It's Live and Local at the Park!
Listen to talented artists perform their own music ranging from Americana, Folk, Jazz, Bluegrass, and more!
Below is The Park Theater's lineup for 2021 & 2022!
- Cold Chocolate is a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Featuring Ethan Robbins on guitar, Ariel Bernstein on percussion, and backed by some of the root’s music scene’s finest players, this group from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond. Punctuated by tight harmonies and skillful musicianship, and with a focus on songwriting, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original music and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.
Fort Vine is an indie-folk band named after a secret tree fort in Manhattan, built by songwriting duo, Trevor Tunison and Nyna Nelson. Their feel-good music embraces every audience with open arms as their strong harmonies resonate with meaningful poetry and happy grooves. Named one of NYC’s best unsigned bands by the New York Observer, Fort Vine has been continually touring the US in their diy-converted sprinter van, Gypsee Bungalow, since March 2018- an adventure that was recently chronicled in the May 2020 issue of the esteemed travel magazine Fifty Grande. Fort Vine’s music is featured in the popular film, TransWorld SNOWboarding: Origins, as well as Facebook Watch’s new web-series, Five Points, and Apple’s viral Solar Eclipse campaign. Fort Vine successfully sold out the vinyl pressings of all three of their full-length albums, including an exclusive hand-made Wax Mage variant of their newest record, “Primordial Mirror of Cosmic Reflection”.
From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert to Carnegie Hall, music has been the source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway (Bombino/Hey Mama/Avi & Celia) joined by an inspired cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. Rising from the ashes of 2020, Billy Wylder forge ahead with their new EP, Whatcha Looking For (out April 9 on Sand & Gold Records). The music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert, exploring new musical space akin to Beck, The Barr Brothers, and Tinariwen. The tracks evoke musical evolutions built on grooves informed by ancient African rhythms, art-rock textures, expansive guitars, violins, synths, and drum machines. Salloway’s lyrics flow with inspiration from mythical songwriting hero, Leonard Cohen, while threading together more abstract imagery reminiscent of Thom Yorke.
Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith are musicians, sure, but they’re storytellers too. The eleven songs on their debut album Serotinalia feature a cast of characters right out of a short story collection. A listless grocery store clerk. A woman obsessed with her milkman. A harvest deity who is ritually murdered every fall. Oh, and a pair of scissors. When the pair first met as members of a Middlebury College a cappella group, both were individually-performing singer-songwriters. After graduation, they each got involved in the folk scene in Burlington, Vermont, often splitting bills. As they worked out more and more duets to add variety to these sets, Heaberlin and Smith accidentally slipped into being a duo. They made it official in the summer of 2013 and formed Cricket Blue. Two acclaimed EPs resulted, leading to Paste magazine dubbing Cricket Blue one of the “10 Vermont Bands You Should Listen To Now.” Vermont’s alternative weekly Seven Days called them “indie folk with soul and intellect,” naming their last EP one of the year’s best albums, and they’ve played stages and folk festivals around the United States and Canada. But it took Heaberlin and Smith five years to record their first full-length. They write slowly, they say, filling pages of notebooks with ideas about a certain character before gradually condensing it into a song. “If you just write about yourself all the time, you’re limited in what you’re able to say,” says Heaberlin. “So I create a character that comes from an emotionally true space but I’m able to tailor their circumstances to better build the point I’m trying to make.”
- Two Planets Away is taking a much-needed break from hunting Yoonlocks in the Andromeda Galaxy so they can bring their R&B-soul-rock sound to the people of earth. This version of the band recently got together when singer-keyboardist-songwriter, Mark Elmendorf, met drummer, Eric Hamell, at a conference. (They were conferring as to whether proton torpedoes are as effective as standard salad dressing when it comes to removing electric moth slime from your space suit and as you may have already concluded, no; they’re not.) The two realized making music was even more fun than finding cheap ways to make time travel possible. And so, they linked up with two musicians/spacemen, Terry Scoville (Guitar) and, James Woods (Bass) and were lucky enough to find chemistry was there. The two additions helped form the slick, yet slinky sound that defines Two Planets Away. Members of the group hail from other current and former bands such as: Capital Zen, Formula 5, The Minivans, and Shu. Their first album entitled, “The Thinnest Slice,” is out now on all formats. Happy space travel, Earthlings.
It’s always a joyous homecoming when the spectacular Laura Roth and Hui Cox return to The Park Theater. Join us for this very special concert! Laura Roth is a “show-stopper” (New York Post) She has performed one-woman shows before audiences of thousands at major casino hotels, resorts and theaters up and down the east coast, and also makes her home in the Capital District. And boy did we get lucky when Hui Cox landed in town. Teaching guitar at Bennington College and living in the Capital District, Hui is a celebrated producer, composer, Grammy nominee, and recipient of two grants for composition from the National Endowment for the Arts, who has toured the world and recorded with Cab Calloway, Odetta, Liza Minnelli, Melba Moore, Wilson Pickett, Stanley Turrentine, Richie Havens, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and many more of the greatest names in show business. It’s no surprise that he met and teamed up with unbeatable singer Laura Roth. Through this partnership they have come home to their deepest musical love: jazz. They perform exciting and superbly confident renditions of Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Chaka Kahn, Chick Correa, Sting, Gershwin, and others. Laura will deliver the vocals and Hui will back her with electric, acoustic, classical, MIDIed 7-string guitar, mandolin, and electric bass, from his gorgeous collection of stringed instruments.
Warden & Co. is an original folk-rock group based out of upstate NY. Although the group has been performing for decades, it wasn’t until 2019 that they released their debut album “SONGS FOR EVERYONE”. Singer/songwriter/guitarist; Seth Warden along with violinist Doug Moody and percussionist Brian Melick have been performing “songs for everyone” and exciting audiences throughout the eastern and central United States since 2011. The band is preparing to head back into the studio to record their follow-up album in early 2021…stay tuned.