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)
Originally formed as an acoustic trio in 1993, Hair Of The Dog has become one of the world’s foremost Celtic rock bands. They’ve released ten wildly popular CDs. Their latest, “Liam Left The Lights On Again", is making waves in America and Ireland. In May, 2012, The Irish Echo stated, “Liam Left the Lights On Again...in it’s entirety is simply a delight to listen to”. Hair Of The Dog has repeatedly been named “Best Band” since the late 1990’s, by Upstate New York’s top regional newspapers and magazines. Based in Albany, New York, Hair Of The Dog is Rick Bedrosian (bass and vocals), Larry Packer (fiddle), Eric Finn (electric guitar, mandolin, violin and vocals), Brian Gibney (acoustic guitar, electric guitar and vocals) and Joe Morizio (drums).
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John Kribs (guitar /banjo), Arlin Greene (bass), Doug Moody (fiddle), Orion Kribs (mandolin /guitar) collectively known as “The Trophy Husbands”, is a powerful combination of instrumental virtuosity, truly “explosive” vocal harmonies.
Four of the North Country's most highly regarded musicians—they have put their minds, hearts, voices and strings together with a repertoire of both iconic and obscure Americana, traditional folk music and well crafted original songs.
Guitarist and singer songwriter John Kribs is the founder of Racquette River Rounders and Johnny & the Triumphs, a former ‘McKrell” and guitarist for “The BlueBillies”. His songs have gone to the top of the “American Play” charts in France and used on NPR’s “Car Talk”.
Fiddle virtuoso Doug Moody (Papa Chubby, The Steam Donkeys, and The McKrells) is a veteran of more than 20 years of touring. One of the most sought after “‘sidemen” in the northeast, he has been drafted into a “countless and eclectic” list of upstate string bands.
Bassist Arlin Greene cut his musical teeth with his father, legendary country artist “Smokey Greene”. In his long and unique career, he has worked with artists as varied as Dan Tyminski (Allison Kraus), and 80s pop star ”D Train” Williams.
By 15, Orion Kribs was performing regularly with his father. In the 15 years since then he has become an outstanding musician, singer songwriter, and soloist in his own right as a member of the cutting edge alt rock band “Black Mountain Symphony” and country music’s’ “BlueBillies”.
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.
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.
(SVAN member discount price: $10)
Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.