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Big Band Slated Veterans Day Weekend in Long Lake NY

The Joey Thomas Big Band hits the Long Lake Town Hall stage on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7:30pm to honor our Veterans. The Long Lake Town Hall is located at 1204 Main Street in Long Lake, NY, doors open at 7p.m. Enjoy Big Band Treasures and a Veterans Salute to say thank you to our Veterans for their service. The Great American Songbook and Big Band Swing are core to America’s musical heritage. In addition to tributes to the Dorsey brothers, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, in the air will be the sounds of Cab Calloway, Harry James and Frank Sinatra.

The Joey Thomas Big Band is an award winning seventeen piece Orchestra founded by Joey Thomas in 1992. Joey Thomas entered the U.S. Navy in June 1961. Assigned to a Navy Band, he served on five aircraft carrier cruises, including two on the U.S.S. Intrepid, which now serves as the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

Joey Thomas Big Band in Long Lake, NY November 12th

Joey Thomas Big Band in Long Lake, NY November 12th

As a member of Unit Band 146 out of Norfolk, VA, Joey served as an American Ambassador of Good Will performing concerts across Europe and the eastern United States. After his military service, Joey continued performing on the road with many Top 40 bands, one of which performed shows with Dick Clark’s Cavalcade of Stars in the late 60’s. After a decade on the road, Joey settled in New York’s Capital Region satisfying his love of music and maintaining his chops by playing with a number of Top 40 and party bands including The Kings Four and Morgan BLVD.

A part of the New York’s Capital Region professional music scene since 1972, Bob plays the three tier theater organ, piano, and trumpet. For many years he accompanied himself using keyboards, midi pedals, a drum machine and sound system. He is thrilled to be the featured male vocalist with The Joey Thomas Big Band .

Bob’ Father’s introduction to Joey Thomas was through his son George, then a member of The Joey Thomas Big Band trombone section. In 2000, Joey needed a vocalist to fill in for a gig, and thus their musical collaboration began. Bob has performed with The Joey Thomas Big Band throughout New York State in a variety of venues and for special events in New England, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and at Sealand in Florida.

Growing up in a musical family, Bob’s music life began at home. This exposed him to the great singers and songs of earlier generations and pop music of the day while fostering his love of music. He spent many of his early years playing the organ and directing his church choir. Bob’s first professional gig was at the age of 14 at Dante’s Steak House in East Greenbush.

Bob honed his skills working in many Capital Region clubs and has performed at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Proctor’s Theatre, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Egg in Albany, as well as the Spa Little Theatre and Saratoga Music Hall. In addition to performing with JTBB, Bob is also the featured singer with the local wedding and party band High Definition. He has also has sung with the Bud Bryer Big Band and the Yankee Doodle Band.

Bob is a graduate of Albany High School and Bryant & Stratton College in Albany, NY.

Under the leadership of Joey Thomas, the members of the Joey Thomas are dedicated to the perpetuation of these American treasures through performances of the classic arrangements used by the original hit makers to new works written specifically for the Band.

Tickets are $15 General Admission at the door, $10 for Veterans and Active Duty Military and children under 18. Cash or check only. Tickets are available in advance at the Long Lake Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847. Call 518-624-3077 to make your reservations. Concert starts at 7:30pm, doors open at 7:00p.m located at the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street. For more information

This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondacks Lakes Center for the Arts.

RondeauFest 2016 Line Up


The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department announces a great music line-up for the 5th annual RondeauFest on August 20th at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion starting at 5pm and until 10pm. This year’s musical talent includes local favorite Eric Peter with Sons of Octomom, Sammich, a groovy funk/rock band from Burlington, VT, Uncle Jimmy also hailing from Vermont, Grit N Grace, a country-rock band featuring Dave Brown and Jackie Pop.

Food will be sold by Fat River Foods, a brand new food truck trailer operation featuring the talents of former Blarneystone Chefs, Dustin Traynor and Chris Hample. Sausage and Peppers, Steak Sandwiches and Quesadillas will be served. There will be no alcohol served on site. If you carry it in, carry it out.

    • Did someone say Funk and Jam Band?  We found one!  Sammich hails from tje Vermont music scene.

