The West Kortright Centre’s 40th Birthday Bash and Annual Gala Dance Under the Stars, sponsored by FrieslandCampina Domo, will be Friday, July 3rd at 8PM, rain or shine. Concertgoers are invited to come early and enjoy a picnic dinner from 7-8PM. (We are sold out of our fundraising dinners, but you can bring your own!) Ticket booth opens at 6:30. This is an outdoor event, so we can accommodate everyone!
The Annual Gala Dance has been a West Kortright Centre tradition for the past 26 years, creating a festive outdoor environment in which the audience can enjoy great dance bands from around the world. This year’s event features the pan-ethnic roots and blues band, Hazmat Modine. Last at The WKC in 2007, Hazmat Modine is the very definition of honest-to-goodness American roots music—but also way more global and exotic. It’s a deliriously danceable mix of all manner of music, performed with extraordinary skill, wit, and style—just the sort of experience you’d expect for a celebration of The WKC!
This ethnomusicology experiment draws from an array of influences and time periods and has earned the band members a reputation as fearless world music alchemists. Hazmat Modine seamlessly integrates myriad sounds from diverse cultures, absorbed during the band’s constant touring in more than 35 countries worldwide. Think primal, guttural blues influenced by jazz, swing, klezmer, Latin, calypso, alternative country, gypsy, Middle Eastern, and African music; performed by a band that is fronted by two harmonicas and includes sousaphone, violin, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo, percussion, Hawaiian steel guitar, and vocals.
Wade Schuman, who has been playing the harmonica since he was ten and is an accomplished master in the early blues and musical styles of the 1920s and 30s, formed the band in 1998. Schuman writes and sings nearly all of the band’s material and forges its creative direction. Schuman (lead vocals, harmonica, lute guitar) will be joined by Erik Della Penna (vocals, guitar, banjo), Michael Gomez (guitar, lap steel), Mazz Swift (violin, vocals), Steve Elson (sax, clarinet, flute, duduk), Pam Fleming (trumpet), Joe Daley (sousaphone), Reut Regev (trombone), and Tim Keiper (drums).
Hazmat Modine has collaborated and performed with a vast range of artists including Bombino, Kronos Quartet, Cat Empire, the Gangbe Brass band from Benin, and Natalie Merchant. “Bahamut,” the title track from their first album, was used in the 3D film Pina by Wim Wenders. Their second recording, Cicada, was awarded the coveted French Charles Cross award for Best Blues Album of the Year and topped number one on the World Music Charts in Europe.
In celebration of the West Kortright Centre’s 40th Anniversary Season, if you were born in 1975, or if you arrive driving a 1975 vehicle, let us know & claim a free ticket to the concert!
Dress to impress (optional) and bring your own lawn seating.
This is our 40th Year of Celebrating the Arts & Life in the Catskills!
The West Kortright Centre is a thriving arts & community center in a bucolic farm valley that has been celebrating the arts and life in the northern Catskills since 1975.
The Centre, known for presenting fine programming in an acoustically warm and intimate auditorium, has enticed hundreds of musicians, actors, writers and other performers from as far away as Ireland, Italy, Zaire, Ukraine, Jamaica, Angola, Palestine, Uganda, Cuba, Haiti, Peru, Zimbabwe, Mali, Sweden, Morocco, Israel, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil.
Artists presented at The West Kortright Centre include composers John Cage, Meredith Monk, Peter Schickele, and Virgil Thompson; poets Allen Ginsberg, Sekou Sundiata, and Hayden Carruth; [Read More…]