By Katharine Morgan Contributing Writer
---- — The Cooperstown Concert Series kicked off its 44th season with a performance by Lake Street Dive at Brewery Ommagang on Saturday night.
Lake Street Dive hails from Brooklyn and has acquired a loyal following, as evidenced by the enthusiastic fans who packed the tent adjacent to the brewery. Before heading to the front row, Fiona Kate Rice, a long-time fan of the band, commented on the lead singer, Rachael Price: “She is the voice of our generation.”
The concert may have brought out hipsters younger than 25, like Rice, but the audience was made up of people of all ages. All ages bobbed in rhythm with the band throughout the group’s show. With influences of jazz, pop and blues, the band’s solid musical skills provided a worthy backdrop to Price’s commanding vocal prowess.
Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz and Jim Hall are co-chairmen of the series. Although Katz is a self-proclaimed lover of baseball, he is well aware that Cooperstown has much more to offer than America’s pastime. His enthusiasm for music is seen in his effort to bring the arts to the community.
The Cooperstown Concert Series is a nonprofit organization is made up entirely of volunteers. Nancy Potter is one of them. She said, “Mostly, music is the primary focus, but the group tries to book dance troupes as well.”
Now that baseball season for youngsters is over, and the streets are not teeming with tourists, it’s time for music fans in central New York to enjoy another season of talent that the concert series attracts. On Saturday, Nov. 9, a five-piece folk rock band from Vermont called Alpenglow will play at Ommegang. The group’s moody tunes are described as “solid folk.” A few of the band members are Cooperstown natives — Colin Weeks, Peter Coccoma and Kenneth Root, all looking forward to a homecoming.
The Sacred Shakers will perform old-time country and blues gospel music at the First Presbyterian Church on Dec. 7. Eileen Jewell, who has graced the concert series stage numerous times, leads the group.
On Jan. 11, Roger Peltzman will perform piano solos at the Otesaga Resort. His inspiration is his uncle, Norbert Stern, one of the Holocaust’s many victims, according to a media release.
The series will end with the a capella group Redline on Feb. 8, also at the Otesaga Resort Hotel.
Tickets are available at Ellsworth and Sill, Church & Scott and The Fly Creek General Store. Tickets are often available at the door, though concerts sometimes sell out in advance. Call Concert Series at 547-1812, not the venues, for concert information. All concerts are held rain or shine, snow or ice.
For more information, visit cooperstownconcertseries.org.