NORWOOD — The director of the Norwood Village Green Concert Series has bundled up some entertainment this year featuring acts from “around the world and around the corner.”
Joseph M. Liotta, also co-founder of the series, said that for its 46th annual season, he created three clusters: bluegrass-Americana along with a Canadian and world music cluster. There are also three acts from “close to home.”
“I’ve done something like this in the past, but this year, I extensively did it,” Mr. Liotta said.
The acts within the clusters aren’t consecutive, but the overall schedule reflects the series’ traditional variety of music.
Mr. Liotta, 79, created the series with his wife, the late Harriet “Mickey” Liotta.
Mr. Liotta said that he turns 80 this summer and his goal is to hit a milestone year with the series.
“My health isn’t that bad,” he said. “It’s had some problems, but it hasn’t really affected me doing this. So I’m kind of committed to trying to do it until we’ve done our 50th anniversary, in four more years.”
Here’s the lineup for the 46th annual Norwood Village Green Concert Series.:
This festival is the traditional series opening. The festival is 3 to 9 p.m. with the schedule to be announced, involving about a dozen student groups.
This Glens Falls-area duo, stage names RiverJack Z and Mikey D, will assist second-and-fifth graders in songwriting, creating an original performance for students and the general public. That performance will be at 1 p.m. at the Liotta Bandshell.
This five-member group, based in Cornwall, Ontario, is a mainstay of numerous Highland Games and Scottish-related events. They were a staple of the concert series for many years, but have not performed at it for about 15 years.
This Canadian trio of Gwen Swick, Caitlin Hanford and Suzie Vinnick “are part bluesy, part jazzy, and part traditional country and bluegrass.” They have performed at concerts and major festivals across Canada.
After a hiatus of 15 years, this group (The North Wind), will make its second appearance at the series. The five-member group is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive Francophone folk movement. The band has produced 10 albums.
Mr. Rogers, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, is a musician, singer, songwriter and composer who plays guitar, mandolin, violin and flute. Mr. Smith grew up on Long Lake in the Adirondacks. Both performers are known for their striking lyrics and musicianship.
This 50-member group consisting of Crane School of Music faculty members, area music educators and professional musicians has performed annually at the series for a dozen years. It’s the only professional wind ensemble in Northern New York.
This popular local band performs a smorgasbord of well-known pop, rock, and folk music from the past five decades. The band consists of Michael Welch, Don Cannamela, Larry Baycura, Andy Van Duyne, Chip Lamson and Tim Savage.
The series regularly collaborates with veteran north country musician Wally Siebel and Julianne Doyle, director of Crane Youth Music to select a guest artist. Mr. Igoe, of San Francisco, has been recognized as one of the finest drummers in the world and is a top-selling author in that field with four number one titles on amazon.com. He wrote the drum set book for Disney’s Broadway production of “The Lion King,” where he was also principal drummer and conductor. He’s played drums on three Grammy-award-winning recordings.
LADAMA is a group of four women, virtuosic musicians, and educators — Lara Klaus, Daniela Serna, Mafer Bandola and Sara Lucas — each from a different country and culture of the Americas. Harnessing music from their respective countries of origin, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States, the group utilizes traditional and non-traditional instruments to produce Latin Alternative music. Its members met on the road in 2014 while touring Los Angeles, Arizona, and New Mexico as part of the prestigious OneBeat Program. Its name is derived from the first two letters of their founding members’ first name.
This singer and mandolinist is a former child prodigy who appeared at the Grand Old Opry at age 11 and signed with Rounder Records at age 13. She then took a break of about 10 years. Joined by Alison Krauss, she played at the White House, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and other venues. She performed at the Clayton Opera House last year. In November, she performed at the Country Music Association Awards, shown on ABC.
In 2016, Ms. Hull, a native of Byrdstown, Tenn., tapped legendary bluegrass musician Bela Fleck to produce her third album, “Weighted Mind,” which was nominated for a Grammy as Best Folk Album in 2017. She’s now working on a follow-up to that album.
This North Carolina-based five-member band won the 2018 Entertainer of the Year Award at the 29th annual International Bluegrass Music Association awards, which it had also won in 2014. The band also performs Americana and “contemporary newgrass.’ Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of eight critically-acclaimed albums. The band’s ninth album, “Aeonic,” was released on Jan. 4.
The Norwood Fire Department band is a north country institution and traditionally plays at the series.
This duo consists of Adam and David Moss, identical twins who grew up in Peoria, Ill., and who now live in Brooklyn. They are known for their minimal instrumentation, heartfelt lyricism and harmonies. They recently returned from a tour of the Netherlands. Their latest album is “Some People I Know.”
Mr. Khan is known for his excellence in performing the sitar, surbahar, and tabla. He has performed worldwide at many prestigious concert halls, music festivals and universities in India, Pakistan, Japan, Russia, China, Malaysia, Britain, Germany, France, and Italy. He was presented with the Professional Excellence Award for an outstanding musician, performer and teacher by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Formed in 1980 in Amsterdam, N.Y., this 12-piece orchestra is led by the Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres. The orchestra has been the recipient of numerous awards including the New England Cultural Arts Preservation Award, the New York State Music Achievement Award, the Schenectady League of Arts Award and the (New York) Governor’s Excellence in Arts Award. It’s making a return to the Norwood series after its 2007 performance.