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Unity Hall has been fortunate to receive grant support for several years from CNY Arts to help underwrite the cost of its popular live shows, always with an eye towards paying musicians a decent fee. In light of Covid-19 restrictions and necessary social distancing, Unity Hall has decided to use its 2020 CNY Arts funding to pay musicians to perform Virtual Concerts via wth Unity Hall website. This online version of Unity Hall’s High Notes Concert series will help sustain these talented musicians through this challenging time when their normal sources of income have all but dried up. 

Each concert in this 10 week series will feature a 30-minute set of music on premiering Saturday nights at 8PM.  Each performance will remain available for viewing on demand until the following Saturday. A virtual tip jar on-screen below each video giving those enjoying each concert the option to donate a tip in whatever amount to supplement the artist payment Unity Hall is providing thanks to CNY Arts.     

Nick Piccininni opened the series on May 9th with a wonderful session showcasing his virtuoso talents on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle that have earned him an impressive number of fans both locally and increasingly on the national level as the newest member of Yonder Mountain String Band.


May 16 we welcome to the virtual stage Ryan Quinn, formerly from Clinton and currently sheltering in place in Nashville. Ryan has one of those feel-good stories of a local guy who started playing in bars, restaurants, and college gigs, and went on to become a semi-finalist on NBC’s “The Voice”. Ryan sings heartfelt singer/ songwriter tunes, songs with the punch of Led Zeppelin, “and everything in between”.

May 23 – Mason McDowell is originally from Hamilton, NY and more recently has been living in Brooklyn as he tends to his music career.  Mason is an impressive vocalist, keyboard player, and songwriter. Impressive is an understatement.

May 30 - The Cadleys.  Syracuse based John and Cathy Cadley provide a mix of authentic roots music along with bluegrass, accompanied by great harmonies

Jnue 6 - Joe Crookston has shared stages with Suzanne Vega, Judy Collins and many other musical luminaries. This 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist in Residence honoree delivers strong original songs and is a superb guitarist and fiddler.

Check back here for additional dates and artists and 'tune-in at unityhall.com Saturday nights at 8pm for the premiere screening, or watch at your convenience during the week.  Your online attendance is greatly appreciated by the artists and by us.

Your friends at Unity Hall and CNY Arts.

Many Unity Hall programs are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program,a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

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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