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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Evan DeSmitt and Maxine McDonald
Band:  Crooked Sixpence

A pair of callers share the mic this evening; support and encourage our local young callers!  Evan’s deep resonant voice and Maxine’s attention to matching the dance to the music are just some of the reasons you want to come to the dance tonight!   The music will be outstanding with the dynamic trio Crooked Sixpence:  Kathy Selby on fiddle, Gordon Bonnet on flute, and John Wobus on piano.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Ted Crane
Band:  Wry Bred

What could be better than dancing to live music?  Come on out and join us.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Judy Greenhill
Band:  Relative Harmony

Rick and Jonathan Avery play, with Judy Greenhill as caller/musician have appeared extensively throughout the Eastern US and Mid-West, as well as in their home Province of Ontario.  The music is an energetic blend of New England, Quebecois and Irish/Celtic, with some original tunes added to the mix.  From Guelph, Canada, comes this family of excellent musicians.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Pam Goddard and Ted Crane
Band:  New Brew

Pam Goddard and Ted Crane have been involved in the dance scene in Ithaca for some time. We’re happy to welcome them to Rochester this week!  Music is by the great regional band New Brew:  Jane Knoeck on accordion and keyboard, Eileen Kalfass on fiddle, and Tom Santarsiero on mandolin (and so much more!)

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Hilton Baxter
Band:  Eileen Kalfass and John Wobus

A classic combination tonight with Eileen on fiddle and John on piano.  Hilton Baxter hails from Binghamton and brings experience and a special collection of dances to our hall. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Arugula

Fun dance tonight!  Arugula is Mike Hoeschele on fiddle, Silvia Sorensen on flute, Mark Henry on keyboard, and Fred Filbrich on bass. Chuck may pass the mic to a few other callers in our local community.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Lake Effect

Lake Effect is Chuck Abell on guitar, Matt Sloboda on fiddle and Eric Metzgar on drums.  Maxine McDonald will dip into her extensive collection of well-crafted dances ensuring a fun evening. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Rochester OPEN BAND

To build and encourage musicians and callers in our community, we are scheduling an open band/open caller dance whenever there is a fifth Thursday in a month.  If you’d like to try calling a dance or if you’d like to play in the band, now is your chance!  If you are a musician, check the Open Band Resources link on our website.

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  The McKenzies

Come dance to the unique blend of contemporary and original folk and traditional music of southern Appalachia and the British Isles provided by Virginia duo Woody and Marcia McKenzie.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Ginger Majority and Tim Ball

Tim Ball is in town this week as director of the Fiddle Camp at the Kanack School of Music.  He adds his own dynamic fiddling and guitar playing to that of  the accomplished young musicians of Ginger Majority.  Youthful exuberance on stage and on the dance floor tonight!

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