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Joshua Thomas
Lipbone Redding plays Tuesday's Music on Mainstreet concert at the Canajoharie High School.

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Jose Ramon Rosario accompanies Lipbone Redding during Tuesday's concert.

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From left, Jose Ramon Rosario, Lipbone Redding and Jeff Eyrich play CHS during Tuesday's Music on Mainstreet concert.

Joshua Thomas
From left, Palatine Literary Society members Mary Elizabeth Mancini, Kathy Dopp, Patty Lorence and Cathy Parry.

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Rain forces Music on Mainstreet concerts indoors

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Updated: 10:06 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- On Tuesday evening, the second Music on Mainstreet concert of the season was also the second to be held indoors, at the Canajoharie High School's Arkell Performing Arts Center, due to inclement weather.

Despite the rain, about 50 people showed up to each show, including to Tuesday's eclectic performance by Lipbone Redding, fronting a three piece band.

Redding entertained the crowd with humorous stories -- one detailing a love affair aboard a ship sailing the Amazon river --another encapsulating the experience Redding had while travelling to Chile, which included seeing wild dogs running the streets, leading him to the revelation that life as a dog isn't bad.

Redding's performance style included vocalized trombone that sounded astoundingly real, and, when introduced, made you take a quick look through the band to see who was playing the instrument. Redding accompanied his expressive guitar playing with a variety of percussive vocal sounds, such as throat singing, bass and beat boxing.

Though attendance was down both weeks compared to what it would've been had the show been held in the regular downtown Canajoharie location, the crowds were larger and more enthusiastic than expected, with event organizers noting that the Music on Mainstreet program -- now in its 18th year -- has amassed many loyal followers.

When selecting the lineup for Music on Mainstreet each year, a small committee usually seeks out different bands, but for the past few years, due to word spreading about the event, musicians have submitted their albums for consideration.

While a bit of money is raised to fund the program each week through 50/50 raffles, Music on Mainstreet is primarily funded by contributions from local businesses and organizations, including generous donors NBT Bank, Arkell Foundation, village of Canajoharie, and by a Fulton Montgomery Arts Grant, given as part of the Saratoga Arts Council program.

During Tuesday's event, the Palatine Literary Society raised money through the sale of refreshments for their scholarship fund and additional local service programs. A committee decides which members will volunteer their time at Music on Mainstreet, which they've sold items at for the past five or six years.

A special Music on Mainstreet concert will be held this Friday in downtown Canajoharie, from 7-9 p.m., featuring a performance by Hey Jude, the Tribute. On Tuesday, July 22, Lucky Tubb will perform. All Music on Mainstreet concerts are free.

     

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