Cortland Main Street Music Series

Yarn, Kitestring, and Ridgeline Duo

Friday, July 6

5:30 pm Local favorite RIDGELINE DUO of Cortland, NY is an acoustic pair featuring Steve Romer and Bradford Allen. Romer and Allen created their duo in January 2015 and have been gaining popularity onstage throughout upstate NY ever since. Performing small to large-scale venues from bbq’, weddings to Jamesville Balloonfest.
The duo crossed off opening for Ed Kowalczyk, (songwriter and lead singer of multi-platinum rock band Live) on his Throwing Copper Unplugged 20th Anniversary Tour, and Kevin Griffin (singer/songwriter for double-platinum band Better than Ezra) on his solo tour in 2016. In the meantime, Romer and Allen are working diligently on an EP release and playing all the local hotspots. At their shows, you can expect a wide variety of classic and alternative rock covers ranging from 80’s-present, with their catchy originals added tastefully throughout sets. View all of their upcoming shows on Facebook at Ridgeline Band

6:10 pm KITESTRING is a four-piece alternative rock band featuring all-original music that ranges from indie rock, rootsy Americana, to blues. The band is based in Ithaca, NY and centers around the unique talent of singer-songwriter Josh Ross whose writing explores the seemingly mundane aspects of life and relationships to find magic in the small moments. Ross, whose soulful vocal performance makes it impossible not to feel something, is supported by bassist Jeremy Betterley, guitarist Marty Farchione, and drummer Phil Shay. Their song styles cover an eclectic range with the unifying thread of memorable melodies and solid musicianship. Kitestring’s sound is stripped down to the elements necessary to convey the message of their songs, focusing on the subtle and elegant rather than the flashy and over-the-top. View upcoming shows at Kitestring

7:15 pm Energetic & passionate Americana band, YARN has been playing music influenced by country, rock, & bluegrass since their start in 2007. The band plays upwards of 170 shows a year, sharing stages with such superstars as Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels, Marty Stuart, Allison Krauss, Leon Russell, Jim Lauderdale and The Lumineers. They performed at any number of prestigious venues — Mountain Stage, Daytrotter, the Orange Peel in Asheville, the Fox Theater in Boulder, the 9:30 Club in D.C, South by Southwest, the Strawberry Festival, Rhythm and Roots, Meadowgrass, Floydfest and more, eventually surpassing 1,000 shows, half a million miles and performances in nearly every state. They’ve driven nonstop, made countless radio station appearances, driven broken-down RVs and watched as their van caught fire. They’ve paid their dues and then some, looking forward even as they were forced to glance behind. Indeed, the accolades piled up quickly along the way. They have landed on the Grammy ballot 4 times, garnered nods from the Americana Music Association, placed top five on both Radio and Records and the AMA album charts garnered airplay on Sirius FM, iTunes, Pandora, CNN, and CMT, and also accorded the “Download of the Day” from Rolling Stone. Shine the Light On found shared songwriting credits with John Oates (the Oates of Hall & Oates fame), and when audiences expressed their admiration, it brought the band a populist following of diehard devotees, popularly known as “the Yarmy.” As odd as that might seem, it’s proof positive that the Brooklyn and Raleigh based band — which is currently comprised of Blake Christiana, Rod Hohl, bassist Rick Bugel, and drummer Robert Bonhomme — have made their mark, and in dealing with their emotions, scars, and circumstances, they find themselves in a position to share those experiences with others who have juggled similar sentiments. Then again, one needn’t take them at their word. When one unravels Yarn, it’s best to add one’s own interpretations. Follow the band at Yarn

Bring your lawn chairs! Dancing encouraged!
**No coolers or outside liquor, please. Onsite sales of assorted wine & beer support the concert series.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda sold at VFW side.
A free concert for all; donations graciously accepted.

Black Masala, Root Shock, Rachel Beverly

Friday, July 15

5:30 pm – Rachel Beverly is a musician based in Cortland, NY, who brings her own approach to a wide variety of cover songs, as well as original music. Beverly’s pure, yet gutsy, vocals come from a heartfelt desire to bring her audience a fresh new twist to songs old and new. With a unique sound ranging from singer-songwriter, pop and folk; she has been incorporating her original music throughout each one of her shows. She attributes her success so far to the help and promotion of local artists and venues.

