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Plattsburgh music scene at a crossroads?

— Enter First Weekends in Plattsburgh, who just completed a successful first year of working to bring local musicians, performers, and artists into the fore in Downtown.

“I think (if) we can concentrate with new energy towards things like first weekends or community concerts, that we can start to push up that kind of culture from the community,” says Ward. “To share the cost of putting that on, rather than somebody purely entrepreneurial, that is going to make the difference.”

Finally, Ward is currently in the process of renovating a space in Plattsburgh which he plans to make into a professional-level rehearsal and recording studio for local bands. Ward, who is pursuing the renovations with his own money and labor, plans to have the rehearsal hall open in about a year. The hostel-like recording studio, with space for musicians to relax and decompress, will take slightly longer to complete. He estimates it will take one and a half to two years.

“Things like that take time…and I’m not going anywhere.”

Where the Plattsburgh music scene goes from here is far from certain. What is certain, however, is that there is an increased energy and a confluence of events that are setting the stage for a possible rebirth in local music.

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