labels.  The Burns Sisters have shared the stage with many great folk legends,

including Arlo Guthie, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Odetta, David Amram, Chris Thile, Willie Nelson, and  even the Boston Pops.  They have played venues from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Old Opry, and from Northern Thailand to the hills of Clare Ireland.