6:10 pm Root Shock formed in 2012 with regional veteran musicians whose love of reggae music flows deep. Their unique blend of reggae and heavy drum & bass combined with American roots and soul, and a focus on conscious lyrics result in positive dance music will make you want to move! The band has been surprising and delighting crowds across the New York region and beyond, bringing their unique high-energy style spearheaded by the stunning soulful vocals and stage presence of Jessica Brown to a wide range of settings. The band’s dedication to spreading music with a positive message has paid off in entertaining, elevating, and energizing music lovers of all walks of life! On the heels of their 2016 debut album, Root Shock is stepping up their game, hitting the road and bringing their renowned live show to clubs, festivals and concert halls far and wide. The band is concentrating on spreading their uplifting message and vibes to the masses. Root Shock’s genre-bending sound has proven to fit many musical settings yet always stand out!
Root Shock is: Jessica Brown – Vocals & Melodica, Bill Eppel – Bass Guitar, Cix Nyne – Drums & Vocals, Phil Grajko – Guitar & Vocals, Nick Kaczmar – Keyboards, Jason “Jocko” Randall – Percussion, Electronics & Vocals, Dan Valvassori – Guitar

7:15 pm Brassy Washington DC-based multicultural
outfit, Black Masala, is part of the new generation of go-anywhere brass bands. Think about the best concerts you’ve attended and chances are you had a lot of fun, dancing and smiling throughout the show. This is exactly the kind of vibe you will experience when Black Masala is performing live. Performing hundreds of shows a year has helped Washington, DC’s gypsy punk brass band hone their sound, while injecting it with a healthy dose of funk, soul and eclectic grooves. Black Masala is all about having fun!

Concert is FREE and open to the public – donations appreciated. Bring lawn chairs, but please keep the coolers at home!

Dracula Jones, Genitor, Dana Twigg

Friday, July 20

5:30 pm Local musician, Dana Twigg, writes and performs a modern blend of country, indie, and folk music. His talent for storytelling, combined with raspy vocals, is a powerful combination.

6:10 pm Genitor is a four-piece alternative rock band hailing from Cortland, NY. Since 2011, they’ve been writing and performing songs that have won over fans of punk, folk, metal and everything in between. Over the past seven years, their sound has evolved into a pop mentality, with a powerful driving force behind it. Their catchy hooks and well-crafted compositions are apparent the first time you listen to them. They’ve released two ep’s during their time as a band, and recently released a collection of songs entitled “Fossil Dome” that they feel is their best yet. Genitor’s members include Mark Francis, Matt Barnes, Brent Icenogle and Brendan Rew. They are all veterans of the local and regional music scene. Some of their past and current bands include The Loiterers, The Dead Army, Bent Peg, Pile of Heads and Sanjuro Fields.

7:15 pm Syracuse’s longtime hard rock band Dracula Jones is an energetic 4 piece that has kept fans coming back for more than 25 years! The band is known for their powerful live performances and great original rock songs.

Concert is FREE and open to the public – donations appreciated. Bring lawn chairs, but please keep the coolers at home!

Kat Wright, the Big Takeover, Stiv Morgan

Friday, July 27

5:30 pm Stiv Morgan is a singer-songwriter with a list of influences as unique as his sound. Based out of Cortland, NY, Stiv has now been writing & performing his brand of American roots music for over a decade

6:10 pm The New York six-piece The Big Takeover take their
cues from Desmond Dekker & the first wave of Jamaican pop music as well as from the soulful energy & sophistication of Motown global in a blend that reveals deep fluency in reggae and world music, hints of soul, and a pop classicism that is their own thing entirely.

7:15 pm Kat Wright, whose voice is both sultry & dynamic, delicate yetpowerful; gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”. Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting. There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music’s sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little … like it should.

Concert is FREE and open to the public – donations appreciated. Bring lawn chairs, but please keep the coolers at home!

Come for the music…

stay for dinner!

Make it an evening out in Cortland and check out somewhere to eat.