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The Earlville Opera House Multi Arts Center has two outstanding shows coming up the weekend of June 8th and June 9th.  But there’s a lot more happening here in central New York this weekend that you may not want to miss or which may make you want to stay longer if you are coming to visit!

Recently inducted into the Blues Music Hall of Fame, Joe Louis Walker represents the west coast blues style.

Recently inducted into the Blues Music Hall of Fame, Joe Louis Walker represents the west coast blues style.

The Opera House concert on Saturday night at 8pm features one of Alligator Records latest signings, Joe Louis Walker, with deep ties to San Francisco and it’s music.  “San Francisco’s Fillmore District of the 1960s is known worldwide as the birthplace of psychedelic rock. But it was also a hotbed of modern electric blues, and it was the place where one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers, Joe Louis Walker, was born, raised and schooled. The award-winning guitar slinger, deeply soulful vocalist and gifted songwriter has been releasing groundbreaking music since 1986, but his career goes all the way back to the mid-1960s. …The New York Times raves, “Walker is a singer with a Cadillac of a voice. He delivers no-nonsense, gutsy blues. His guitar solos are fast, wiry and incisive, moaning with bluesy despair.” According to Living Blues, he is “one of today’s modern musical masters.” Rolling Stone simply calls him “ferocious.”

“Nowhere is that more apparent than in Walker’s Alligator Records debut, HellfireHellfire burns with rock energy and intense blues feeling. Walker, who wrote or co-wrote seven of the CD’s eleven tracks, says it’s the hardest rocking and most deeply soulful album of his career. His blistering blues guitar playing and gospel-tinged vocals effortlessly blend throughout the album. From the psychedelic overtones of the title track … to the slow, simmering and pleading What’s It Worth to the Stones-y rocker Ride All Night, Hellfire is the work of a man possessed…”  Alligator Records  Don’t miss San Francisco blues guitar icon Joe Louis Walker with his biting West Coast blues this Saturday, June 8th!

The historic1892 Earlville Opera House welcomes the Voices of Tabernacle with a program to honor New York’s Path Through History Weekend.  The Voices will present selections to honor New York composers for this history-themed weekend!  New York State has been home to some fabulous musical talent over the years and this is a concert to make New Yorkers proud with Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, and Aaron Copland!  The Sunday matinee performance on June 9th at 3pm includes special guests with the Sherburne-Earlville High School Chorus directed by Kylie Davis.

Three exhibits feature Yardwork, Woven Stainless Steel, and Amorphous Organic Elements at the Earlville Opera House through July 6th.

Three exhibits feature Yardwork, Woven Stainless Steel, and Amorphous Organic Elements at the Earlville Opera House through July 6th.

When you visit the Opera House, don’t miss the new exhibits by Chris Carson, Rachel Ling and Jeanne Heifetz!

This weekend if you are looking for other reasons to visit central New York besides the amazing blues of Joe Louis Walker, check out the CNY FIBER ARTISTS and PRODUCERS FIBER FESTIVAL on June 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  A fiber arts show with 100 booths including vendors selling yarn, roving, equipment, and farm products; also animals, demonstrations, children’s activities, food, an antique tractor display, and much more.
Here’s an article with more information:  http://madisoncountycourier.com/?p=46579

Also this weekend: In recognition of the 2nd Annual Celebration of New York State Museum Week the Oneida Community Mansion House invites visitors to tour this National Historic Landmark at no charge. Included in self-guided and guided tours are the Big Hall, described as ‘an embodiment of our life and faith’ by founder John Humphrey Noyes, with its exquisite trompe l’oeil ceiling; the Upper Sitting Room that most defined their idea of home; the Community Library where life-long education was encouraged and more than 100 newspapers, magazines, and journals subscribed; and the Vestibule with its cabinet of curiosities. In the History Room visitors can explore objects from Community life: silk thread and animal traps produced for sale, charming small wooden bureaus made for women to store their keepsakes, original Community china, and early Oneida silverware. Exhibits also include the Orientation Exhibit, The Braidings of Jessie Catherine Kinsley; Wartime at Oneida, Ltd, and John Humphrey Noyes Pictured and Described.

