Music in the Square 2021

  • Jul

    01

    John Brown's Dream

    More info coming soon!

    Thursday, July 01, 2021, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square, Corning NY 14830

  • Jul

    08

    Top Shelf

    Local favorite band, Top Shelf is a multigenerational group from the Finger Lakes Region that brings the old school dance floor funk, the Uptown hits of today and timeless, irresistible soul everywhere they go. Founded as a trio in 1983 by pianist Jim DePaul, its current lineup features vocalist Anita Lewis, drummer Joel Carberry, and bassist Steve Webb. Music influences vary from member to member. Jim’s early influences as a solo touring keyboardist were The Beatles and the Young Rascals with jazz players like David Benoit, David Sanborn and Gerald Albright coming along later in his music career. Says Anita Lewis, “Anita Baker is my biggest one, but I’m also a fan of Maysa, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire… I love contemporary jazz on the R&B side.” Top Shelf plays everything from the jazz genre as well as 70s pop to current pop and funk.

    Their self-titled CD, released in 2008, is available for purchase.

    Thursday, July 08, 2021, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square, Corning NY 14830

  • Jul

    15

    John Walton and Family / The Wilson Family with Bucky Geter

    More info coming soon!

    Thursday, July 15, 2021, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square, Corning NY 14830

  • Jul

    22

    Pat Kane & West o'Clare

    Pat Kane is a seasoned showman, being a singer, dancer, actor, and instrumentalist since childhood. On his farm in the hill country of the Canisteo River, he was raised in the traditions of the Grange and of his Irish family. Pat’s cousins still run the family farm in West Clare, Ireland, which Pat visits often. Hence, the name, West o’Clare. The band includes Rob Spence on vocals and percussion, Kathy Snedeker on piano and keyboards, Ken VanEtten on banjos, mandolin, harmonicas, trumpet, third vocals, arcane wisdom.

    Thursday, July 22, 2021, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square, Corning NY 14830

  • Aug

    12

    Curt Osgood, Henry Jankiewicz and John Wobus

    Jankiewicz, Osgood and Wobus, share nearly 100 years of performing experience between them. On fiddle, hammered dulcimer and piano, at coffeehouses, festivals, grange halls and other folk venues you can hear them presenting selections from various musical traditions including Old Timey, French-Canadian, Celtic, Americana and more. They all regularly appear with contra dance ensembles about NY state and can be heard on various recording projects.  Henry Jankiewicz started his fiddling career in Philadelphia in the 1970s, playing old-time and Irish music. After relocating to Syracuse in 1972, he joined a group that would eventually become the Cranberry Lake Jug Band. Curt Osgood has been playing hammered dulcimer for 40 years performing at numerous northeast venues, including folk festivals, coffeehouses, opera houses, and arts councils.  He performs, teaches, leads workshops and facilitates jams.  www.curtosgood.com. John Wobus is in demand as a piano player for contradances and English Country Dances. He accompanied  Cape Breton and Quebecois fiddlers and played fiddle himself at Irish sessions and music jams.

    Thursday, August 12, 2021, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square, Corning NY 14830

  • Aug

    19

    Toivo

    Toivo is a dance band from Trumansburg, NY playing the traditional music of the Finnish community of the south-central Finger Lakes region. Much of this music was learned from Richard Koski and his father who both played for Finnish dances in the area from Spencer to Trumansburg. Besides the Finnish polkas, waltzes, and schottisches, the band also plays music from Cajun country and the Tex-Mex borderlands. Added to the mix are tangos, fox trots, classic country tunes, and plenty of Toivo originals. Toivo plays at local restaurants, bars, wineries, dances, and festivals, and has been the featured dance band at national Finn Fests in Hancock, Michigan and Buffalo, N.Y. The band consists of Richard Koski on button accordion, Jason Koski on mandolin, Jim Reidy on guitar, Stefan Senders on banjo, Harley Campbell on upright bass, Annie Campbell on snare drum, and Paul Martin on guitar. Toivo (pronounced toy-vo) is the Finnish word for ‘hope’. It is also a very common male Finnish first name. There are ‘Toivo & Eino (pronounced ay-no)’ jokes about Finns, just like there are ‘Pat & Mike’ jokes about the Irish. The band is very happy that Rich didn’t choose to call it ‘Eino’ Contact Richard atrkoski@zoom-dsl.com or go to their website: .http://toivo.honkingduck.com/

    Thursday, August 19, 2021, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square, Corning NY 14830

  • Aug

    26

    Gerard Burke

    Delta bluesman Gerard Burke has entertained listeners across New York’s Southern Tier and Central New York regions with his unique brand of acoustic blues, played in the style of the old masters, such as Son House, Charley Patton, and Robert Johnson. Burke recalls his mother encouraging him and his siblings to take music lessons. His first instruments were clarinet and saxophone before making his way to the guitar. Over the past 15 years, Burke has developed an approach to his music that pays homage to its originators while still leaving room for his own personal touch. Feeling free to substitute lyrics or chord changes in these early blues compositions, he’s an interpreter looking to adapt Delta blues stylings to modern day offerings. Performing on both resonator and standard acoustic guitars in open and standard tunings, Burke’s playing features both slide and finger-picking styles.

    Thursday, August 26, 2021, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square, Corning NY 14830

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