      Did someone say Funk and Jam Band? We found one! Sammich hails from the Vermont music scene.

      5pm: Sammich is a 5-piece funk/jam outfit bringing you all the chunky grooves your heart didn’t even know it desired. This band is a staple of the Nectar’s music scene in Burlington Vermont. Sam Luke – lead vocals, guitar, Dylan (Mich) Berno – lead guitar, Gyasi Garcia – keys, vocals, Shakir Stephen – bass, Dalton Muzzy – drums.

      6pm: The Sons of Octomom feature Eric Peter on lead guitar will boast their 3rd year at RondeauFest. Eric Peter is the talented and irreverent lead singer and guitarist for Sons of Octomom. He started singing at the age of three, and by 13 was playing guitar and harmonica. Early musical influences included Credence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, Isaac Hayes, Janis Joplin, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, and Neil Young. After making the local rounds of garage bands, dances and talent shows during his teenage years in Schodack, NY, Eric was discovered at age 17 by a talent agent working with Nashville recording artist Mirinda (now known as Mirinda James). For three years, Eric performed with Mirinda and The American Country Band, and in 1987 was nominated for male vocalist of the year by the Northeast Country Music Association.

      Sons of Octomom return to RondeauFest for the 3rd year.  Slated for 6pm

      Sons of Octomom return to RondeauFest for the 3rd year. Slated for 6pm

      Most recently, Eric has been performing throughout upstate New York as a solo artist, and playing together with the talents of Rocky and the Mooseknuckles, the Dark Marbles, and of course Sons of Octomom.

      7pm: Uncle Jimmy loves to play Outlaw Country mixed with good old Rock N’ Roll!

      Scott Evans, Sean Greenwood, and Matt Vachon, have been playing live music in the Burlington, Vermont area for over 20 years. If you like high-quality, high-energy, and a whole bunch of rowdy in your music, then Uncle Jimmy is the band for you!Their blend of country rock, 90’s hits and danceable classics will have the crowd rocking all night long. Worth the price of admission, a set with Uncle Jimmy will get you rocking with the best of them.

      8:30pm Grit and Grace – Classic Country Rock. Playing music selection and covers include:

      Uncle Jimmy will be Rocking Out with Danceable Tunes galore

      Uncle Jimmy will be Rocking Out with Danceable Tunes galore

      Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, AC/DC, Little Big Town, Cheap Trick, Sara Evans,The Cars, Allman Brothers, Gretchen Wilson, The Who, Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley, Johnny Cash, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trick Pony, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan,

      Big & Rich, Lady Antebellum, Allison Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Florida-Georgia Line, The Henningsens, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Chris Young, Jason Aldean, Patsy Cline, Vince Gill, The Doors, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Nicks, Pistol Annies, ZZ Top, and more.

      Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and set up for an evening of great music. RondeauFest is located at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. Bring rain gear, warm clothing, acoustic instruments, drums, bug spray, sunscreen, face paint, friends, lawn chairs and your appetites for Long Lake’s newest food trailer, Fat River Foods. Tickets are $10 and kids 18 and under are free. All ticket sales are cash, sorry no credit cards. No glass bottles are permitted on site. This event will happen rain or shine.

      RondeauFest claims its name from Noah John Rondeau, a notorious Adirondack hermit, who

      Grit N Grace headline the show starting at 8:30pm.  Country Rock, Modern Classics and more!

      Grit N Grace headline the show starting at 8:30pm. Country Rock, Modern Classics and more!

      dwelled at Cold River Flow in the woods north of Long Lake off and on for over eighteen years from 1929 until 1950. Noah John Rondeau wrote in code, distanced himself from civilization and lived off the land through harsh winters.

      Mt. Sabattis Pavilion entrance located at intersection of South Hill Road and Deerland Road/NYS Route 30/28N

      Mt. Sabattis Pavilion entrance located at intersection of South Hill Road and Deerland Road/NYS Route 30/28N

  • Shonen Knife Worldwide Tour Lands in Long Lake NY

    If you are in and around the Long Lake area hopefully you’ve seen posters for the upcoming concert for Shonen Knife. I’ve been getting a lot of questions, like “Why Shonen Knife?” “Who is Shonen Knife?” Is it like a Ginsu Knife? Can I get one on the shopping channel?

