Unity Hall hosts The Merry Pranksters Friday


BARNEVELD — Syracuse musicians Skip Murphy and The Merry Pranksters will bring their high-energy talents to Unity Hall, 101 Vanderkemp Ave., on Friday, Nov. 16.

Powell, a rapidly rising star in the Central New York singer/songwriter circuit, will open the evening, beginning their performance at 8 p.m. in the historic Landecker Auditorium.

Admission for this show is $12 for the general public, and $10 for Unity Hall Foundation members. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.unityhall.com/tickets.html and locally at the Adirondack Cheese Company, 8190 Route 12.

Murphy’s versatile harmonica playing has earned him a prestigious place in the Syracuse Area Music Award’s (SAMMY) Hall of Fame for his contribution to the area’s live music scene. He is frequently recognized as the leader of the popular group Out of the Blue that performed throughout the upstate region for several years. He is also a frequent guest soloist, having recently performed at Unity Hall for the Dust Devil Band’s highly-acclaimed, sold-out show.

Murphy’s band, The Merry Pranksters, is comprised of eight veteran musicians, several of who are also SAMMY recipients, who play in more than a dozen bands around the region, including Blueprints, String Bee, Cross Creek, Better than Bowling, and the Big D Orchestra.

Their repertoire ranges from Etta James’ blues classic I’d Rather Go Blind to Ry Cooder’s Smack Dab in the Middle. Members include Dave Liddy on piano (NYS Blues Music Hall of Fame), Sharon Allen (vocals), Mark Gibson (guitar and vocals), Mike Ranger (bass), Dave Schneider (guitar and vocals), Wayne Stevens (drums), and George Newton (pedal steel and vocals). 

Opening act Mike Powell is a songwriting veteran with over 200 songs in his catalog and five albums released since 2010. He has completed two nation-wide tours.


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