Two days ago, I happened across Dan Sprague jamming on a little death metal on his way to band practice. Sprague said he's a member of three bands, including the folk-rock band he was practicing with that day.
This is "So Beautifully" written by John Del Plato and recently recorded by Sage Melcher and The Laura Dubin Trio of Rochester. Carmen Del Plato said The Laura Dubin Trio is a regular performer regularly performs at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.
The Old Hippies and What About Jane teamed up Saturday for an evening of memorable music as part of a summer concert series sponsored by the Elba Betterment Committee in the Elba Village Park.
Food venders included Dubby's Wood Fired Pizza (pictured below), Los Compadres, Lori's Delectable Edibles (desserts), and Bubble Tea.
The final concert of the season will be Wednesday featuring the Corfu Pembroke Community Band in an All-American-themed evening that will include the Betterment Committee hot dogs and hamburgs and serving Mom's apple pie. And, of course, there will be ice cream. Showtime is 7 p.m.
We made this video in August when What About Jane performed in the Elba Village Park as part of the Elba Betterment Committee's summer concert series. The band will be back this Saturday with the Old Hippies for a double-bill End of Summer concert starting at 4 p.m.
There will be an FM radio broadcast (92.7) so concertgoers can sit in their cars, to help maintain social distancing, and listen to the show. It will also be livestreamed.
Food trucks will include Dubby's Wood Fired Pizza, Los Compadres, Lori's Delectable Edibles (desserts), and Bubble Tea.
Donations for the bands will be accepted. The event has been approved by the Health Department.
The Old Hippies and What About Jane are teaming up for a special concert, sponsored by the Elba Betterment Committee, in Elba from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 12.
The concert will be livestreamed and it will also be broadcast on FM radio so people can come to the park and site in their vehicle. Erakare Productions will record the entire concert for future release.
There will be food trucks at the Village Park.
Bill McDonald, of the Old Hippies, said the Health Department has approved the plans for the concert.
"There will be plenty of spacing for parking and sitting for this end-of-summer event for many to enjoy in a number of ways," McDonald said.
The video below of What About Jane playing "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."
In the age of COVID, when many indoor activities are curtailed and we're supposed to keep our distance outside, Debra Webster decided she could use the park-like area behind her business, Dave's Ice Cream, on West Main Street, as a place to give people something to do.
This week, she kicked off a summer concert series featuring Austin Wahl, a guitar performance student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.
Webster plans free concerts from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday nights during the summer.
With no live gigs to play, Le Roy's Justin Williams has been using his time at home to write some instrumental tracks. Today he released "July Morning."
The song was mixed by Joe Lambert, of Batavia.
Williams said the song is inspired by the need to have a bright spot in our daily lives in these times.
"I've written several instrumentals during these strange times," Williams said. "It just felt natural during these divisive times to let the music do the talking. The video was fun to make as well. More on the way. Just gonna keep releasing as singles for now. May put out as an EP at the end of the year."
Williams is a singer/songwriter/lead guitarist and he has released music with Butterscotch, Exit 47, and a pair of solo EPs, as well as playing on other artists' albums (BC Psychos, JJ Lang Band, among others). Additionally, he has written music for advertising (Ryan Heating and Plumbing, The YNGodess Shop, among others). Typically, he can be found performing with Justin Williams & Forward Progress, The Shaking Bones, as a solo acoustic performer, and occasionally with The BC Psychos.
Starting next Wednesday, July 22, Dave's Ice Cream will host live music outdoors -- in back of the ice cream parlor, located at 3872 W. Main Street Road, Town of Batavia.
Come on down and bring a chair! Music starts at 6:30 p.m.
At the debut event, the talents of guitarist Austin Wahl will delight listeners.
About Austin Wahl
He is a guitarist of many skills. Currently pursuing his master's degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, where he also earned a bachelor's degree and Performers' Certificate, Wahl has played classical guitar since age 5.
He is also a skilled bluegrass and rock guitarist, equally at home in all three genres.
(UPDATED July 25: the owner has decided that subsequent concert this season will be on Thursdays, same time -- 6:30 p.m.)
Submitted photo and information from Debra Webster.
The Elba Betterment Committee, through a grant from GO Art, presents the final concert of our Music and More event. Come to our All American themed evening featuring the Corfu Pembroke Community Band. The Betterment Committee will be grilling up hot dogs and hamburgs and serving Mom's apple pie! And, of course there will be ice cream. Please bring your own chair and be prepared for social distancing and wearing a mask in common areas. Don't forget to wear your red, white and blue.
The Elba Betterment Committee, through a grant from GO Art, presents music from Genesee Ted at the Village Park. Bring a chair and enjoy great music and great food from Center Street Smokehouse and Pub Coffee Hub. Please be prepared for social distancing and wearing a mask in common areas only.
The Elba Betterment Committee, through a grant from GO Art, presents a tie dye event featuring the Old Hippies. Wear your tie dye or bring a shirt and we'll help you make one. Center Street Smokehouse and Pub Coffee Hub will be there as well. Bring a chair, have some dinner and enjoy some great music. Please be prepared for social distancing and wearing a mask in common areas only.
The Elba Betterment, through a grant from GO ART!, and in conjunction with BEST ( Building Elba School Together) invites you to "Rock out" with Bobby and the Pedestrians. Rock painting, pizza from Andy's Pizza, ice cream from Zuber Farms and lots of family fun with our own Bobby Skrzypek.
Please bring your own chair and be prepared for social distancing and masks in common areas only