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Waydown Wailers and Northbound Benefit Concert for Local Living Festival


Last updated 9/21/2015 at 7:04am

Waydown Wailers

In keeping with the theme of "local", the Local Living Festival has announced a benefit concert by the "way down up north" bands Waydown Wailers and Northbound. The venue is upstairs at Between the Buns at 6 Elm St. in Potsdam, NY.

The concert will be held on Sunday, September 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and promises lots of dance-able tunes, great jams and fun for all ages. There is a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Local Living Festival, which is coming up the following week on Saturday, September 26, all day on the Canton ViIlage Green.

Anyone who hasn't heard these well-loved local bands can get a taste of Waydown Wailers tunes on their website at , or on Facebook at WDWFanPage and the Northbound website can be found at

The members of Northbound include Michael Welch, Andy VanDuyne, Don Cannamela and Larry Baycura. They perform an eclectic mix of folk, acoustic, and classic rock. Their influences draw from the great singer-songwriters of the 50's through today; names like James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Fogerty, and The Beatles. They have been performing in the North Country together for years and always bring an exciting blend of music that spans a wide variety of musical tastes. Whether in intimate coffee house settings, or rattling the rafters in rock and roll clubs, Northbound puts on a great show with every performance.

A report in Static NY wrote up The Waydown Wailers this way: "Edge of the swamp rock, Blues, and jam with just a healthy dash of good old Americana, is a sound better known as Outlaw Jam. And nobody does it better than the Waydown Wailers...they invented it. This is a band on the top of the innovative music scene now pouring from a cool North American spigot. Streaming like a refreshing blast of harmony over a burnout music wary countryside, The Waydown Wailers are boldly original, tunefully deep, and forever lingering."

Brothers Dave and Christian Parker with Mike Scriminger, and Connor Pelkey are Waydown Wailers, creating this unique sound to the northeast region.

The benefit concert is in support of the Local Living Festival, which can be found on the web at The Local Living Venture has organized the past three Local Living Festivals, as well as near-weekly Resourceful Living Skills Workshops sharing traditional rural and simple living skills for a healthy and capable community. They collaborate in presenting life-long learning events with generous community members who have skills and knowledge to share. Their year-round events schedule can be viewed at

The Local Living Festival comprises their full year's schedule poured into one day on an eighteen-month, Spring and Autumn, basis in order to honor the seasonality of local resourceful living skills. The Festival is coordinated in 2015 in partnership with United Helpers and the Village of Canton Sustainability Committees. After this event on September 26, the next Festival will occur on April 29, 2017.

The public is invited to support this benefit concert and have a "way down up north" good time!


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