~Upcoming Events ~
10th Annual Black River
Valley Concert Schedule
Sponsored by the Lewis County Historical Society
January 11 through April 5, 2014
All concerts begin at 7:30 pm!
January 11, 2013 -
Fred & the EDs ...
Classic Rock, Dance Music
Since 1997, this group has been the coolest 7 piece horn band around! Started by a bunch of teachers (get it? EDs) Fred & the EDs delivers high powered funk for your dancing pleasure!
One of New Yorks premier dance bands - they've even played with the Syracuse Symphony - and these multitalented musicians are from all over New York State. Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and the Horns of Insanity! All backed by a 40,000 watt sound system from Deline Productions.
January 25, 2014
Bell/Blake Duo….Irish Music
Fiddler/mandolinist Dennis Blake and guitarist/pianist/vocalist Bill Bell specialize in traditional Irish music ranging from lively jigs and reels to your favorite Irish songs. With over 15 years of professional experience apiece (6 as a duo), Blake and Bell have performed at countless weddings, parties, and events. They own their own professional sound equipment.
What could be more perfect than a beautiful slow air while walking down the aisle? Their large repertoire of fiddle tunes make perfect cocktail hour music, and what better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - or any other day! - than with upbeat drinking songs (All For Me Grog, Whiskey In The Jar) and timeless ballads (Fields of Athenrye). They have been known to throw in some U2 or Van Morrison if the situation calls for it. If a full band is needed, Bell and Blake can expand to a trio, quartet, or quintet with an expansive repertoire of Irish tunes as well as classic Rock and Soul hits. Please inquire for a full song list.
February 8, 2014
The Colgate 13…a cappella
For more than 70 years, the Colgate Thirteen has delighted audiences with fun, surprises, and the best a cappella sound anywhere. Old and new musical favorites supply the Colgate Thirteen with an active repertoire of over 75 songs. As Colgate University's own
"ambassadors of good will", our unique blend of song and humor will bring excitement to any special occasion.
They perform over 50 concerts each semester, and travel over 13,000 miles a year. We perform at schools, dinner parties and even sporting events. They have performed on the Tonight Show, for presidents and royalty, and even with Super Bowl XIII. No matter where they sing, the Thirteen guarantees to entertain!
Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne ….zydeco
Favorite Zydeco Dance Band of many dancers throughout the North East Zydeco infused with their own spicy blend of rock n' roll, blues, & funk
Creating a dance groove that just won't quit. Li’l Anne captivates crowds with her shimmering movements, impassioned intensity and musical creativity
Musically tight classic Zydeco groove with a hot spicy touch all their own.
March 8, 2014
Aztec Two-Step….Folk Rock…acoustic guitar
Join legendary folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step, for an evening of sublime harmonies, intelligent lyrics, and some of the finest guitar work anywhere.
Aztec Two-Step takes its name from the poem "A Coney Island of the Mind" by award-winning beat poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Since their serendipitous meeting at an open mic in Boston in 1971 and their self-titled Elektra records debut in 1972, Rex Fowler, a Maine native, and Neal Shulman, a New Yorker, have been creating music that provides an emotional soundtrack to a generation.
After more than 40 years together, Fowler and Shulman consistently offer a fresh take on old favorites, such as their tribute to Jack Kerouac, “The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty” and the haunting “Highway Song,” as well as songs from their new Cause & Effect CD, and everything in between.
March 22, 2014
Harrison B… “neo-soul”
Harrison B classifies his sound as neo-soul, with flares of folk, blues, touched with simple and thoughtful lyrics. We just think it fits like a pair of comfortable boots and your favorite jeans. You can't help but think about whiskey and friends.
April 5, 2014
Bluegrass Gospel Project ….bluegrass
The Bluegrass Gospel Project has been impressing audiences with expertly-rendered performances since its inception in 2001, and has become “one of New England’s premier concert acts” (Seven Days). At its start, the BGP focused primarily on that music from which they drew their name. Over the years, and hundreds of concerts later,
the band's repertoire has comfortably morphed into an eclectic mix of songs which exhibit a wide stylistic range within the acoustic tradition and showcases their stunning vocal capabilities. There still remains a thread of spiritual sensibility throughout their playlist; songs that express common values held by people of all faiths and backgrounds; songs in which both serenity and optimism is found amidst the struggles visiting the human condition. With folk, pop, and bluegrass songs that range from U2 to Stanley Brothers, from Dylan to Louvin Brothers, from Sam Cooke to Steve Earle, from Bela Fleck to Brett Dennen, the BGP's repertoire now defies easy categorization and continues to thrill audiences with their impeccable vocal and instrumental performances.
“a choir of top-notch vocalists…Just try to find a better group of singers.”
-Robert Resnik, Seven Days
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Lowville Farmer's Co-Op
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Hammecker Pharmacies, Inc.
Logan's Silo Sales and Service
Season Tickets are $110 and include two concert passes of your choice.
For each concert: $18 in advance, $20 at the door, Family rate $45.00
Civil War Project
The Lewis County Historical Society is embarking on a Civil War project, gathering the data and images of veterans who enlisted in Lewis County. The project, which could result in the publication of data and photographs, will be the combination of already established Historical Society records and input from the community.
“We encourage people to bring in their family photos to be scanned or email the images to us,” said Jerry Perrin, office manager.To date, the society has gathered approximately 50 images from donations, provided copies or from Internet research. “We will try to put together a biography and war record with each image as a permanent record. If we get enough images there is a possibility of creating a book as a fund raiser,” said Mr. Perrin.
For those uncertain about a relative’s involvement, volunteers at the society can undertake research efforts using the New York State veteran’s database.
Volunteers may also utilize “Where Brave Men Sleep,” by Charlie Shaw. The book lists the service records of known Lewis County Civil War veterans and the location of their burial. Copies of the book are currently being printed and are expected to arrive by the week of the Lewis County Fair. The society anticipates offering the book at their fair booth for $25.
Another valuable research tool on local Civil War history is “Lewis County Goes to War,” a collection of newspaper articles compiled by Jack Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe’s widow, Thea, has given permission to the society to reprint the work. The collection is now available for purchase at the society gift shop for $12.
For more information about the project contact either Jerry Perrin at 376-8957 or email@example.com, or Tom Duflo at 376-3839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincere appreciation to our generous sponsors of the
2014 Black River Valley Concert Series!
Concert series made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts - Decentralization Program, administered in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.