Monthly Archives: August 2016

RBQ Eat Out for the Arts - Instagram.jpgOn Friday September 16th Ray Brothers Barbeque is generously sponsoring Eat Out for the Arts, a fundraiser for the Earlville Opera House. Brothers Tucker and Colin Ray have generously promised to donate a portion of the evening’s profits to support arts programming at the EOH, allowing patrons to enjoy a delicious dinner while supporting the arts in their community. In addition to the meal, patrons will be treated to the music of The Ramblin’ Brooks, performing live from 8 PM.

Ray Brothers Barbeque opened in 2014 and is located on Route 20 in Bouckville, just a few miles north of Hamilton. Brothers Tucker and Colin opened the restaurant after many years of experience working in the food industry. They have found a new flame for their passion in the form of slow-cooked meats. “We are an authentic, slow-cooked barbeque style restaurant. Everything on the menu is smoked over local woods for periods of 5 to 14 hours.”

Formed less than a year ago, The Ramblin’ Brooks are already drawing crowds and conjuring comparisons to classic groups like The Band, Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers and The Byrds while on stage. Led by Adam Brooks Dudding (a performing songwriter with 5 independent albums and two decades of shows and national tours to his credit), Brooks Dudding is joined by band members from seasoned regional sweethearts Rabbit In The Rye (Brendan O’Connor, Alex Lavon) and Son Bully (Colin Nevison, Zach Collins).

Community events like this one allow the Earlville Opera House to continue bringing world-quality live musical performances and art installations to central New York, and facilitates the art education workshops and classes hosted for adults and children of all ages.

For more information, call (315) 691-3550 or visit  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY. Ray Brothers Barbeque 6474 Route 20, in Bouckville, NY, and may be reached by calling (315) 893-7200.


Gregory T. Davis ~ East Gallery

The Earlville Galleries at the Earlville Opera House are proud to present 3 new exhibitions, opening September 10 and running through October 29, 2016.


Nate Hodge ~ West Gallery

With Impermanence of Knowledge, Gregory T. Davis’ fine art photography examines issues of information and knowledge, exploring the decay of access that comes from the inherently temporary nature of the message’s medium. Similarly, Nate Hodge’s abstracted paintings in Adaptations reflect upon the lack of equilibrium in our universe. Rounding out the trio is the Arts Café exhibition by Ed Smith, Sculptures and Drawings, a meditation on society’s “outsiders.” Together, the three individual artists present a complex view of contemporary society.


Ed Smith ~ Arts Cafe Gallery

The exhibitions run September 10 through October 29, with an opening reception on September 10 from 12-3 PM, free and open to the public. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.  For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit

Grammy Award-winning singer and accordionist Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr., leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, is undergoing chemotherapy for a localized recurrence of lung cancer.

Dural has endured a number of health issues this year. On February 26 he suffered a collapsed lung caused by a fractured rib. He was briefly hospitalized while on the road, but was performing again within a couple of days. He then developed a staph infection from that procedure and landed back in the hospital, this time for two weeks while he fought off the infection and pneumonia. An early stage lung cancer recurrence was discovered in the course of routine follow up examinations. Dural had been treated for cancer in 2013 and had been cancer-free since.

He completed a ten-day course of radiation in Baton Rouge at the end of June, and now will commence a series of five chemotherapy treatments aimed to eliminate or control the cancer recurrence.

“I hope everyone knows I truly believe ‘the show must go on’ and I’ve always tried to make that happen,” said Dural. “But, I’ll need to fight this off first. So I’m sorry to say we will need to cancel or postpone some shows. But, you can’t beat the Wheat! I will be back. Soon. And, you can take that to your best bank.”

The Earlville Opera House will be refunding all pre-sold tickets in full.

Dave and Phil Alvin- OFFICIAL PHOTO crThe Earlville Opera House is pleased to host an evening with rock legends Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, backed by their powerhouse band the Guilty Ones, Friday September 2 at 8 PM. The evening will also feature special guest Sarah Borges.

As the founders of ‘80s roots band the Blasters, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin spearheaded the new embrace of American music traditions ranging from blues to rockabilly to country. Reuniting after nearly 30 of solo and side-projects, the GRAMMY-nominated duo’s electric chemistry sizzles on stage as they perform everything from original troubadour ballads to classic soul covers, backed by their powerhouse band the Guilty Ones.

Raised by music fans, the brothers immersed themselves in blues, rockabilly, and vintage country sounds, collecting rare records and attending nightclub performances. Like many fans, Dave and Phil wanted to play music influenced by sounds they loved, they formed the Blasters; combining the revved-up energy of punk rock with an enthusiastic embrace of classic American sounds, the Blasters became a sensation in Los Angeles and won an enthusiastic cult following across the US and Europe.

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin garnered a 2016 Blues Music Award nomination for Traditional Blues Male Artist, which is their second blues award nomination.

Dave and Phil perform Friday September 2. Doors open at 7:30, show begins at 8 PM. Tickets are $37 general admission, $35 members, and $18 for students and children (under 18), with premiums applying in the first 4 rows of seating. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 315-691-3550 or visit

Call for submissionsThe Earlville Galleries invite artist proposals for solo exhibitions for 2017 in our Arts Cafe Gallery, and will continue accepting submissions through August 31, 2016.

The Earlville Galleries annually present 12-13 solo exhibitions of regional and national contemporary visual artists in all media.  The Galleries also feature four annual group shows highlighting the talents of regional artists as well as an annual exhibition of contemporary quilt artists that show their work nationally. Curators may also propose group exhibitions. There is no fee for submissions.

For more information on the submission process, call 315-691-3550 or visit our website today.

PHOTO: Sam Ortiz for Observer Joey Skaggs 300 BoweryThe Earlville Opera House is pleased to host an evening with the EOH’s founder, Joey Skaggs, as he presents his documentary Art of the Prank Saturday August 27 at 7 PM.

Art of the Prank is an emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of Skaggs, Godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career. This is interwoven with amazing archive footage of his earlier escapades-all reported as fact by prestigious journalists. The resulting twists and turns provide unprecedented insight into Joey’s work as an artist, activist and social satirist. Directed and produced by Andrea Marini of Relight Films, the film has received numerous awards including the 2016 Slamdance Jury Honorary Mention for Documentary Feature, the 2016 Alhambra Theatre Film Festival Best Documentary award, and the 2016 Jury Prize for Best Feature at the San Francisco DocFest.

Skaggs is also credited with the formation of the Earlville Opera House as we currently know and love it, now celebrating its 45th anniversary season. Having purchased the historic Earlville Opera House in an effort to save it from demolition, he then donated the EOH to a local volunteer group with the understanding and promise that its lifelong function would be to benefit the community, and that it would never be sold for profit. Today, the Earlville Opera House welcomes over 10,000 patrons annually and hosts both world-renowned and local musicians and visual artists in its historic 1892 theater. For more information on how Skaggs saved the EOH from the wrecking ball, please visit his site.

Art of the Prank will screen Saturday August 27 at 7 pm, with a Q&A with Joey Skaggs to follow. A reception with Skaggs will begin at 6 PM. Tickets are $10. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit

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