The O-town Scene

July 28, 2011

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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Scene the O-Town Vol. 1, No. 41 102 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820 (607) 432-1000, ext. 255, EDITOR Cassandra Miller ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR OF THE DAILY STAR Adrienne Wise PUBLISHER Armand Nardi Fine Art + Artisans’Crafts + Music Dance + Children’s Activities Literary Readings + Breweries Locally Sourced Food + Wineries All Day Artisans’Demos Plein Air Painting + ||||||||||||||||||||||||| ||||||||||||||||||||||||| |||||||||||||||||||||||| |||||||||||||||||||||||| COURTHOUSE SQUARE + DELHI + SATURDAY + AUGUST 6 10:00AM—5:00PM ||||||||||||||||||||||||| ||||||||||||||||||||||||| |||||||||||||||||||||||| |||||||||||||||||||||||| FIRST TIME EVER IN DELAWARE COUNTY COMMUNITY COMPLAINTS CHOIR + ||||||||||||||||||||||||| ||||||||||||||||||||||||| |||||||||||||||||||||||| |||||||||||||||||||||||| FREE + RAINORSHINE WWW.ARTNSOULOFTHECATSKILLS.COM + ||||||||||||||||||||||||| ||||||||||||||||||||||||| |||||||||||||||||||||||| |||||||||||||||||||||||| PRESENTED BY THE GREATER DELHI AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ROXBURY ARTS GROUP, CATSKILL MOUNTAIN ARTISANS GUILD, WEST KORTRIGHT CENTRE, BRIGHT HILL PRESS, LONGYEAR GALLERY AND BREWERY OMMEGANG. SPONSORED IN PART, BY THE O’CONNOR FOUNDATION, SUNY DELHI, DELAWARE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THE CENTRAL NEW YORK RADIO GROUP, O’CONNOR HOSPITAL, AND QUARTER MOON CAFE 2 O-Town Scene July 28, 2011 CONTRIBUTORS Josh Baldo, Sam Benedict, Peter Eklund, Emily Ernsberger, David Fredette EDITOR OF THE DAILY STAR Sam Pollak Terry Ludwig, Jim Koury, Lisa Ryther, James Derek Sapienza, Mark Simonson, Sam Spokony and Jennifer Tighe. ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Sean Lewis The O-Town Scene is published Thursdays by The Daily Star Inc. Free copies are distributed throughout Oneonta, as well as parts of Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties. Member of The Associated Press and CNHI News Service EDITOR’S NOTE Brewery Ommegang is jumping on the Americana bandwagon and wheeling in a menagerie of musicians playing music that fits into the genre _ folk, rock, coun- try, bluegrass, blues, jazz, gospel. It’s a pretty broad genre, and it’s been gaining popularity since the break- through hit of 2000’s “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack. Spin magazine recently did a cover story on the genre’s surge in popular- ity. Of those musicians who might fit into the category, Ommegang is hosting Steve Earle, the Felice Brothers and Langhorne Slim in its one- day event. I’ve been a fan of Langhorne Slim since I saw him give a performance that could be classified as rollicking a year ago in Northampton, Mass. Thanks to knowing someone who knew someone, I got to hang out with Langhorne after the show. We had an enjoyable, easy conversa- tion. I didn’t really know who he was and wasn’t nervous. (That’s Langhorne and me having a grand old time in Northamp- ton.) Fast-forward to a couple of weeks ago, when I had the chance to do a phone interview with him for this issue. I’d spent hours read- ing every interview I could find and watching dozens of YouTube videos of his performances. I could be his personal biog- rapher. Then the hour came for the big talk, and I was an emotional mess because of circumstances completely outside of the interview. To compensate, I tried to be cool, which is pretty much the fastest way to come across like a jackass. Thankfully, Langhorne gave interest- ing answers even though I wasn’t on my A-game. And in correspondence since the interview, he has been simply lovely. He is cool without trying _ he’s thoughtful, genuine and kind in addition to being a stellar musician. His performances are thoroughly entertaining. He and his band bring the audience into their music in such as way that everyone in the crowd wants to shout the catchy choruses while doing the kind of dancing that involves lots of jumping and smiling. Anyone who sees him and his band perform at the Ameri- cana Festival is in for a treat. _ Cassandra Miller Miller is the founding editor of the O-Town Scene. She can be reached at editor@

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