Hawthorn to Headline Arts Fest Entertainment Lineup

FULTON – CNY Arts Center announces Dave Hawthorn as the headliner for its second annual Arts Fest, June 9.

It will be held at Fulton’s Community Center at the War Memorial from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hawthorn will play from 12:30 – 2 p.m.

“We are excited to have Dave Hawthorn perform at our biggest event of the year,” said Bonnie McClellan, co-chair of the event. “Dave is an accomplished musician well known to Central New York audiences and we believe he will be a great draw for the crowds we hope to attract.  His distinctive style on acoustic guitar is a crowd pleaser and represents the high level of professional accomplishment we want to promote in all our events.”

Ron Richards will take the stage at 3 p.m.

Richards is an artist and musician known to CNY audiences for his solo music and performances with Vitamin X.

Scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Sean Martin, a young multi-talented string player will deliver his energetic bluegrass style. Sean has performed for CNY Arts Center events several times over the past year including Snow Day where he was joined by his dad, Jim, and sister, Jacqueline.

Rounding out the day’s lineup is the acoustic trio Day Ja Voo, including Jeff Bargelski, Marty Sweeney and Vinnie Markowsky who initially came together in the fall of 2010 to combine their similar passions for acoustic rock from the 1970s and 1980s.

Marty and Vinnie began playing as a duo in 1983, when they re-created quality harmonies and acoustic rhythms within the coffee house circuit of LeMoyne College. Jeff brings his special talents of lead guitar, vocals, and base that result in three-part harmonies and full band sounds of Day Ja Voo.

Dulcimer Artist Rick Market is set to open the festival at 10 a.m. followed by the second annual Arts Fest Talent Competition where local talent will compete for awards in three age categories, 12 and under, 12-20 and 20 and over.

“Arts Fest is a celebration of all the arts we represent as an organization. This performing arts portion of the event blends professional musicians with undiscovered talent from the region and promotes the development of emerging artists. We hope to draw talent in multiple categories whether it is dance, vocals, musicians or bands, or even drama, storytelling or stand-up comedy,” said Nancy Fox, president of the organization.  “We encourage everyone from the youngest to the oldest to come and share their family-friendly talent. We know the region has many wonderful performers. This is an opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

Fox continued, “We expect this festival to grow each year and become a highlight of the summer. Moving it to the Community Center at the War Memorial gives us ample space for a stage, featured entertainers and a powerful talent competition along with art and food vendors – all in one accessible location.  We hope the community will embrace this celebration of the arts and come out for a day filled with best and brightest of Fulton.”

To register for the talent competition or for more information about Arts Fest, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call Fox at 598-8812.