Featured performance 5-7pm

July 10th 5-7pm Northville Waterfront Park  
Toby Walker – Acoustic blues

Toby will kick off our SVAN Song Summer concert series performing from 5-7pm. Toby’s bluesy voice and intricate guitar picking style has him performing all over Europe and the U.S.A.!

Before the concert Toby will be giving a guitar workshop. This will be held from 1-3pm on the stage at the Waterfront Park.  Toby gives workshops all over the country and has taught at Yorma Kaukonen’s ranch! The workshop fee is $35.00. 

SVAN will provide partial scholarships for those who would like to take the workshop but cannot afford it. More info about Scholarships and registration can be found below or by calling 518-924-3008. The concert is free with a “good will donation”.

Scholarship information:

SVAN is making available three partial or full scholarships to be determined by financial and artistic need. Those wishing to participate in the scholarship program will be asked write a paragraph explaining financial need, artistic desire and to describe the value they feel the workshop will provide for them. They will need to submit them with their contact information to SVAN ATTN Michele PO Box 660 Northville, NY 12134. They will be due prior to the registration deadline. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. More info (518) 924-3008

July 17th 5-7pm Northville Waterfront Park 
The Staber and Chasnoff Trio – Bluegrass/Folk        

Dick Stabber (vocal, mandolin) and Judith Chasnoff (vocal, guitar) have been performing their unique brand of folk and Bluegrass-based acoustic music since 1993.  In their evocative and focused performances they bring their material to life through pristine harmonies and expressive mandolin breaks, well grounded in rhythm.  They have toured Europe twice and represented the USA at the 2004 European World of Bluegrass festivals and concerts.

This evening they will be performing with longtime friend Daryl Smith - another veteran of bluegrass music and native of New York State.  Daryl has been playing bluegrass banjo in the traditional style initiated by Earl Scruggs and JD Crowe since 1970. A long time member of the Adirondack Bluegrass League, Daryl helped found the Burnt Hills Bluegrass band in the 1990’s.  With Staber and Chasnoff, he often trades his banjo for the mellower 5-string Dobro and adds his vocal harmony to the rich trio sound. The concert is free with a “good will donation."

July 24th 5-7pm Northville Waterfront Park
Panther Creek - American Roots Music

Panther Creek is an exciting well established band playing American Roots Music throughout the upstate area.  Music that you know and love - but tunes you won’t often find on your local radio dial. They play an energized foot stompin’ array of Traditional Cajun, Appalachian, Rock, and Old Time Music with a reverence to the exuberant spirit of our American forefathers. Tradition however is only the starting point for this cutting edge ensemble.  The band features seasoned veterans Jack Dupont on Cajun Accordion and guitar, Kristina Johnson on saxophone, Joe Sinchak on mandolin and fiddle, Mike Losito on drums, Angus Mackie on bass and Michael Levenstein on rhythm guitar. The concert is free with a “good will donation”.

July 31st 5-7pm Northville Waterfront Park
Penny JarWorld Folk                                          

This Fulton County band plays a variety of international folk music including French, American, Irish, English, Canadian Eastern European, Gospel and more!  This group of four play many instruments providing a colorful arrangement to foot taping songs that may have indeed been lost if they had not rescued them!  Ellen Adamson on fiddle, cello, autoharp, strum stick, recorder and vocals, Laurie Freeman on Piano accordion, button accordion, melodica, bodhran, and vocals, Irena Garin on Mandolin, banjolin and vocals and Jim Strickland on guitar, mandocello, harmonica and 12 string guitar. The concert is free with a “good will donation”.

August 7th 5-7pm Northville Waterfront Park
Stone Soup - Traditional Old Time Music

Stone Soup is an entertaining acoustic musical ensemble playing a wide variety of well known and original tunes. Their music is a melting pot of songs ranging from old time to jazz, folk to blues. As Stone Soup continues to play throughout the Northeast their music is embraced by audiences of all ages.  They are genuine, warm, and highly entertaining. The Soup’s music and shows are full of energy, lifting spirits with their rich acoustic style.

The warmth and richness of lead singer Suzanne Bladek’s voice backed with close harmony and captivating instrumental work give this group a unique and pleasing sound. Joe Sinchak (mandolin) from Johnson City, New York, Pete Liljeberg (bass) from San Francisco,  Nick Frirsz (lead guitar) from Montreal, Canada have added their expert talents to the Soup.  David Bladek from Little Falls joins in on harmonica, banjo, and percussion. The concert is free with a “good will donation”.

August 21st 5-7pm Northville Waterfront Park 
Chuck Weiss and the Bel Aires – Old time Rock ‘n Roll  

The Bel Aires are a well known four piece rock and roll band that covers hits of the 60's through early 70's as well as performing original material.  The band covers great American groups and artist as well as those from the British invasion era.  The band takes pride in bringing back great songs from these eras in as close to original format as possible. Listeners often comment on how much music the group creates! Their emphasis on mixed vocals and orchestration make this possible. The origin of the Bel Aires dates back to Amsterdam, NY during the early 1960's. After going their separate ways in 1967, the band was reestablished in the early 1980's and has performed with intermittent breaks from then until present. The concert is free with “good will donation”.

August 28th 5-7pm Northville Waterfront Park
Annie and the Hedonists with Peter HarrisAcoustic Blues, Standards, Folk                 

Acoustic blues, Jazz, Swing Folk you name it! This 5 piece group earned Metrolands “Best Acoustic Band of 2008” Annie Rosen’s vocals are paired with first class harmonies and musicianship. Featuring Peter Harris on clarinet, tenor guitar and piano, Jonny Rosen on guitar, Steve Fry on mandolin guitar and keyboard and Betsy Fry      on bass!  They can sing everything from your favorite old standards to Celtic and country blues.  They are so versatile that hearing them once is not enough!  They always have something new to offer and their music is guaranteed to lift your spirit! The concert is free with a “good will donation”.

These concerts are made possible in part with public funds from Tri County Arts Council funding, part of the Decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered by the Tri-County Arts Council.


The Tequila Mockingbirds (top)
Annie and the Hedonists