Happy Spring From Falcon Ridge Folk Festival!

Happy Spring Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Our website has been updated with 2013 info on volunteering, craft and food vendor submissions, Emerging Showcase, transportation, lodging, performers, ticket prices & ordering info.
Our 25th anniversary lineup is nearing completion with a couple brand new to us artists as well as a plethora of past faves. Still a few surprises in the works. Performers include Dar Williams, Grand Slambovians, Clayfoot Strutters, George Marshall with Wild Asparagus, Patti O & the Hip Hooligans and just added, The Andrew & Noah Band, Vance Gilbert, Susan Werner, Ellis Paul, Red Molly, The Stray Birds, Nerissa & Katryna Nields & The Storycrafters. More coming shortly.
Don’t forget tix are ON SALE by phone, mail & online. Earlybird discounts on 3 day and 3 day camping end on May 15. Go to www.falconridgefolk.com/tickets.html for all info, prices, to order online or download an order form. Or call us toll free at 866 325-2744 with your Visa or MC.

In case you missed it, the top voted artists from the 2012 showcase who have been invited to the 2013 Most Wanted Song Swap on our Main Stage are:

1. Poor Old Shine – garnering over 25% of the voters
2. The Yayas – virtually tied for first with 25%, had exactly one vote less than ‘Poor Old Shine.’
3. Gathering Time – with just over 21%.

Honorable mentions to Sweet Talk Radio from Los Angeles, Honor Finnegan from NYC, followed by Cary Cooper, Miles to Dayton and Sarah Blacker. Much thanks to our FR 2012 judges, Angela Page from WJFF Radio, Sara Gallmann of Music at the Mission & Scott Moore of Focus Music and Moore Music in the House. Thanks to everyone at Sonicbids & our own Donna Grande, mainstage manager.

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4/5: YWCA benefit concert at Wamsutta Club: A Great Night of Jazz

David Bindman Sextet at the Wamsutta Club
What: Concert/Benefit
Start Time: Friday April 5 at 8:00pm
Where:The Wamsutta Club 427 County St. New Bedford, MA
(convenient parking/handicap accessible)
Cost: $20 in Advance, $25 at Door
More Info: (508) 992-6613 or visit http://www.wamsuttaclub.net/
Bindman’s Sextet: Frank London, Art Hirahara, Reut Regev, Wes Brown and royal hartigan
Email: nweiss@focenter.com

A Great Night of Jazz
Don’t miss the spirit and innovation from tenor saxophonist David Bindman and his sextet

If you are a fan of creative jazz and have not heard Bindman’s work, you’re in for a real treat, as Whaling City Sound presents the David Bindman Sextet at the Wamsutta Club in New Bedford. The tenor saxophonist and composer possesses a hyperactive sense of innovation, and his music cries out with exuberance and inspiration. Jazz critic Steve Holtje wrote of his recent CD, Sunset Park Polyphony, “This self-released two-CD sextet album is his masterpiece so far. David Bindman is someone whose work you should become familiar with, because music this good needs to be shared.”

Bindman’s sound is wide open and beautifully played, with a spectrum ranging from rare subtlety to wild abandon. David’s work demonstrates a sense of curiosity and spirit not found in a great deal of jazz. His sense of cultural appreciation is real, not simply a euphemism for world music.

And speaking of world music, Bindman’s experience is truly global. The musician’s recent activities include performances and workshops in Sweden with the collaborative quartet Stockholm Sodra, performances and workshops in the Philippines with Blood Drum Spirit, including as the featured ensemble at the Cultural Center of the Philippines inaugural jazz festival, and concerts in Slovenia with Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra. Bindman appears on recently released recordings by Fred Ho and Adam Lane.

Bindman was born in 1963 in New York City. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1985 and received an MA in World Music from Wesleyan in 1987. He has received grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, Meet The Composer, and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Performing Ensembles. He has taught in the New York City school system, at the Consortium for Worker Education, Bennington College, LaGuardia Community College, and The New School University, and has conducted master classes throughout the USA and in Canada.

One real treat for local audiences will be watching drummer royal hartigan, a talented musician that has played in Bindman’s ensemble for over 20 years. hartigan teaches at UMass Dartmouth and is well-known to regional jazz fans. Bindman’s sextet also includes Frank London (trumpet), Art Hirahara (piano), Reut Regev (trombone), and Wes Brown (contrabass).

The show takes place on Friday, April 5, 8pm and tickets are $20 in advance. Proceeds will benefit the YWCA of Southeastern Mass. For more information call Whaling City Sound at (508) 992-6613 or email Neal Weiss at nweiss@focenter.com Tickets are $25 at the door. The Wamsutta Club is located at 427 County Street, New Bedford, Mass.  http://www.wamsuttaclub.net/

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Vincent Castaldi in Cranston Herald

 

Cranston artist exhibits at Providence Art Club
Don Fowler

Cranston artist Vincent Castaldi is exhibiting his works through March 15 at the Maxwell Mays Gallery in the Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street in Providence.

Discovering his interest and ability in drawing as early as elementary school, he began to develop his artistic skills by participating in many art, drawing and pottery classes. In junior high school, Vincent was accepted into the Rhode Island School of Design Junior School Program figure drawing classes.

Link for complete article Cranston Herald

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