The O-town Scene

December 29, 2011

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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Oneonta Performers John Scarpulla Band Josh Hathaway of Blog Critics wrote "there is a truly unique quality to Scarpulla's music that honors blues, soul, pop and Americana at the same time." Performing with John are guitarist Brian Shafer, drummer Sam Doyle and bassist Michael Sharick, all originally from Stamford. Their third album is expected in July 2012. Khalil Jade Khalil Jade is a local acoustic guitarist and singer/song- writer with a captivating voice and a love for many styles of music. Her performance consists of original songs and a wide variety of covers ranging from The Beatles, Taylor Swift, Glen Hansard, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lady Gaga, Old Crow Medicine Show and more. Mike the Juggler Mike the Juggler presents a comedy and juggling show suit- able for all ages with lots of audience participation. He has been a part of First Night Oneonta since 1999. The Nellies An alt-country, Americana trio from the Capital District driven by core singer-songwriter duo, Karen Ann Gilpin (gui- tar) and Peggy Lecuyer (mandolin) are joined by Gene Lemme on the stand up bass. The Nellies fill their songs with passion and sweet harmony. Richie Stearns Richie is a pioneer banjo player in the string band/ roots music field. He began his 35-year career as a musician with The Horseflies, the first non-rock band to brake through the MTV bar- rier (when it featured music videos) to become nation- ally recognized. He was an original member of, recorded with and helped found: The Horseflies, Donna The Buffalo, Ti Ti Chickapea, Evil City String Band, The Grassroots Music Festival (still serves as President) and numerous other musical endeavors. He has performed with countless musicians includ- ing a recent tour with Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs. The Rob Hunt Trio The Rob Hunt Trio featuring jazz vocalist Diane Ducey will present classic songs from the Great American Songbook. Dynamic vocalist Ducey sings with veteran pianist Rob Hunt, bassist Lou Smaldone and drummer Joe Tokarowski. Salsa Libre Last year's smash hit Salsa Libre presents the exotic flavor of the Caribbean Islands. This sizable Latin dance band is filled with congas, timbales, exciting horns and flavorful Spanish vocals. Salsa Libre performs traditional and contemporary mambo, cha cha and merengue classics from stars like Tito Puente, Eddie Herrera, Roberto Roena, Willie Colon and oth- ers. Shunzo Ohnon Jazz Quartet Shunzo Ohno is a great jazz trumpeter who has won Grammy Awards for his recordings with Gil Evans and Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra. He will perform jazz standards, blues and Latin tunes with a quartet that includes Sadiq Abdushahid (drums), Tim Iversen (keyboards) and Chris Wolf- Gould (bass). Shunzo has just returned from touring in Japan. Skip West Skip West gives concerts that involve everyone in the family including many favorite traditional and popular folk songs. Skip also includes his original music from his Parents' Choice Award winning CD, "Blue Sky City," and his other three CDs for children and families. There is a great deal of participation in the form of singing and dancing and playing percussion instruments. So and So's Rhythm and Blues Review So and So's Rhythm and Blues Review features Sal Salvaggio (guitar), Jen Raphaelson (piano and vocals), Tom Ives (bass) and Kevin Corkery (vocals). So and So's will be playing a mix of 1960s rock n roll and electric and acoustic blues Dec. 29, 2011 O-Town Scene 15 PLUS: Jo and Adam Mish, Blue Ribbon Cloggers, jazz organist John Colonnat, Rev. Randy's Harp- tones, Tinny Wilkens' Indonesian Folk Music and Dances and more. Story Laurie World-wise with a home-grown vibe, Story Laurie weaves tales and sings playful songs. She has been called "a vibrant, creative performer who moves with the beauty of a jazz note." The Thrushes The Thrushes are a Catskill-area folk and roll trio consisting of Eric Ball, Meg Gorel and Chris Clark, who perform front-porch music. Their show is a mix of original compositions and traditional songs interpreted in an acoustic-based modern folk style. VelvetVox VelvetVox is a vibrant trio of vocalists who specialize in a tight blend arrangements of classic radio hits, folk-rock and homespun favorites. Several instrumental combinations give this threesome dimension. Walt Michael and Co. Walt Michael's various incarnations, including Bottle Hill, Michael, McCreesh & Campbell and Walt Michael and Co., have spanned 40 years and taken him from the coal camps of Appalachia to the White House to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games. Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dul- cimer, Walt's wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian to Celtic and original compositions. Wayne Carrington Wayne is a native of Oneonta and founding member of the 1990s nationally touring rock band Subdoing Mara and Dryhill Studios. Wayne is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who will be performing solo. His songs are reminiscent of the great folk and rock artists of the 20th century. He formerly performed with his wife, Rebecca, in The Carbondale Shafts.

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