News in Cortland NY

Spring - A Time for Blues in Cortland

Spring in Upstate New York is a time to feel hope, joy and a little blue. Downtown Cortland’s own blues series - Bring Back Blues - continues on Friday, April 4th at Lucky’s, 77 Main Street, beginning 9:30 p.m. with Liz Mandeville.

All forty, self-penned songs on Liz’s three critically acclaimed CD’s showcase her amazingly rich, versatile voice & her creativity as a producer, guitarist and song-crafter.

The diminutive redhead won the 2005 USA Songwriting Contest for her comedy/novelty song, “He Left It In His Other Pants” recorded for her 2000 CD release, READY TO CHEAT. Evident in her lyrics (& in her stage patter) is her innate ability as a storyteller. She has been called a “smart, sassy songwriter.” With an ability to “…build sensitive snapshots that relate to the universality common in the human condition.” Two of Liz’s CD’s have been nominated by the Chicago Music Awards, for “Best Blues Release of the Year”.

Downtown Cortland’s blues series – Bring Back Blues – focuses on Chicago style blues artists like Liz Mandeville. Last year’s performances at Lucky’s Blues Bar, 77 Main Street, in historic downtown Cortland included one of blues legend Bill Perry’s final performances as well as shows by Eddie Shaw, John Vaughn, Eddie Shaw and the Kinsey Report.

“We’re bringing nationally know blues artists to Cortland,” said Bob Catalano, owner of Lucky’s at 77 Main Street. “Showcasing national talent put Cortland on the map as a cool place to live.”

On Friday, April 4th, Liz Mandeville’s blues performance will begin at 9:30 and is expected to last until 1 a.m. at Lucky’s, 77 Main Street, in historic Downtown Cortland. Tickets for Bring Back Blues shows are available at Lucky’s. Prices are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. The next blues performer in the Bring Back Blues lineup at Lucky’s, 77 Main Street, in historic downtown Cortland is James Armstrong on Friday, May 2nd.

Bring Back Blues is one of several music series in historic Downtown Cortland including the Downtown Folk Series at the Blue Frog, The Main Street Music Series at 64 Main Street and the Arts at Grace Series of classical, vocal and instrumental music at Grace Episcopal Church.

“Historic Downtown Cortland is an epicenter for great music, for both local and nationally recognized artists,” said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership.

These performances are supported by The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.