    No, no no…. It’s an underground all-female Japanese pop-punk band hailing from Osaka, Japan and they are heading to Long Lake, NY as one of the stops on their 30th Anniversary Tour. They’ve had an eclectic career, line up changes galore and a sizzling wardrobe that showcases their colorful personalities and they’ve just released their 18th album “Pop Tune” What’s not to love?

    Ok – fine, why Long Lake? Well if I told you how I find these people, I would be giving away trade secrets. Let’s just say it’s great to have a close personal tie to the Buffalo Music Scene and a roster of talented friends and musicians with lots of unusual leads.

    Is it a risk bringing this band up here? You bet! This is not a traditional country or bluegrass band. Oh no. It’s a thrashy, edgy, guitar licking, power-pop band singing about paperclips and cats and lyrics reminiscent of ice cream cones and anime dreams. So in order to bring this band up here the Parks, Rec & Tourism Office wrote a grant to get funding to get them to make a stop on the tour. Decentralization funding was awarded and the band was booked. Where else would you get this kind of act five hours from New York City in the middle of the Adirondacks for 15 bucks?

    Long Lake is all about expecting the unexpected. So I’d like to give a shout out to Good Charamel Records, Robby Takac and Miyoko Hayakawa for helping bring this cool band up to the Adirondacks.

    Vacationing in the Adirondacks is kind of like going to a buffet. One day you can hit a canoe route, the next catch some flavorful rock and roll all the way from Japan and the next check out Planet Adirondack at The Wild Center.

    So anyway, this tourism director (me) got to do a one and one via email with Naoko Yamano and here are her answers unfiltered.

    Catch the show! Saturday, July 28, 2012, Mt. Sabattis Pavilion – Entrance located at 1100 Deerland Road. Tickets $15.

    Questions for Naoko and Shonen Knife for Long Lake, NY Adirondacks.
    Naoko, vocal & guitar answered:

    First of all we are thrilled Shonen Knife will be visiting the Adirondacks on July 28th in New York State this year. Thank you!
    Naoko: You are welcome and we are very happy to visit the Adirondacks.
    Have you ever heard of the Adirondacks?
    Naoko: I’ve never heard of it before. I looked up through internet and found that it’s a beautiful place.
    Most people in Long Lake have not heard of Shonen Knife. For someone new to Shonen Knife what albums do you recommend they listen to first?
    Naoko: I recommend “Pop Tune” album. It is the most happy, cheerful album. It’s made by the present members, Ritsuko, Emi and I, the most powerful lineup.
    What can fans expect in Long Lake for their introduction to Shonen Knife?
    Naoko: We’d like to play enjoyable show and make people happy through our music.
    I love the video for Perfect Freedom – Long Lake looks like the location in your video! Will you be performing that song on the tour this summer? I HOPE!
    Naoko: Thank you very much! We took that video at a big park but it isn’t huge like Long Lake. I’ll make a set list now. I’d like to answer to your request.

    What songs get most requested?
    Naoko: Since we have more than one hundred repertories, we get requests for many songs like Banana Chips, Twist Barbie, Bear Up Bison, I wanna eat Chocobars, Riding on the Rocket, Cobra versus Mongoose and … so many.

    Did you ever get to meet the Ramones?
    Naoko: Yes. I first met them in 1995. Since then, I saw them some more times. I wrote the story about it on this page.
    Please scroll this page.
    How great was it to celebrate 30 years of Shonen Knife with a tribute to the Ramones? Did you hear from any of the remaining Ramones about the album?
    Naoko: I like Joey’s solo album. It’s fancy.
    How did you start working with Good Charamel Records?
    Naoko: 5 years ago, Good Charamel invited me to join the recording of their label band called the Juliet Dagger. I played the guitar and sang for some songs.
    Since then we got to know each other.

    Shonen Knife has been on the music scene for over 30 years, what keeps you going?
    Naoko: I never look back and just look “near future”. I think it makes me keep going. Actually I’m lazy and did never reconsideration and having a future plan, though.

    Who wrote the songs on Pop Tune?
    Naoko: I wrote all songs on Pop Tune album.

