Nathan Band hosts Blues Jam

The Al Nathan Band will host the Mohawk Valley Blues Society Jam at 7 p.m. Wednesday in The Snubbing Post, 8221 Rome Westernville Road, state Route 46, between Rome and Delta Lake State Park.

The band, including Al on keys, George Deveny on guitar, and drummer Norin Lavender, will kick off the evening with a set at 7 p.m., followed by jammers until 10 p.m.

The MVBS Jam is held the second Wednesday of each month, and is open to all blues musicians.

Admission is $3 or $1 for MVBS members who show their membership card. Anyone wishing can join at the door or online at:

Keyboardist Al Nathan is a regular on the central New York music scene. He gigs with his band Bluestreak in local clubs between Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Old Forge, Cobleskill, Saratoga, among others. Al released his CD, "Blues and Black Coffee" in 2007. He also makes bagels and doughnuts and goodies at Nathan’s Adirondack Bakery in Old Forge. Through 1967, he spent lots of time in (and out) of schools, learning to play music and rocking out in local Utica bands. He then moved to Boston, attended Berklee College of Music and earned a degree in music education. He then returned to CNY, and for many years has taught music in the Utica City School District.

The Mohawk Valley Blues Society was founded in March 2005. The society has hosted monthly blues jams, several major blues festivals, school presentations, charity events and concerts by touring blues artists.

It’s a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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