People jump high for Jumpin' in July

The time has come for blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll once again in Plattsburgh.

The Jumpin’ in July concert series will take place at the Strand Center for the Arts, on Thursday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, which are all free to the public.

“It’s a great way for the Strand Center for the Arts to bring the community together and give back,” said Jessica Dulle, executive director at the Strand Center for the Arts.


The concert series will begin July 10 with a performance by Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers.

“We’ve played it twice before, and it’s a great series,” Harpe said. “We love Plattsburgh and have some friends there already.”

Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers unique brand of blues features originals and classics that range from Memphis Minnie to early Bonnie Raitt, played by members Harpe on acoustic guitar, Jim Countryman on bass, Bob Nisi on drums and Richard “Rosy” Rosenblatt on harmonica, a team that formed in May 2010.

For the event, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers will be performing a lot of originals and cuts from their upcoming new album, like their theme song “The Delta Swing,” “Good Luck Baby” and their new sing-along, “The Voodoo Blues.” They’ll also mix in some old time delta blues numbers like Memphis Minnie’s “Chauffeur Blues,” “Shake Your Hips” and a danceable version of “Angel from Montgomery.”

“We guarantee you’re going to love it, no matter what kind of music you’re into,” Harpe said. “Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers have been called ‘a dance band that has a unique delta blues flavor and a world music creamy filling...mixing in afrobeat, reggae, funk and disco with delta blues finger-picking, creating an amazing new sound.’

“We’re looking forward to it.”


A week later, July 17, Lucid will take the stage at the Strand Center for the Arts.

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