SATURDAY NIGHT, August 6th, 8:00 PM, Studley Theatre: “Betty and the Baby Boomers.” From their web site (bettyandthebabyboomers.com):
“When Betty Boomer, Jean Valla McAvoy, Paul Rubeo, and Steve Stanne began singing together more than 30 years ago, the name made sense—a play on Betty’s name and the fact that all are children of the baby boom. Bassist Robert Bard fit right in demographically when he joined later on. If they've had second thoughts, it’s too late to change now. “Betty and the Baby Boomers” appears on the covers of the band’s five CDs, and the name is known to folk music fans from the mountains of Connemara in Ireland to the Catskills overlooking New York's Hudson Valley, their home base.”
“The folk genre covers many styles. The Boomers’ take on it is suggested in a review of their second recording, Tumbling Through the Stream of Days, in the folk song magazine Sing Out! It described the group as “a refreshing reminder of the halcyon days of American folk music” and the CD as “an enthusiastic testament to the sheer joy of singing and playing music.” In addition to original songs from Jean, the Boomers draw on sources including traditional tunes, Americana roots music, contemporary artists like Greg Brown, Bruce Springsteen, and Dougie MacClean, and classic “folksingers” like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Phil Ochs.”
The group performed regularly with Pete Seeger until his passing in 2014; Pete regularly performed songs written by Jean Valla McAvoy, including “Back Bay” and “Down by the River.”
BRING YOUR OWN MUSICAL INSTRUMENT! The group plans to host a jam session at the end of the concert with audience members participating!
SUNDAY NIGHT, August 7th, 8:00PM, Studley Theatre: Hudson Valley String Quartet. From their website (hudsonvalleystringquartet.com):
“The Hudson Valley String Quartet is dedicated to bringing great string quartet literature to concert scenes in the greater Hudson Valley region and beyond - performing in concert series, fundraising events, house concerts, and sometimes in venues where you'd least expect us.”
Their repertoire includes classic and modern pieces.
Date and Time TBA: The organizers of A.T. VISTA 2022 have invited any participants who have an interesting slide show or video, up to 20 minutes in length, to submit their material for inclusion in one or more public programs.