Hometown acoustic music with The Crawdiddies and The Brothers Blue

Crawdiddies_540px.jpgGolden Link’s upcoming March Music Madness concert (Saturday, March 12, 7:30 pm, Rochester Christian Reformed Church, Penfield) is like a mini-festival to help beat the midwinter blues. It’s designed to showcase great local performers and give folks a chance to socialize and make music together.

The evening features the beautiful sounds and irresistible grooves of acoustic “BluesGrass” quartet The Crawdiddies (pictured), as well as the American folk trio The Brothers Blue, who were named audience favorite at Golden Link’s “New Voices” Emerging Artists Showcase in September 2015.

To add to the “madness,” there will be a sing-around/jam session (open to all ages) hosted by Dean Santos starting at 5 pm, followed by a chili supper from 6–7 pm. Jamming will continue through the supper hour. Bring your friends, family, voices, and instruments and join in the fun!

A staple of the Rochester scene, The Crawdiddies features “Washboard Dave” Paprocki; “Banjo Ben” Haravitch; bassist Jay Chaffee; and the magnificent Heather Taylor on vocals, flute, and mandolin. Drawing on a variety of American roots music styles – including Delta blues, Appalachian old-time, bluegrass, and R&B – they create an exciting musical experience.

Performing both original acoustic songs and American folk traditionals, The Brothers Blue consists of multi-instrumentalists Ben Haravitch, Matt Sperber, and Charlie Coughlin. The Brothers Blue will be releasing their brand new album, Ghost Town, the weekend of the concert.

Here’s a video of The Crawdiddies performing “Lonesome Louisiana Blues.”

For concert information, visit this page on the Golden Link website. Keep on singing!

– Janice Hanson

Janice Hanson is Concert Chair of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, which was founded in 1971 to present, promote, and preserve folk music in the Rochester area.


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  • commented 2016-03-11 14:47:30 -0500
    Great video! Can’t wait to see both these groups!