Saturday, October 24, 2009

Picturing America

The next Homegrown String Band show will be on November 8th at the Northport Public Library. Our performance will be part of the National Endowment for the Humanities "Picturing America" celebration

Picturing America
September through December 2009

"The Northport-East Northport Public Library is the proud recipient of a Picturing America grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. The Picturing America initiative consists of forty poster-sized reproductions of American masterpieces and has been awarded to public libraries and schools across the country. In the Museum Cove, the display case will feature arts and crafts made by staff members. Creative pieces by Northport Library artisans serve as a lively complement to the images of famous paintings, photographs, sculpture, and architecture mounted on the walls of the room."

Our performance will be on Sunday November 8th at 2pm. Looks like it will be a fun day. Hope to see some familiar faces in the audience.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Apples, Pumpkins, and Hay, Hay, Hay

The band has been busy closing out our outdoor festival season. This weekend we played two fall/harvest festivals here on Long Island. I guess The Homegrown String Band is the perfect harvest festival band! Apples, pumpkins, hay, banjos, fiddles, flatfoot dancing, apple pie, and crisp fall air! It's nice to see folks out enjoying the nice fall weather before winter and cabin fever sets in. Saturday we played at Deepwell's Farm Fall Festival; we thought this was going to be a music festival, but we were sandwiched between a magic act and a talent show, we were basically background music adding atmosphere to the various fall activities going on around us. Sunday we played a sit down concert in a listening room at the Paramus, NJ Library, and Monday we did another fall festival in Great Neck. At the Great Neck festival we had the privilege of  splitting the entertainment duties with a great traditional jazz band, The Banjo Rascals. This talented, quartet, featuring soprano sax, trumpet, bass, and tenor banjo played some great ragtime, dixieland, and jazz standards. Next weekend's Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, NY will be our final outdoor performance of the year. Hopefully we will have another nice fall weekend, and then it's indoors for the coffeehouse, library, and tavern circuit.

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