*This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.
Open Mic Performing Arts Series 2018
February through November, Dansville ArtWorks hosts an Open Mic event on fourth Fridays starting at 6:30pm.
Join us to experience and participate in performance arts. This year's lineup includes musicians, writers, poets, songwriters and more. These events are family friendly and free/open to the public.
Thanks are extended to our funding partner, Genesee Valley Arts Grants.*
Free parking is available on Main Street and in the municipal parking lot behind the Town of North Dansville building.
Fall Open Mic Season:
Friday, August 24, 2018 - Albert Abonado, poet
Albert teaches creative writing at SUNY Geneseo and resides in Rochester, New York with his wife. He holds an MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars, and his poems have appeared in Boston Review, Pleiades, The Margins, Washington Square, Zone 3 and more. He receive a NYFA fellowship for poetry. Every Thursday from 2-3pm, Al hosts the poetry radio show Flour City Yawp on WAYO 104.3 FM-LP.
Friday, September 28, 2018 - Cris Riedel, storyteller
A twenty-year veteran of performing stories, Cris likes best to tell the old ones. Folktales of those who solve the problem–and save the day–with their wits. She has performed at the National Storytelling Conference, and the Stone Soup and Lehigh Valley Festivals. This year she celebrated twelve years of receiving grants for telling for summer reading programs in her native western New York state. Cris resides in Dansville, New York and is an active board member at Dansville ArtWorks.
Friday, October 26, 2018 - Colleen Liggett & John Kerr, musicians
Colleen and John will perform a Traditional Songs and Dances Program. This husband and wife duo continues the longstanding Kerr family tradition of informal performances in intimate settings, choosing favorites from their broad repertory of songs and dance tunes. Popular songs from the 40s or old Scottish songs may flow into a tune by O’Carolan or a medley of Irish, French Canadian or Scottish jigs and reels. They will call a short community dance for audience participation. Dances will be done in circle formation, or in long lines. No special skills are required.
Friday, November 23, 2018 - Joe Dady, musician
Joe Dady has been a professional singer/musician for over four decades. Joe has performed with his brother John as the Dady Brothers. In those years, he travelled throughout the US, Canada, Caribbean and Ireland performing in concerts, music festivals, churches, night clubs, libraries, schools and prisons. He has over 100 recordings to his credit, including radio programs, CDs, television programs and DVDs. He has been a guest artist on numerous CD projects recorded in Western NY and Nashville, Tennessee.
In addition to playing several musical instruments (guitar, four and five string banjo, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, concertina, pennywhistle, uilleann pipes, bodhran-Irish drum), Joe has taught music in his home for over 30 years. He sees music as a means to communicate peace and instill earth saving awareness.
Dady has been recognized with awards from these organizations: City of Rochester NY Mayor William Johnson, Mayor Robert Duffy, Mapewood Neighborhood Assoc. Rochester City Council, Tommy Makem International Festival of Song Belfast NI, City of Rochester School Board, Lord Mayor of Dublin Ireland, International Irish Musicians Club (CCE), proclamation State of NY by Senator Joseph Robach. Livingston County most popular band (Livingston County Chamber of Commerce).
Open Mic events begin at 6:30pm. Following our featured artist, audience members may participate with family-friendly performances. Light refreshments served. This event is free and open to the public; donations are welcome.
Please complete our survey following the performance!