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JEMS coffeehouse series slated

JAY - There will be a lot of local flare as the JEMS Winter Coffeehouse series continued through March.

Four more performers/groups are set to take the stage at the Amos and Julia Ward Theatre in Jay, starting with Paul Smith's College teacher and singer Celia Evans Saturday, Jan. 22.

"This will be a sort of CD release party for her," Kate Zientko, secretary and board member of the Jay Entertainment and Music Society, said. "Her music reflects the love of nature that she teaches about at Paul Smith's."

The concert Jan. 22 will feature new music from the CD, "Hardwood," and will take place at the Ward Theatre at 7 p.m.

"We have been putting on the coffeehouse concerts for the past four or five years since we have been able to use the theater for indoor events," Zientko said. "We pick a variety of musicians to come play and we try to find something that is unique and from the area."

Zientko could have been describing the group of local musicians that will take the stage on Feb. 12, the Acoustic Club.

"They all meet every week here at the theater to practice," said Zientko. "It's a casual gathering of musicians to help them practice and promote their craft."

The group has prepared an evening of music for the community. Collectively, they have been playing for more than 50 years and will perform a wide variety of music for the evening centering mainly around folk, country and 'light' popular music.

Band members include Eric Klotzko (guitar, piano, vocals), Darryl Stout (guitar, vocals), Joe Khan (guitar, harmonica), Kate Donis (vocals), David and Lynn Comegys (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals) and Wendy Block (vocals).

Other performances include Donnie Perkins on March 5, a local Bluegrass musician with friends, family and the community featuring the Food Stamp Wranglers, a performance which will also include some square dancing.

Tom and Neil are multi-instrumentalists, singers and songwriters who have explored the nooks and crannies of old-time country music, country blues and honky-tonk, will perform the final concert of the season on March 19. Their most recent album, "Scoundrels, Trains and Tragic Romance," is a celebration of the American roots music they've been playing together for almost five decades. Their other recent album, All Around the Mountain, was recorded at four concerts throughout the Adirondack Mountains.

For more information on the JEMS Winter Coffeehouse Series, visit www.jemsgroup.org or email to info@jemsgroup.org.

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