PLATTSBURGH — Come one, come all, to hear poets, performance artists and musicians rock their art an Open Mic/Fundraising event hosted by ROTA Gallery and Studios Friday evening.
Local featured performers include Adrian Aardvark, Children of Crowley, For the Kid in the Back and Christina Nori.
“I organized it because we (ROTA) almost didn’t exist,” said Catie Wurster, newly elected vice president of ROTA.
“It was pretty scary. I talked to some folks and some of my friends, and they were willing to play. We have a pretty good lineup.”
Wurster shares music-coordinator duties with Brice Brushnesky. She is also a freelance musician and will be sitting in with Adrian Aardvark.
“I thought it was time to step up,” Wurster said. “The community needs something like this. The only way is having community members support us. There’s all kinds of support that needs to be done.”
The public can attend classes and events and offer monetary and in-kind donations.
Adrian Aardvark is Chris Rigsbee’s band.
“I really wish I could describe it,” Wurster said. “He’s singing his heart out with a string section. My friend Shannon plays violin. We play really beautiful, orchestral kind of music. He sings from his heart. We have a new album out, ‘American Aardvark.’”
Children of Crowley is a mystery band.
“They are just forming for the open mike,” Wurster said. “It’s a secret, which is good.”
Justin Passino plays acoustic guitar in For the Kid in the Back.
“He’s a good singer, strummer and plays songs that strikes you.”
The event features two plugged and two acoustic acts.
“Christina Nori, she sings like a freaking angel,” Wurster said. “She’s a really, great guitar player. She plays a lot of meditative, droney kind of stuff. You can really sit there and think.”
The stage will be open to anyone who wishes to share.
The event is a rent party. Laura Carbone, a local physician/photographer/music aficionado, generously gave a donation to carry ROTA through November.
“She helped us,” Wurster said. “We’re very indebted to her, and she supports the arts community like no other woman in town.”
ROTA is an all-volunteer outfit.
“I grew up here,” Wurster said. “I’ve played music all my life.”
She used to hitch out to nearby communities to catch live acts.
“I really feel we need a place in town,” Wurster said.
“We have a whole new board, so we’re just forming now. Jenn Allen is the new president.”
Email Robin Caudell:email@example.comIF YOU GO WHAT: Open Mic/Fund Raising Event WHEN: 7 pm. Friday WHERE: ROTA Gallery and Studios, 50 Margaret St., Plattlsburgh