Dobbs Ferry's very own hometown band, Greetings from Anywhere, will launch the village's 11th annual free Summer Music Series tonight.
The Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series is organized by Jazz Forum Arts, a non-profit directed by jazz veteran Mark Morganelli. The concerts are co-sponsored by the Hastings-based RiverArts organization.
Greetings from Anywhere's use of folky-sounding strings layered with the familiar melodies of classic rock acoustics may remind listeners of camping out under the stars at outdoor music festivals--but tonight you won't have to venture any further than Waterfront Park.
The members of Greetings from Anywhere first performed together in 2007, but while they thought it was a one-time gig, the five Dobbs Ferry natives decided to keep playing together and steadily garnered a loyal fanbase.
With Andrew Schriever and Rachel Ginsberg on acoustic guitar and vocals, Stephen Tjaden on cello, Liz Pierson on fiddle and mandolin, and Doug Schneider on drums, percussion and backup vocals, the band describes its sound as "what happens when you blend the musical resonance of a classically trained string section with the gritty, impromptu riffing of a good-old-time garage band."
Songs such as "Wagon Wheel" emphasize the band's Neil Young influence, with a chorus that sounds eerily like Young's "Hey Hey My My."
While Greetings from Anywhere will set the standard for future performances at the Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series this summer, each Wednesday evening will feature a different type of music performed by area musicians.
From Middle Eastern jazz to salsa to swing, here's a look at the variety of bands set to perform in Dobbs Ferry later on this summer:
- June 30: The Brooklyn Big Band with Tim Armacost and Craig Bailey
- July 7: The Paul Peress Quartet featuring Lew Soloff
- July 14: Seleno Clarke and the Harlem Groove Band
- July 21: Maya Azucena
- July 28: Souren Baronian's TAKSIM
- August 4: Pete Yellin & Don Friedman Quartet
- August 11: The Stryker and the Slagle Band
- August 18: Greg Abate and the Gary Smulyan Quartet
- August 25: Ginga Pura Nova York
The Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series will be held each Wednesday evening from 6:30p.m. to 8p.m. at Waterfront Park on the Hudson, adjacent to the Metro-North train station. Admission is free.