Brewery Ommegang near Cooperstown will kick off its 2017 Summer Series this weekend with a blend of alternative rock and Americana, and old friends.
CAKE will take the stage Friday at 8 p.m., according to organizers, and Old Crow Medicine Show will perform Sunday at 7 p.m. Both bands have played Ommegang before.
Ithaca-based concert promoter, Dan Smalls, of Dan Smalls Presents, is in charge of booking bands for the brewery's annual Summer Series. He told The Scene he's “extremely excited” to kick off this season with "the return of one of our favorite-ever shows."
"CAKE was amazing in 2012 and their legend grows each year,” Smalls said Monday. “So few bands can stay relevant to new folks every couple of years. Their songs transcend generations and are just simply catchy and invigorating.”
As Sacramento-based alt-rock band CAKE approaches its 20th anniversary, band members are in the recording studio working on their ninth album, due for release in 2017, according to their website. The band's most recent album, “Showroom of Compassion,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and was touted as “deadpan brilliance” by the New Yorker.
The Los Angeles Times has called CAKE "music that defies simple-minded pop paradigms," and Billboard magazine described them as "a band that's hard to describe, but easy to listen to."
In addition to writing, arranging, producing, and performing their own music, CAKE members engineer their recording projects in their own solar-powered studio, which actually generates more power than is needed to run it, causing the building’s electrical meter to run in reverse, according to their website.
"It's all a bit more work, but in the end so much more rewarding," the band wrote on its Facebook profile.
Sunday will be Old Crow Medicine Show's fourth time performing at Ommegang, according to Smalls. The band is on tour now performing Bob Dylan's “Blonde On Blonde” in it's entirety each night.
The Nashville-based string band played the brewery in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Smalls recalled.
"The yearly tradition took 2016 off, and we missed them, as did so many fans who let us and the band know they wanted them here in Cooperstown every summer," Smalls said. "The fact that it's their 'Blonde on Blonde' show is all the more reason to come see them put the Crow Medicine spin on Mr. Dylan’s masterpiece."
Old Crow Medicine Show has five studio albums. The band's latest album, "Remedy," includes new Old Crow classics like "Sweet Amarillo," "8 Dogs 8 Banjos," and "Brushy Mountain Cojugal Trailer."
In 2013, the band was inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry. They have won two Grammy Awards — "Best Folk Album" for "Remedy" in 2014 and "Best Long Form Music Video" for "Big Easy Express" in 2013.
Their classic single, "Wagon Wheel," received the RIAA's Platinum certification in 2013 for selling more than 1,000,000 copies.
If you're lucky, you might run into Old Crow members after the show. Ommegang officials recently told The Scene that several band members have walked through the campground late at night and interacted with "whoever was still awake" after their concert.
Concertgoers should make sure to take advantage of Ommegang's new "Fruition," a tropical-tasting beer that's "perfect" for summer, according to officials. Visitors will also notice increased parking on-site.
"Our team is ready to serve you and make sure your experiences at the venue are the best you get anywhere," Smalls said. "Great food and beer at reasonable prices on a beautiful piece of land under the stars ... What more could you ask for to jump-start your summer?"
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