The Mere Mortals cuts a wide swath through Central New York, appealing to a variety of music lovers, age groups and venues. While the seven-member band, including female vocalist Maureen Henesy, penetrates crowds at Coleman’s on Tipperary Hill and Shifty’s on Burnet Avenue, the floodgates of their talent will open up, when they perform July 1 at a free concert on Skaneateles Lake.
Presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council, the concert will be held at Clift Park on Skaneateles Lake from 8 to 10pm.
While the group plays several original songs such as “Blue Skies,” they often respond to the vibes of the crowd with a diverse array of cover songs such as “Solsbury Hill,” “Mexico,” “Carnival,” “Drive My Car,” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” With over 150 songs in their repertoire, the group’s wide ranging musical talent enables them to cover tunes from Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to the Rolling Stones and Janes Addiction. The band plays over 30 performances a year at bars, festivals, weddings and private parties.
What makes the band so unique is their vocal diversity. Six of the seven members have either been lead singers or co/lead singers in previous bands. Before forming The Mere Mortals in 2002, the members of the band played in such local groups as: The Eileens, Soulmates, Descendant and Good Question. The members of the group are: Skaneateles native Dave Allyn, rhythm guitar and vocals; Paul Becerra, guitarist and vocals; Paul Finn, drums and vocals; Maureen Henesey, vocals and percussion; Mark “Kernal” Kearns, bass; Kristin Peenstra, percussion, horn and vocals; and Skaneateles native Win Price, keyboard and vocals.
This is the 4th edition of “SKARTS ‘N the Park” – a free summer concert presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS) in Clift Park, and is sponsored by Cowleyweb, Sherwood Inn and Skaneateles Press. For more information on SKARTS, please visit: www.skarts.org