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Rose and the Bros kick off Big Sky Studio summer concert series with Tuesday album release show

Rose and the Bros

Local Cajun-Americana dance band Rose and the Bros will host a release party for its second album, “It’s Music,” on Tuesday, May 10, at Sweet Land Farm in Trumansburg. (Originally scheduled for May 7, the show was bumped to take advantage of this week’s nicer weather.)

Led by Rosie Newton on fiddle, accordion, and vocals, and Paul Martin on guitar and vocals, the band also includes Greg Evans on drums, Angelo Peters on bass, Steve Selin on fiddle, and Sally Freund on scrubboard and triangle.

Recorded during the pandemic at Peters’ Black Bear Studio in Danby, and mixed by Alex Perialas at Pyramid Sound Studios in Ithaca, “It’s Music” features six original tunes written by Martin – three more than on its self-titled debut album – alongside songs from bluegrass troubadour Peter Rowan, British folk icon John Martyn, and Louisiana legends Keith Frank, Dennis McGee, and Bobby Charles.

Read a review of “It’s Music” here.

The show kicks off at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and tickets are $18. and are available online here.

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Julie Belcher
Pioneer House
The cover of Rose and the Bros second album, "It's Music."

Start of the Season

Tuesday’s show also kicks off the 2022 Big Sky Music Studio Concert Series at Sweet Land Farm, which will include several roots bands from around the country. They’ll perform on the deck behind the studio; attendees are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

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The 2022 Big Sky Studio concert series kicks off Tuesday night.

Sweet Land Farm Cellars will be offering its own rosé and cider for sale, and Sara May will be making a dessert at each show. Unlike last year, there won’t be a dinner offered this season – attendees are welcome to bring their own food, but no outside beverages are allowed.

Tickets for each show are $18, available online here. (Kids under 10 get in free.) A season pass to the full concert season is also available for $100. Doors open at 6 p.m. for each show, and the music starts at 7 p.m.

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Colin Gould
Blake Miller & the Old-Fashioned Aces

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the season (rain dates will be arranged as needed):

• Friday, May 20: Blake Miller & the Old-Fashioned Aces – A Cajun jamboree featuring the band that’s putting a modern twist on traditional Louisiana French music. A smoked-meat dinner will be available for additional purchase.

• Monday, June 27: John Doyle and Mick McAuley – An evening of Irish music from these longtime stalwarts of the Celtic music scene, who originally played together in the Irish-American band Solas before going on to flourishing solo careers.

• Friday, July 8: Jake Blount Band – A versatile musician and scholar who focuses on the early folk music of Black Americans, including spirituals, blues, and string-band music.

• Sunday, August 7: The Brother Brothers – Identical twins Adam and David Moss have performed in Ithaca a few times, showcasing their uncanny vocal harmonies and deft instrumental abilities. Their latest project is a covers album titled “Cover to Cover.”

• Saturday, Sept. 24: Western Centuries – The energetic Seattle-based roots band led by Ethan Lawton and Cahalen Morrison is carrying on after the sudden passing of co-founder Jim Miller earlier this year.

Shervin Lainez
The Brother Brothers

If You Go

Who: Rose and the Bros

What: Album release dance party for ‘It’s Music’

When: 7-10 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Sweet Land Farm, 9732 State Route 96, Trumansburg

Cost: $18; tickets are available online here

Event Info

Jim Catalano covers the Finger Lakes music scene for WITH (90.1 FM in Ithaca, WITHradio.org) and its affiliates.