7th Annual Skunk Funk

This, the 7th edition of our sorta-annual music festival, the Skunk Funk, features bands from nearby, as well as ice cold beer from our sponsor Empire Brewing and delicious food from MaMa Sheps. Join us for a day of great music (rain or shine!).

Here’s the lineup:

The Cadleys are one of the most popular acoustic bands in the Northeast. Following in the tradition of great male-female duets like George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, John and Cathy show how two voices blended in seamless harmony can produce one powerful sound.

A homegrown entity formed in Syracuse, the Ruddy Well Band has emerged as one of Central New York’s premier performing string bands. A finely-crafted combination of dynamic rhythms, tight harmonies, and mindful lyrics – the acoustic instrumentalists bring their audience fun, foot-stomping Americana.

Harmonic Dirt is a collaboration of multi-instrumentalist Mike Gridley and lyricist Susan Coleman based in Central New York. They are joined by percussionist Taylor Bucci. The husband and wife duo of Coleman and Gridley are prolific songwriters, developing stories that draw from the rich heritage of American folk and roots music, but also weaving themes from literature, poetry, art, and current events. Their debut album Anthracite contains twelve songs which showcase the breadth of their musical and lyrical work, while providing familiar reference points to sixties folk-rock, Harvest-era Neil Young, as well as alt-country in the vein of Son Volt or early Wilco. They were a 2018 SAMMY nominee for their album Anthracite.

Joe Sweet and John Kelse (Or Joe Sweet and AcoustaFunk) Joe and John have performed together for almost a decade. They’ve played fifty or so venues in and around Central NY including regular gigs at the Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, Lukin’s In Utica and Sister’s Bistro in Old Forge as well as the first ever show at the Odeon in Nelson. Joe is a Sammy Award winner with his rock band, Nineball and a longtime Central NY musical event organizer. John’s unique finger picking side-man guitar style is the perfect compliment melodically and harmonically to Joe’s special and spontaneous song arrangements. He’s an accomplished solo performer and proven side-man with several acoustic duos and trios over the decades. He is also an 8 year guitarist for one of Central New York’s most celebrated bands, (Nine-time Sammy award winner,) Isreal Hagan and Stroke. Evan DuChene is another one of Central New York’s premier musicians. He’s a veteran of serious jazz projects as drummer for Spaces, one of Syracuse’s most revered jazz ensembles. He also works regularly with Chuck Lamb, pianist for the world renowned Brubeck Group. Evan is recently returned from a tour in Belgium with Sammy Award winners, Syracuse’s ESP.

Jason Schnitt will once again be performing his original compositions and protest songs between sets just because he can’t help himself from writing them and now more than ever we need to listen. He was a 2018 SAMMY nominee for his album How to be Happy About the End of the World.

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Doors open at 1:30 pm
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