October 4, 2013

Musicians to strum up dollars for Plattsburgh theater


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Strand Theatre may not have its own sound and lighting system yet but area musicians have banded together to change that.

This weekend, 22 local and regional acts will offer 16 hours of music from every genre to put a dent in the $500,000 needed for a 21st-century sound and light system in the historic theater.

The Strand, on Brinkerhoff Street in Downtown Plattsburgh, is nearing the end of a $3.6 million restoration.

Tonight's lineup includes Towne Meeting, Speedy Arnold & Alice Knight, Russ Bailey & Franz Pope, the Basement Blues Band and Zip City.

Devi Momot, said Leigh Mundy, board president of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, "is on my capital campaign committee.

“She heard that Tim Hartnett had done this type of thing for his 50th birthday party. We thought, 'Wouldn’t this be great to get technical equipment for the Strand.' So Tim had recently been in the Strand and was totally amazed at what we’ve done and agreed to put on this fundraiser.”



A committee was organized for “Bring it Home for the Strand.”

Hartnett is the emcee.

“Tim was in charge of getting the music acts, the old-time musicians that were well known or loved in the past,” Mundy said. 

“We got together the first list and about all of them said, 'Yes, it’s wonderful.' 

"We also got some business sponsors so all our expenses would be covered. 

Sound and lighting equipment, along with a tent for the beer garden, have to be rented for the affair.

And, Mundy said, 'we are going to do a T-shirt.”



On Saturday, the Too Tall String Band takes the stage at 1 p.m. followed by Joan Crane & Steve Feinbloom, Roy Hurd, the Stowaways and Eat.Sleep.Funk.

Saturday evening’s lineup includes Bruce & Jacob Patenaude, Cherie & Shannon Passno, Taylor LaValley, Craig Hurwitz, Jay Lesage and Keith Pray.

Sunday’s lineup is rounded out by Giovannina Bucci, Mike Pedersen, the Natalie Ward Band, Rock Rhythm & Blues and Frozen Sunshine.

“For each event, it's $20, or you can get a weekend pass and come and go for only $50,” Mundy said.

The refreshment garden features locally brewed beer from the Plattsburgh Brewing Company and wine provided by the Liquor & Wine Warehouse.

“Because there were so many bands involved, we thought of this as a whole weekend,” Hartnett said. “We have more than enough acts for four shows, four hours each.”



The planning for the event began in July.

“I’m sitting in with Jay Lesage and also Bruce Patenaude and Rock Rhythm & Blues, of which I used to be a member 30 years ago,” Hartnett said.

“I’m looking forward to getting people to come to the theater and see what amazing changes have occurred. 

"And what better a group to bring people in but musicians? 

"The money being raised is going toward putting in a sound and lighting system. This is critical performance equipment.

"Musicians seem like a natural group of people to come to such a fundraiser.”


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IF YOU GO WHAT: Bring it Home for the Strand, a three-day fundraising event featuring local musicians. WHEN: 7 p.m. today, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday WHERE: Strand Theatre, Brinkerhoff Street, downtown Plattsburgh. TICKETS: $20 per show for adults, $10 for children younger than 12 or $50 for entire weekend for adults and $25 for children under 12.