Allegany State Park has a great group of entertainers scheduled for the 2017 Artist-in-Residence program. The program, which has been around since the early 1980s, features local musicians who reside inside the park for the week and perform daily concerts.
The program began this week with Darrell Porter performing through Friday, July 7, and other artists will continue to perform through Aug. 25. The musicians will be alternating each day’s hour-long concert between the Red House side and the Quaker side of the park. Dates and times will be posted in the weekly activity schedule available at the rental offices and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alleganystatepark.
July 10 – 14
Will Lowry is a guitarist/singer-songwriter who hails from Western New York. He began playing guitar during the folk music revival of the 60’s. For a time he moved onto electric guitar as rock music emerged, spending a few years developing his skills as a rock and blues guitarist. In 1971 he moved to the Boston area seeking a band of like-minded musicians. While living in Massachusetts he studied classical guitar in Cambridge.
Will moved home to Western New York the following year at the invitation of an established band. Eventually his path brought him back to the acoustic guitar, playing solo acts as well as with other performers. Will recorded his first album in 1979 entitled MYSTERY. This album was followed up by Come Away, In Your Presence and Fragments. His most recent album, Colours & Lines was released in November of 2016.
July 17 – 21
Jess Chizuk – Compelling, vivid stories from the heart told emphatically by graceful vocals, accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar. These are the building blocks for most of Jess Chizuk’s songs. The young singer-songwriter has her musical roots firmly divided between both old folk tunes and new indie music, and the result of this combination is her truly captivating writing. It has been garnering the attention of audiences in her hometown of Buffalo NY and beyond. Drawing on life experiences, honest stories, and the city she calls home, her music is soulful and truly genuine. This award winning songwriter already has an impressive catalog of accomplishments at only 22 years old. Aside from supporting national artists like Howie Day, Davina and the Vagabonds, and Dylan Jakobsen, Jess was the recipient of the Best Original Solo Act award at the 2015 Buffalo Music Awards, the winner of the 2014 Yellen Foundation Songwriting Contest, winner of the Folk category at the Smoky Mountain Songwriting Festival Songwriting Contest, a semi-finalist in the 2015 Songwriter’s Serenade Contest in Morovia TX, and a top five finalist in the singer/songwriter category of the Great American Song Contest – a contest receiving submissions from nearly 2000 songwriters worldwide.
July 24 – 28
Davis & Eng Band – Mark Davis and Steve Eng are two longtime friends and musicians from the Jamestown, NY area. In 2012, they teamed up to form the musical duo of Davis & Eng and bring you a variety of music from Duke Ellington to Tom Petty. Steve has vocal duties and plays acoustic and electric guitars while Mark plays the upright electric bass. Steve is an award winning finger style guitarist and is also a local guitar and banjo instructor. Mark is an extremely gifted musician having played electric keyboard and the banjo. Both have played in numerous successful bands over the years. www.davisandeng.com
July 31 – Aug. 4
Keith James is an accomplished pop singer-songwriter from Buffalo, NY. His soulful vocals and infectious stage presence have landed him success not only on the local stage, but the national as well. One of Keith’s most notable feats was appearing on season 6 of NBC’s “The Voice”. Since then he’s gone on to do special events for the Buffalo Sabres, Bills, and many others in great local and regional venues. So keep an eye (and ear) out for Keith’s solo, duo, and full band act, you won’t be disappointed.
Aug. 7 – 11
Ken Hardley is a musician, entertainer, and socialite from Upstate New York. A lifetime dedicated to restless explorations of a variety of musical and literary mediums makes Hardley a performer of broad musical taste and perspective. Whether hosting Rolling Hills Radio, fronting a band, emceeing an event, or playing solo, Ken Hardley creates a wry, edgy, warm funny, unpredictable, and cerebral atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.
Aug. 14 – 18
Sean Patrick Mcgraw is a singer-songwriter, a Western New York native, that gained national recognition in 2004 as a semi-finalist on USA Network’s Nashville Star. Since then, Sean has continued to perform as well as write songs that have been licensed by ESPN, recorded by major country artist—Montgomery Gentry, as well as others that have been placed on TV programs such as HBO’s True Blood and Sons on Anarchy. Sean is joining us this week all the way from Nashville, TN.
Aug. 21 – 25
Katy Webster is a singer-songwriter, and teacher in the Hamburg Central School district. She performs at many venues such as local coffeehouses and the Explore and More Children’s Play Museum. This will be her fifth appearance in Allegany’s Artist in Residence program. She is very excited to return to the park this year, and to perform her award-winning song, “Allegany in My Heart” along with other folk songs and acoustic covers. Katy will be performing with long-time friend and guitarist Tom Schaner. Tom also performs in coffeehouses and is a former member of the band, ‘The Keepers’.