At last year’s fundraiser, Jennifer Kara, daughter of No Brakes’ mandolinist Frank Kara, stole the show when she sat in for a few tunes with the band. This year, Jennifer gets well-deserved top billing.
No Brakes is a popular local group with a big-time sound. Their many fans have caught their gigs at The Dutchess County Fair, Bodles Opera House, and the Willow Creek and Greenville bluegrass festivals.
In addition to Jennifer, the will band feature Frank Kara (mandolin), Eric Spaulding (guitar), Gary DiGiovanni (banjo), Andy Bing (dobro, mandolin), and Rusty Boris (bass).
Blue Plate Special plays a blend of American roots music featuring strong three part vocal harmonies, mixed with the acoustic sounds of accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and upright bass. Members include Dave Gross, Jay Friedman, Tom Wise, and Dan O’Dea.
Two of the cuts from their CD “Nowhere Fast” are included in documentaries. The PBS series “The Appalachians” featured the title cut “Nowhere Fast”. Jay’s song, Bluebird of Happiness, appeared in the documentary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Couturié, “Into the Fire,” which aired on the History Channel last October.
Whether in a concert setting, casual party atmosphere or interactive children’s workshop, Blue Plate Special offers highly engaging performances. Their sheer love of what they do, resonates with audiences of all ages.
Robert Stump has been creating original music and performing covers in various local and regional country bands on and off for twenty years. His early musical experiences came from his grandfather, an old vaudeville actor musician, who loved country music and kept Robert’s guitar in tune.
Recently Robert has been making trips to Nashville to try and find a home for some of his songs. Playing open mics such as the famous Bluebird Café and meeting and learning from other songwriters has helped him raise the bar on his compositions.
Lately, he has been writing a lot of songs about vanishing America. The concept for the Americana Project started to reveal itself. North Country Public Radio will be recording a session of this material in July.
Steve Blake and The Swing Commandos
To say the least The Swing Commandos are eclectic. They move seamlessly from Swing, Standards, Jazz, Country, Rock, Blues, and, on occasion, even a little Latin.
Steve Blake was an original member of “Dickie Doo & the Don’ts”. In 1958 he had the number 28 billboard hit in the USA with “Click Clack.” Steve has entertained in Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Canada, and Alaska as well as more than 40 other states in the USA. He plays bass, guitar, and handles most of the vocals.
Joe Ricciardi is an extraordinary guitarist. He plays in the style of the great Chet Atkins as he fuses a song’s rhythm and melody together. Joe was recently inducted into the Connecticut Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ed Schaffer has been playing for over 40 years. His musical background began as a guitarist in a rock band during his undergraduate studies at Cornell University in NY. His transition to the mandolin led him to embrace swing, jazz and bluegrass.
Doug Mathewson (dobro and vocals) grew up listening to country/western, swing and standards. He was a jazz drummer and a rhythm guitarist until four years ago when he started playing the dobro.
Bill Petkanas, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass and Vocals. Bill is a versatile musician flowing easily from standards to bluegrass.
Cold Feat is a traditional acoustic Bluegrass band from the mid-Hudson Valley region of New York. They promote the acoustic sound and play a variety of old favorites covering the repertoire of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, traditional fiddle tunes and a few original compositions thrown in for good measure.
The Band consists of Dave Angell (mandolin) Dave Cobb (guitar), Mary DeBerry (bass), and Roy Coates (banjo).