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Norwood Village Green Concert Series Announces its 45th Anniversary Season.


Last updated 8/20/2018 at 8:06am

Norwood Village Green 2018 Concert Series

Norwood NY...

The Norwood Village Green Concert Series, a not-for-profit founded to impact our home communities via spirit up-lifting public outdoor performances, has programmed its 2018 season, the 45th Anniversary Season of the venerable Northern New York tradition. With a rich history of presenting 746 concerts to an audience in excess of 630,334, the series is noted for its diverse and eclectic performances. It has presented performers from every continent, and has included 17 Grammy award winners, 14 Juno award recipients, 2 National arts recipients, 2 National Heritage Award winners, 2 MacArthur Genius Award recipients, 2 Guggenheim Fellows, and many other award winners in varied genres.

In the current season it will present a 2018 Grammy Award nominee, Joey DeFrancesco. This was DeFrancesco's 4th Grammy nomination. It will also present another Grammy nominee, Renée Marie, a recipient of the prestigious Coronet rating of the Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings for her Vertigo album. This rating has only been given to 85 Jazz artists recordings, and in the field of vocal Jazz only Sarah Vaughn, Betty Carter, and June Christy share this distinction.

The Series will present a program of world dance and music when Vanaver Caravan performs "EarthBeat". It will also present The Battle of Santiago, a Canadian/Cuban ensemble of 3 Canadian rock musicians and 4 Cuban percussionists in a fiery and emotive explosion of juxtaposed cultures. The audience will also enjoy a return of an audience favorite, The Gibson Brothers.

Darmon Meader will join the All Star Big Band under the direction of Wally Siebel. Meader will demonstrate his arranging/composing, scat singing, and saxophone playing skills. A member and chief arranger of the Grammy-nominated vocal group New York Voices, Meader is highly respected both instrumentally and vocally.

Regionally the series will present The Grieco Sisters who originally were students of Gail Vroman Gage at South Jefferson Central School. Three of the sisters are Crane graduates.

Closer to home the series will present former area residents Danny Gotham teamed up with Phil Hurley, and The Doty's with Joe K. Walsh. Liesl Doty teaches violin at Crane, her husband Karl Doty teaches bass at Dartmouth, and Joe K. Walsh teaches at Berklee. Walsh returns to the series. He previously was a mandolinist with The Gibson Brothers. The Potsdam Brass Quintet returns to the series for the 4th time, the first being in the 1970's.

Other local groups scheduled for performance are Northern Symphonic Winds, Norwood's own Brass Firemen, Northbound, The Atkinson Family Bluegrass Band, and Mary Ann Casale with Tas Cru.

Programming especially designed for students include the traditional opening with the St. Lawrence County Music Educators Pop Choral/Stage Band Festival with 10 participating groups, the Vanaver Caravan program, and the series partnership with Crane Youth Music via The All Star Big Band with Darmon Meader.

Most of the music, dance, storytelling, and other arts genres the series presents are creations of the featured performers. The series will showcase more than 125 local musicians, either performing their own materials or accompanying some of the touring artists, in addition to the 30 touring world-class performers.

The Series is supported in part by the Northern New York Community Foundation. The acoustic concerts are supported by The Sweetgrass Foundation, which is also serving as an underwriter for the performance of The Gibson Brothers. Chevrolet/Buick dealer Mort Backus and Sons is providing underwriting support for the appearance of The Grieco Sisters. It is expected that National Grid will once again support the programs designed for youth. Public moneys from the Town of Potsdam and the Village of Norwood also support the series. Its primary support is from many organizations, businesses, and individuals.

The series continues to solicit much needed donations by check. Checks can be mailed to: Norwood Village Green Concert Series, 3 Bicknell Street, Norwood, NY 13668. All contributions are tax deductible. Norwood Village Green Concert Series concerts are free but there is a "pass the bucket". Donations are encouraged and needed, as it is the foundation to all of the series' other support, and the series expense budget hovers around $60,000.

Here is the full 2018 schedule:

Please note that the series has returned to scheduling all concerts at 7 pm except for Thursday, May 31, Thursday, June 7, and Sunday, June 17

Thursday, May 31 3–9 pm The St. Lawrence County Music Educators Annual Pop Choral/ Stage Band Festival

Thursday, June 7 1 pm Dance Caravan's EarthBeat

Thursday, June 14 The Doty's with Joe K. Walsh

Sunday, June 17 4 pm The Grieco Sisters

Thursday, June 21 Northern Symphonic Winds

Sunday, June 24 Mary Ann Casale with Tas Cru

Thursday, June 28 The All Star Big Band under the direction of Wally Siebel with guest artist Darmon Meader

Sunday, July 1 The Atkinson family Bluegrass Band

Sunday, July 8 The Potsdam Brass Quintet

Sunday, July 15 The Gibson Brothers

Thursday, July 19 Northbound

Sunday, July 22 Renée Marie and Experiment in Truth

Thursday, July 26 Norwood's own The Brass Firemen

Sunday, July 39 Danny Gotham with Phil Hurley

Thursday, August 2 Joey DeFrancesco

Sunday, August 5 The Battle of Santiago

For further information about the series in general and the performers in particular consult the series website: or call 315-353-2437 or 315-261-2866.


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