2nd Annual Skunk Funk

We are proud to announce the 2nd Annual Skunk Funk - sponsored by Empire Brewing! The line-up features performances by Cleo Heck, Rabbit in the Rye, Jack Grace Band, and Miss Tess & the Talkbacks...plus there will be workshops, and great food and drinks from Empire Brewing, Gypsy Girl Wood-Fired Pizza, and Shephard's Links.


Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
7:00 PM

Miss Tess is a New York City based songwriter and performing musician, who tours regularly with her band, as "Miss Tess & The Talkbacks". In addition to Tess's tasty licks and prowess on her 1940s archtop guitar, the current lineup includes Will Graefe on guitar, Larry Cook on upright bass, and Matt Meyer on drums. Inspired by styles of vintage swing, blues, coMissTess_LG.jpguntry, and early rock-n-roll Miss Tess draws comparisons to artists such as Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Peggy Lee, and Chuck Berry, but maintains a style all of her own. "She’s a musical chameleon, recalling at various moments Tom Waits’ barfly humor, the cabaret-rock of Beirut, or even the wink-wink wit of early Bette Midler." – Holly Hughes, Blog Critics.

Jack Grace Band
5:00 PM

Jack Grace is a singer, songwriter and guitarist hailing from Brooklyn, NY. Simple enough, unless you happen to happen to work in the music business. The entertainment world ljack_grace_first.jpgoves a label: character actor, avant garde painter, fill-in-the-blank musician. Jack writes for himself and plays for others. Simple. His band rocks too hard to be country. It always has. And the band members come from all walks of life: jazz, rock, country and, well, other. Bassist, vocalist and wife Daria (Melomane, Pre-war Ponies) keeps the rhythm going with the rotating drummers, Russ Meissner, Jason “J-Bird” Bowman and Bruce Martin (Tom Tom Club). The size of the Jack Grace band differs with their tour schedule. They will performing as a trio for this date but don't let that fool you.

“If you don’t laugh and cry at the same …you better check your pulse. You might be disgracefully dead.” – James Reaney, London Free Press (London, ON)


Rabbit in the Rye
3:30 PM

rab·bit·in·the·rye [ˈræbɪt ɪn thuh rahy] n. of the family leporidae; poetic and ominous, progressive folk rock; an old beaten leather pair of work boots; today's wood fire and the yearning of yesterday's, still hot; the vacant and forgotten American image; the portrait of a young man; the lore of the land; finding home at the end of the long walk; leaving and coming back; sweat and sleep; guilty and vulnerable love.

rabbitintherye.jpgRabbit in the Rye is a collection of bittersweet fables and genuine storytelling. Allegory and honesty. Carefully crafted as if at a moments notice it could break. Deliberately fragile and traditionally progressive. Stark movement and all-enveloping fantastic realism. Poeticism. Romanticism. Rapturous walls of sound, yet sweet and somber waltzes. The creation and breaking of tension, dynamic and linear in composition. Joseph Mettler on guitar and harmonica, Alexander Lavon on bass, and Brendan O'Connor on percussion and mandolin.

"'Rabbit in the Rye' was one of my favorites of the night, not only for their diversity of sounds and originality of lyrics, but also because they seemed to be right on par with the likes of 'Bon Iver' or 'Fleet Foxes'." -Cambria Litsey - The Colgate Maroon News

Cleo Heck
2:00 PM
Cleo Heck performs contemporary rock and country tunes from such artists as Adele, The Band Perry, and Gavon DeGraw to Lady Antebellum, Sugarland and Little Big Town.The band is made up of local musicians Tim Murray, Laine Gilmore, Sondra Whalen, Pat Avery, and Hal Appleby.



yum...hand-made wood-fired pizza!

Ticket prices: $25 for adults; $15 for students; a child under 12 free when accompanied by an adult (one child per adult, please - and you need to go through the process and "buy" a ticket for each child because we have a limited number of seats).

Workshop tickets are sold separately - see event listings for more info.

Doors open at 12:00 pm
$25 in advance : Buy Online
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