Musical & Social Events
“Little band, big sound.” (-The Boston Globe, MA)
SIRSY is a rock, pop, and soul duo from Upstate NY. They write songs that are chock full of sing along melodies; honest songs with lots of heart and just the right amount of sass. It’s “edgy-feel-good”music. (–The Houston Music Blog).
The Boston Globe call SIRSY “the little band with the big sound.” And the SXSW Music Blog say “SIRSY is NOT simply a two piece, they are a head scratching, WOW!” SIRSY is fronted by charismatic vocalist and drummer Melanie Krahmer who has “one of the most powerful and flexible voices you’ll ever hear” (–Times Union). At live shows, Melanie also plays bass on a keyboard with her drumstick & throws in a few mean flute solos too. Guitarist, Rich Libutti plays a road worn and well loved Rickenbacker guitar through a pedal board full of vintage effects. Live, Rich also plays bass on a keyboard with his feet. So, these multi-instrumentalists manage to sound like a full band, despite there being just two of them. And somehow, they do it all with big smiles on their faces. It’s clear they love what they do. And that love is contagious when you see them live. Their energetic show often includes stories from the road, laughter, dance parties, and even Rich’s nerdy Star Wars jokes.
“One of most powerful and flexible voices you’ll ever hear. Songs with more hooks than a tackle box.(-Times Union, NY)
Every show is like a celebration for this couple who endured a tough year in 2018 as Melanie fought her second battle with cancer – and won. That celebratory energy and fighting spirit has been captured in their latest offering “Like a Drum” (produced by Grammy winner Paul Q. Kolderie). The title track “Like a Drum” was written about the day that Melanie’s doctors finally gave her the go-ahead to make music again after a 3 1/2 month hiatus for her treatment. SIRSY’s fans took it upon themselves to support the band during that hiatus with a crowd funding effort that paid their bills and paid for the recording of the record. It’s a true labor of love.
SIRSY has toured for a living for 15 years– playing 250 shows each year all over the US and Canada. (They’ve played in every state, except Alaska.) They average about 60,000 miles per year on the road in their little white van their fans named “Axel”. They’ve shared stages with: Grace Potter, Maroon 5, Train, Cheap Trick, the Spindoctors, Collective Soul, Brandi Carlile, Shovels and Rope, & many more. Their song ‘Cannonball’ was featured in season 6 of the hit tv show “Shameless” (on Showtime). Sirsy’s songs have also been featured on PBS, HBO, and MTVu. Mel’s been featured in Modern Drummer & is endorsed by Paiste Cymbals and Vater Percussion.
NYC based singer/songwriter Kimberly Townsend’s lyric-driven, emotive songs captivate, inspire, and console. A blend of folk, soul, and indie pop, Townsend’s sound is often compared to Brandi Carlile and Sara Bareilles. Through a powerful songwriting lens and strong, expansive vocals, she offers an earthy, visceral, intimate spin on telling a story through song.
Townsend's songs explore vulnerability, pain, and how this life feels. She writes to heal and ground herself, and she shares them to make you feel things. Her most recent work explores the weight of getting lost and feeling stuck, and the empowering release that comes from finding one's way again.
Townsend's debut album, The History and the Heart of It, released on January 18, 2019.
Ticketed EVENT … Doors open UpStairs At 7 for Enjoying A few Beverages And Bites Before the Show ;-)
The Turbos are a high energy, alt-rock, quartet based in Columbus. The band started as a side project between its current members. The name is derived from the influence that the Columbus Rock scene had on the band, as Lucas states, “We were watching our friends put on these supercharged live rock shows, where everyone was involved and we just put all the feelings of being in those rooms into our music.” Whether you're freakin' or fightin', they got that rock for your roll! Sweat and groove like you're supposed to with these fellas. Alex D (rhythm Guitar/Vox), Lucas Esterline (Lead Guitar/Vox), Cameron (Bass/Engineer), and Jahrie (Drummer) come together to rock faces and foundations with a fierce thirst for the bright lights. More info here: https://www.theturbos.com
More than a fabulous performer and award-winning composer, listeners have called
Gladius a miracle in the making -the guitarist has prevailed over a crippling case of
nerve damage which greatly hindered the dexterity of both hands, and could have
easily ended a musician's career.
Inspired by the great composers, Spanish guitar maestros, and much more, this musical
mad scientist fuses the elements into a refreshing formula—evoking the Spanish spirit,
yet distinctly unorthodox.
“Creating your own lane in the music industry isn’t an easy feat, but Philly based jazz/ funk band Hambone Relay have already solidified themselves as one of the grooviest groups on the East Coast.” (James G. - Vain Culture)
With elements of blues, jazz, funk and rock & roll, Hambone Relay redefines the modern organ trio with their unique brand of improvisational jam music. Since their founding in 2012, the band has played between 75-100 shows a year touring up and down the East Coast and have shared the stage with such great bands as Melvin Seals and JGB, Zak Deputy, Cris Jacobs Band, Swift Technique and The James Hunter 6.
The band was founded in 2012 by organist Mark Brown. He began his career playing keyboards with the Baltimore-based jam band The Bridge. When The Bridge went on hiatus in 2012, Mark founded Hambone Relay in the Philadelphia area where he currently resides. The band began playing a handful of shows and festivals and started to gain some recognition in the area. This would eventually lead to them recording their first album. The self-titled LP would feature 8 brand new original songs and 2 covers recorded live. This first album featured Devin Coleman on guitar and Kyle Moken on drums.
Shortly after recording this first album, the band went on a brief hiatus and returned a few months later with new guitarist, John Udinsky and drummer Rob Tait. Their touring schedule picked up quite a bit in 2016 and the band began playing cities such as Richmond, Charlottesville, Baltimore, New York, Burlington and Washington DC, growing a fan base and beginning to work on new material. In November of 2016, Hambone Relay released their second LP, “Free Hugs”. The album included 10 brand new originals featuring the guitar skills of John Udinsky and the sheer energy of Rob Tait on drums with Brown at the helm behind the Hammond B3. After releasing “Free Hugs” the band toured the East Coast frequently for the next year and a half.
With a versatile and crowd-pleasing style, DJ Mital’s impressive resume is as varied as his music library. From packing top clubs like Webster Hall, Pacha, and The Roxy to pleasing high-end clients to spinning alongside artists like Nina Sky, Jay Sean, Funkmaster Flex, and Punjabi MC, DJ Mital is a rising star. With a degree in music theory and composition, he infuses each DJ set with unmatched expertise. Mital hits the mark with flawless sets tailored to each audience’s musical tastes. Audiences rave about DJ Mital for both performance and professionalism, making him one of the most sought-after DJ talents in the New England.
Glenn Thomas Kendzia - Solo Album Pre-Release Show (Ticketed Event)
Join us upstairs for an exclusive pre-release of Glenn’s debut solo album. The album is a first dive into Glenn's folksier, singer-songwriter music -- a sideline to the alternative rock he’s become known for in the area. The resulting record is big, lush, and full of new sounds that include a string quartet, pedal steel guitar, and vintage keyboards. Recorded in Nashville in the Spring of 2019 with producer Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell, Kacey Musgraves, Andrew Combs), the album is in many ways the biggest undertaking so far in Glenn’s career.
The album will be released in April 2020, EXCEPT for those attending this show. Your ticket buys you the album 8 months ahead of its release, and all attendees will receive an advanced copy of the CD at the door -- think of it as a Kickstarter or Crowdfunding Campaign in person. That night, Glenn will perform the songs from his new album, along with cuts from his extensive catalogue of music. He'll also give a brief talk about recording the album, and how you can help with that process now that the recording is complete.
Date: Thursday August 15, 2019
Time: Upstairs Doors open at 7:30, Program begins at 8pm
Tickets: $15 advance or at the door
Bio: Glenn Thomas Kendzia is the songwriter and frontman of the alternative rock band Wild Sun, who has quickly become an emerging staple in the New England music scene. The release of their debut album, produced by Bryce Goggin (Phish, Pavement) in 2015 on American Laundromat Records found their music in Top 200 rotation on the national college radio charts. Under the Wild Sun name, Glenn had a cover of Elliott Smith’s “Easy Way Out” on the nationally acclaimed “Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith” album featuring J. Mascis, Julien Baker, and more. Glenn has shared the stage with national acts such as Eve6, The Wombats, Blitzen Trapper, The Barr Brothers, Rubblebucket, Watsky, And The Kids, and others. In 2016, the band was mentioned by Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, and their debut album “Little Truths,” was named one of the Top 20 Albums of 2015 by Motif Magazine alongside Wilco and Kendrick Lamar.
With "passion that could be felt shining through the performance. (Pancakes & Whiskey, NYC),” Glenn’s show both solo and with the full band are not to be missed.
"When Glenn sings, he feels it—the music, the song, the lyrics, the truth. You can tell that he sings of a deep and personal truth. Behind the jokes is someone who was meant to play music." - 95.5 WBRU
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Los Angeles based Singer/Songwriter, Rees Finley, released his debut EP, "Songs 1-5" on August 10th, 2017. Rees’ music is always melodic, frequently neurotic, and simultaneously sarcastic and sentimental. On record, Finley ranges from 80’s style synthpop, to retro-motown funk to overdriven alt-rock, often within the span of 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
EartotheGround says “Combine the phrasing and style of Ben Folds and the syntax of Green Day. Do you hear it? Yeah, you do. Because this is an interesting, clever songwriting style that is just about as 'timeless' as alt rock can get. The intricate songwriting elements even sometimes feel like Queen. “
Buffablog writes, “We just can't get enough of Rees Finley - the last time we checked in with him, we were digging his ode to the downtrodden, 'The Band Broke Up.' This time around he's released another juicy frenetic pop nugget called 'Talk to Me.' This LA solo artist really knows how to write a pop hook - fans of Maroon 5 or Bruno Mars will be into his stuff”
Throughout 2018, Finley released another four singles including, "Deserve," "Reckless," "Kill the Lizard," and "Whatever You Want Me to Be." Additionally Rees spent his time playing throughout Southern California and beginning to plan his first full-length album. In early 2019 he began working with producer, Wolfy, on recording his debut full-length, which is expected later this year.
14th Star Brewing Co. started as a daydream
in the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan.
Seriously, we couldn’t make that up.
A dream that began on the battlefields of Afghanistan
The business plan for 14th Star Brewery was originally drafted on the back of a notebook by Steve Gagner while serving our country on the battlefields of Afghanistan.
Upon returning home to Vermont from deployment our founders, Steve and his best friend and fellow soldier Matt Kehaya, worked to refine their plans to make their dream of 14th Star Brewing Company a reality in 2012.
Lower Newton Days
Matt and Steve first opened the doors to 14th Star Brewing Co in 2012 at 41 Lower Newton Street in St. Albans, brewing beer on a 3.5 bbl pilot brewhouse they hand-built using repurposed retrofitted maple sap collection tanks. For the first two years, the brewery operated selling bottles and growler fills out of the small tasting room. By 2014 the demand for more 14th Star beer was high, and with a growing staff, 14th Star was looking for a new home.
Expansion and Current
Brewery & Taproom
In November of 2014, we moved from our 3.5 barrel brewhouse on Lower Newton Street to our current 30 barrel Brewery and Taproom at 133 North Main Street where we are projected to produce over 8,000 barrels of craft beer this year alone.
Because of this successful expansion, our beercan be found in cans or on tap at your favorite craft beer venues throughout Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.
At our Brewery and Taproom, we feature exclusive releases and a rotating lineup of draft, canned, and bottled craft beer. A gathering place for friends, family, and craft beer lovers alike, we frequently play host to live local entertainment and music on our Taproom Stage and many charitable events.
At 14th Star, our commitment to our community is always at the forefront of whatever we do. Our goal is to be outstanding corporate citizens and consistently produce quality products for our consumers.
Great beer is what we produce, community is what we build.
Boulevard Brewing Story:
It was the summer of 1984, and John McDonald was thirsty. On vacation in Europe, the future founder of Boulevard Brewing Company wandered into a bar specializing in Belgian beers. He tried one, then another and another, amazed by the variety, the aromas, and the flavors. He was hooked.
Back home, John couldn’t stop dreaming about those beers. But dreaming was all he could do, because American beers of the time were homogenous and unremarkable. Kansas City, once home to more than a dozen breweries producing a wide array of beers, had succumbed to the industrial onslaught. Nothing was left.
After art school John made his living as a carpenter, always fascinated by the creative process. He couldn’t shake the memory of those amazing beers, and he began to wonder, began to consider the possibilities. He started homebrewing. He visited breweries. He put together a business plan, sold his house to raise money, and set out to find the rest of the resources he would need to start a brewery.
“I want to do something different”
As John talked to potential investors, he often heard the same question: “You want to do what? You want to compete with the biggest brewer in the world on the other side of the state?” “No,” he answered, “they do what they do really well. I want to do something different. I want to make big beers, a variety of beers, beers with color and flavor and aroma and body, beers for real beer lovers.”
No place like home
He didn’t have to look far to get started. John lived and worked in an old brick building on Southwest Boulevard that had once housed the laundry for the Santa Fe Railroad. He moved his carpentry shop to a corner and began to build a brewery. It wasn’t ideal, but it was his.
The first beer
It took more than a year and every bit of the money he’d raised to retrofit the building, find the equipment – including a vintage 35-barrel Bavarian brewhouse – and get everything up and running. Finally, in November 1989, the first keg of Boulevard Pale Ale was ready. John loaded it into the back of his pickup and delivered it to a restaurant just a few blocks away.
Roll out the bottles
For the first year the brewery produced only draft beer. The small crew worked long hours brewing, kegging, cleaning, and then selling, convincing bar and restaurant owners to put Boulevard beers on tap. Still, John knew he needed bottles. But there was no money, and bottling lines weren’t cheap. Rejected by bank after bank, one institution finally saw promise in his vision and made a loan that enabled Boulevard to install a very small, very used bottling line.
Word was spreading – Boulevard was making surprisingly good beer. The original business plan called for someday selling 6,000 barrels a year. By the third year sales passed 7,000 barrels, and continued to climb. Boulevard began selling its beers in neighboring cities and states. The original Bavarian brewhouse, designed to produce only a few thousand barrels a year, was approaching 100,000 barrels by 2004, turning out a dozen 1,000 gallon brews each and every day. But it had reached its limit, and a decision loomed.
When John built the brewery deep in the heart of a century-old urban neighborhood, he hadn’t worried about outgrowing it. But it had happened. Now, consultants said the smart move was to relocate to a new site with plenty of room. But the brewery was tightly woven into the fabric of the city, and the Boulevard team was committed to its continued revitalization. So in 2006 a $25 million expansion project brought a new building with a 150-barrel brewhouse, packaging halls, offices and hospitality spaces.
Ommegang Brewery History:
A Tradition Born in 1549
Holy Roman Emperor King Charles V visited medieval Brussels in 1549 with hundreds from his Royal Court. To welcome the King, merchants, vendors, cooks, brewers, musicians, theater troupes, dancers and more lined up around the city walls and joined in a celebration as his entourage passed by. That parade became known as the “Ommegang,” a word that variously means “coming together” and “walking about.” The Brussels Ommegang Festival continues to this day.
The First Farmhouse Brewery in America in 100+ Years
Belgian breweries Duvel Moortgat, Affligem, and Scaldis join with importers/entrepreneurs Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield to build an authentic Belgian-style farmstead brewery in Cooperstown, NY. They locate this cultural transplant on an old 140-acre hop farm in the Susquehanna River valley, in a part of upstate New York once known as Nova Belgium.
Our First Beers
We open in winter with Ommegang Abbey Dubbel, an 8.5% ABV traditional Trappist-style dark ale. Brewed with a complex array of spices and packaged in 750ml bottles, Abbey breaks the mold of the emerging American craft beer scene.
Our Portfolio (and Reputation) Grow
We expand our offerings with Hennepin Farmhouse Saison, Rare Vos Amber, and 12oz bottles. High-end culinary magazines and restaurants across the US take notice.
Ponder the Profound
Responding to a fan’s fantasy of “the perfect beer,” we introduce Three Philosophers, a Belgian-style quadrupel ale. A touch of Belgian kriek – a cherry beer – makes it distinctive, and offers a delicate note of dark fruit.
Witte and First Draft Offerings
Witte Wheat Ale – an authentic Belgian-style witbier – becomes the first Ommegang beer packaged in kegs. Other Ommegang beers are also now available on draft. Distribution expands to 44 states.
Belgium Comes To Cooperstown
Our first full-scale beer festival is held in July. Over 40 breweries and importers join 1,500 beer aficionados in a celebration of Belgian-style brewing that includes tasting, camping, local foods, and music. The festival is a hit. Over the next 15 years, more than 50,000 people participate.
Five Million Bottles
Brewmaster Randy Thiel (1997-2006) holds bottle number 5,000,000 – a commemorative three-liter Jeroboam of Three Philosophers.
Demand for Ommegang beers leads to the expansion of our brewing facilities, increasing capacity some 40% by 2008.
Our first Visitor Center opens, complete with tasting room, store, 100 seat cafe, and outdoor patio.
The natural amphitheater behind our brewery becomes home to our Summer Concert Series, which kicks off with performers such as Wilco, Lyle Lovett, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, and The Old Crow Medicine Show. Concerts continue today, drawing as many as 40,000 people per year.
Game of Thrones
HBO and Brewery Ommegang initiate a historic partnership that will run through 2019, with over a dozen beloved brews that honor the characters and storylines from the hit fantasy series.
Honoring Upstate Hops
In cooperation with Cornell University, we establish an experimental hop yard to promote local hop farming and introduce Hopstate NY, a beer made exclusively with NY-grown hops. The recipe evolves each year, employing the best hops New York has to offer. Starting in 2018, the beer includes New York barley, further supporting local agriculture.
Sours, With a Little Help From Our Friends
Partnering with Liefmans, our sister blendery in Belgium, we create two aged and blended sour beers: Ommegang Rosetta, a kriek-style beer, and Ommegang Pale Sour, a delicious and highly drinkable mixed-culture sour ale. Americans begin to develop a taste for the style – both beers quickly become top sellers.
Deepening our dive into hop-forward styles, we launch The Farmhouse Series, featuring exceptionally interesting and impeccably fresh beer available only at the brewery and limited locations in NY state.
Mixing it Up
Reinventing an age-old Belgian tradition, Blenderie Ommegang offers extremely limited releases only available at the brewery in 750ml bottles. These customized creations blend our own brews with others from our extended Belgian and American family of iconic brewers.
An expanded and radically renovated Tap House opens with a 20 tap bar, 10 tap tasting room, enlarged café and kitchen, covered patio and expanded store, enabling us to properly host several hundred visitors at a time.
Roy Schneider and his partner in music & love, Kim Mayfield, are in their 10th year of touring, and have added bassist Thom Callahan to the band. Their new collection of songs titled ‘Reckless Saints’ was released November 2018. Here's what some folks are saying about it…..
“Reckless Saints- Their ‘Blue Twangled Folk ’n’ Roll’ sound rides like a V8, firing on all cylinders!” ~ Gurf Morlix
"On the album, Schneider and Kim Mayfield, his wife and full-time performing partner, dance with elements of authentic folk, country, blues and rock as if they’ve been in love with them all their lives, which is probably true. Enlisting Blaze Foley’s old musical partner Gurf Morlix for help, Schneider and Mayfield cover Foley’s classic “Election Day” with rough passion, but the beautifully rendered “If I Die Tomorrow” and “Poison Arrow” swoon in their arms. All who cry out for salvation from Reckless Saints might experience the same effect." ~ Peter Lindblad
"Some publications have already likened Schneider to the best songwriters like Earle, Clark, and Lovett. The ringing impression from this offering is the seamless blending of so many forms of roots music. combined with meaningful and often insightful lyrics. It works beautifully.” ~ Jim Hynes
Jesse Black's style might not be what you'd expect from an artist based a bit outside of Nashville. An accomplished guitar player with a diverse style encompassing many genres including Blues, Soul, Rock n’ Roll, Country, and R&B, among others. As a result, Jesse’s live performances host a broad mixture of songs, providing a little something for everyone in the audience.
HEAVY SEAS BEER:
Hugh & the Heavy Seas Story
Beer takes us on adventures. It allows us to discover new flavors and exotic cultures. Our quest for great beer can lead anywhere, from corner pubs to faraway breweries.
For Heavy Seas founder, Hugh Sisson, beer altered the trajectory of his life.
In 1980, intending to become a stage actor and director, Hugh's plan was to move to NYC after completing his course work for a masters degree in theater. Hugh's father, Albert, a Baltimore area businessman, persuaded him instead to come "help" at a newly opened family business, a tavern called Sisson's. When Hugh showed up to start what he assumed would be a short-term position, his father tossed him the keys to the pub, said "OK, don't f*** up!" and walked out the door.
Hugh had spent a great deal of time in pubs during college and grad school, but until that point, his entire bar experience had always been on the consumer side. With Big Al's handoff of Sisson's pub, Hugh was abruptly faced with learning the "landlord" side of the equation.
Despite no business background, Hugh quickly realized he needed a way to differentiate Sisson's from other bars to give customers a reason to visit. Having studied in England in 1974, his eyes had been opened to traditional cask-conditioned ales, essentially unheard of in the US at that time. His pub and beer experiences abroad made him a fan of "better" beer, influencing his decision to make Sisson's into a beer destination. By 1982, Sisson's had the largest selection of beers in Baltimore and was Baltimore's first draft Guinness account.
The consumer's interest in beer was growing fast, so in 1984, Hugh and his father decided to explore the idea of making their own beer at the pub. Only a handful of brewpubs existed at that time in the US, so turning Sisson's into a brewpub was a groundbreaking concept. One big problem - brewpubs were illegal in Maryland.
Undaunted, the Sissons - under the tutelage of Senator George Della - introduced a bill in the MD Legislature in 1987 to legalize brewpubs. Much to their surprise, the bill passed on first attempt. Sisson's officially became Maryland's first brewpub in August 1989, with Hugh as the brewer.
Hugh remained at Sisson's until December 1994, when he left to form a new company, Clipper City Brewing Co., now home to Heavy Seas Beer.
Today, Heavy Seas produces 18 different beer styles and distributes in 17 states. Heavy Seas has become one of the most respected and award winning craft breweries on the East Coast. The company celebrates its 20th anniversary of business operations on December 8, 2015.
GREY SAIL BREWING:
This brewery had been a thought for Alan and Jennifer Brinton for over 15 years. A move from New Jersey to Rhode Island, and 4 children, put Jen and Alan’s plans on hold until Autumn, 2010.
It was worth the wait. Just one year later, the building had been purchased, the renovation completed, the equipment installed and the beer brewed and distributed.
Finding our home at 63 Canal Street came to be a big part of who we are. Built toward the end of the 1920s as The Westerly Macaroni Factory, grain once again courses through the building. We have been fortunate to meet many local residents who still recall the days of purchasing their fresh pasta here.
After WWII, the United States Post Office ran their parcel service out of the building until 1989 when NAPA Auto Parts moved in. After their relocation in 2010 the building was once again available for purchase.
On April 4, 2011, Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island moved in. After seven short months the renovation was complete and grain was once again brought to the building, now to brew the first batch of Flagship Ale on 11/11/11.
Sit on any beach in New England and enjoy the views of rolling waves, glistening waters and grey sails on the horizon… it is truly inspiring. Those grey sails inspired us to keep moving forward, and here we are.
Brewing great beer is our passion. We want to share that passion with you. Please visit our facility at 63 Canal Street in Westerly to see where it all began and sample our fine brews.