The Gardiner Community Concert Series and Open Mic continues on Saturday February 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. with featured performer David Kraai.
David Kraai is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who has been traveling and performing his melting pot of country, folk and rock music for more than a decade. His roots stem from New York’s Hudson Valley, but his music has taken him all over the United States, and at times abroad, gaining him an ever-growing fan base. Kraai has been fortunate enough to release several albums and share stages and bills with some of his heroes like Pete Seeger, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Dickey Betts, Leon Russell, Charlie Louvin, Dr. Ralph Stanley and more. David’s new album, North Mountain Rambling, was recorded in the basement of the legendary Big Pink – a house just outside of Woodstock made famous as a recording studio for Bob Dylan and The Band.
It’s been fifty years since Bob Dylan and The Band recorded The Basement Tapes there and this is the first album recorded and released from Big Pink since those historic sessions. Performers on the album include Dylan alumni Rob Stoner (Rolling Thunder Revue, Desire, Hard Rain, At Budokan, Live 1975) and Eric Weissberg (Blood On The Tracks, “Dueling Banjos”).
David says of the album, “I had the idea to record here over a decade ago. It never left my mind, kind of like the songs that came out of this basement. It would be an absolute life-highlight to make any music in these hallowed walls, but to bring new songs into the world from this special place again is very magical. This location, these players, fifty years… it’s more than a dream come true, to me it’s the most perfect circle.”
Each concert in the series begins with a pot luck dinner at 6 p.m. followed by an open mic at 6:45 p.m. The second act is the featured performer. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish, an appetite and harmonies. For more information or a Featured Performer Submission please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The concert takes place in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike in Gardiner. The community room is equipped with T-coil technology for those with compatible hearing aids and cochlear implants.
For directions or further information call 255-1255 or visit gardinerlibrary.org or the library’s facebook page.