With a major in musical theatre and minors in music and theatre, SUNY Cortland’s Performing Arts Department provides a foundation in music, theatre, dance and technical theatre, resulting in thorough professional training for a career in this exciting field. Come check out what they have in store for us as they open up entertainment at the 2019 Great Cortland Pumpkinfest.
With a mix of folk influence and a tad of blues and old country, Cortland native James VanDeuson II is an inventive singer/songwriter looking to share his music far and wide. From California all the way back to New York, James travels wherever his music allows him to go. Said to have a rather distinctive melancholy tone, James has the ability to captivate his audience in a way that is unforgettable.
The Fall Creek Brass Band’s headwaters are found in the funky beats, groovy bass lines, and hot licks hidden in the hills in the outskirts of Tompkins County. The waters of Fall Creek flow, at times slow and meandering and at times raucous and untethered, carrying this miasma of groove to Ithaca and surrounding towns where it infects the local population with an inescapable need to dance, sing, smile, and laugh. When the party ends, the waters of Fall Creek evaporate to travel back to their hilltop homes to rejuvenate their funk juices for the next party.
Based in Ithaca, NY, Lucky Old Sun plays original tunes with a handful of covers. Their music is a rockin' blues & folky funk with moving & meaningful lyrics. Jon Wolfe (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) & Laura Wolfe (lead vocals, percussion) are a husband & wife team who write engaging original songs and sing tight, haunting harmonies. Dave Streater (piano) is a classical/jazz virtuoso who knows rock & roll & blues like the back of his hand, as well as composes Jazz-inspired originals. Mitch Wiedeman rocks us steady on the drums, Jeff Sauer solid on the bass, Mr. Nick Johnston plays it soulful & sweet on lead guitar, and Jodi Riggs adds beautiful harmonies as our back up vocalist.
The Tribal Revival Band performs the music from The Grateful Dead, The Allman Bros. Band, Los Lobos, Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison and a host of other artists. Tribal Revival prides itself on performing works of music that possess a strong character of improvisation. Music that the listener has either not heard in a while, or ever heard a group perform live. With a respectful homage to the original artists, Tribal Revival places it's own spin on the choice of music for the evening and so creates a unique and pleasing vibe for everyone attending the show...
A Blues, Pop, Rock, and Oldies band made up of family and friends. Gino 11, Annie 13, and dad Brett, are joined by friend Adrianne to form a fun band. The name Von Barnes is a play on the Von Trapp family singers from the Sound of Music and was given to them by their dear friends on vacation when they played for their neighborhood one night.
Kitestring is a four-piece rock band featuring all-original music with influences from rootsy Americana, Blues, and Soul. The band is based in Ithaca, NY and centers around the unique talent of singer-songwriter Josh Ross whose lyrics explore personal experiences of love, loss, and redemption to weave meaningful messages that speak to the heart of listeners. Ross, whose fiery vocal performance makes it impossible not to feel something, is supported by bassist Jeremy Betterley, guitarist Marty Farchione, and drummer Phil Shay. Their song styles cover an eclectic range with the unifying thread of memorable melodies, clever lyrics and solid musicianship.
Featuring members of The Jeff Love Band, Thru Spectrums, Noon Fifteen, Kitestring, Fall Creek Brass Band and Julia Felice and the Whiskey Crisis playing funk/rock/soul favorites from artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, The Band, The Beatles, Joe Cocker and many others! Fronted by powerhouse vocalists Mandy Goldman and Amanda Massa, The Big Soul Family Band boasts an incredible lineup of local talent. Settle in and enjoy the perfect tone and crispy guitar riffs of Joe Massa, the funky rockin’ rhythm section of Phil Shay (drums/vocals) and Sterling Clarke (bass), the vintage organ, piano, and synthesizer textures of Samuel B. Lupowitz (keyboards/vocals), and the punchy horn section of Alec Staples (saxophone) and Bob McMahon (trumpet). We know you’ll find yourself dancing before the end of the show!
Tink Bennett & Tailor Made have been performing and opening for national acts in the Central New York area and beyond for over 30 years! Each musician brings a career of professional performing, recording and entertaining experience to every show! They have opened for Lady Antebellum, Charlie Daniels, Josh Thompson, Sammy Kershaw and Molly Hatchett, to name only a few.