The Historical Society of Woodstock
a Benefit Concert
the Marc Black Band
and Sabrina & the Gems with Rennie Cantine
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Mescal Hornbeck Community Center,
56 Rock City Rd., Woodstock NY 12498
Tickets: $20 at the door
Advance Tickets - $18
Photo by Erik Lamont
The Marc Black Band features the wonderful vocals of Amy Fradon, joyous Eric Parker on drums; and psychedelic inventor and Blues Magoos founder Mike Esposito on bass. Their wildly danceable blues has led to Marc’s induction into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame, and his recent album, Everybody Wants My Hat, reached the top ten on the International Folk Radio Charts. As a teenager, Marc fronted the Blades of Grass and toured with many of the biggest acts of the day including the Doors, Van Morrison. A few years later, he became the first indie singer-songwriter to garner a pick hit in Billboard Magazine. In the words of Don Wilcock, editor of the Blues Revue, “Marc’s show is beyond marvelous. It is truly transcendent.”
Sabrina & the Gems have been rocking the Hudson Valley with their distinctive psychedelic funk/rock for the last 7 years. Sabrina Miller adds her poetry and original songs to Rennie Cantine’s soaring guitar licks. Sabrina & the Gems have played hundreds of gigs, rehearsals, parties, appearances on WDST, and released their record The Dream that Woke You. Drawing comparisons to Grace Slick, Joan Jett and Ani Defranco, Sabrina shrugs it off: “we are here to tell it like we see it...stand up for our friends and family...and rock it hard.”
With Johnny Nitcher bringing years of his Punk/Ska/Rock sentiment to his grooving bass lines, and Mike Dubois laying down his phat drum signatures to the songs, Sabrina & the Gems have carved out their own sound. Woodstock's Guitar Laureate Rennie Cantine will be bringing Ben Prevo's old 1969 Black Top Les Paul, Tom Glazel's old Frankenstrat, a Veillette or two, and the Strat and Fender Twin Joe Beesmer gave him on his way up.
Conor Wenk is a late addition to Sabrina and the Gems Band.
The Historical Society of Woodstock was founded in 1929 by a group of artists, writers, academics, and local citizens. In addition to the exhibition space, which is located at the historic Eames House on Comeau Drive in the center of Woodstock, the Historical Society has an extensive archive consisting of paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, textiles, photographs, books, manuscripts, correspondence, documents, film/sound recordings, and antique tools. The archive serves as a resource for a wide range of exhibitions, public programming, and research.