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May 27, 2022 - 9:22pm
posted by Joanne Beck in news, music, Old Hippies, Jackson Square, notify.


Old Hippies, flowers and art seem to be a natural fit, and all three are part of this year’s Home to Home Concert Series.

A free yearly event hosted by Bill and Kay McDonald of the Old Hippies, the Home series is billed as being “for the common good.” Since the duo requires a nonprofit to receive grant funding, it partnered with Batavia Peace Garden and GO ART! to bring two concerts in June at Jackson Square.

“Featured local artists performing will be Old Hippies, Ghost Riders, Deanna Spiotta, Don Thomas, and a selection of talented youth and seasoned artists,” Bill McDonald said. “We will los have three other artists: Leah Ford on bass guitar, guitar and French horn; Ross Chua on stringed instruments and vocals; and David Knaudt on stringed instruments and vocals.”

rosschuagwmea.pngThe first concert, at 7 p.m. June 17, will also include Chua and Knaudt in their band Crimson Crossroads. It’s a safe bet that the musical genres in these concerts will go from folksy, blues and country to contemporary. Chua’s repertoire has included the Beatles, Katy Perry and Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up, in which Chua does a mean ukulele.

Old Hippies perform guitar-rich tunes such as Blowin’ in the Wind, Three Little Birds, Fallen Eagle and James Taylor’s classic You’ve Got a Friend.

Batavia Peace Garden treasurer Carol Grasso said the group’s members will be out of the weeds and selling hotdogs during the first event June 17.

“That’s how we make our money for flags and mulch, and things for the garden,” she said.

If you’ve got a bit of a green thumb, members are looking for more volunteers, Grasso said. Pulling weeds and maintaining the landscape on West Main Street takes time and energy, she said.

“I’ve got 10 years into the garden,” she said. “We started when we retired, and now we’re just tired. We’ve been working hard.”

A second concert is set for 2 p.m. June 26. The concerts are free, and attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to park and enjoy the show.

The Restart NY Regrant Program was developed as part an initiative to spur the revitalization of New York's creative economy. The program is administered through a network of local and regional organizations through a transparent peer panel funding process and is available to artists and organizations in each of the state's 62 counties. Organizations or individuals with a fiscal agent  -- in this case Old Hippies have Batavia Peace Garden and GO ART! -- that meets NYSCA and GO ART! criteria may request regrant funds.

For those unable to attend in person, these music shows will be livestreamed online at Bill McDonald’s Facebook page . For more information, click HERE.



Top photo: Bill and Kay McDonald of the Old Hippies, submitted photo. File photos of Ross Chua, Old Hippies and the Ghost Riders.

May 25, 2021 - 9:38am

On Monday, the Old Hippies -- Bill and Kay McDonald -- announced a series of four free afternoon concerts in Genesee County this summer.

The Old Hippies, a renowed local band specializing in Americana roots music, will perform the "Home to Home Concert Series: For the Common Good":

  • Saturday, July 3 at 1 p.m. in Jackson Square
  • Sunday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. in Jackson Square
  • Sunday, Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. in Elba Town Park
  • Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. in Jackson Square

These dates are in addition to the 7 p.m. Friday concert July 2 in Downtown's Jackson Square.*

There will​ also be live performances by the Ghostriders, Deanna Spiotta and other talented musicians.

Food vendors will be available along with displays from local businesses.

All are welcome to:

  • Enjoy the music live and in person. Bring your own chair;
  • Listen in on FM radio as they broadcast near the concert venue;
  • Interact with livestream over the internet via Facebook from wherever you may be;
  • View the recorded concert on YouTube at a time and place you choose.

For updates and info, visit:

  • oldhippiesmusic.com
  • Facebook.com/oldhippiesmusic
  • or contact Bill McDonald at (585) 250-2269 or email [email protected]

​The performances are possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts, with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, administered by GO ART! They are sponsored by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.

*Previously:  Here's the lineup for the free concert series on Friday nights in Jackson Square starting June 25

May 22, 2021 - 7:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Old Hippies, livestream.

Tonight is The Old Hippies 60th livestream Home-to-Home Concert and it will be their last one, at least for a while.

May 22, 2021 - 3:23pm
posted by Press Release in Announcements, Old Hippies, home to home concert series.

Press release from the Old Hippies:

GONE FISHIN'! Kay and I have come to a difficult decision to pause our Home to Home Concert Series for the Common Good livestream after this evening's show -- #60 in a row -- May 22 at 7 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who has joined in our fun and music.

We will keep you posted on our website when the livestreams will start again, www.oldhippiesmusic.com, facebook old hippies, and billmcdonald, instragram Oldhippiesbillandkay, and twitter Ohippies.

The livestream can be found as follows:

We appreciate all your support,

Bill and Kay McDonald

November 28, 2020 - 7:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in music, Old Hippies.

October 10, 2020 - 7:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Old Hippies.

October 3, 2020 - 7:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in music, Old Hippies.

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

WIth What About Jane and the Old Hippies

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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August 8, 2020 - 6:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Old Hippies, music, entertainment.

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

May 30, 2020 - 6:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Old Hippies, music, arts, entertainment.

May 16, 2020 - 7:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Old Hippies, music, arts, entertainment.

May 9, 2020 - 7:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in COVID-19, Old Hippies.

May 2, 2020 - 6:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in music, arts, Old Hippies.

Another free online Saturday night concert by the Old Hippies for the folks of Genesee County from their vacation home in Florida.

Check back at 8 p.m. for a special edition of The Batavian Sessions, featuring Paul Draper.

April 11, 2020 - 7:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Old Hippies, music, COVID-19.

April 4, 2020 - 7:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Old Hippies.

March 28, 2020 - 7:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Old Hippies, music.

March 21, 2020 - 7:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Old Hippies, music, arts, entertaiment.

Bill and Kay McDonald are in Florida streaming a concert for the folks back home (Genesee County).

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