Animal Crackers, The Fretless performing in Potsdam
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:26 pm

POTSDAM -- The next two performances of the Ives Park Concert Series will be on Sept. 14 with the children’s music group Animal Crackers playing at 3 p.m. and the Canadian fiddle group The Fretless later at 6 p.m.Local group Animal Crackers will perform at Ives Park at 3 p.m. on Sept. 14.

Local St. Lawrence County group Animal Crackers has been making music for children of all ages since 2009.

Playing songs that encourage audience participation in the form of dancing or singing has always been the goal, said a press release from the series.

Featuring Dan Sullivan-Catlin, Tom Baker, Frank McLaughlin, Beth Robinson and Matt Bullwinkle, Animal Crackers will play songs you've grown up with and songs you've never heard.

The set list might include covers from a range of artists including Paul Simon to Laurie Berkner to the Beatles, and throw in some original music for good measure.

The Fretless is a Canadian fiddle foursome playing an essential part in the emerging movement of mainstreaming traditional Irish folk music, said a series press release.

Starting with its debut album in 2012, the band has steadily pushed further into the public eye, winning Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and Instrumental Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Its 2014 tune “Waving To Ryan” has topped a million Spotify plays, and in 2016, The Fretless took home a Juno award for Instrumental Album of The Year for its most recent full-length Bird’s Nest.

Through its deconstruction and transformation of the usual rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangements of fiddle styles around the world, The Fretless is pushing traditional music to a new place, and has now issued itself an atypical challenge in the mission to find and convert fans unfamiliar with “progressive” traditional music.

Canadian fiddle foursome The Fretless will perform at 6 p.m.The performance of The Fretless is co-sponsored by Community Performance Series (CPS) and the rain location for that concert will be the Black Box Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Performing Arts Center.

All series concerts are free, family-friendly and open to the public.

Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. There will be a bucket passed for donations.

A significant portion of the series’ budget is based on expected donations, so please consider giving, said a press release from the series.

All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed.

The Ives Park Concert Series is supported by the graphic design work of Catherine LaPointe-Vollmer of LaPointe Illustrations and sound engineering by Marcus Alvarez of M.A. Entertainment.

The series is also supported in part by the Grasseroots Fund, and would not be possible without the support of local individual and business contributors including Jernabi Coffeehouse, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, Jefford’s Steel & Engineering, North Country Savings Bank, Frazer Computing, and St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union, Northern Power and Light and Commercial Press Inc. who provided all printed materials for the series.

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The Atkinson Family Bluegrass Band will be the final featured performer of the season for the Ives Park series on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.