December 3, 2016

December Shows

We have some exciting shows coming up in December, starting tonight with our return to Harmony Cafe in Woodstock NY.  Next weekend we’re in Oneonta at Black Oak Tavern and on Dec. 17th we’re playing the Guthrie Bell Christmas Party at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen in downtown Albany.

harmonyTonight we return to Woodstock and it’s been a while so we’re gonna get crazy.  We have a few new covers we’re ready to break out and possibly a new original tune we’ve been working up.  It’s always a blast at Harmony and with the 35th Annual Woodstock Open House tonight we’re sure to have a great crowd.

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Next Saturday (12/10) we’re heading out to Oneonta for a show at the Black Oak Tavern.  We’ll be joined by Oneonta locals Tumbleweed Highway.

 

Then on Saturday (12/17) we’ll be at The Hollow in Albany for the Guthrie Bell Christmas Party.  We join Annie in the Water and The Eastern Highs providing the music. The festivities include a free keg from 8-9pm and a free raffle to win 2 tickets to every Guthrie Bell show in 2017.

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October 17, 2016

Autumn Road Trip (10/20 – 10/22): Brattleboro VT and the Adirondacks

We have a long weekend coming up in some prime East Coast fall foliage locales.  What better way to end a day of hiking then grooving out with Black Mountain Symphony.

Thursday (10/20) we head to Whetstone Station in Brattleboro VT.  Whetstone Station boasts an exploratory nano brewery that puts out small batch craft beers.  Their tap collection also has 60 craft beers including rare and exclusive treats.  Their restaurant features a inspired affordable menu that can be enjoyed in their waterfront dining area on the shore of the Connecticut River.whetstone

 

 

Friday (10/21) we’re returning to Riverside Tavern in Keeseville NY, right in the heart of the Adirondacks.  It’s been a while and we can’t wait to get back to Keeseville and rock out for our buddies at the Riverside.  Keeseville is a unique small town with tons of great scenery and outdoor fun at Lake Champlain and Ausable Chasm.

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Saturday (10/22) we take the stage at Monopole in Plattsburgh NY.  Monopole is on of the coolest rock clubs ever and we always have an amazing time with a killer crowd.  monopole

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October 17, 2016

September Photos

Here are pictures from some events we played in Semptember.

King Neptune’s Labor Jam

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Rhode Island Seafood Fest

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Hazlitt Winery

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Lenox Apple Squeeze

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October 7, 2016

Fall Festivals and Fun Times

We’ve had a busy September playing some amazing events across the Northeast.  All that travelling, rocking out and more travelling left us with a neglected blog and it’s time to try to correct that with one massive September post.

Saratoga Winery was our first stop this month and a kick off for Labor Day weekend.  It was a beautiful evening and we set up on the patio.  As the sun went down we had everyone vibing.  The fire was blazing, people were playing corn hole and we even had some toddlers dancing along on the deck.  We had a blast playing for everyone while the waitstaff skillfully maneuvered through the party with fancy wine trees.  On Saturday we headed out to Utica NY for our first time at Lukin’s Brick Oven Pizza.  It was a quiet night but a great room and we got a warm response from the people who made it out.  We’re hoping to come back on a busier night and we made some new friends and fans nonetheless.  Sunday we headed up to Lake George for King Neptune‘s Labor Jam.  We opened up for some amazing acts like Formula 5 and The Garcia Project.

The second weekend of September was spent in New England.  Saturday night we played in Cambridge Mass. at TOAD.  It was a cozy room but the close quarters didn’t scare anybody off.  The opening act was the amazingly talented Pat McCann. We had a blast and got a great response from everybody.  Sunday we rode on to Providence RI for Rhode Island Seafood Festival.  There were some threatening clouds on our way in but they quickly passed and we had a beautiful late-summer afternoon filled with lobster roll, clam shooters and great tunes along the waterfront.

At this point September was vibrating with fevered excitement, foaming at the mouth with momentum and energy.  Anyone that got in the way was rocked hard and left dancing uncontrollably.  As we rolled into the last weekend we were riding high.  Friday the 23rd we journeyed out to Hector NY on beautiful Seneca Lake.  Hector is like home for us with so many friends and fans.  It was a great evening under the tent at Hazlitt Winery drinking Schooner Red and Gewurztraminer.  Saturday was Lark Fest in Albany and we had the opportunity to rock out an aftershow at Savoy Taproom on Lark Street.  It was an awesome night, our Albany family showed up in droves and we had the room bouncing.  It was great to see everyone and a pleasure to play the cool new room they have set up in the old Justin’s.  Sunday we headed out to Lenox Mass. for Apple Squeeze.   Downtown Lenox is a gem set in rural New England.  The streets were closed off and filled with local vendors selling food, wine and anything apple.  The cider flowed and we gorged on local delicacies.

There are tons of amazing photographs from all of these events, we promise.  However our IT Department has been experiencing some technical setbacks and our busy schedule has thrown a kink our social media flow.  But stay tuned, they’re coming soon!

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September 2, 2016

Freedom Park Concert Series Finale

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.

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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!

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August 23, 2016

Back In The Studio

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.

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August 16, 2016

Yasgur Road Reunion

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!

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August 7, 2016

Summer in Full Swing

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.

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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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