June Music in the Barn Concerts in South Bristol

Rochester-based The Varnish Cooks will perform at South Bristol Cultural Center at 7:00 PM on Saturday, June 14th. The Alpine Black, who play acoustic Americana driven by an Indie spirit to create a haunting original sound, will then take the stage on Saturday, June 28th at 7:00 PM. Tickets for each event are $8 or $6 for SBCC members and will be for sale at the door. Delicious desserts from Buttercups Bakery in Naples will be available for sale. The center is located just fifteen minutes south of Canandaigua at 5323 Seneca Point Road in Canandaigua.The Varnish Cooks are musicians who pursue the old-time string band tradition with intensity and emotional clarity. Based in Rochester, New York, they perform old-time songs according to the impetuous and poetic spirit of American music.The Varnish Cooks do not let dust settle on old-time music. They are committed to the passion, improvisation, and mystery at the heart of the old-time tradition. The music is not pure; it is stained by clay and the blood of peoples, and stubbornly holds onto an integrity that could only grow from the celebrated and dark American story.In this post-modern age, media distracts us incessantly with fleeting information and entertainment. The Varnish Cooks yearn with their audience for transcendent simplicity. They retell the ancient songs without altering them, joining their voices with the musical ancestry that has passed down the music for hundreds of years. All music emerges from the vernacular, and a return to our roots is a crucial response to the fractured escapism of our day. Although the context for old-time music has changed, its relevance to the longing and joy of the heart has not.For a complete listing of the Music in the Barn Concert Series performers, visit www.southbristolculturalcenter.org. This series is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Town of South Bristol, and corporate sponsor, Heron Hill Winery.For additional information on these events, contact Lisa Hilton, Executive Director of SBCC at (585)396-5950. You may also visit www.southbristolculturalcenter.org.

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