2019 Summer Concert Series
Concerts are held Wednesdays on the Village Green from 7 – 8pm. In the event of rain, they will be moved indoors to the Center for the Arts.
** This year, the Farmers Market on the Village Green will stay open until 7pm on concert nights. Grab some farm fresh food and enjoy a quality show!**
|6/26||Merkley & Morgan w/ Charley Orlando|
|7/3||Nate the Great and the Family Band|
|7/31||Nick Stark and Scott Marlette|
|8/7||Cortland Old Timers Band|
|8/14||Ageless Jazz Band|
6/26: Merkley & Morgan w/ Charley Orlando
Chris Merkley and Stiv Morgan have collaborated together on music for over 20 years. As an acoustic duo, Merkley & Morgan draw inspiration from blues, folk, country and American roots music traditions with the help of acoustic and resonator guitars, stomping feet, harmonica and harmony vocals. They are a staple of the Central New York music scene and have performed alongside some of the nation’s top acts at area venues and festivals such as Peach Fest, Sterling Stage, Seedstock, Taste of Syracuse, the New York State Fair as an acoustic duo as well as with their regional-favorite band, Digger Jones.
After 17 albums, and over 3,000 shows in North America, 200 plus original songs, 28 GRAMMY Ballot Nominations, and over 30 years in the music industry, Charley Orlando has settled into a multi-faceted music career. Mainly playing solo shows that display his veteran songwriting style and unique rhythmic approach to the guitar while pushing himself to create on all levels.
7/3: Nate the Great and the Family Band
This is a bit of a hybrid show, mixing elements of the Nate & Kate folk duo show and Nate the Great juggling show with additional guest musicians and circus artists. This will be fun for all ages!
For the past 13 years and through over 1,800 performances, Nate & Kate have developed their unique vaudeville-inspired variety folk duo shows. Featuring cello, guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano, harmony vocals, funny to poignant original songs, sing-along favorites, and hilariously impressive musical juggling routines, the duo does its best to balance entertainment value and artistry. Their newest offering “Nate the Great & The Family Band” is a blend of Nate & Kate’s music and Nate the Great’s juggling show (yep, same Nate), plus a few musicians/circus artists thrown into the mix (The Family Band). Something for everyone; a proper family folk circus.
7/10: Travis Rocco
Travis has shared the stage with artists such as the Grammy Award winning band Switchfoot, Steven Page (formerly of Barenaked Ladies), and Dropkick Murphys. While focusing on original material, Travis also has an arsenal of popular and modern cover songs in his set that will delight any crowd.
7/17: Doc Weismore with Real Country
Bill “Doc” Weismore has been interested in Country Music since he was a Youngster. His interest culminated in singing in Senior Centers, Nursing Homes and Churches. His current band is known as Doc Weismore with Real Country.
Doc is joined by Ed Kowalski, Buzz Barber, and Debbie Fargnoli. Our very own Buzz Barber, Village of Homer Water & Sewer Superintendent, has been playing with bands publicly since the age of 16. Buzz has been playing with Doc for 5 Years and is looking forward to many more years to come! Doc Weismore with Real Country plays classic country music.
7/24: Mike Powell
His performances feel like you’re sitting around a small kitchen table in a tiny American town with your closest friends drinking, laughing and telling tales. With a vintage voice and a chest full of hauntingly heartfelt songs, prolific storyteller Mike Powell is the underground messenger of blue-collar soul. Each night the lights go up, this pioneering poet lets his guard down and allows the fervently fearless stories to come to life. His comfort behind a microphone blended with his unique brand of “atomic folk” creates a vibe that warms the room like a long ago fire burning hot inside a cabin in the woods.
In 2004, Powell left Syracuse University as the most decorated lacrosse player in history but declined offers to play professionally so that he could focus fully on the craft of songwriting. Over the past fifteen years he’s written over two hundred songs, released seven albums and has toured the country playing shows with Martin Sexton, David Lindley, Shooter Jennings, Sarah Lee Guthrie & many more. This fiercely independent artist presents his songs in several different formats which allows his sound to match whatever room he’s playing. His relaxed solo-style listening room show puts Powell’s extreme comfort as a performer on display and breaks down the door between the stage and the mezzanine.
7/31: Nick Stark
Cortland native, Nicholas Stark, always had a passion for music, starting from his long car rides as a kid, listening to a steady diet of 90’s country. His roots didn’t always remain in the country dirt, though, branching out into the rock world as he hit his late teens. As many country fans know, country music never really leaves the soul. Now in his thirties, Stark has ventured back to the country world as the front man/songwriter for the group Chasing Neon, and formerly Small Town Shade. Scott Marlette is the lead guitarist and driving force behind the dynamic vocals featured in Chasing Neon.
8/7: Cortland Old Timers Band
The Cortland Old Timers Band was born in 1911 and boasts approximately 60 volunteer members, ages 14 to 87. Their selections range from traditional marches, overtures, and patriotic songs, to popular Broadway, movie, and folk music selections.
8/14: Ageless Jazz Band
The Ageless Jazz Band has been fortunate enough to entertain dancers and jazz fans from all over the world on the Caribbean island of Aruba. People come from far and wide to hear their swinging saxophone section, triumphant brass, solid rhythm section, and stylish vocals.
Below is a recap of our 2018 schedule.
June 27 – The Cortland Old Timers Band was born in 1911 and boasts approximately 60 volunteer members, ages 14 to 87. Their selections range from traditional marches, overtures, and patriotic songs, to popular Broadway, movie, and folk music selections.
July 4 – Casey Max and the DixieKats has a combined musical history of hundreds of years of individual playing experience in a wide variety of musical styles. These seasoned players have come together to offer New Orleans Style Gumbo and Jazz music.
July 11 – Molly and the Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys are a high-energy, traditional style bluegrass band with a modern flair. Molly and the Boys combine a reverence for the traditional bluegrass sound exemplified by Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and Del McCoury, and genre pushing contemporaries such as Hot Rize and Della Mae to create their own sound.
July 18 – Stiv Morgan is a singer-songwriter with a list of influences as unique as his sound. Stiv followed the Grateful Dead, Billy Joel, The Allman Brothers, James Taylor, Blues Traveler and Dave Matthews Band before taking up a singing career himself. He has now been writing and performing his brand of American Roots music for over a decade.
July 25 – The Ageless Jazz Band has been fortunate enough to entertain dancers and jazz fans from all over the world on the Caribbean island of Aruba. People come from far and wide to hear their swinging saxophone section, triumphant brass, solid rhythm section, and stylish vocals.
August 1 – Travis Rocco has shared the stage with artists such as the Grammy Award winning band Switchfoot, Steven Page (formerly of Barenaked Ladies), and Dropkick Murphys. While focusing on original material, Travis also has an arsenal of popular and modern cover songs in his set that will delight any crowd.
August 8 – The Hilltoppers have played neo-traditional bluegrass with an edgy hard driving style for over 20 years. They mix traditional bluegrass standards with songs from The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Stones, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, BB King, Kate Wolf, and more.
August 15 – Chris Merkley, a Homer graduate, has performed over a thousand shows across both Europe and the United States. He has released nine albums with a variety of groups which including Merkley & Morgan, The Crooners, and Digger Jones.