Upbeat on the Roof
Celebrating its 12th season, the UpBeat on the Roof summer series highlights regional musical talent. Performances are scheduled Fridays beginning at 7 p.m. on the roof of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. Admission is free.
The series showcases local and regional musicians in a broad array of styles and began as a way to highlight the strong musical community in Saratoga Springs. The concerts are family-friendly and the rooftop is accessible via the museum elevator or outdoor staircases. In the case of inclement weather the series is held inside the museum. Art galleries inside the museum remain open until 7 p.m. on Fridays throughout the summer as well.
The summer 2012 season includes the following performers:
Rob Adkins and Phil Drum are Fingerstyle /Acoustic Blues guitar players and songwriters from Saratoga Springs, NY. As Low ‘N Lonesome, they produce some of the finest old time Blues & Ragtime to be heard anywhere. Their set list includes originals as well as Blues-based versions of tunes from old school jazz, rock, folk, and country music, covering great artists from from Robert Johnson and Louis Armstrong to Hank Williams and Bob Dylan.
Acoustic blues duo Holly & Evan come from long, rich musical backgrounds. Holly Taormina on guitar/lead vocals and Evan Conway on upright bass/vocals update the tradition of the Barrelhouse, showcasing a wide range of original and cover material in the styles of Blues, Jazz, and Soul.
Bluesman-singer/slide guitarist Mark Tolstrup and drummer/singer/songwriter Dale Haskell brew up a raw, fearless, righteous mix of swamp boogie, buzzsaw blues and delta stomp. With a strippeddown approach to the blues, Street Corner Holler delivers originals as well as traditional tunes influenced by the likes of Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Son House, and Mississippi Fred McDowell.
Regular artists at the House of Blues- Chicago, The Blue Olives combine sassy horns, killer vocal harmonies, searing guitar and funky bass & rhythm to deliver a wide ranging program of classic rock, funk and blues fusion.
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.