We know everyone’s talking about the shows coming up this weekend (don’t worry we’ll have an update for you next week!) but we have to tell you about how epic last Saturday evening was.
The Freedom Park Concert Series is an amazing community event that went on every Saturday this summer at Freedom Park, next to Jumping Jack’s, in Scotia NY. We had the pleasure of playing their final show of the season last Saturday evening and it was absolutely amazing. The breath taking venue features an amphitheater along the banks of the Mohawk River in Scotia. The people putting on the event were so incredibly warm and welcoming, not to mention professional, that it’s no wonder the series has been such a success.
Which brings us to the awesome crowd full of happy, dancing people of all ages. The seats were packed and the dance floor was hopping throughout the whole set. We’ve had some good audiences before, but this was out of control. As we went into one of our Irish folk tunes entitled “Spanish Lady” a woman in a beautiful, full length, colorful Spanish dress came and danced as we played. Then after we finished with our version of “Raglan Road” we said good night just as fireworks erupted across the river.
It’s great to play to such a receptive audience. We were approached by so many people, from families with toddlers to elderly couples enjoying the sunset, who wanted to tell us how touched they were by our music. We felt like celebrities as we ventured over to Jumping Jack’s for ice cream and we’re met with compliments and questions from all the people outside.
This was such an incredible experience and we can’t wait to come back next year!
It’s official, we’ve started work on a new EP. We have four brand new tunes and a couple previously unreleased songs from a while back that are going to be compiled into a new project. The excitement is palpable and we’ve had to employ relaxation techniques to keep it from getting the best of us.
This past Sunday we stepped into the Albany Audio studio with the incomparable John Chiara. It’s the first time since Drawn in the Sand that we’ve been in the studio and we’re beyond thrilled. John is a good friend and undoubtedly the best audio engineer in the Albany area. After the magic he did with our last release we can’t wait to see how these tracks come out.
We’ve only recently started playing our new songs out, so if you haven’t heard them yet be sure to come to one of our upcoming gigs and demand them. We’ll be more than happy to comply. In the meantime we’ll be working on some teaser material including snip-its from live shows and photos from the studio.
This past weekend was a little bitter-sweet for your favorite troupe of marauding entertainers. We were stoked to play a set before a double feature at Drive-In 32 in Greenville NY. Had everything gone according to plan we would have rocked out for an hour before sunset then stuck around to enjoy Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. However, the weather didn’t cooperate and the show was cancelled.
We took advantage of the night off to rest up and prepare for Yasgur Road Reunion in Bethel NY. This was our second year at the festival and we’ve come to love the atmosphere and tradition that saturates Yasgur Farm. Located on the farm where Woodstock ’69 was held this festival draws the most dedicated fans of live music and the hippy lifestyle. It’s an opportunity for everyone to revel in the mood and feels made famous by the original Woodstock, and the spirit is strong. The patrons are so friendly and happy it really feels like you’ve gone back to a simpler time where life revolves around peace, love, happiness and music.
Saturday morning we arrived just in time to catch our longtime friend Matt Krahula of Nightmare River Band. Matt put on a killer set of acoustic music that got us right into the mood. We braved the muggy heat to enjoy sets from Lo 8 and Static in the Attic before we took the stage at 2pm.
It was a blast playing to the crowd at Yasgur. Everyone was super receptive and we even had a few dancers despite the overwhelming heat. We threw in a few new songs (soon to be released on our upcoming EP) and got a great response. After our set we had lots of people coming up to us with compliments as we walked around the festival, which is always an amazing feeling.
Saturday night was just plain awesome. Dharma Bums, a band from our favorite stomping grounds in Woodstock NY, put on a killer show. Dirk Quinn Band was new to us and didn’t disappoint. They left our faces melted and our souls yearning for more. This week we’ve had them on repeat as we soak up their killer jam vibe. The rains came pretty hard in a couple flash thunderstorms later in the night but luckily we were prepared and enjoyed the thunder from the comfort of our Easy-Ups.
Can’t wait till next year!
A few weeks ago we returned from a short hiatus with a slew of amazing summer shows. From Saratoga Lake to Alexandria Bay we’ve been rockin’ out in some of upstate NY’s coolest summer spots.
However, our squad of PR interns took an extended vacation from bringing you cutting edge BMS footage and updates so by the time you see this post you might be thinking the band has fallen off the map and into obscurity like Green Jelly and Art Garfunkel. Fear not! It is all a clever play designed months ago to leapfrog our popularity, exponentially increasing our relevancy until the only thing that matters to anyone is BMS. But enough marketing mumbo jumbo, let’s move on to photos and updates.
We’ve been splashing through the summer since 7/22 at Lake Local on Saratoga Lake. From there we headed to Bellstock to party with all the best of the local music scene. The last weekend of July we hit the road for a relaxing set of shows at Riverboat Bar in Alexandria Bay and Grist Iron Brewing Co. in Burdett NY. We had great weather and fantastic crowds both nights and squeezed in an afternoon on the beach in Alex Bay. This past weekend we hit up some local haunts at Green Wolf Brewing Co. in Middleburgh NY Friday night and Harmony Cafe Saturday. Here’s a splattering of pictures for your viewing pleasure.
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.
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.
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!
Last 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.
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.
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!