Flying Cat Music hosts a special benefit concert with The Trapps, The Cupcakes, and special guest Marji Zintz on Friday, October 18, at the Empire State Railway Museum. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with the door opening at 7:00. Tickets are $15 with RSVP or $18 at the door. For information or reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-688-9453. Proceeds will go to the John Herald Fund and the Flying Cat Music Equipment Fund. The museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, NY 12464.
Flyng Cat Music is a non-commercial enterprise dedicated to providing an intimate venue where stellar touring musicians, who may not be household names, will find appreciative audiences. About twelve times a year, fans of roots and Americana music gather in the cozy and acoustically warm reception room of the old Phoenicia train station to hear two full sets of music from a great act passing through our area. The Railway Station Concert Series is now in its fifth year at the Empire State Railway Museum, but the next show up is a departure from the regular format. Some of the finest musicians living in the Mid-Hudson Valley will take the stage for this benefit concert. Featured are two exceptional bands, the Trapps and The Cupcakes; along with special guest solo artist Marji Zintz. Money raised will be split between the Flying Cat Music equipment fund to help pay for repairs and upgrades to the sound system used for this concert series and the John Herald Fund, which is administered by Family of Woodstock and provides emergency assistance to local musicians in financial need.
The Trapps are one of the Northeast’s premier folk rock bands. Jason Fine, executive editor of Rolling Stone magazine, described The Trapps as “Elegant yet raw, darkly emotional but also shot through with light.” Sean Schenker’s distinctive and often haunting original compositions are performed with exquisite musicianship, skillfully transiting a dynamic range of moods from softly delicate to vibrantly intense. The full band numbers up to eight members, seven of whom will be present for a special extended, mostly acoustic set which will be recorded live. With three powerful Trapps CDs available, Gary Chetkoff, President of WDST Radio Woodstock, put it well when he stated, “It’s time for the whole country to finally hear The Trapps.”
The Cupcakes fuse the talents of three of the most accomplished musicians our region has to offer, all with deep roots in American music. Janice Hardgrove, who also sings in the internationally know folk rock group The Dharma Bums, has a voice millions of Americans are familiar with, having sung jingles for everyone from McDonald’s, to Diet Coke, AT&T, Burger King, and Pepsi. But she’s an extremely talented songwriter also, with two honorable mentions in a Billboard Magazine International Songwriting Competition. Lyn Hardy has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe since 1965, having toured and recorded with Jay Ungar, Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys, and David Bromberg among others. Lyn also formed and wrote most of the songs for Rude Girls, whose first album, Rude Awakening, earned an award for Best String Band Album from the National Association of Independent Record Dealers. Elly Wininger got her start in the NYC Folk Revival scene playing blues and ragtime guitar in Greenwich Village. She played opening night at CBGB and performed there regularly, along with shows at other storied NYC venues such as Folk City and the Bitter End. Her two most recent CDs, Back Eddy Bluesand Part Time Paradise, received widespread radio play and critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe. When she is not performing with the Cupcakes, you might find Elly Wininger alongside renowned local singer-songwriter Dave Kearney performing as the duo “Small Engine.” Janice, Lyn and Elly, when joined together as The Cupcakes, unfailingly delight their audiences with their feisty verve and glorious harmonies.
Special guest Marji Zintz has one of the most expressive voices west of the Great Wall of China and south of the Arctic Circle but, fortunately for us, she lives right here in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Marji is an extraordinary interpreter of songs, uncovering hidden emotional nuances in tunes you once believed that you already “knew.” But, her stealth talent lies in her ability to assemble a rich and potent set of music drawing from standards reaching back to the 40s mixed with powerful fresh material from excellent singer-songwriters who are unknown to many. A Marji Zintz performance is a celebration of the sublime.
Enjoy the wealth of music created in our region and support two worthy causes at this special benefit showcase.