This past 12 months have been quite difficult. We have seen things that in our lifetimes we might have thought impossible. Many friends and families have experienced levels of anxiety, depression, financial hardship and much more they could never have imagined. It’s a tough thing to watch those around you suffering.
But, there comes a time when the music must be played and people must once again celebrate.
There haven’t been too many reasons to feel uplifted or joyful in recent memory, but this project intends to bring a little more light into our beautiful community here in upstate NY.
What I’ve organized is a 3 day live concert event with my group Sketches Of Influence. These shows will serve as the cd release party for our most recent effort THE GRIND, dedicated to my friend Scott Bassinson, who passed earlier last year. In addition to the release party we will also be recording the shows for a live album to be available early this summer.
Our goal with these concerts is to afford those in our community a weekend filled with positive energy, togetherness and soulful tones that will transcend us beyond all the insanity transpiring in our current universe.
• If you are unable to be at the concerts in person we will also be live-streaming every note on YouTube via Live From The Strand & Upst8MusicFanZone.
The dates of these concerts will be...
Friday, April 9th at 7pm
Saturday, April 10th at 7pm
Sunday, April 11th at 3pm.
The weekend will feature some of my best friends and favorite musicians including Stacy Dillard (sax) Davis Whitfield (grand piano) and James Robbins (bass)...We have also employed a wonderful local studio engineer by the the name of John Chiara to record all 6 sets of music. The plan is to release a finished recording by beginning of summer.
As many of you already know artists have been absolutely devastated financially by the lockdowns. As a result many have been forced to move. Some to other parts of the country and some back to their country of origin. There are even those I know who have walked away from music completely.
For most musicians who made their livings performing there are no gigs, therefore no opportunity to earn money. That’s why I have decided to launch this fundraiser. Instead of waiting for opportunities to play I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and create an opportunity. Yes, it’s only 3 days, but we must start somewhere.
These concerts will employ 4 musicians, a recording engineer, a sound man, a small staff and others. Each of whom are eternally grateful for the work. With your help all involved will be compensated appropriately.
For me this is yet another labor of love. However, the joy and passion shared by both the audience and the band makes it all worth the effort. If I can provide even a little ray of sunshine during these days of uncertainty than I am committed to doing anything and everything possible to do just that.
Will you help the individuals involved with this 3 day celebration at THE STRAND THEATER in Glens Falls, NY achieve success?
The theater has their hands tied in regard to advertising or paying their helpers. If we reach our goal of $5,000 the burden will be lifted and we can all sit back and enjoy the shows.
There will be limited seating for the 3 performances so if you make a contribution and wish attend please let us know.
We Love & Miss Everyone Very Much.
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The above art was done by my beautiful little girl Savina.
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