Listen to this: Earth Day weekend includes a RCJBS peformance by Jazz legend Alan Broadbent, a Carnegie Room concert by the Rockland Camerata and Eric Whitacre’s Water Music at GraceMusic. You can also hear Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Nyack College and Nyack HS students perform at a Friday night coffee house. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it.
Come hear the Rockland Camerata, an ensemble of approximately 40 voices, perform the music of Brahms and other composers under the direction of Music Director and Conductor, Matthew Rupcich, this Sunday at 2p in the Carnegie-Farian Room of the Nyack Library.
by John Patrick Schutz
This House Matters, a documentary by Director Tina Traster, made its debut to a room of enthusiastic history buffs at Nyack Library this past Friday. The film is important for preservationists everywhere, but especially in Rockland. (Full disclosure, as village historian I do appear in the film both in interviews and in some candid discussions.) It features Nyack’s own John Green House and it highlights Rockland County historic structures recently lost to the wrecking ball, others in peril of destruction, and those fortunate enough – like the Green House – to have found a respite from oblivion.
Nyack celebrates the arrival of spring with SpringFest, the first street fair of 2016, with music, artisans and circus performers. The Jewish Film Festival presents Belle & Sebastian and Morgenthau. Don’t miss local music by River Skye Band and an Overtures Gala featuring Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it.
What kind of fool would miss the fun this weekend? Nyack Art Collective’s First Friday event celebrates Ecology with art & music. Garner Arts Center screens The Metropolis Organism and the Jewish Film Festival continues with East Jerusalem West Jerusalem. Union Arts Center comes alive with music during Soundbath and a concert featuring Martha Mooke on electro-violin. And don’t miss a throwback Hip-Hop Party to benefit Nyack’s Skateboard Scholarship Program.
by Dan Cohen
Brian Collins is what you’d call the real deal. He plays country music, and he’s from the country. He’d prefer you called it “Southern music,” and you guessed it, he’s from the south — or the South. A little town in Georgia. He moved to Nashville and lived in a trailer for several years (a “five-wheel,” he called it) before hitting it medium and hitting the road with his band. He’s just come from three weeks in Florida — he played Philly last night, New Jersey tonight — and will be in Nyack tomorrow, on his way up to Boston, then Maine, then Connecticut before opening for the Zac Brown Band at the Southern Ground Music and Food Fest in Charleston, South Carolina April 14 and 15. You get the picture. No moss grows here. “We play one night for 50 people and the next night for 10,000” Collins told me during a phone interview on Monday. “Sometimes a drummer’ll fly in, if it’s a big gig, sometimes there’s a friend who knows our songs. We’ve got a lot of friends.”
by Dan Cohen
In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a thriving music scene in Nyack. Main Street is abuzz every weekend. And I don’t just mean those louts hogging the sidewalk in front of Casa del Sol and Pour House. There’s quality music happening inside. It’s loud, it’s brash, it’s often silly, but many of the bands feature brilliant players and quality singing and songwriting, and the crowd is like Nyack itself — a big tent: the young and hip rubbing up against the old and chatty; and no one’s too cool for a trip to the dance floor. Look for more articles here exploring the bands and musicians of today’s Nyack music scene. Today I’m going to focus on Thursday. Thursday night’s a night for taking chances, when it feels like nobody’s watching and, for better or worse, anyone can take the mic. It’s not packed, it’s not dead, things are just warming up for the weekend. It’s raw, it’s unrehearsed, it’s loose. It’s Thursday.
Spring is a good season to let the good times roll. There are Easter Egg Rolls in Piermont, Pearl River and Pomona and great music, new theatre, art openings and a film festival in and near Nyack. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it.
By Steven P. Marsh
Ron Wasserman fell in love with the seductive syncopations and improvisations of jazz as a young musician, but the relationship faded and he abandoned tiny, smoky jazz clubs in favor of the New York State Theater in 1988, when he landed a permanent job playing double bass in the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
Nearly three decades later, sparks are flying again between the 54-year-old musician and his youthful obsession: He started a 17-piece big band, the New York Jazzharmonic, last year, and is presenting its next concert, featuring famed violinist Lara St. John and tango artist J.P. Jofre, this Sunday at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia in Manhattan.
Your pot o’ gold awaits in Rockland! On Friday, local rock favorite, Boxing the Needle, performs at Olive’s while the Nyack Village Theatre hosts an evening of Irish Readings and Interpretations. On Saturday, get active with River Rowing’s fundraiser for the Nyack Center or Rockland Farm Alliance’s Open House. There’s art to be seen at the Expression of Women Rising at Volition Gallery and music to be heard at a concert featuring folk-favorite Caroline Doctorow and Jamie Block. On Sunday, get in the spirit of the holiday at Pearl River’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it, brought to you by The Arts Council of Rockland and the Union Arts Center.