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September 13, 2020 - 3:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, news, Elba Betterment Committee, music, arts, entertainment.

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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.

Photos by Kelly Dudley. 

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September 12, 2020 - 4:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in music, elba, Old Hippies, what about jane.

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September 10, 2020 - 9:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, music, the batavian sessions, what about jane, news.
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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.

September 5, 2020 - 6:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Old Hippies, music.

September 5, 2020 - 9:53am

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." 

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September 4, 2020 - 3:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in the batavian sessions, music, Eli Fish Brewing Company, video.
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Recorded at Eli Fish, Feb. 15, 2020

August 15, 2020 - 7:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in the batavian sessions, elba, music, video.
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The Elba Betterment Committee hosted another night of live music in the Village Park, this time featuring What About Jane, an Albion-based band.

The next show is Thursday, featuring the Old Hippies.

July 25, 2020 - 2:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Dave's Ice Cream, news, video, batavia, music, arts, entertainment.
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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.

July 21, 2020 - 2:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in music, arts, entertainment, news, Le Roy.

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.

Since we are currently not in ordinary times, you can find Justin and Laura Williams performing on Tuesday evenings at 7 on the Justin Williams and Forward Progress Facebook page.

July 16, 2020 - 1:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in Dave's Ice Cream, news, music, guitarist Justin Wahl.

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.

July 12, 2020 - 11:23pm
posted by Pauline Miano in music, food, Family Fun.
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September 16, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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. 
July 12, 2020 - 11:15pm
posted by Pauline Miano in music, food, Family Fun.
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August 26, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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. 
July 12, 2020 - 11:08pm
posted by Pauline Miano in music, food, Family Fun.
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August 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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. 
July 12, 2020 - 10:45pm
posted by Pauline Miano in music, food, entertainment, family.
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August 31, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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  
July 12, 2020 - 10:36pm
posted by Pauline Miano in music, food, Family Event.
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July 17, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Elba Betterment Committee, with a grant from GO Art,  presents The Jimmie Legs Trio. Come to the village Park Main St., Elba for dinner and some great music. Circle B Winery, Los Compadres Mexican food truck, Pub Coffee Hub will be there.  Please bring your own chair and be prepared for social distancing, and masks in common areas only.      
July 7, 2020 - 6:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in music, news, batavia, entertainment, DSP Jazz Trio, T.F. Brown's.

From DSP Jazz Trio:

DSP Jazz Trio is returning to T.F. Brown's Restaurant on Thursday, July 16.

They will perform from 5-8 p.m. outside on the patio. No standing room. Reservations are highly recommended.

Call T.F. Brown's at (585) 343-1547.

Come as a group if possible. Ask when calling about table size.

Mask required at all times unless seated at your table.

Hope to see you there!

If all works out OK, we hope to get back on our regular third-Thursday-of-each-month schedule.

July 7, 2020 - 3:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in the batavian sessions, The Ridge NY, video, music, news, bergen, Le Roy.
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The band Judah played at The Ridge NY on Thursday night. We recorded one of the songs as part of our series, "The Batavian Sessions."

Judah is: Anthony Blood (vocals/guitar), Brody Schenk (guitar), Joe Fornieri (bass), and Quintin Rich (drums). Rich is a resident of Bergen.

July 4, 2020 - 7:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Old Hippies, music.

June 16, 2020 - 9:16am

Madison Hoerbelt is a 2018 graduate of Batavia High School and a winner of a John Mikalski Scholarship from the Genesee Wyoming Music Educators Association. Hoerbelt is attending Ithaca College for Voice Performance and is a mezzo-soprano.

What is her favorite musical experience?
When I was in high school I was very lucky to attend Conference All-State as well as All-Eastern in Atlantic City, New Jersey! During my freshman year of college, I went on tour with the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers to Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. This past year as a sophomore I went to sing the National Anthem with the Ithaca College Choir at MetLife Stadium right outside of New York City! 

What is your musical goal?
My goal is to be an opera and musical theater actress in opera houses and companies around the world. Mainly in New York City, Germany, and Italy. My goal also includes going to graduate school to get my master's degree in Voice Performance and eventually a doctorate. 

What is your favorite performance venue?
My favorite venue I've ever performed in would be the Kodak Theater in the Eastman School of Music. I performed there for two concerts during my time in Conference All-State and three more times with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in their Holiday Pops Concerts throughout high school! Some of her main performance influences are Renee Fleming, Isabel Leonard, and Anita Rachvelishvili. 

Other exciting musical fun facts:
I would have been attending Songfest, a prestigious art song program, in May and June but unfortunately, it was canceled. I'm a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, which is a coed professional music fraternity, for which I have just been elected the vice president/pledge mom. I also play many instruments including clarinet, saxophone, flute, guitar, ukulele, and piano.

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