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PS21 is initiating a series of Sunday late afternoon/early evening lawn concerts inviting audiences to bring a picnic and their dancing shoes. Three bands will offer diverse styles of music for audiences to dance to or simply kick back and enjoy. We’ll have local beer and wine as well as coffee and desserts for sale.


Sunday, June 23, 6:00 pm
Dixieland, R&B, 60’s Rock, and more – the unique Chandler Travis sound!

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic is a 9-piece ensemble from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion, and singing valet. It’s possible they might be the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra… Either solo or in one of his other bands, Chandler Travis has appeared with Elvis Costello, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, John Cale, Bonnie Raitt, NRBQ (longtime buds Terry Adams and Al Anderson from the ‘Q played on the first Philharmonic album), Charles Mingus, the Beach Boys, Allen Ginsburg, the Replacements, George Carlin, etc., etc. The Philharmonic was born in the fall of 1996 at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. Since then, the band has introduced the concept of alternative dixieland and omnipop to audiences all over the northeast and beyond to San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans ... The band’s many albums include Let’s Have a Pancake and The Chandler Travis Philharmonic Blows!

“…not just my favorite show of the year, quite possibly my favorite concert of all time, period.” — Ted Potrikus, WBCR (Great Barrington, MA)

“Dixieland romps, twisted Mardi Gras marches, sweaty 60’s rock, smoky torch songs, and occasional novelties that sound somewhere between Randy Newman and They Might Be Giants, all with hilariously offbeat lyrics. The world would be a better place if Travis would only visit more often.” — Sam Hurwitt, San Francisco Express

“…playful original songs that mix mind-bending wordplay with jazz, shimmering rock, and horn-fuelled R & B.” — John Donohue, New Yorker

“The best band in the universe …” — Rob Caldwell, Hudson-Catskill Register Star

Tickets: $15/$12 members/$6 youth 18 and under

Click here for the Chandler Travis website




Sunday, July 28, 6:00 pm
Swing, Salsa, and more.
Opening with a Tribute to Thelonius Monk: A Take On Monk In Stride and Song

Music of Thelonius Monk and the great stride pianists he loved: James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Willie the Lion Smith.
After an opening set of a special tribute to jazz giant Thelonius Monk Berkshire Bop Society will play tunes for dancing salsa, swing and more. 

Berkshire Bop Society is Lincoln Mayorga, piano, Sheri Bauer-Mayorga, vocals, Otto Gardner, bass, and Ted MacKenzie, drums. The ensemble's core group has performed and recorded an eclectic tour of American music on the TownHall label On The Wrongside of the Railroad Tracks, and American Snapshots: 200 Years of American Song. They have been a favorite at the PS21 swing evenings since 2006.

As pianist, arranger, and conductor, Lincoln Mayorga recorded with Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Vikki Carr, Mel Torme, Phil Ochs, Frank Zappa, and Quincy Jones among others. He was featured on NPR’s "Piano Jazz," with Marion McPartland. Sheri Bauer-Mayorga is a vocalist, songwriter and recording artist who has worked the underground, alternative and grassroot scenes. Otto Gardner is a highly regarded bass player in the Capital Region playing with Francesca Tanksley, Chuck D’Aloia, and others.  Lincoln and Otto play regularly at the Blue Plate in Chatham most Wednesday nights.

“Mayorga's incredible repertoire of tunes, from pop to show to classical, inform almost his every lick, and Gardner's driving, creative bass, constantly pushes Mayorga back to his deep well of music.” – Jeff Waggoner,

Tickets: $12/$10 members/$5 youth 18 and under

Click here for Lincoln Mayorga website
Click here for Sheri Bauer-Mayorga website


Sunday, August 25, 6:00 pm

The Buzzards have performed at every rockabilly hot spot, including the Rodeo Bar in Manhattan and the Blue Comet just outside of Philly.  They are the house band at the Bayou in Long Island and have performed at the Gold Coast Casino and Orleans Casino in Las Vegas for the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend more than ten times. They were rewarded with a standing ovation each year. They have performed for the Rockabilly Hall of Fame many times, most notably at the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's first sold out concert, in Memphis, TN.  They are the band of choice to open for national acts and received outstanding praise for their performance with the great Scotty Moore.

Roy Wilson is the front man for the band. His main guitar is a '58 Gretsch Tennessean, all-original. Tony Buzzard (Vitale) is the bass player and the founder of the Buzzards.

“It’s always a party when the Buzzards hit the stage!” – Anon.

Tickets: $12/$10 members/$6 youth 18 and under

Click here for The Buzzards website



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