FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center is planning a Recording Artist Showcase at Bullhead Point on Lake Neahtawanta on July 5 at 5 p.m.
The music event is part of the Arts Center commitment to spotlight local artists from all arts – painters to authors, young performers and now those recording artists who live and work in the area.
“We’re planning a great summer’s evening of music, food, raffles and an opportunity to purchase CDs from the performing musicians,” said Nancy Fox, director of the center. “We are proud of recording artists in the CNY region. It is part of our commitment to promote local artists in all arts and provide access to a larger public through collaboration.”
Musicians scheduled to perform include Gina Holsopple, a nationally award-winning singer-songwriter who has become a familiar face at CNY Arts Center.
She was the music director for the recent highly successful Willy Wonka, Jr and has begun offering guitar and vocal lessons at CNY Arts Center.
Brad Crescenzo at MuzikReviews.com said of Holsopple, “Her meandering melodies and winsome voice are sure to make your foot tap, head bob, and lips open wide with a smile.”
Her clear vocals and down-home sound have become a favorite for fans from New York to Minnesota and Chicago to Baltimore.
Also on stage is soulful acoustic singer/songwriter Christopher Battles.
Bandcamp.com said Battles’ performances deliver emotion directly into audience’s heart with songs sculpted to leave profound impressions.
His album “Miles Upon Miles,” recorded in Brooklyn and released at The Rockwood Music Hall, was a nominee for Best Folk Song in the USA Songwriting Competition and the EP played on Sirius XM’s The Village.
Jonathan Coleman will also share his unique style with the July 5 audience.
Coleman said of his music, “(It’s) a collaboration of every musical thing I have ever heard.”
As a young boy, he would watch his father (Paul Coleman) perform songs from Willie Nelson to Frank Sinatra.
On his own time, Coleman would quench his musical thirst by listening to the likes of Pink Floyd, Metallica, Method Man and classic rock.
“I think all those old time songs my father played, seeped into my subconscious. Then all that other stuff that my father didn’t care for much, covered it all up like icing on a well baked cake,” he said.
Rounding out the lineup is Canvas Moon Band who plays both original and traditional pieces in a special blend of acoustic music.
Mark Wahl, JoAnne Sherwood and Denise Knight form the somewhat new trio with years of musical experience between them.
The group recorded its first album, “Everything Returns,” in 2013 and each serve on the board of the Ontario Center for Performing Arts.
The event serves CNY Arts Center’s commitment to promote all arts for all ages.
“We look forward to partnering with more local musicians in months to come to make this art accessible to CNY audiences too,” Fox said. “Bring your lawn chairs and get ready to sit back and relax on a holiday weekend and enjoy the soulful sounds of these great local musicians.”
For more information, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or pick up a brochure at Arts in the Heart Gallery at 47 S. First St.