FULTON, NY – With Arts Fest just a few weeks away on June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., CNY Arts Center announces the festival entertainment line-up with local musician Tom Eagan and, new group on the music scene – Lois Dixon and the Olives.
Lois Dixon and the Olives is a newly formed group of women who found common ground at a recent gathering. Christine Tupe, familiar to CNY Arts Center audiences as frequent performer, judge, and arts center member is introducing new group members Hannah Doerrier and Emily Plummer.
Tupe explains how the group met, “We were in a church small group together studying the book, ‘What on Earth Am I Here For’ and bonded over our mutual love for music. After a few weeks, we decided to make our little group official and began seeking out venues to display our combined talents.”
“Christine is a singer songwriter with local performances around the region. She has performed at CNY Arts Center events from the very beginning and tied as a first place winner in the first Arts Fest Talent competition held in downtown Fulton in 2011,” said Nancy Fox, director. “Her style has broad appeal and audiences have enjoyed her performances at several of our events. We are excited to enjoy the debut of her newest group – Lois Dixon and the Olives.”
Eagan, known as Blackstone Acoustic & Art will be sharing his acoustic style as a guitarist. Tom also plays dobro and blues harp.
He started playing as a young teenager in garage rock bands, mostly southern rhythm and blues styles. He has played with many local known talents in the CNY and Syracuse area including the Georgia Pickers and Cotton Blue.
He sits in on occasion with Lonesome Crow, JD Rolling South, Big Daddy Vince and Modern Mudd, Big “D” and anyone who asks when he is in the crowd.
Eagan is a regular at many open mike nights like Dinosaur BBQ, Shiftys, Lock 24 in B’ville & Iona Corners in Memphis, NY, and has been influenced by musical greats such as Elvin Bishop, Muddy Waters, Dickey Betts, and Billy Gibbons.
He is also an auctioneer having graduated from the Missouri Auction School and holds the honorary title of “Colonel.” He served as auctioneer at CNY Arts Center’s Art in Motion fundraising event in 2012. Auctioneering, antiques, art, archaeology, and ancient history are a few of his many interests.
Eagan likes to travel and meet new musicians and artists whenever he can, mixing his artistic and musical talents together where he can. His first art show was in the Everson Outdoor Show at the age of 16. He has since captured numerous awards and sold many paintings throughout his life, painting extensively for a while in the West Indies. His paintings are currently on display at the Fey Dragon shop in Oswego. He paints from nature and recently has acquired a new appreciation for tribal art and imagery and abstract expressionism.
Arts Fest will take place at the Fulton Community Center Ice Rink June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Talent competition will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by Lois Dixon and the Olives at 1:30 p.m. and Eagan at 2:30 p.m.
Festival organizers are still looking for local talent to compete for prizes awarded in four categories according to age, under 12, 12-20 and 20 and older and a separate category for garage bands.
For more information, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.