Dealt The Blues to play on train

MILFORD — The Cooperstown Blues Express will present Dealt The Blues on Saturday, June 1.

Dealt The Blues plays an eclectic mix of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, from Willie Dixon to Muddy Waters, and Elmore James to Robert Johnson, as well classics.

The train starts boarding at the Milford Depot at 136 E. Main St. at 6:30 p.m. and leaves at 7 p.m. It returns around 10 p.m. Those who attend must be 21 or older with a valid ID to ride. A cash bar is available.

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Local native’s work to be on display

SIDNEY — During June, The Sidney Memorial Public Library at 8 River St. will host an exhibit of works by Ty Steinbacher. Steinbacher was born in the town of Walton.

He began drawing at age 3, presenters said in a media release. When he was 12, he began accepting commissions for his work. By the time he was 18, his pen and ink drawings were mass produced and sold in colleges and department stores throughout New York. He then began mastering techniques in painting, by painting large scale wall murals for many public spaces. Since then, his work has been shown in a variety of venues. His paintings are in public and private collections throughout the world. For more information, call 607-563-1200.

Author to speak at Fenimore Museum

COOPERSTOWN — Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown will host a talk with local author Libby Cudmore at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1.

Cudmore, managing editor of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, will discuss how music and memory overlap to create our own rock icons, presenters said in a media release. Cudmore will talk as a music fan and about experiences as a critic for Paste, Albumism, Vinyl Me Please, and other outlets. She will also talk about how music is used as a backdrop in her novel, “The Big Rewind.” A book signing will follow the presentation. Entry to the talk is included with regular museum admission. Museum members and children 12 and younger will be admitted free.

The talk is part of the museum’s rock ’n’ roll programming based on its highlight exhibit “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits,” on view through Sept. 2.

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Open mics planned at Stamford gallery

STAMFORD — Open mics will continue at The Gallery in Stamford in June.

The Saturday, June 1, a mostly acoustic evening will take place from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The following Saturday, June 8, will feature electric and acoustic performances from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

The open mic/open stage jam began in 2005 at the venue at 128 Main St. in Stamford. The cost to attend is $5. Performers will be admitted free. The Gallery is open from 2  to 11:30 p.m., on the first and second Saturdays of the month.

To sign up, call 607-652-4030 or email Those who attend may bring a dish or beverage to share. For more information, visit

Folk singer to play in Middleburgh

MIDDLEBURGH — Joe Jencks will return to the Middleburgh Library at 323 Main St., for a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2.

Jencks is an 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and vocalist based in Chicago. “Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Jencks delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit,” presenters said in a media release. He has written several No. 1 folk songs, including “Lady of The Harbor,” and is co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun.

Oneonta middle schoolers to perform

ONEONTA — The Oneonta Middle School Music Department will have its spring concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in the Belden Auditorium in the Oneonta High School.  The seventh and eighth grade band, choir, jazz band and the festival choir will all perform.

The bands are directed By Laura Wahlberg and Mathew Oram, and the choirs by Cindy Donaldson. Tim Horne is the accompanist. The concert is free and open to the public

Empire House to host trio June 7

GILBERTSVILLE — Demario Reed and Ken Held, members of folk/rock/bluegrass band Fetish Lane, will be teaming up with bluegrass guitarist and vocalist, Corey Futsky, for an evening of music at the Empire House in Gilbertsville from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7.

Futsky and Held will play and sing a variety of music including many originals. With the back-beating rhythms of Reed on percussion, the music is expected to venture into different genres, according to a media release. “We discovered Corey’s talents and smokey voice at a local gathering and thought his style might add some flavor to the evening. Sink or swim, we’ll be ‘testing the waters’ Friday at the Empire,” Held said in the release.

Art club to host monthly open mic

JEFFERSON — The Jefferson Central School Art Club will host its monthly open mic on Friday, June 7. The event will be held at the Jefferson Historical Society’s Judd Hall, formerly Masonic Hall, at 163 Main St. in Jefferson. Performance signup will be at the door. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and performance will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. All ages and all styles of performance are welcome. Open mic will be held in a coffee shop setting, as there will be hot drinks, baked and local foods for sale. All proceeds will support the JCS Art Club, the Jefferson Historical Society and future open mics.

Community Chorale to host concerts

The Community Chorale of the Catskills, under the direction of Richard Tucker, will present its annual spring concert next weekend.

Titled “From Broadway to Woodstock,” the concert will be presented Friday, June 7, at the Roxbury Central School Auditorium. The program will be repeated Saturday, June 8, at the Margaretville United Methodist Church. Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The program will include medleys from “The Music Man,” “Ragtime,” “My Fair Lady” and “Hair,” then will include 1950s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll culminating with a tribute to Woodstock titled “Summer of ’69 – Three Days That Rocked the World.” All of the songs in the medley were performed at Woodstock.

Accompanying the chorale will be an instrumental group, including two guitars, bass, synthesizer, percussion and piano.

A free-will donation will be accepted at both concerts.

CAC seeks artwork of bees or flowers

NORWICH — Chenango Arts Council is looking for paintings, photos, sculptures or drawings about bees or flowers to be included in an exhibit, “Bee Amazed? A Look at the Amazing Honey Bee,” starting on July 12.

For more information, call 607-336-ARTS or email