CLINTON — Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, will kick off its fall KAC Live series with a free concert on the Village Green featuring local band, The Boom Chickens, on Friday, Sept. 17, from 7 p.m.
Donations at the concert are welcome and will benefit the art center’s Raise The Roof capital campaign, which will provide funds to replace the roof on the historic church that houses the art center and to build a culinary arts facility for the community.
The Boom Chickens are “a feel-good folk band who sing three-part harmonies with joyful energy,” according to reviewers. Abby Drumm (mandolin, arrangements), Matt Klausner (guitar, bass, drums), and Nora Revenaugh (fiddle, lyrics) got together as an informal group in 2019 and have since worked on building a repertoire of original songs that they feature alongside covers of classic folk and rock at local gigs.
“Folk music is about the everyday experiences of everyday people,” said Revenaugh, who writes most of the band’s original songs. “So, we love to write and sing about life here in Central New York.”
The band members also like to have fun with their song-writing – one catchy number called “DEET Me” was inspired by black fly season.
The pandemic shutdown allowed the band to take more time to write new songs and they plan to record an album this winter.
“We still play a bunch of the classic folk and rock covers that people love, but it felt good to kind of step back and have time to write and play more of our own songs too,” said Klausner.
“It’s just fun to make music with good old friends, and we think that our audiences can tell that we’re having a good time,” Drumm added.
Clinton restaurant, Nola’s, will feature a Boom Chickens Special on their menu for the Friday night gig, and the art center will have some activities on the green for children.
“We hope everyone will come out for a good time. More than ever, we all appreciate being able to gather together and to enjoy live music, and we know that our community values the art center in helping make this happen,” said Damhnait McHugh, KAC board president.
The rain date for the concert is Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
The KAC Live series continues with The Gibson Brothers on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
“After having to cancel our March 2020 concert, we are delighted to welcome back these bluegrass superstars,” said David Fitzgerald, KAC executive director.
Tickets ($25) from March 2020 are valid for the concert and a limited number of additional seats are available at www.kacny.org/kac-live.
On Sunday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m., the KAC will join in a weekend-long celebration of the life and legacy of Ginger Parker, who led the KAC Coffeehouse for more than 30 years. In an evening hosted by the Parker family, The Cadley’s Bigger Band from Syracuse will play a classic KAC Coffeehouse gig – complete with checkered tablecloths, a 50/50 raffle, and baked goods downstairs. The concert is free, but online reservations are required at www.kacny.org/kac-live.
In what has become a KAC Live tradition after the Thanksgiving weekend Shoppers Stroll in Clinton, Darryl Rahn & Friends will play on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter from New Hartford, Rahn will be joined by other local musicians for the annual homecoming concert. Highlights will include songs from Rahn’s latest release, Going Steady - LP (2021).
Tickets for this concert are $10 at the door. For indoor concerts, the KAC will be responsive to local COVID-19 transmission and infection rates.
Audience members are asked to check the art center’s website at www.kacny.org for any updates to public health requirements before each event.