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Red, White, BLUE & BLUEGRASS
July 3 @ 6:00 pmFree
Celebrate Independence day at Sherman’s with great music and local beer by Stump City Brewery! Opening the night will be Girl Blue, one of Capital District’s emerging singer-songwriter whose first single “Fire Under Water” went viral reaching over 2.5 million plays. Based in Upstate NY, the North & South Dakotas have coined themselves as the “Y’Alternative Bluegrass” with a blend of country, folk, and bluegrass heard in their music.
July 3, 2021 | 6:00pm
North & South Dakotas
Concert Sponsor: Thomas and Elizabeth Flynn
Pavilion & Lawn Free
Pavilion seating in physically distanced pods of 2 and 4people.
Pods are assigned upon entry into park with ticket and seated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Following the CDC and New York State guidelines, we will continue to monitor, adapt, and communicate the guidelines to ensure a positive experience for the audience and performers.
About the Artists
If you like Alanis Morissette, Brandi Carlisle, and crying in public, you’re going to love Girl Blue. Writing deeply emotional songs with strong singable hooks, singer/songwriter/producer Arielle O’Keefe is absolutely one to watch. She’s been featured on top Spotify playlists (New Music Friday) and charts (#2 on US Viral Charts), in national commercials, and on top blogs like the Huffington Post. It’s been said “she…has the kind of spark that makes stars” (The Alt), and most especially as a live performer she has an authenticity that regularly moves audience members to tears. She has based herself in Troy, NY, where she writes and records music with recording collective “Just Pretend”.
Formed in early 2011 by original members Zack Hay (Guitar & Vocals), Colin Hunt (Bass), and Mark Retajczyk (Guitar & Vocals), The North & South Dakotas set out crafting a sound that paid homage to the spirit of old time american music, mountain folk, and singer-songwriter traditions. Though the band spent many years as a five-piece with drummer Mike Graves, and the past two years as a more traditional bluegrass quartet with utility man Nayt Patenaude (Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin), the Dakotas continue on as an ever-rotating cast of string players from the Upstate NY region. In this more intimate setting, the band continues to write original, genre-sweeping music that makes use of their trademark vocal harmonies and the musical sensibilities of each band member’s different background.
Frequent celebrity appearances featuring members of Brain Medicine, Rambler’s Home, Let’s Be Leonard, and The Saratoga Strings Band.
You can find The Dakotas on 102.7 WEQX (The Real Alternative) and 97.7 WEXT (The Exit), and supporting such touring acts as:
The Gibson Brothers, Jeff Austin, Travelin’ McCourys, Twiddle, Cabinet, Deer Tick, Ryan Montbleau, Waylon Speed, Floodwood, Dangermuffin, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Driftwood, Donna The Buffalo, and The Mallett Brothers Band.