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Jam sessions: Deane Center holds free Friday outdoor concerts

Deane Center holds free Friday outdoor concerts

WELLSBORO — As part of the free Friday concert series, the Deane Center, 104 Main St., has planned two concerts with the bands Scott Turner and Friends and Stage Fright. Scott Turner and Friends will hold a free concert on the outdoor stage at 6 p.m. Friday, July 17. The group will play and sing original music from Turner’s new album “Soup.” Stage Fright, joined by several guest musicians, will perform a free tribute concert to The Band, a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in Toronto, Ontario, from 1968, will hold a concert at 6:30 p.m. July 24.

Bring lawn chairs and sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage or on Central Avenue, which will be closed to traffic between Main Street and the Warehouse Theatre to provide space for social distancing.

Scott Turner and Friends

“The notion of soup is that you never know what you’re going to get until it’s done,” Turner said. “These songs represent my reflections on life and blur the lines between country, rock and other traditional genres.

Turner sings and plays guitar, harmonica and drums. Marlo Malletz will be on banjo, Gorden Allen on guitar, Dave Driskell on saxophone and Charles Klinger on bass guitar, all of Wellsboro. This is the first time they will be playing together in public.

“Soup was in production for about three months. I wrote the songs in early January prior to the pandemic,” Turner said. “Based on the subject matter you would swear I had written them to comfort listeners in the midst of these troubled times.”

Among the other Turner originals the band will be playing from “Soup” is “At the End of the Day.”

“It’s a sentimental look back at the times when people gathered together, did acts of kindness and laughed, and the good feelings that generated,” Turner said.

Those with smart phones or tablets can listen to Turner’s new album on digital platforms such as YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon among others. For more information, visit ScottTurnerMusic.com.

Stage Fright

“We’re playing songs from The Band’s entire catalog, including their three biggest hits — ‘Weight’ (1968), ‘Up On Cripple Creek’ (1969) and ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ (1969), along with some of their deep-cuts — their under-appreciated gems we love,” said guitarist Joe Callahan, of Wellsboro.

Stage Fright’s members include Callahan; Sean Monroe, of Horseheads, New York, on bass guitar; Mike Watkins, of Addison, New York, on piano, organ, accordion, mandolin and fiddle; and Mike Nickerson, of Corning, New York, on percussion. The four share vocals and frequently harmonize. Watkins, Nickerson and Callahan grew up in Tioga County.

Joining them for this performance will be Josh Sperrick, of Corning, New York, a member of the band Hilltop Revelry; Karin Knaus, who starred in Hamilton-Gibson’s 2019 production of “Mamma Mia;” and Brandon Lusk, of Wellsboro.

“We have been doing this for almost five years,” Callahan said. “Our first tribute concert to The Band was in August of 2015. Sean had wanted to start this tribute group for a long time and recruited us. We rehearse at Mike Watkins’ house, which is on a lake in the woods in Addison, N.Y. The Band actually rehearsed at a home in the woods in Woodstock, N.Y.”

Stage Fright’s name came from The Band’s third studio album, which included “Stage Fright” as its title track.

“From 1968 to 1975, The Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world,” according to Bruce Eder who wrote about them in an article published in the “All-Music Guide.”

The members of The Band in 1968 included Rick Danko, bass; Levon Helm, drums and guitar; Richard Manuel, piano; Garth Hudson, organ; and Robbie Robertson, rhythm guitar.

The Band produced the albums “Music From Big Pink,” “The Band,” “Stage Fright,” “Cahoots,” “Rock of Ages,” Moondog Matinee,” “Planet Waves” with Dylan, “Before the Flood,” “Northern Lights — Southern Cross,” a best-of album in 1976, “Islands,” and their last, “The Last Waltz.”

— For more information about this concert and others, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220, email office@deanecenter.com.

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