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UpBeat on the Roof--Summer Music Series at the Tang

Posted: 07/08/2011

Celebrating its 11th season, the UpBeat on the Roof summer series is back and better than ever. The concert series runs Fridays beginning at 7 p.m. throughout the summer. Performances are held on the roof of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery and admission is free and open to all.

Coordinated by senior museum educator Susi Kerr, the series showcases local and regional musicians in a broad array of styles. “This really began as a way to highlight the strong musical community in Saratoga Springs with the added perk of bringing a new audience to the Tang Museum,” says Kerr. “The concerts are family friendly and the roof provides an intimate atmosphere where guests can talk one-on-one to the musicians.”

Art galleries at the museum remain open until 7 p.m. on Fridays throughout the summer as well. The rooftop is accessible via the museum elevator or outdoor staircases. In the case of inclement weather the series is held inside the museum.

The summer 2011 season includes the following performers:

July 8 
Melick, Moody, and McKrell
High energy Americana/folk/Celtic

July 15
Brian Patneaude Quartet
Modern jazz
Formed in 2002, the Brian Patneaude Quartet has become one of the most well known jazz acts in upstate New York. Their music is an organic blend of modern jazz styles, featuring accessible melodies and harmonic textures that appeal to the casual listener and jazz aficionado alike. 

July 22 
The Blue Olives
Funky blues, jazz and classic rock

July 29
Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys
Hybrid newgrass
Steeped in the tradition of Americana roots music, the Railroad Boy’s present an unpretentious blend of traditional mountain music fused with contemporary songwriting. The Railroad Boys are Jim Gaudet, guitar and vocals; Bob Ristau, bass and vocals; Sten Isachesen, mandolin and guitar; and Tim Wechgalaer, violin and vocals.

August 5 
Nancy Walker Trio
Folk rock singer-songwriter
An administrative assistant in Skidmore’s Department of Management and Business, Walker also is an award-winning singer-songwriter whose inaugural recording, “Layers of Rust and Time,” was released in 2002.

August 12
Red Hen
New old-time music with bluegrass/Celtic twist

August 19
Dana and Susan Robinson
Old-time mountain music and contemporary songwriting
With blazing fiddle and banjo tunes, harmony singing and stories of the American landscape, Dana and Susan Robinson present a unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music. 

August 26
Tichy Boys
Father/son swing-a-billy
The father and son duo known as the Tichy Boys blend their collective musical histories into one entity, unleashing genuine roots music, rock and roll, classic country, and rockabilly.

September 2
Rich Ortiz
Funk, folk, pop
Playing guitar, harmonica, and pedal bass with his feet, singer/songwriter Rich Ortiz blends folk-based pop with a funky flair in his original compositions.

For more information, contact the Tang Museum at 518-580-8080 or