Hello everyone. A welcome, last minute booking...
Tuesday, 7/13 at Milkie’s on Elmwood 7:00 - 10:00
Patty Flaherty, vocals Craig Kastelnik, Hammond B-3 Bob Sneider, guitar your correspondent, drum set
No, our guest artist series is not returning to Milkie’s Elmwood, but it will be good to see the venerable Mr. Milkie after so many years. Patty & Craig are in town, and Patty found us a venue. As so many of you know, having been in the audience since 1997, our guest artist series has afforded yours truly the opportunity to accompany countless world-class musicians of all backgrounds and influences. That gig was always about who we featured, never about me. In truth, it is I who had to rise to the occasion most nights, considering the likes of the brilliant musical artists who so generously agreed to play. But to sit in the pocket of Craig Kastelnik twice a year? Indescribable. If you play the drum set, you have no harmonic vocabulary to call upon. It’s all about the feel. With Craig kicking pedals or left hand bass, comping behind Patty’s vocals, or playing a searing solo, the harmony will be unquestioned, but the feel will be exceptional. It is simply an honor and a privilege to offer them the date when the guest artists series is ongoing, and to take the gig when they call. Another embarrassment of riches… Milkie’s is at 522 Elmwood, corner of West Utica. There’s a city parking lot accessible from W. Utica on the opposite corner. Can’t wait to see you again.
Saturday, 7/17 at The Sunset Grill 5:00 - 8:00
Jack Civiletto & April Mazzone Brent Minet, piano Bob Ambrusko, bass yours truly, drum set
This is going to be fun. Great singers, two-part vocal harmony, familiar tunes, and a beautiful setting. The Sunset Grill is at 3 O’Connell Island in Wilson.
Thursday, 7/22 with guitarist Mike Kelly at 75 Stutson St in Rochester 8:00 - 10:00
Sunday, 9/5 at the Olcott Jazz Trail
Friday, 5/6/2022 at the Riviera Theatre with Morgane La Touche 8:00
July 4th reflections…
I can assure you that we love our country, not for what it was - though it has always been great - not for what it is - though of this we are deeply proud - but what it someday can and, through the efforts of us all, someday will be.
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy