February 28, 2015
With Guy Davis and Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
With Special Guests Greg Dayton and the Greene Room Show Choir
Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville
This show will be a special one indeed with living blues legendGuy Davis performing solo and alongside his long time favorite musicians from the Crowmatix. Crowmatix guitarist John Platania produced Guy’s latest CD, while Professor Louie and drummer Gary Burke have been performing with him on records and in shows here in the U.S. and abroad. John and Gary also played with Guy on national television on the Conan Show. The performance Saturday, Feb 28th will include guitarist/ singer songwriter Greg Dayton and Tannersville’s own Greene Room Show Choir, who have backed the Crowmatix on several occasions. Tunes will span from traditional blues to originals and covers from Bob Dylan, the Band and more, with collaborations between all the artists.
Professor Louie and Greg Dayton have been bringing one of a kind shows to the Orpheum over the past four years from the New Riders of Purple Sage to the Ronstadt Generations and the Blues Hall of Fame Awards. Their shows always bring together a unique variety of world class talent in a setting that brings the whole community together in a joyful noise. This night will be no exception.
Guy Davis: The Routes of Blues
Guy Davis has some Blind Willie McTell and some Fats Waller, some Buddy Guy and some Taj Mahal. He’s a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer, but most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. He received rave reviews for his performance off-Broadway as the legendary Robert Johnson in Robert Johnson: Trick The Devil and for his most recent appearance on Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow, playing the part originally played by the legendary Sonny Terry. He has won the Blues Foundation’s W.C. Handy Keeping the Blues Alive Award and has been nominated for a number of additional Handy Awards. Numerous acclaimed releases on Redhouse Records have cemented Guy’s place on the world blues circuit. Guy can tell you stories of his parents, actors/writers Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, his great-grandparents and his grandparents, their days as track linemen.
Guy had the honor of appearing in the PBS special on Jazz and Blues artist, the late Howard Armstrong. He was an honored guest at the Kennedy Center Awards, in which his folks received their medals, alongside other recipients like Warren Beatty, Elton John and composer John Williams from the President of the United States.
Acoustic Guitar Magazine described Guy Davis’ release, You Don’t Know My Mind as “one of the thirty essential CDs from a new generation of performers.”
Professor Louie and The Crowmatix
Grammy-nominated Professor Louie and The Crowmatix is the only full band ever inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame NY Chapter and also were inducted in The Southern Canadian Blues Hall of Fame. Professor Louie & The Crowmatix came into existence preparing songs for Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz’s studio productions for the Rock ‘n ‘Roll Hall of Fame group The Band. They are the backing group for solo CD’s by Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson. They began touring and recording their own music in 2001 and have recorded ten studio CDs and two live recordings on the Woodstock Records label. In 2012, Woodstock Records released their CD Wings On Fire to rave reviews.
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix have an extensive and varied repertoire and play 150 shows a year in the U.S. and internationally. Enjoy a night of original roots rock, sweet ballads, roadhouse blues and the greatest songs by The Band. They offer the most impressive credentials, the deepest hearts and a genuine love of performing live.
Greg Dayton has been performing for over 25 years from the festivals of Europe to New York’s Blue Note and Madison Square Garden. He hosts the monthly Applejack Jam at the Triad Theater in New York City with his band The Core and special guests including New York City’s finest musicians. He has has produced and opened for several sold out shows at the Orpheum.
Greene Room Players Show Choir
Under the direction of Linda Nicholls, the Greene Room Players Show Choir is a group of adults and teens who have been performing for over fifteen years for various events on the mountaintop and throughout Greene County. They have performed several Fourth of July celebrations at the Windham Civic Center Church, Holiday Shows, Broadway Reviews, and fundraising events for mountaintop organizations. They also have a select women’s ensemble that performs selections including oldies, standards, jazz, and sacred music. They have performed with Professor Louie and the Cromatix for the past three years and are always thrilled when asked to join them!
This event is part of the Catskill Mountain Foundation 2015 Performing Arts Season and is funded by private donations.