Upbeat on the Roof with Carolyn Shapiro

A blonde haired woman wearing a grey t-shirt strums a capoed banjo under the sunlight.
Carolyn Shapiro

Join us Thursday, July 14, at 6 pm, for a performance by award-winning old-time banjo player and songwriter Carolyn Shapiro (Skidmore class of ’15) on the lawn outside the Tang. A drop-in art-making table for kids will be available beginning at 5:30 pm.

Shapiro’s sound is rooted in the old-songs of Appalachia. Trained in the clawhammer style of banjo, she blends tradition with her own unique sultry flavor to create music that feels both familiar yet entirely new. Her songs are inspired by the world around her with a commanding voice that will stop you in your tracks. Carolyn was the winner of the 2022 Capital Region’s Folk Artist of the Year for the Capital Region Music Awards. She released her debut album Where I’m Supposed To Be in 2021.

Listen to Carolyn Shapiro

For its 21st season, the Upbeat on the Roof summer series highlights regional musical talent every Thursday, July 7 through August 18, at 6 pm.

Performances take place on the lawn outside the Tang and are free and open to the public. Visitors are invited to bring picnic blankets, camping chairs, and their own food and drink to make it a night!

Art-Making Station for Kids

New this year, the Tang offers an art-making station for kids at every concert! Children aged 5-12 are invited to arrive at 5:30 pm to get creative and make art with Tang Education Intern Paul Seggev ’23, the Carole Marchand ’57 Endowed Intern. This week’s art-making project will be creating sculptures using chenille stems (aka pipe cleaners). All materials will be provided, and no registration is required.

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Pattern by Madeleine Welsch ’17
Inspired by the exhibition Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.