June 6, 2016

First Friday and Harmony Cafe

Middleburgh is the coolest small town around.  Any reason to hang out in the quaint town center is worth jumping at and 1st Friday is no exception.  All the greatest local farmers set up shop on the sidewalk and the variety of downtown shops stay open late.

We played on the steps of the library and were lucky enough to have the weather hold up throughout the set, aside from a stray shower or two.  That didn’t stop the crowd from gathering and cheering us on.  It was amazing to play to such a responsive audience.  Families camped out on the sidewalk and the “dance floor” was filled with energetic toddlers.  I took a killer selfie but dropped the ball and deleted it because I don’t know how to Instagram.  Luckily Christina Dinovo captured this moment and a few other prize shots to share with all you happy friends.

There were friendly faces everywhere as we checked out the town after our set.  We had some delicious pizza at Hubie’s, Chinese Food at Peking and of course pints at Green Wolf Brewing Co.  All over town we were greeted by happy people telling us they enjoyed our music.  It was a humbling experience to be accepted by such a passionate community.

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Saturday night brought us the same love and happy vibes.  We played to a packed house at Harmony Cafe in Woodstock NY.  We’ve had a regular gig there on the first Saturday of every other month for the past several (4 or 5?) years.  There is a core group of hardcore fans headed by Jacque Manganaro that show up every time and dance like crazy.  On Saturday there was a huge crowd and everyone was joining in the fun.  It was great seeing all the wonderful faces and eating some delicious Asian cuisine compliments of Shao Wu.  It is worth mentioning that Shao Wu is not only an amazing Chef but he also has a history in the music community of Woodstock because of his deep connection to the late Albert Grossman who worked with all the big names of the historic hippie-era Woodstock scene.

Also on Saturday night, we opened the show with a new song which has only been played a few times before when no one was around.  It’s called “Walk to the Edge” and judging by the response it got Saturday night it’s gonna be a hit.

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June 2, 2016

Strange Creek 2016

Last weekend we played Strange Creek at Camp Keewanee in Greenfield Mass.  It was an amazing experience for us to share the stage with some amazing names, including members of Max Creek who performed before us on Sunday.  We met wonderful people, ate delicious food and heard outstanding music.

We only made it out for Sunday but we were able to catch some fantastic acts.   Hot Creekin’ Acoustics was on stage as we showed up,  playing hard hitting, violin tinged classic rock tunes.   The band after us on the Vernville Stage, Appalachian Still, featured violin as well.  Their Americana bluegrass went perfectly with the muggy afternoon.  Hayley Jane and the Primates killed it on the Main Stage, followed by Fear Nuttin’ Band laying down groovy reggae tunes.  We were blown away by Chris Merenda and the Wheel on the Riverworm Stage.  The last band we caught before hitting the road was Banooba, who delivers dancy pop jam music mixed in with aggressive hard rock.  The soulful vocals pull it all together and we became instant fans.

The summer’s moving forward and this weekend we’re playing First Friday in Middleburgh NY (6/3) then on Saturday (6/4) we return to Harmony Cafe in Woodstock for our bi-monthly residency, which is always completely out of control.

Here’s some pictures from Strange Creek!

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May 26, 2016

Saratoga Fiddle Night

0521162033Last Saturday we had our latest installment of the Fiddle Night concert series.  Fiddle Night is a concept we’ve had for years as a way to promote local and regional original music featuring violin.  We were joined by Acoustic Trauma and Adam Ezra Group, two of our favorite acts to share the stage with.

Acoustic Trauma brought their epic, high energy performance complete with a killer Theremin jam and of course searing violin solos.

Adam Ezra Group put on an amazing show that had us dancing to great, laid back Americana jams.  The whole ensemble gave their all with percussion and keys filling in the sound behind the strings.  Everybody was on their feet for The Devil Came Up To Boston, their Boston-ized cover of the Charlie Daniels Band classic.

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May 17, 2016

BMS Power Weekend

Last weekend was phenomenal.  We hit up Bacchus in New Paltz Friday night hoping to catch the graduation crowd.  The turnout was a little lighter than we had hoped but we got an amazing response from the people that did show up.  We made some new friends and hopefully some new fans.

Saturday we lucked out and missed the rain at Gardiner Cupcake Festival.  This is the third year we’ve played the GCF and it’s turned into one of our favorite shows.  The crowd is always so responsive and upbeat.  The Big Takeover played before us and got everybody into the groove with their soulful ska music.  We had everyone rockin’ along including some very excited babies and puppies.  Of course we got to eat tons of cupcakes.  Bear’s birthday is coming up so Aunt Lilly put together a cupcake celebration and we all sang.  We even found a vendor selling spicy cupcakes made with hot sauce, which were surprisingly delicious!

Saturday night we headed to Bennington VT to catch the SVC graduation crowd at JC’s Tavern.  It was our first time there and the locals were very accommodating.  We were a little nervous with all the new faces but after the first song the room erupted in applause and the good vibes kept up throughout the night.  We made some new friends, got some good videos and found our new favorite venue in Bennington.

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May 1, 2016

Green Wolf Brewing Co.

Last night we played a hometown show for the hill folks in Middleburgh.  We could see why people are calling Green Wolf Brewing Co. “The Living Room of the Helderburghs” because all our friends from the hill made the short trip down to join us for some music and pints Saturday night.

It was a beautiful afternoon and the trip from our jam room in Knox was invigoration.  It was nice to get out of the city and take a drive through farm country.  We got to town early and had some delicious Italian food at Pasta Grill before our set.  It was great to see so many friendly faces.  Annie even had a beer waiting for her on the “Buy a Friend a Beer” board! We played a couple sets and got people to put down their popcorn and dance.  The night ended with a soulful rendition of Raglan Road that grabbed everyone in the room by the feels.  Can’t wait to come back!

