The Scene: September 2017

By Jane Harrison

If you sit still for any amount of time around here this summer, you would have heard live music. This is certainly the prevailing feeling. Farmer’s markets, free concerts in parks, The Center for Discovery CSA pickup, as well as the established venues…the music was everywhere. Whatever your preference, you could find it.
And it’s been a good summer for the venues as well. Imagine my surprise when I popped by DeFillipi’s for their Sunday morning ‘Music Where You Least Expect It’ (the brain child of Bob Rosenberg) to find the added outdoor seating! This music offering has been so successful that the bakery remodeled back in June to accommodate the amount of people that attend and now, a front porch! And a good thing too as there were few vacant seats inside or outside. When I stopped by in late August, I had just missed Debbie Fisher (always a joy) who had sung a duet with Cheryl Roth. But what a treat to catch Lee Karasik with Voices Heard (out of Westchester), Joanna Gass solo and with Steve (the Classic) Karasik, Joe Kavanaugh singing DooWop, and Carmine Pace with some really cool blues, and Steve Schwartz, Kenny Windheim anchoring the day. I also understand there may be a new band (a blues band!) on the horizon soon. I will keep you updated as more information comes in.
I had the great pleasure of meeting and speaking with Barry Adelman recently, cofounder of Music For Humanity. If you’re not familiar with this organization, you should be. Its sole purpose is to provide scholarships to students with a passion for music who need financial help to continue their studies in accredited schools. For more information, check out the website at
Brew, in Rock Hill, will be continuing Odd Tuesday with the Search and Rescue Orchestra every Tuesday through September. The names may be tongue-in-cheek but this band of consummate professionals have rocked the house so successfully that Odd Tuesday went from every other Tuesday to every Tuesday through the summer.
Hurleyville’s own Pickled Owl will also continue their live music offerings both Friday and Saturday nights through September. Their continued success is a combination of their warm atmosphere, the choice of music and great food – all without the pretentiousness of similar restaurants. Still one of my favorites!
Cabernet Franks continues to be a bright beacon in Parksville. They too will be open and continuing to offer live music through September.
I’m excited about the new venue that is expected to open this spring in Grahamsville. Still sworn to secrecy, that’s about all I can say. As I’m given the go-ahead with more information, I’ll get it to you in a heartbeat.
The Johnny Jules Band is winding up their very busy summer in some very cool places. Former Hurleyville resident Johnny, bassist Dave D’Arcy and Bobby D on Dobro will be up at Sand Beach in Highland Lake on Sept. 2 and
on Sept. 9, they’ll be performing at the Birds of a Feather Nature and Music Festival at Grafton Lake State Park, a festival in support of the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary. Check out the Facebook page for the festival and follow their link to the YouTube video of the work the Sanctuary does.
Every Monday
Dutch’s Open Mic: 205 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill, 7 p.m.
Every Tuesday
Odd Tuesday with The Greater Sullivan County Search and Rescue Orchestra, Brew, 280 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday Summer Concert Series at the Gazebo Park, Kauneonga Lake, 6:30-8 p.m.
Sept. 7: Season Finale
The Pickled Owl, 218 Main St., Hurleyville; 6-9 p.m.
Sept. 1: John Slaver (acoustic variety)
Sept. 8: The Acquaintances (Jazz, rock variety)
Sept. 15: Mark Visconti and Justin Sutherland (acoustic folk, rock, pop)
Sept. 22: Cathy Paty and Company (acoustic variety)
Sept. 29: Albi (solo acoustic variety)
Sorella: Jazz Standards with Defino and Ravdin, and great Italian food! 6-9 p.m., 3562 State Rte. 55, Kauneonga Lake
Sept 1: Joshua Tree, Cabernet Franks, 38 Main St., Parksville
Sorella: Jazz Standards with Defino and Ravdin, 3562 State Rte. 55, Kauneonga Lake; 6-9 p.m.
Pickled Owl, 218 Main St. Hurleyville 6-9 p.m.
Sept. 2: Shlomo Franklin (solo acoustic variety)
Sept. 9: Gary Myer
Sept. 16: Handsome Johnny (acoustic guitar and congas duo)
Sept. 23: Debbie Fisher (roots, folk, blues and originals)
Sept. 30: Those Guys (modern mountain music)
Oct. 7: Moonshine Creek (bluegrass)
Sept. 2: Joshua Tree, Sips and Sounds, Clearview Vineyard, Clearview Lane, Warwick, 2-5 p.m.
Sept. 2: Johnny Jules Band, Sand Beach, 318 Lake View Dr., Highland, NY
Sept. 16: The 88TH Music for Humanity free performance, Noble Coffee Roasters, 3020 State Rte. 207, Campbell Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30: Johnny Jules Band, Birds of a Feather Nature and Music Festival, 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Cropseyville (in support of the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary)
Sept. 30: Debbie Fisher, Tunes In The Vines, Christopher Jacobs Winery, Pennings Vineyard, 320 Crawford St., Pine Bush (for HONOR; Helping Others Needing Our Resources) For more information:
Every Sunday
Music Where You Least Expect It: 11 a.m.– 1:30ish, DeFillipis Bakery, 506 Broadway, Monticello
The Dancing Cat Saloon: #ShineOn, Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2037 State Rte. 17B, Bethel
Sept. 24: Debbie Fisher, Rhinebeck Porchfest (for more information: