Music in the Park returns this summer with another exciting lineup of artists! This fun and family-friendly series of summer events will be held every Thursday (weather permitting!) during July & August from 6p - 8p. What better way to enjoy this event than with a delicious meal from one of our many restaurants that offer outdoor seating? Many of our shoppes will be open as well! Event programs will be available at the Visitor Center (and on the hammondsport.org homepage) in the coming weeks and will include more information about the performing artists, our sponsors, and general area info. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest updates on possible show cancellations in the event of inclement weather.
We would like to thank our corporate sponsor:
Simmons-Rockwell Ford Chevrolet Jeep
Music In The Park is also sponsored by the following generous local businesses: Pleasant Valley Wine Company, Best Western Plus The Hammondsport Hotel, Opera House Antiques, Burgers & Beer of Hammondsport, Dr. Sam Pennise, Brave World Media, Christine C Martin Antiques, Wild Goose Chase Antiques, Howard Hanna Lake Group, Vine City Supply & Hardware, Nesbitt Financial Services, Bow & Wow K-9 B&B, Doyle Vineyard Management, The Switzerland Inn, Corning Credit Union, Over the Bridge Wine & Beer Bar, The Cinnamon Stick, Historic Champlin House B&B, Browsers, Town of Urbana, Maloney’s Pub, The Park Inn, Village of Hammondsport, & Keuka Lakeside Inn
This activity is also made possible in part by the QuickARTS grant program administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation
of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.
Summer Lineup & Artist Bios
Abby Payne | July 4
Like one of her biggest creative influences (Bjork), Abby Payne seems to make her own little world with every song, every album, and every music video. Sometimes, as with her new concept album, The Gunfighter Meets His Match (which is forthcoming this year along with a short story of the same title, and is inspired by Louis L’Amour’s frontier stories), this is an explicitly aesthetic representation of content. But just as often, Payne’s creation of a world entails nothing more—and nothing less—than a total, authentic commitment to the peculiar and magical universe that is a great song. And her songs are great: reminiscent of Fiona Apple, they feature interesting and sometimes intricate orchestration, but never at the expense of the pure and visceral immediacy of unaffected lyrics, a smoky, warm voice, and a refreshing earnestness that harkens back to the era of the Great American Songbook.
A Touch of Grey with Payton Clark | July 11
Payton Clark is a 15 year old singer, songwriter, and guitar player from Corning, NY.
Bruce Holler & Peter Baker | July 18
Local legend Bruce Holler has been the strumming hands of harmony in Hammondsport for decades. Joining Bruce will be longtime friend Peter Baker for an exciting duo show for the community in which they live and work. As much as Music In The Park is about bringing musicians from far and wide to display talents and tastes of other musical regions, we’re thrilled to feature our own homegrown harvest.
It’s My Party! | July 25 (Rain date: July 29)
We believe there truly is magic in a young girl’s heart. And we think the music that captures it best is the sound of the 1960s girls groups! The idea for our group was born in 1984 when record store owner Ron Stein put The Chiffons’ Greatest Hits into the hands of a young rock ’n‘ roll enthusiast named John Giotto. (John is our producer and our drummer.) Thanks to Ron’s musical mentoring, John was inspired with a vision that would last for over 30 years! Today, we’re proud to say IT’S MY PARTY! is a 1960s vintage experience, complete with a 14-piece orchestra and original songs written especially for us! Our tight harmonies, vintage costumes, and retro choreography are all set to the highest standards of the 1960s girl groups. When we’re on stage singing our hearts out, we’re the closest thing to an authentic 1960s girl group you’ll find today!
Blue Eyed Soul | August 1
Funk, Soul, and Rock and Roll make Blue Eyed Soul a favorite dance band for the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier.
The Mixx | August 8
The Mixx plays a variety of upbeat dance music from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's & 2000's, a little bit of classic, modern, alternative, pop, punk, country, hard rock, southern rock, blues, funk, rap, etc something for everyone! THE MIXX is straight out of Upstate New York! The Finger Lakes ULTIMATE Fun Experience! Playing all of your favorite Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Hits! This four-piece will leaving you reeling and wanting more
Blues Plate Special | August 15
Blues Plate Special is a four-piece blues band (harmonica, guitar, bass, & drums) serving up a variety of “Hot,Tasty, Cookin' Blues” — straight-ahead, honest-from-the-soul, make-ya-wanna-testify BLUES! Their house-rockin' shows feature original material in a variety of styles. And of course, no blues show is complete without a few tunes by such blues greats as Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Little Walter, Buddy Guy, Paul Butterfield, Albert Collins, Jonny Lang, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, ...to name just a few. They put Blues Plate Special together in 1995 and have been doin' their best to keep the blues alive and well in the Southern Tier of New York State ever since!
Jorge Cuevas & The Caribe Jazz All Stars | August 22
Jorge T. Cuevas & The Caribe Jazz Allstars features some of the best area jazz musicians, playing the wide variety of Latin jazz styles and songs. This hot ensemble can accommodate different band sizes, instrumentation, and budgets. We specialize in either playing infectious foot tapping background or prominent move to the groove music.
Mythology Society | August 29
Alex Myth, (AKA: Alec Smith) has been an active member of the music scenes in the Catskill Region of New York, Woodstock, The Finger Lakes of western New York, South Florida, and several other niche places on the East and West Coasts over the past many years. The primary word used to describe this groups music is dynamic. This authentic brand of music which encompasses the highest quality, honest songwriting, and pure dynamic live performances has become synonymous with Alex Myth.