JEMS concert series under way

JAY - The Jay Entertainment and Music Society (JEMS) Covered Bridge Coffeehouse presents Julie Robinson Robards and A Fine Mix on Jan. 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Amos and Julia Ward Theater on Rt. 9N in Jay, New York. Their blend of distinct styles is a recipe for a toe-tapping sound.

The group has been performing together for about a year and includes Larry Stone of Wilmington, a talented rock and blues guitarist who plays driving lead on vintage instruments. He adds a distinctive flavor to the music by changing from a 1931 National Steel guitar, to a 1957 Fender electric, to a great old acoustic Martin. Russ Mulvey of Wilmington is a jazz bassist whose fancy finger work on country and bluegrass tunes steers the band away from a traditional sound. Robinson, from Upper Jay, started out as a church song leader in 1985 and in the mid 1990s rediscovered a love for old time traditional bluegrass and classic country. Max VanWie of Elizabethtown is the youngest member of the band. He attends Keene Valley High School and burns up the mandolin as he takes the lead on several instrumental tunes.

"All of us bring our own unique sound to the band - we don't conform to the rules," said Robinson. Their music includes renditions of songs like Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone," Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces," as well as bluegrass instrumentals and original tunes. A real treat for all music lovers.

JEMS has been bringing fine music to the North Country for more than 20 years. The Coffeehouse is their latest venture offering alternating Friday night performances throughout the winter and spring. Admission is $8.00 and includes free coffee. Refreshments are available. The programs are sponsored in part by a grant from the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks.

For more information contact Karen Glass at 576-2058 or kglass28@kvvi.net or visit the event Web site at www.kvvi.net/~library/coffeehousepage.htm.

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