The West Kortright Centre will present its eighth West Kortright Fair from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per person. An integral part of the Fair is live music from local bands under the big tent all day long. This year The Centre will present three local bands, Hop City Hellcats, Too Many Divas and Blues Maneuver. Last year more than 700 people attended.
The Hop City Hellcats formed in mid-2012, with a blend of classic outlaw country and blues. The band may be new, but it is composed of veterans. On rhythm guitar and vocals, Randy Miritello comes from a background of old-time and country music. In his other music venture, Horseshoe Lounge Playboys, he has toured the country and shared the stage with Levon Helm, Steve Earle, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Felice Brothers and many more. Edward Michaels is on percussion and harmonica, a world-class drummer that has toured the world with the acts such as Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Roy Rogers, Chicken Coupe Deville. On the upright bass is Benjamin P. Gross, also a veteran of Horseshoe Lounge Playboys.
Blues Maneuver has been one of the Catskill region’s premier special event bands for more than a decade, performing at clubs, concerts, music festivals, weddings, ski lodges, parties, corporate events, reunions and other special occasions from Massachusetts to North Carolina, Cooperstown to New York City. The seven-piece band combines top-notch musicianship, impeccable vocal harmonies and a mighty horn section. Blues Maneuver has an eclectic repertoire, with tunes from today to the 1940s, including a selection of Motown, classic R&B, oldies and swing.
The band features front man/vocalist/trombonist David (Luther) Krajicek; music director Jesse (Guitar King) Cohen on lead guitar and alto saxophone; Rebecca Harrington, a vocalist who leads the band’s Chicken Shack horn section, on tenor sax, flute and trumpet; vocalist John Heney on bass; vocalist/percussionist John Kincheloe; vocalist Ira McIntosh, who also plays guitar and mandolin, and Kristina Johnson on various saxophones.
Too Many Divas is a five-member women’s cabaret group that began in 2002, the brainchild of Michelle Gardner and Janet Lampo. Mary-Jo Merk joined, as did Carol Herion, Claudia Koeppel and June Sheehan. In the years that followed, Herion moved to the south and Sheehan retired. Carol Dean then joined and they group has been five strong for several years. Covers include Andrews Sisters, Chiffons, Cordettes, Maguire Sisters, Supremes, Shirelles, Billy Joel & more. At the fair, the group will appear with pianist Dan Chien and drummer Wolfgang Merk.