In keeping with our goal of bringing the Sacandaga region affordable, quality, live music, SVAN continues its “Sacandaga Live” series with a variety of monthly concerts for the community to enjoy.
Northville Central Auditorium, Third St., Northville
Main St., Northvlle
Free will donation
(Suggested donation: $5 per person)
Opening set by Northville’s Mary Ryan
Hitrick & Brooks consists of three high school students from Upstate, NY: Ben Hitrick, 17, Connor Brooks, 16, and Alex Hitrick, 18. Each are involved musically within their school.
Ben and Connor are lead tenors in the high school concert choir. They also had the two lead roles in the 2015 drama production of "Shrek the Musical." Ben also had the lead in the 2014 drama production of "The Little Mermaid" as Prince Eric and the 2016 production of "Footloose" as Ren.
Alex is the lead trumpet in the high school concert band and jazz band. He has played piano since kindergarten and also knows how to play 7 other instruments. He currently plays for the Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church every Sunday.
The fourth "unofficial" member of the band is Moe. Moe is a Yamaha MOXF8 Workstation that Alex creates, records, and arranges their music on.
While playing live, Ben and Connor sing and play guitar as Alex plays the keyboard. They perform music ranging from Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley to Bruno Mars, John Legend, and Michael Bublé.
These fantastic teenagers from the area were given the opportunity to play this year after an outstanding opening act as one of SVAN’s Youth Stage performers. The Youth Stage program allows local young musicians to showcase their talents by opening for SVAN’s headlining Summer Series groups. Hitrick & Brooks took the area by storm and were received so enthusiastically, they were offered the opportunity to headline their own show this year!
Opening set by acoustic guitar and vocal duo Nina and Natalie Gerardi from Greenfield Center
Don Hoffman – Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals
Sean Cohan – Mandolin, Fiddle Vocals
Bill Cassidy – Guitar, Vocals
Bruce Blinn-Knapp – Bass, Vocals
New Shoes is a different band every time you see them. The meaning behind the name comes from the saying “Old Friends, New Shoes”.
New Shoes is a band made up of old friends and musical partners. Don, Bill & Bruce have played together for over 40 yrs in a wide assortment of styles, band arrangements and instrumentations & Don & Sean began performing as a duet 2 yrs ago and now they’ve all come together. All multi-instrumentalists, the fun is in the diversity.
Don Hoffman, a local Northville musician, has performed in the area for years as a solo artist and for the last 2 years in an Americana-style duet with Sean. Don also played locally with Bill & Bruce in their 5 piece blues band version of “New Shoes” in 2012 at the Northville Summer Concert series and twice at the Sand Island Bash in 2011 & 2012 as a blues/rock trio. The same three have performed together throughout the state in the 1980’s with the bluegrass band Sweetwater and again in the 1990’s in the rock group Roadhouse and since high school days as various duets.
Sean Cohan, the newest member of the New Shoes family is a versatile multi-instrumentalist from Glens Falls. He is playing mandolin & fiddle but has been known to flat pick a guitar tune when asked. He has performed with all the top area acoustic acts from The McKrells to Big Medicine, The Bluebillies. Sean also performs on occasion with James Hood and with the band Country Express. He and Don can be seen often in local area clubs and farmers markets as well. A top class musician always welcome on any stage and frequently requested.
Bill Cassidy is guitarist of extraordinary talent and versatility. Whether flat picking a bluegrass tune, ripping up a rock solo on his own handmade electric guitars, finger picking some ragtime or blowing out some incredible blues, Bill loves all styles and plays with great feeling and texture. Along with New Shoes, Bill plays with fulltime in his rock band Life-line.
Bruce Blinn-Knapp is a talented song writer and multi-instrumentalist. Whether playing piano, guitar, drums or bass, Bruce brings a vast knowledge of music and styles to all his performances. He has performed his original songs as an opening act for artists such as Michael Franks, Bad English & James McMurtry. He currently can be seen at farmers markets and clubs around the area playing his original songs and covers on piano & guitar.
Opening set by Northville’s Adirondack Dance Academy
Opening set by guitar player and vocalist Charlotte Reilly of Ganesvoort
(SVAN member discount price: $10)
Playing music by Stravinsky, Ravel, Lecuona & local musician and Composer Philip Spaeth