The O-town Scene

December 29, 2011

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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2011 First Night Thirty-seven artists will perform at 14 venues within five city blocks of Oneonta between 6 and 10 p.m. Saturday as part of First Night Oneonta. Below are brief descriptions of many of the acts. See Pages 12 and 13 for a full schedule of events. Tickets are $15, and available at Compiled by Will Lunn, an organizer of First Night Oneonta 2011 Alpha Brass Band Alpha Brass Band is a fun-filled, funky, flavorful celebration of New Orleans music. Using trumpet, trombone, sax, bass and drums, the group brings Mardi Gras to your door. They play colorful songs by artists like Dr. John, the Dirty Dozen, Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band and the Meters. Aranda Brothers Kota and Isiah Aranda blend the sound of flamenco and rock on classical guitars. This is their last performance in New York. Badra Bahiya Bellydance This unique tribal fusion interpretation of traditional belly dances as been delighting audiences in the Oneonta area since 2007. Performances include dynamic troupe interaction, sword dance, finger cymbals, captivating music and beautiful costuming. The Brazztet The Brazztet is a new area band featuring a horn section, piano, bass, guitar, drums and vocals.The band plays swing, jazz, 1950s and 1960s rock and roll and pop songs, Dixie- land and Broadway showtunes. Catskill Puppet Theater Catskill Puppet Theater, based in Laurens, is an internationally known and re- spected touring company that has been selected to perform at such venues as The Annenberg in Philadelphia, The Smithso- nian Institution in Washington, D.C., The JFK Library in Boston, New York's Symphony Space, The Guggenheim, Columbia Uni- versity and The Museum of Television and Radio. They perform original musical plays for children of all ages. 14 O-Town Scene Dec. 29, 2011 The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble will usher in 2012 with music that is entertaining, inspiring and appropriate to the season: carols, show tunes, dance music, marches and concert band classics. Performed by 35 experienced wind band musi- cians under the direction of Scott Rabeler. The Dady Brothers The Dady Brothers bring a unique variety of Celtic and American folk music to each and every performance. Origi- nally from Rochester, the brothers have shared their music in many diverse venues around the country and abroad for more than 30 years. John and Joe are self-styled singers, multi- instrumentalist musicians and composers. They have a solid command of many folk instruments including, but not limited to: guitar, pennywhistle, fiddle, banjo, octave mandolin, harmonica, uilleann pipes, bodhran and ukulele. Their wide repertoire ranges from Irish folk ballads to original contempo- rary folk, bluegrass and acoustic blues. Dana LaCroix and Murali Coryell Renowned blues singer and guitarist Murali Coryell has performed and re- corded with music legends from Joe Louis Walker to Larry Coryell. Gordon Lightfoot calls singer/song- writer Dana LaCroix's recent CD release "A passionate album by a wonderful songwriter." Separately, Coryell and LaCroix have delighted audiences all over North America and Europe. Hear them together in this one-night-only acoustic performance. Driftwood Influenced by traditional American roots/rock artists such as Bob Dylan, The Band, Hank Williams as well as modern string band music of today such as Old Crow Medicine Show and The Avett Brothers, this self-proclaimed shanty rock band also pays homage to the pop rock of the 1960s as well as popular song- writers of today such as Regina Spektor. Whatever the influences or the sounds, the songs from this acoustic quartet are beautiful, and the energy is off the chart. With a grueling touring schedule spanning from Providence to Nashville to Austin to Portland, they have managed to build a fast growing national fan base and release their second album. Hobart Fire Department Pipes and Drums Band Although it may be cold, they will be dressed in kilts playing loudly and proudly on bagpipes, snare drums, tenor drums and a bass drum. Their repertoire consists of traditional music of the Great Highland bagpipes including many of your Scot- tish and Irish favorites, ending with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne. An opportunity will be given to ask questions about the band's uniform, music and instruments. Horseshoe Lounge Playboys A nationally touring back- woods Americana acoustic roots old-time country and bluegrass band based in Oneonta, the HLP have toured throughout the Northeast and the Southwest appearing in cities from Phoenix, Denver, Baltimore, Chicago to New York City, produced three albums of mostly original material and composed/re- corded the theme song for the film "Mineville." The group has performed with The Levon Helm Band, Arlo Gutherie Band and Steve Earle and his band.

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