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American Roots Music' at Indian Lake Theater

INDIAN LAKE - Skip the frills and fluff - those looking to get out for an old-fashioned good time should not miss Tom Akstens and Neil Rossi in concert at the Indian Lake Theatre on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 pm.

Special guests of the event will include The Kossoy Sisters. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased by calling the arts center at 352-7715, or online at www.adirondackarts.org/indianlaketheater.html.

Akstens and Rossi have been playing together for much of their lives. They attended the same high school and as youngsters were steeped in music written before the depression that made a comeback the 1960's.

Performing on their own, the duo frequenting venues such as Club 47 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they heard such legendary artists as Slap James, Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt and Bill Monroe.

They have since become a bit of a sensation in the folk music realm, although Akstens prefers to define the duo under a different genre - American Roots Music. This aptly named genre includes many different styles of music that are rooted in the history of this country and can describe music in the blues, folk, jazz, and bluegrass traditions, among many others.

"We've started to use this term in the last 5 to 10 years," said Akstens. "It's a broad term that captures the excitement of many different genres and hails to the era of the 1920s. When these people played, they weren't thinking in genres; it was just the music that was engrained in them."

American Roots Music has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years, a phenomenon that Akstens attributes to a desire for simpler, purer music that is unfettered by big record deals and corporate influences.

"People are fed up with corporate entertainment," said Akstens. "There's an authenticity in all this stuff that's lacking today." Akstens and Rossi have performed in many concerts and have recorded two albums together. Akstens noted that things have really come together for the pair in the last 5 years do to a certain synergy that exists between the two.

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