Blue Hand Luke to be on train

The Cooperstown Blues Express will feature Blue Hand Luke on Saturday. 

The train will start boarding at 6:30 p.m. at the Milford Depot, hit the tracks at 7 p.m. and arrive back in Milford around 10 p.m. Blue Hand Luke plays in the style of the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Doors. It will play on an outdoor car. Reservations are suggested for larger groups. The train will feature a cash bar. The trip is open to those 21 and older with valid identification. For more information, visit www.cooperstownbluesexpress.com.

  

RAG to have variety show auditions

The Roxbury Arts Group will have auditions this month for a variety show fundraiser in November. 

Auditions are scheduled for  6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Roxbury Arts Center at 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury. 

Anyone auditioning should bring what they need for the audition, and singers may bring an accompanist, or sing a cappella.  All ages are encouraged to audition, and those who wish to help back stage are also welcome.

Appointments are not required. “The Variety Show: A Catskills Folly Fundraiser for the Roxbury Arts Group,” will be held on Saturday, November 15th in the Roxbury Arts Center. For more information, call 326-7908 or visit roxburyartsgroup.org.

Compass to perform Thursday

Smithy Center for the Arts will present Compass, a multi-directional jazz quartet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the SCA courtyard at 55 Pioneer St. The concert will run rain or shine.

Compass was born in the early 1970s, with Rick Lawn on saxophones and flute, Joel Chace on keyboard, Tom Ives on bass, and Al Colone on drums, and the quartet remains the same set of musicians for more than 40 years. The name Compass was decided to reflect the multi-directional jazz styles of the band. For more information about the band, visit RickLawn.com/Compass

Tickets are on sale via email, telephone, or can be purchased via the Smithy website. Adult admission is $12, student and senior tickets are $10, and children 6 and younger may attend for free. The Smithy Center for the Arts is on 55 Pioneer St., just past Cooley’s Tavern. For more information. call 547-8671, email information@smithyarts.org, or visit www.smithyarts.org.

Painting exhibit to open Sept. 19 

More Art Space will present an exhibition of new paintings by Tony Pinotti. The show opens on Sept. 19 with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at 77 Main St. in Oneonta.

Pinotti describes his work as large scale abstractions based on artists palettes. This is Pinotti’s first solo visual arts exhibition in the area. He has exhibited his work internationally and can be found in numerous collections. 

For the past several years, Pinotti’s work as an artist fabricator has taken him all over the world. Pinotti also had a career as vocalist and musician for the experimental band Circle X.

  

Folk Blues show sold out

The Earlville Opera House’s show by the David Bromberg Quintet on Sept. 27 has sold out. 

Bromberg, called “the Godfather of Americana,” his recent album “Only Slightly Mad” was released by Appleseed Recordings in late 2013. His September tour celebrates the release of a special archival CD that brings back some of the artist’s early work from the ‘60s and is only being sold at his live shows.

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