Cannon The Brave Photo by Eamon McBride and Zack Wilmot
UpBeat on the Roof Now on Thursday Nights
2017 Season Begins July 13
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College’s UpBeat on the Roof concert series is moving to a new night in 2017. The popular series of free concerts featuring regional musicians will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday nights from July 13 through August 24 on the Museum’s iconic rooftop.
The move to Thursday nights coincides with the Museum’s new year-round hours. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursday. This move will give visitors a chance to visit the galleries before and after UpBeat concerts.
The museum is located on the Skidmore College campus at 815 N. Broadway in Saratoga Springs and the roof can be accessed via the museum elevator or outdoor staircases. Due to the popularity of the concert series, visitors are advised to arrive early. Free parking is available in parking lots adjacent to the museum. In case of rain, concerts will be held inside the museum.
For more information, call 518-580-8080 or visit tang.skidmore.edu.
UpBeat on the Roof 2017 Schedule:
July 13 — Decoda: Skidmore Chamber Music Institute
Decoda is a New York City-based chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. The ensemble’s summer intensive at Skidmore College, now in its fourth year, offers young musicians multiple performance opportunities and occasions for meaningful community engagement. decodamusic.org
July 20 — Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra
Alex Torres returns to the Tang with his 12-piece band to bring energizing beats and percussion-heavy music. The Orchestra showcases and teaches its own blend of Afro-Carribean music at local schools, as well as writing and performing for film and television. www.alextorres.com
July 27 — Heard
Heard combines jazz, classical, and world instruments to form a unique arrangement of sound. The band blends global styles and influences in a way that takes listeners on unexpected journeys. The band last played UpBeat in 2014. www.heardmusic.net
August 3 — Great Mutations
Great Mutations, making its UpBeat debut, is a rock band featuring Mitchell Masterson, Ian White, and Matthew Thouin. The band’s crisp sound generates from the blending of rhythmic guitar, drums, and winsome lyrics. The trio has arranged and recorded two albums and released their most recent, Many Battles, last summer. greatmutations.bandcamp.com
August 10 — Cannon the Brave
Albany-based Cannon the Brave’s goal is to “connect listeners with the best versions of themselves” and do so through the positivity and self-exploration contained within their indie pop-rock. Led by identical twin sisters Allyson (vocals) and Whitney Smith (keyboard, vocals), the band includes Eric Margan (multi-instrumentalist), Mike Campana (guitar) and Brian Beverly (bass). The soft harmonies and strumming guitar of Cannon the Brave brings forth their message of acceptance and self-love. The band performs their own emotionally engaging compositions along with an occasional cover during live sets. They will be making their UpBeat debut. cannonthebrave.bandcamp.com
August 17 — Ramblin Jug Stompers
The Ramblin Jug Stompers originate from Albany and have performed their mix of old time, bluegrass and folk music across the Northeast. Their exuberant style combines the washboard, guitar, mandolin, and banjo in a spirited quartet. The band last played UpBeat in 2007. www.jugstompers.com
August 24 — Pony in the Pancake
Pony in the Pancake, making its UpBeat debut, plays low-fi rock filled with melodies and experimentation. The Albany-based group walks the line between surf rock, krautrock, and shoegaze. ponyinthepancake.bandcamp.com
About the Tang Teaching Museum
The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York's Capital Region, the institution's approach has become a model for university art museums across the country—with exhibition programs and series that bring together the visual and performing arts with fields of study as disparate as history, astronomy, and physics. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, the Mellon Seminar, and robust publication and touring exhibition initiatives that extend the institution's reach far beyond its walls. The Tang Teaching Museum's building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of ideas and exchange the institution catalyzes. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursday. More information at tang.skidmore.edu.