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Ragtime, Jazz & a Little Bit of Swing with Matt Tolentino

Join us on the lawn of Old Fort Johnson for a rousing concert of music from the early 1900s with master musician Matt Tolentino. It’s not just Jazz in July – we’ll hear ragtime & swing & everything that was playing in the early years of the Montgomery County Historical Society. We’re celebrating our 120th anniversary! Concert donations will go to the Roof Restoration Fund.

Putman Porch Music Series

Putman Porch Music 2Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site (opens in a new tab) has announced the return of the Putman Porch Music series for its fourth year starting on Thursday, June 7th at 6:00pm.  This series invites local musicians to come spend an evening on the historic Putman Canal Store porch to jam and enliven the vibe of the former Erie Canal stop off.  Putman’s store building is located at Yankee Hill Lock on the grounds of Schoharie Crossing, 553 Queen Anne Road.

Musicians with an interest in American roots, bluegrass and folk music are encouraged to spend some time on the porch and be a part of a great experience.  Much like a group of canawlers that happen to be stuck waiting at the lock, a few instruments and strong voices is all that is needed to pass the time. Putman Porch Music

Putman Porch Music will occur every Thursday in June from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  These are free events open to the public.

The grounds for the site are open all year from dawn until dusk.

For information about this event or what is available at Schoharie Crossing, please call the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516 or email (opens in a new tab) . Find and like us on Facebook (opens in a new tab) . For more information about New York State Parks, visit the website at (opens in a new tab) .

Singer/songwriters kick off MVC Summer Concert Series June 18 at Unity Hall

MVC-2016 Summer Music Series Schedule-FINALEncore performances and a Battle of the Bands are among highlights of the Mohawk Valley Collective’s (opens in a new tab) 2016 Summer Music Series at Unity Hall this summer.  Five concerts are on tap during the nonprofit’s third annual series, which kicks off on Saturday, June 18, with Singer/Songwriter Night at 19 Center Street, Fort Plain.

Musicians from the local folk group, Stone Soup, and New York City-based singer-songwriters Leah Shaw and Aviva Jaye will be the first performers to take the stage that night.  Doors open at 5:30pm, with music starting at 6pm.  Tickets are $7.50 and can be purchased at the door.  Once again, refreshments will be available for purchase, and the Erie Station Bar & Grill will be on hand to provide wine and beer.

Mohawk Valley-based Stone Soup, featuring the talents of Suzanne Bladek, Joe Sinchak, Pete Liljeberg, Nick Frirsz, and David Bladek, performs American Roots music with a blend of folk, blues, gospel, traditional country, zydeco and the like.  A crowd favorite, the acoustic group performed “unplugged” the last time they were in Unity Hall’s second floor performance space – once the sanctuary of the Universalist Church.  To hear a sample of their music, go to (opens in a new tab) .

Also turning up that night are returning artists Shaw and Jaye, who often perform together.  Jaye, a trained vocalist, employs her voice, guitar, piano, ukulele and harp “to share raw material with simple, haunting motifs and transparent lyrics.”  Her influences include old movie-musicals, classical music, Motown and pop.  For samples of her music or more information about her, visit (opens in a new tab) .

The multi-­‐talented Shaw, who moved to New York from North Carolina, performs original music that pulls from soul, folk, country and pop influences. To learn more about her, visit her at (opens in a new tab) or go to (opens in a new tab) to hear a studio recording.

Other concerts include the July 16 Battle of the Bands, which features $500 in prizes.  The current lineup includes Phil Arcuri, Stanley Hall, Heathcliff and Front of the House.  Interested performers are asked to contact the MVC at (opens in a new tab) or by calling (518)993-5506 in order to sign up.

On July 30, Pat Ruddy, Leslie Kubica and the Matchstick Menagerie, The Eugene Tyler Band, and the Screaming Rebel Angels will hit the stage for Matchstick Menagerie and More; and on August 13, the fourth annual River Through Time celebration in Fort Plain’s Haslett Park will take place from 12pm to 5pm.  Performance groups include Christie Belanger, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle, The Kennesaw Mt. Boys, and Caitlin Bingham, whose performances are offered at no cost to the public.  Also featured during the event are the well-liked raffle drawing, which features Kayak and bike giveaways, face painting, vendors and a pulled pork barbecue.

The series will conclude on August 27 as Tumbleweed Highway, Steven Albert Wood, and Aircrafting perform during New York Country Night.

The local musicians support the mission of the non-profit MVC to host arts and cultural events in Montgomery County.  The organization is dedicated to the restoration and adaptive reuse of Unity Hall and one of the area’s other historic architectural gems, the former West Hill School in Canajoharie.

Funding for 2016 programs and the River Through Time event has been made possible, in part, through grants by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the NYS Canal Corporation, and additional funding from the Montgomery County Occupancy Tax administered by the Montgomery County Legislature, the Stewart’s Foundation, and the Dominion Foundation.  Also partnering in support of the concert programming is the Erie Station Bar & Grill of Fort Plain.

Go to­events/ (opens in a new tab) for more information, advance tickets (cost doesn’t include third-party ticket seller’s processing fees), links to performers’ websites, and schedules.  All proceeds go toward future event programming and preservation efforts.