SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (May 21, 2019) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College’s nineteenth Upbeat on the Roof concert series will be at 7:00 pm each Thursday from July 11 – August 22 and features a vibrant and diverse program of regional musicians on the Tang’s distinctive rooftop deck.
Bands making their Upbeat debuts include R&B-inflected bossa nova Skidmore band Nu-Note (July 11), chamber-folk artists Joan Kelsey’s Silver Lining (August 1), artist, singer-songwriter Tim Davis’s newest band And Other Poems (August 8), and the soulful queerpop of bell’s roar (August 22). Returning favorites include the classic chamber group Decoda (July 18), the vintage blues, jazz and Americana of Annie and the Hedonists (July 25), and the country-bluegrass act Red Haired Strangers (August 15).
All concerts are free and open to the public. The museum is on the Skidmore College campus at 815 N. Broadway in Saratoga Springs. The roof can be accessed via the museum elevator or outdoor staircases. Due to the popularity of the concert series, visitors are advised to arrive early. Free parking is available in parking lots adjacent to the museum. In case of rain, concerts will be held inside the museum.
The museum’s galleries are open Tuesday-Sunday from 12:00–5:00 pm, with extended hours until 9:00 pm on Thursdays, so visitors can see the exhibitions before or after the concert.
For more information, call the Tang’s Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080.
July 11: Nu-Note
Skidmore students Jonathan Canales ’21, Destiny Donelson ’21, David Gyampo ’19, Ajani Otieno-Rudek ’20, and Kelven Polite ’22 formed Nu-Note in 2018 and combine elements of gospel, jazz, bossa nova, and other genres to create their unique sound.
July 18: Decoda
The New York City-based affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall returns to the Tang for an engaging evening of classical music. Decoda’s performances over the last few years have become audience favorites, as the ensemble are not only virtuoso musicians but also passionate advocates of the arts.
July 25: Annie and the Hedonists
Annie and the Hedonists interprets the songs of great female blues artists of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, such as Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, and Billie Holiday, among many others. Featuring musicians Annie Rosen, Jonny Rosen, Peter Davis, and Don Young, their styles include western swing, bluesy country, and roots Americana.
August 1: Joan Kelsey’s Silver Lining
Founded by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joan Kelsey, Troy-based Joan Kelsey’s Silver Lining is an unusual string folk trio composed of intricate guitar, dancing fiddle, and haunting cello. They weave striking melodies that call upon the immediate, the memory, and the metaphor, expertly balancing darkness and light.
August 8: And Other Poems
Led by artist and songwriter Tim Davis, whose exhibition Opener 31: Tim Davis—When We Are Dancing (I Get Ideas) was on view at the Tang earlier this year, And Other Poems is a band that draws from influences as diverse as Burt Bacharach and Vic Chesnutt. And Other Poems needs you to listen to the lyrics and sit in the groove. These songs are funny, poignant, and about things like William Eggleston, the TSA, McMansions, and the landscapes of Los Angeles and Upstate New York.
August 15: Red Haired Strangers
Founding members Ryan Dunham and John Rice have been playing music together for over twenty years, creating the Red Haired Strangers’ unique sound from country, blues, and bluegrass influences. What was once a harmonica duo now features fiddle, drums, bass, dobro, and pedal steel guitar.
August 22: bell’s roar
Sean Desiree’s solo project bell’s roar blends hauntingly layered vocals with synthesizers, percussion, and guitar to produce upbeat yet dreamy soundscapes. As a queer, gender-nonconforming person of color, Desiree creates music that confronts isolation and oppression.