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Music in Downtown Cortland is Live & Local and Not So Local

Downtown Cortland is alive with live music in 2007. Six venues, 42 performances and more than 200 artists will bring live music to downtown Cortland this year. Ranging from Folk to Rock and Classical to Jazz, downtown Cortland will host first-class local and out-of-town talent all year.

"When all the music venues in downtown Cortland come together it makes for a very impressive year-long schedule of live performances," said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership.

--Bring Back Blues--

New this year to downtown Cortland is Bring Back Blues at Lucky's, 77 Main Street, a monthly blues series that brings Chicago style blues to Cortland. This unique brand of blues is scheduled for the first Friday of every month beginning at 9 p.m. Bring Back Blues kicks of this Friday, February 2nd with Bill Perry. The Bring Back Blues lineup includes Bill Perry, Maurice John Vaught, Studebaker John & the Hawks, Big James & the Chicago Playboys, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang and many more Chicago style blues artists.

"Chicago style blues is a type of blues I've been interested in bringing to Cortland for a long time," said Bob "Bobcat" Catalano, owner of Lucky's. "We used to have a more vibrant blues scene here and I thought it was time to Bring Back Blues."

--Folk Series at the Blue Frog Coffeehouse--

Also new to downtown Cortland this year is the Folk Series at the Blue Frog Coffeehouse, 64 Main Street. Five folk artist from the region will be sharing their talent with Cortland at a series of Thursday night performances. The lineup includes Charlie King and Karen Brandow, Hank Roberts, Dave Lippman, FiveTwo and Red Headed Step Child.

"Folk performances and the Blue Frog really seem to go together," said Karin Murphy, owner of the Blue Frog Coffeehouse. "We do a lot of different music here on any given night and a folk series seemed to make a lot of sense."

These performances are brought to the community through the entrepreneurial spirit of these business owners and through the support of The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

"The range of music types and the quality of local and out-of-town talent we're bringing to this community is very impressive," said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership.

--Main Street Music Series--

Downtown's existing music scene has been super-charged this year. The ever-popular Main Street Music Series that calls the Market Place Mall parking lot home on Friday nights has added some out-of-town talent that compliments performances by local favorites. The 2007 lineup for the Main Street Music Series includes Charlie Bertini, Dave Hanlon's Cook Book, Duke Robillard, The Crooners Blotto, The Flashcubes, Hurtin' Units, Tailor Made, John Brown's Body, the Steve Morgan Band, Gabe Cummins, Rick Schell and other local talent. These performances are in part, supported by The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

"The Main Street Music Series is all about bringing a range of great music to downtown Cortland and the whole county," said Howard Lieberman, one of the principal forces behind the Main Street Music Series. "Last year we were drawing more than a thousand people downtown on a Friday night for a concert. This year will be even better."

--Arts at Grace--

The Classical music scene will also reach a crescendo this year. Arts at Grace, a classical music series at Grace Episcopal Church, 13 Court Street, includes the perennial favorites of the William J. Greer Memorial Concert, the Young Artists Showcase, the American Music Concert and later in the year Messiah as well as a summer addition to the lineup Opera Cowpokes. Opera Cowpokes combines original arrangements with classic songs of the American west in an operatic masterpiece! These performances are supported by The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

"Arts at Grace provides an infusion of classical music to the downtown music scene," said David Neal Artistic Director for the Arts at Grace. "We're also adding some fun to the classical music line-up with Opera Cowpokes this year."

--Court House Park Music Series & the Classical Music Festival--

Downtown Cortland's 2007 music scene is rounded out by the Court House Park Music Series produced by the City's Youth Bureau and a series of classical music festivals including Arts in the Park on August 4 and classical music performances on February 11 at the Blue Frog Coffeehouse, beginning at 1 p.m.

  • For more information about live music performances in Downtown Cortland contact Lloyd Purdy at 607.342.6460.
  • For more information about the Main Street Music Series contact Howard Liberman at 607.423-5173.
  • For more information about Bring Back Blues at Lucky's contact Bob Catalano at 607.423.0798.
  • For more information about Arts @ Grace contact David Neal at 607.753.5771.
  • For more information about the Court House Park Music Series contact Cecile Scott at 607.753.3021.
  • For more information about the Folk Series at the Blue Frog Coffeehouse contact Karina Murphy at 607.423.0668.