Rock and Roar was a blast! Check out this writeup of it here. But we aren’t quite done with festival season yet! Next up is Mural Fest 2017 (Saturday, Oct. 7, 11am-4pm), an art and music festival put on jointly by the Department of Public Art and reBold Binghamton, focused on neighborhood beautification and community building. Here’s a video of Mural Fest 2015 and here’s a link to the GoFundMe page in case you want to support this amazing event! This year’s location is Floral Ave Park in Johnson City. Musical lineup features Voodoo Highway (host band), Unity Group, and BU student band POOL. Make sure to RSVP to the FB event page to stay up-to-date on the developing details.
We are very excited to announce the lineup for our Labor Day Weekend music festival, Rock and Roar at the Ross Park Amphitheater, presented by McDonald’s. It will be a day full of great music in a variety of genres. We have several new bands on the bill this year, including Binghamton University band Pool (2-time winners of the University’s Battle of the Bands), the great jam band Raibred, folk-rock favorites Next To Kin, and award-winning singer-songwriter Bess Greenberg. These groups will be joining returning musicians Woodshed Prophets, Devinne Meyers, and of course, Voodoo Highway. In addition, our new Grateful Dead tribute project, Voodoo Highway & Company will be making our debut at the festival. There will also be artists set up all around the festival and throughout the zoo. So if you’re within striking distance, mark your calendars and join us for a day of music, art, vendors, and great BBQ by Saucy Hog.
We had some memorable shows in late winter/early spring, including a packed house at First Friday Owego at Original’s and a spectacularly well-attended jam at Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin, as well as an acoustic show on the courthouse steps in Binghamton for the Tax Day Rally. We are gearing up for more, including a jam and a show on the road in Sandusky, Ohio, and are in full planning mode for our summer festivals: Marathon Music Fest (5/28) and Rock and Roar (9/3). Stay tuned for more details!
We are also in the midst of a big project that we are very excited about–more details on that coming soon as well. In the meantime, catch us at one of our shows if you can, and keep on rockin’!
2016 was a banner year for us in many ways, with so many shows at so many venues, several festivals, a whole bunch of jams with so many talented people, and some especially memorable shows with several world-class musicians who we brought over from Italy. 2017 is shaping up to be equally exciting! Please Like us on FB and check our Tour Dates page regularly for upcoming shows!
Italian rock violinist Andrea Di Cesare came back to Binghamton, this time accompanied by guitarist/singer-songwriter Pier Cortese (also from Rome). They both played several shows with Voodoo Highway; scroll down for details or check out the FB Event Page. A highlight was a last-minute addition to the schedule which had Andrea playing the National Anthem at the Owego Veterans Day celebration. Other highlights included–well, just about every show we played with them while they were here! Till next time, Andrea and Pier!
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7pm: Radio interview on WHRW FM’s The Signal with Chris Kocher.
Thursday, Nov. 3, 10pm: Pier Cortese at Cyber Cafe (between Ugly Dolphin sets)
Friday, Nov. 4, 6pm: Italian Night at First Friday, Bing Univ. Downtown Center. Italian-themed open mic capped off by Andrea Di Cesare concert
Saturday, Nov. 5, 9pm, Cyber Cafe: Andrea Di Cesare solo set followed by Voodoo Highway
Sunday, Nov. 6, 1pm: Pier, Andrea, and Acoustic Voodoo, Coffeehouse show at Binghamton University’s Hinman College
Thursday, Nov. 10, 7pm: Open jam with Andrea, Pier, and Voodoo Highway at Red’s Kettle Inn, Johnson City
Friday, Nov. 11, 7pm: Andrea and Voodoo Highway at Owego Original’s Bar and Lounge
The second festival we organized this summer, the Rock and Roar Music Festival, was held at the fabulous new amphitheater at the Ross Park Zoo, on Sunday of Labor Day weekend (9/4). It featured a full day of music, about a dozen local artists/painters, plus food vendors and more. For details, check out the Rock and Roar Festival on Facebook, and for pics, check out the album on FB. Can’t wait for next year!
Marathon Music Fest was a blast! The first of two music festivals we are organizing this season took place in Binghamton on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and featured over two dozen acts in over a dozen venues along the route of the Herald of Victory Marathon and Ride for Life 26.2 Bicycle Tour, as well as one heck of a party at the finish line (with a microbrewery festival and live music all day). It was so much fun to rock our city alongside so many of our region’s great musicians. And we got awesome feedback from the runners and cyclists who said that despite the fairly brutal high temperatures, this was one of their favorite marathons ever! We are thrilled to have been a part of their great experience. Here’s just one pic, but for about 100 more check out the photo album on Facebook.