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July 18, 2013

Cooperstown grads to open for Grace Potter

Alpenglow at Brewery Ommegang July 25

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“I saw Wilco there last year. It is a pretty cool situation to be in,” he said. “To play in front of a lot of familiar faces is going to be great.”

This year, the members of the band all quit their jobs to focus on playing full time. They spent June on the road, playing all along the east coast. They have been running a Kickstarter campaign to pay for a studio album and are planning to release it in October.

“After playing together for two years, we can do some things without so many words,” Coccoma said. “Going out on the road and traveling together — you hear so many horror stories — but we all get along really well.”

According to band members, opening for Potter and her band, who are also based in Vermont, is one of the highlights of the tour, ranking right up there with opening for Jim James of My Morning Jacket, which the band did last month in Portland, Maine.

“She’s definitely in the top echelon in terms of start power,” Root said. “She’s pretty big, and since she is from Vermont, it is a really cool connection for us.”

Added Weeks, “Playing with Jim James is like playing with Grace Potter … it is really cool to see someone who is at the top of their game. It is just a pleasure to see how hard they work and how good they are. It makes you realize how much work we still have to do.

“It is humbling, but in a very positive way,” he said.

The band played a show at the Smithy on Monday, the second time they have played there. The Ommegang concert will be their third show in Cooperstown, but it is certainly their largest homecoming.

“I grew up right down the road from Ommegang,” Coccoma said. “To see my friends and family and family friends, and have them see us on stage, that is a really exciting thing.”

Alpenglow will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. with JD McPherson and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals to follow. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the day of the show. For more information on Alpenglow, visit www.alpenglowmusic.com.

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