Wow!! The Dean Brothers wowed over 1,200 people at the third edition of “SKARTS ‘N The Park” – a free concert at the gazebo in Clift Park by the lake on July 2nd. The concert featured The Dean Brothers Band, one of Central New York’s most popular rock bands in the 1970’s.
The Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS) was thrilled to present this third free concert to the community by the lake in Skaneateles from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. View Event Poster here. The Sammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning band was joined on stage by a few very special guests, including George Rossi, the multiple Sammy Award-winning keyboard player and band leader of the legendary Shufflin’ Hungarians and Caroline Manring Dean. The weather was perfect and the large crowd danced, sang, and celebrated the soaring melodies, tight sounds, and musicianship of the Dean Brothers.
The Deans played two sold-out performances at the Redhouse last December and were primed for a great summer celebration on July 4th weekend.
Winners of the SKARTS 2011 grants were announced at the concert. The concert was sponsored by: Cowley Associates, Group M Communications, Sherwoood Inn and Skaneateles Talk.
In 2009, the Arts Council presented the 2nd edition of SKARTS ‘N The Park – a free concert in the Clift Park gazebo by the lake.The concert, called “Dance ‘N Swing,”featured the jazz sounds of Charlie Bertini and Joe Whiting -over 500 people attended the concert and winners of the SKARTS 2009 grants were announced.
In 2008, SKARTS presented the first edition of SKARTS ‘N The Park – an estimated crowd of 500 came by car, boat, bike and foot, and enjoyed the Maria DeSantis Orchestra and “Sinatra’s Faves.” The winners of the SKARTS 2008 grants were announced during intermission.
The Arts Council was pleased to host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, musician, composer, author, and editor, as Emcee of“A Tribute to Joni Mitchell: A Concert by Maria De Angelis and Friends” – the concert was held on Saturday, April 28 at the First Presbyterian Church in Skaneateles, and over 300 attended.
“Joni is a creative giant,” said Rodgers, whose book Rock Troubadours features an in-depth conversation with Mitchell on her craft as a guitarist, composer, and lyricist. “Interviewing her and exploring her creative process was one of the high points of my life as a music journalist. Her songs resonate through so much of contemporary music. I am delighted to participate as Emcee for this tribute concert to her in Skaneateles.”
Rodgers was the founding editor of the international monthly magazine Acoustic Guitar and still serves the magazine as a contributing editor. He also reports on the music scene for NPR’s All Things Considered, and is the author, most recently, of The Complete Singer-Songwriter.
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
As a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, Rodgers has scored a rock musical, performed at San Francisco clubs with the band Heavy Wood, and released a solo CD called Traveling Songs. To learn more about Rodgers, please visit: www.jeffreypepperrodgers.com.
A Tribute to Joni Mitchell was performed by DeAngelis and five multi-talented musicians: Phil Flanigan, Karen Oberlin, Hanna Richardson, David Yaffe, and her sister Tori DeAngelis. The Arts Council partnered with the Everson Museum of Art on a special pre-concert reception “Music, Martinis and Joni Mitchell Masterpieces” at the home of Jim and Kimball, 3109 West Lake Road, Skaneateles to kick-off the concert.
About Joni Mitchell:
Joni Mitchell has released 26 albums in an extraordinary career that spans over forty years. Her music and art have been a major influence to countless composers and artists around the world. A sampling of her albums include: Blue (1971),For the Roses (1972) Court and Spark (1973), Grammy winner The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975), Mingus (1979), Dog Eat Dog (1985), Double-Grammy winner Turbulent Indigo (1994), Taming the Tiger (1998) and Songs from a Prairie Girl (2005). Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries in Los Angeles, London, New York, Toronto and Tokyo. She has also collaborated on an original ballet featuring her music. She has been inducted into the National Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has won five Grammy awards and a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement (2002). Mitchell has also won ASCAP’s Founders Award, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s Polar Music Prize, and Billboard Magazine’s Century Award. In fact, Billboard recently named her one of the top 100 guitarists of the last century.