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April 29, 2016

MOVE Fest

Saturday night MOVE Fest was in town for it’s 5th incarnation and downtown Albany was host to some of the best independent acts around.  We played the outdoor stage at Graney’s Stout.  It was a busy weekend and there were lots of acts we couldn’t catch but the handful of bands at Stout on Saturday really tore it up.  The Racer, Food Will Win The War, Basic Cable Preachers, Vera Bloom, The Boobies and Eastbound Jesus were all awesome and it was great meeting so many new people and seeing so many old friends.  Jasmine Robinson was there snapping pictures for the Times Union and she caught a couple of us hanging out with the gang.  movemove2

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April 20, 2016

Spring in Wine Country

Last weekend we had an exciting run of shows in Central New York. We had a blast, saw some old friends and made some new ones.  It was a great weekend to get out and play music at some of our favorite upstate places.

Friday night we fiddled hard with Acoustic Trauma for our umpteenth Fiddle Night.  This time it was at Black Oak Tavern in Oneonta. As always, it was a groovy good time with our longtime bff’s.  Acoustic Trauma started off the night with an epic set of their signature fiddle-fronted hard rock.  Just when we thought it couldn’t get any more intense, Paul broke out the Theremin and everyone went freaking nuts.  Our set went off without a hitch and soon enough we had everyone dancing along.  After the show we hung out and wound down with some mac-n-cheese and Frito hot dogs from the food truck.

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Then on Saturday we packed up the van and headed to wine country.  It was a beautiful day to be on Seneca Lake and we got to see all our old buddies for a show at Two Goats Brewery. It was an unbelievable sunset over the lake as we got ready to play. We had Annie order us some takeout from down the road and had an impromptu photo shoot while she was on the phone. Sorry Annie!  Scott Adams came out to do our sound, which was amazing as always.  Chuck and Adam were slinging delicious beers and the whole crew of Hector folks were there dancing up a storm.   They even saved us some roast beef for a late night treat!DSCF1991 DSCF1993 DSCF1983 DSCF1984 DSCF1988 DSCF1972

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April 3, 2016

Spring Fling: Epic Parties, April Fools and P – Bizzle’s Birthday

We’ve had an amazing weekend rocking out for packed houses filled with dancing feet.  It’s finally spring and our upstate happy friends are coming out in droves.  We’re shaking off the cold, getting ready for an epic summer and local music lovers are turning up.  2016 is slated to be an historic year so let’s keep this party rolling.

Friday night we April Fool’s hard at Harmony Cafe in Woodstock NY.  Our residency at Harmony has been one of the highlights of our tenure as a band.  It’s an honor to play at a venue with such deep ties to Woodstock and it’s legacy in innovative music.  We’re blessed to be treated to Shao Wu’s delicious cuisine and delightful conversation before rocking out for the greatest crowd around.  Every show see’s dozens of happy hippies dancing and partying and Friday night was no exception.  We’re so grateful for all our loyal fans that never fail to bring their A game.

Saturday night was even more electrifying.  We were lucky enough to play support for John Brown’s Body at The Hollow in Albany.  It was the perfect birthday bash for our bass master Paul Burke.  The turnout was great and we saw friendly faces everywhere.  Our set went off fantastically which isn’t a surprise considering how awesome the sound and lights are at The Hollow.  After the show we got so many compliments and good vibes it really made our night.  And all of this was just building up for the awesome show that JBB put on.  Their laid back grooves and in your face horn section really made for an unbelievable night.

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March 31, 2016

Rock n Roll Resort

This past Saturday we played at the Rock n Roll Resort in Kerhonkson NY for the first time ever.  It’s the festivals 6th run and we can’t believe how much fun we’ve been missing out on!

Arriving at the spot Saturday morning we didn’t know what to expect.  There was a food truck out front and a bunch of hippies hula hooping and stuff so we immediately felt right at home.  Everyone was helpful and courteous and we quickly headed inside to check in.

The resort was exactly how it sounded.  A glamorous hotel spread, complete with chandeliers and fancy furniture but occupied by hundreds of partying people in tie dye.  They even brought their dogs!  It was a surreal juxtaposition and the whole weekend had a magical air of friendship and community.

We started off music for the day on the main stage and it was great.  The room was amazing.  An awesome stage with fantastic sound done by some of our favorite sound guys.  We rocked out for about an hour then broke down and got to partying.

Mister F put on a killer show in the Empire Lounge so we checked them out before heading to the food truck for lunch.  The personal pan pizza’s and steak sandwiches were better than any lot burrito you’ve ever had.  As the evening wore on Max Creek played two sets of laid back grooves.  There were devil stick and poi everywhere as people got down to the tasty tunes.

It was the best springtime party ever and got us amped up for festy season!  If you missed it, head over to our YouTube channel for some videos and please don’t forget to CLICK SUBSCRIBE.

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March 17, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day

stpaddysHappy St. Paddy’s Day everyone.  The weather is cooperating with the Irish spirit as it sprinkles the mild spring day with bouts of rain and wind.  We’re feeling festive and getting ready to head up to the hill for some dinner and music.

We’ll be celebrating full force tomorrow night in Plattsburgh at Monopole Bar starting at 10pm.  We’ve got hours of Irish tunes salted with some delicious Black Mountain Symphony flavor.  Our rhythm section was just settling in last year for St. Paddy’s Day but this year they’ve had time to sink their teeth in and the result is some fantastic, high energy Irish jams.  You’re not gonna want to miss this one, but we like to pepper in a few Irish tunes during our regular sets for the Celts that can’t make it to the party.

“May your blessing outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”

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