Civil War Weekend in Peterboro, NY

Civil War Weekend in Peterboro, NY

If history turns you on, check out the 21st Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend on both June 8th and June 9th.  The military and civilian encampment On the Green in the Hamlet of Peterboro NY includes period music, entertainment, shopping, demonstrations, hamlet walking tours, programs, exhibits, period fashions, chicken barbeque, pancake breakfast, drill exercises, a Sunday sermon, a daily skirmish at 2 p.m., and a children’s area with games and toys The encampment is surrounded by abolition, Civil War, and Underground Railroad exterior and interior exhibits and programs at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Peterboro Area Museum. The Gerrit Smith Estate is a site on the National Park Service Network to Freedom (the national Underground Railroad Trail). For more info check out http://civilwarweekend.sca-peterboro.org/

dames rocket

The sweetly perfumed Dames Rocket is bursting into bloom in central New York this week!

June in central New York is something to celebrate…the greens of the new leaves, the bursting honeysuckle and dame’s rocket are also pretty wonderful.  There’s probably too much to do here, but then you can always try!

Walker's new CD, Hellfire on Alligator Records is being hailed as the finest of his long career. Billboard Magazine says, “Hellfire blows all over the map…gutbucket blues, joyous gospel, Rolling Stones-style rock crunch, and aching R&B.”

Walker’s new CD, Hellfire on Alligator Records is being hailed as the finest of his long career. Billboard Magazine says, “Hellfire blows all over the map…gutbucket blues, joyous gospel, Rolling Stones-style rock crunch, and aching R&B.”

The Earlville Opera House welcomes the Grammy-winning blues of the Joe Louis Walker Band on Saturday, June 8th at 8pm. Recently inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and nominated for four Blues Music Association awards, Joe Louis Walker is on tour and on fire. This performance is generously sponsored by Hayes Office Products and by media sponsor Syracuse New Times.

Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest honor given to blues artists. JLW’s nominations were for B.B King Entertainer Of The Year, Contemporary Blues Album for release Hellfire, Contemporary Blues Male Artist and for Gibson Guitar.

Walker’s new CD, Hellfire on Alligator Records is being hailed as the finest of his long career. Billboard Magazine says, “Hellfire blows all over the map…gutbucket blues, joyous gospel, Rolling Stones-style rock crunch, and aching R&B.”

Voted Most Outstanding Guitarist by Living Blues critics, Joe Louis Walker is recognized for his original blues and for his passion that has revolutionized the art of the electric guitar. In his review for Honest Tune, Fred Adams notes: “It’s been said that only B.B. King has taken the blues further, and to more destinations, than Walker…Walker proves to be just as vital as ever, continuing to redefine blues in the 21st century, just as he has throughout the past four decades.”

Joe Louis Walker grew up in the Fillmore district of San Francisco in the late fifties and early sixties. His influences include early years playing with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Fred McDowell, Magic Sam and Earl “Zebedee” Hooker. He was part of the musical psychedelic scene. “I knew them all. Carlos Santana and the guys from the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead as well as Sly Stone and Larry Graham. My roommate at the time was Mike Bloomfield, fresh from introducing Bob Dylan to the electric guitar.”

If you have never seen JLW, here's what you've been missing:  “Walker sings with a sassy upper register voice but plays like a combination of Jimi, Stevie Ray, Frank Marino, and one of his heroes, Buddy Guy…. the highlight is Walker and his guitar, and you get plenty of both...

If you have never seen JLW, here’s what you’ve been missing: “Walker sings with a sassy upper register voice but plays like a combination of Jimi, Stevie Ray, Frank Marino, and one of his heroes, Buddy Guy…. the highlight is Walker and his guitar, and you get plenty of both…

“If you have never seen JLW, here’s what you’ve been missing: “Walker sings with a sassy upper register voice but plays like a combination of Jimi, Stevie Ray, Frank Marino, and one of his heroes, Buddy Guy…. the highlight is Walker and his guitar, and you get plenty of both, what with jumping vocals alongside a band that keeps the rhythms nailed and the atmosphere hot.”

Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, Mark Tucker

Don’t miss an evening with San Francisco blues guitar icon Joe Louis Walker and his biting West Coast blues this Saturday, June 8th! General admission is $18 and $16 for EOH members and students are discounted to $13. Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5.

The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. During your visit, take advantage of the new exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists and the EOH Arts Café! Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

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