SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023 1pm - 7pm (with possible encores)
We are once again hosting a Music Festival at the Preserve!
Hosted by: RANDY MIRITELLO
As always at the Preserve, admission is FREE, but free will donations are most welcome and keep us going! THIS PROGRAM MADE POSSIBLE WITH GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE A. LINDSAY & OLIVE B. O'CONNOR FOUNDATION
CHRIS VAN KLEECK 1pm - 1:45
Chris Van Kleeck has been summering in the Catskills for 65 years and playing guitar and singing for 50 years. Every summer, he plays Sundays from 5-8 pm at the Slide Mountain Inn in Oliverea. His song list includes original lyrics showing his love for the Catskill Mountains, such as “Big Indian and Oliverea,” “Rip Van Winkle,” “The Neversink,” and a song inspired by John Burroughs’s poem Every Walk called “Every Walk.” Chris looks forward to performing at the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve.
KHALIL JADE 2pm - 2:45
Khalil Jade is a 27 year old singer songwriter from Morris, NY. She accompanies herself with her acoustic guitar as she flows through her favorite genres of music such as folk, country, blues, rock, and pop. Covering songs by Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton, Alanis Morissette, The Beatles, and more. But it’s her heart-centered originals that often leave the most impressions on people. Her music has been called grasping and expressive with insightful lyrics. Through writing songs, Khalil contemplates and embraces her inner emotions, bringing more peace into her life. Her hope is that others will be able to relate to her songs, and find their own inner peace and healing through her music. Her Earthy Americana sound is unique, her voice is soothing, and her lyrics are genuine.
DANI DAE DUO 3pm - 3:45
After Dani Dae wrote the lyrics to "Why Do Loved Ones Die?" after the passing of her father in 2006 she approached Reggie Normandin and sang what she thought was just a fleet of emotion that was showing admiration for the one she just lost. The lyrical tones echoed in Reggie's heart as he picked up his guitar and brought the melody forward. The bond of the Duo was formed at that moment and it seemed that anything, even the slightest of things overlooked by others, could be brought to life. The original drove many more including "Good Deeds", "Seasons" and the soon to be released "Doesn't Matter". This Duo strives to bring things to the forefront and get people thinking, dancing and singing in what has been influenced by a range of artists including Jewel, Pat Benatar, Chris Cornell and blues artist Toni Price.
BECCA FRAME AND THE TALL BOYS 4pm - 4:45 Based in upstate New York, Becca Frame and the Tall Boys provide a timeless presentation of powerful vocals, and transcendent lyrics. Combined with polished yet improvised guitar work (Brian Shafer) and intoxicating dynamic rhythm (Steve O'Connell and Daniel Colón), the band provides a strong dedication to stir the soul. Each song has its own desire and persistence to leave the audience wanting to hear more.
MIKE HERMAN 5pm - 5:45 Spreadin The News Bout The North Country Blues What they say about the man behind the music... "...superb fingerpicking guitarist...." Rit Sheridan - The Blueshound "...definitely in touch with the Blues Gods..." Dirty Linen "...exuberant finger-pickin'..." Art Tipaldi - Blues Revue "I received BluesnRags Bag o' Tabs Lesson Packet the other night. I was blown away with the accuracy of the tabs and your fantastic guitar playing on the demo CD. You really got it together! I would like to order another one..... You sound so good on the demo CD that I would also like to orderr both of your CD's....." ~ Joe
RANDY MIRITELLO AND THE HOP CITY HELLCATS 6pm - 7
Randy Miritello started writing songs in 1987. Raised around music in rural Tioga County NY, the highway became his home and inspiration. With stays in the Arizona desert, New Orleans, Dallas, Northern Michigan and Minnesota and finally, ending up back in Upstate NY, he found his own musical voice playing old-time fiddle and guitar and singing with his friends who later went on to form Old Crow Medicine Show. In about 2006 Randy formed the band Horseshoe Lounge Playboys with his good buddy Will Lunn and later meeting their musical brother Darin Trass. This is where his songwriting and stage presence was really honed. Touring around the US led to opportunities to open for such acts as Steve Earle, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Levon Helm Band and many others and HLP still performs, on a more limited basis, to this day. In 2012 Randy formed Hop City Hellcats to explore more avenues of expression. Being a little more “electric”, Hop City became another voice with which to write. Once described as “half-way between classic Cash and Dwight Yoakum “in style, most comfortable with an acoustic guitar in hand but, having a different array of backing instrumentation to play with, his songwriting opened up to more styles. Leaning into his musical tastes of blues, traditional and outlaw country, rock and rockabilly he set out to be the storyteller he always wanted to be.
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The Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve is on Tower Mountain Road (Churchill Mountain) in Stamford NY. Just south, (up hill) from 2515 Tower Mountain Road, Stamford, NY 12167. It is a small entrance to a field on the right, shortly after you pass a pond, look for the signs.