    What inspires you to write and how long from pen to paper to music does it take you to write a song?
    Naoko: I wrote 9 songs in 9 weeks. The last song of Pop Tune album “Move on” was written 2 years ago.

    What inspires you to write your music?
    Naoko: My daily life and experience, my favorite things like sweets. Then I expand these things with my imagination.
    I wrote my introduction for songs here ↓

    How do you keep your energy up while on tour?
    Naoko: Playing tennis and keep healthy my physical.

    What is your favorite American food to eat?
    Naoko: I like American peanuts, mushroom veggie burger, BLT sandwiches and I can’t remember. Everything is good.

    How important is technology (cell phones & internet) to what you do?
    Naoko: Internet is very useful for us because I can answer your e-mail interview very easily.
    I can send this anytime, even in the midnight.
    I think too much technology destroy humanity. We have to use technology but shouldn’t be controlled by it.

    What’s the biggest show you have ever played?
    Naoko: At some rock festivals. Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, Reading Festival in UK, Big Day Out in Australia and NZ, Lollapalooza tour, too.
    Opened up for Nirvana shows were big, too.

    How long will you keep playing music?
    Naoko: I can’t imagine. As long as I can.

    Have you ever had your songs on TV? Movies? Commercials? Anime? And which ones? My 12 year old son can’t wait to meet you!
    Naoko: Yes. There are so many times and I can’t remember. For Anime, our song “Buttercup” was used for “The Powerpuff Girls”. Our cover of “Top of the World” was used for a movie and CM for Microsoft.
    “Ah, Singapore” was used for a movie, too. And we have many more.

    How much does American culture affect what you do?
    Naoko: Without conscious, I often write songs related American culture. For example, I’ve wrote songs about Barbie doll, Jelly Beans, Bison, All you can eat restaurant in America.

    Why is most of your music in English? Do you do two versions of your music? One English and one Japanese? Why English?
    Naoko: For me, English is a language of Rock Music because I like American and British rock bands. For some albums, I wrote Japanese lyrics and English lyrics as bilingual songs. For me, English is more getting along my melody lines. Also my English lyrics aren’t so difficult and I’m sure many Japanese understand it. I put lyrics and Japanese translation on inner leaflet of Japanese CD.

    You have a fabulous wardrobe, bright, bold, happy, colors that pop. Will we get to see some of your fashion on stage this summer in Long Lake on the tour? Who designs the outfits?
    Naoko: Yes, of course. My younger sister Atsuko, who is our original member of Shonen Knife, designs and make the outfits. We are inspired by 60’s and 70’s fashion.

    When will you record next?
    Naoko: We’ve just released “Pop Tune” and go to UK/Europe tour after North American tour. We can record after next summer, I think.

    How many albums have you recorded?
    Naoko: 1 cassette album, 16 original full album and 1 cover album, totally, I think.

    What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever performed a show?
    Naoko: We always play at cool places.

    Long Lake has a year round population of 711 people in 449 square miles. What is the smallest town you have ever played in?
    Naoko: Wow 711 people!!! But 449 miles is so huge. 711 people town is the smallest, I think. I wish 712 people.
    712 is our secret number. In Japanese, we pronounce Seven is Nana, One is Ichi and 2 is Ni or Futatsu.
    Take the first sound of each word. Na-na, I-chi Fu-tasu = Na – I – Fu = naifu = Knife
    I feel destiny between Shonen Knife and Long Lake.

    What’s next for Shonen Knife?
    Naoko: I can’t wait to go to Long Lake and see people. Keep on rockin’!

    Shonen Knife is an all-girl power pop punk-rock trio hailing from Osaka, Japan. On July 28th, 2012 Shonen Knife will be performing at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in Long Lake with White Mystery as the opener. Doors Open at 5pm. Concert Starts at 6pm. Tickets are $15 and kids under 12 are free. Call 518.624.3077 for info. Tickets are cash or check only. Sorry, no credit cards. T-shirts and merch will be available on site!

    The Mt. Sabattis Pavilion is a covered open-air facility. It is recommended to bring coolers, lawn chairs, a flashlight and flat shoes for the uneven ground.

    This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

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