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May 2019

The 16-and-Under Crowd: Music by Teenage Prodigies

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bend the Knotted Oak

Bend the Knotted Oak Chamber Music. Including works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mahler, and Walton, written with astonishing maturity just as the composers were emerging from childhood. These are not mere “student” works. BKO Chamber Music includes Mitsuko Suzuki (violin), Ron Carbone (viola), Robert Reed (cello), and Uel Wade (piano and artistic direction). A reception to follow.

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June 2019

Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

These two renowned solo artists have joined forces to create a major new voice in American music. The songs are their own, the harmonies finely tuned, and the playing—on guitars, fiddle, banjo, and more—glances back to early American forms even as it peers forward with freshly contemporary ideas.

$10 – $20
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November 2019

Amy Ryan Band

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Amy Ryan Band

A Magical Brew of Blues, Rock, Jazz and More Over the past five years, the Amy Ryan Band has gained an enthusiastic and growing following. In 2015, the group won Capital Region Blues Network’s qualifying competition to represent the region at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Guitarist Richard Green saw an opportunity to join forces with a gutsy female singer with the potential to lead a great blues band. Melding Amy’s country-blues vocal magic and Richard’s urban blues and…

$10 – $20
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December 2019

Geoff Muldaur

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roots & Shoots Concert Series presents Geoff Muldaur

Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960s and ’70s, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings. His newest albums have met with high critical acclaim.

$10 – $25
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January 2020

The Nields

Saturday, January 18, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nields Concert Canceled

Sisters Nerissa and Katryna are well into their third decade as musical partners. They have released 17 albums, had major and independent record and publishing deals, and performed with The Band, James Taylor, Dan Zanes, 10,000 Maniacs, and the Indigo Girls. Their most recent album, XVII, is both their most personal and their most community-minded. Its meditative lyrics express joy in the present and faith in the future. The songs are about the lessons The Nields hope to have learned…

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February 2020

Tracy Grammer

Saturday, February 22, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tracy Grammer is renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling. She has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, headlined several of the nation’s top folk festivals, including Philadelphia Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio’s 50 top-played artists, both solo and with the late Dave Carter. Her eleventh release, Low Tide, showcases her original songs and was Folk Alley's #2 album of…

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March 2020

Embe Esti with special guest Rob Fisch

Saturday, March 21, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Embe Esti concert canceled

TO BE RESCHEDULED. Embe Esti is the New York Capital Region’s premier intercontinental fusion band that mixes Afrobeat, North African, and other global traditions with rock, funk, and blues. Their songs combine message-based lyrics with the raw improvisation of jazz and polished writing and performances to create original soulful dance music that will get your hands clapping and feet moving. Group members include vocalist Taunya Hannibal-Williams, guitarist Scott Collins, bassist Mike Dimin, and drummer Aaron Shields, with special guest jazz…

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April 2020

Jim Kweskin

Saturday, April 4, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jim Kweskin canceled

TO BE RESCHEDULED. Jim Kweskin is the founder of the legendary 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Fritz Richmond, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, Mel Lyman, Bill Keith, and Bruno Wolfe. Their imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead, a Los Angeles jug band that became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a New York jug band that became The Lovin’ Spoonful. Kweskin, now in his 70s, makes history again by playing as well…

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May 2020

CANCELED: Rachelle Garniez and Erik Della Penna

Saturday, May 2, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rachelle Garniez and Erik Della Penna canceled

TO BE RESCHEDULED. An evening of original and vintage songs about NYC. Singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists, Rachelle Garniez and Erik Della Penna bring a wealth of inspirations and influences to their crafts, from Tin Pan Alley to folk and Americana. Fresh from their German tour of "Ein Abend in New York," they harmonize and wax poetic, creating a sound that charms and delights audiences of all stripes. Multi-instrumentalist and performer Rachelle Garniez is a native New Yorker who has earned…

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November 2020

Root & Shoots Streams: 2 Blue

Saturday, November 21, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
2 Blue duo of Amy Ryan and Richard Green

Join us for a live-stream of 2 Blue,  straight from the Academy stage!  Watch here. This powerhouse duo features Amy Ryan (guitar and vocals) and Richard Green (guitar and vocals) of the renowned Capital Region blues act, the Amy Ryan Band. Formed in 2016, the duo went on to win that year’s local qualifying competition to represent the Capital Region Blues Network at the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The 2 Blue musical partnership melds Ryan’s acoustic blues…

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