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Albion kicks off new canal concert series on Thursday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 June 2014 at 12:00 am

East Bank Street will be closed off for concerts

ALBION – The village of Albion will kick off its new “Concerts by the Canal” series this Thursday with two bands performing on a closed off East Bank Street. There is no admission charge.

The Dady Brothers, a well-known group that performs in Western New York and beyond, will sing beginning at 6:30 in the debut concert of the new series. The Dady Brothers play many folk instruments with their music. They have recorded 10 CDs.

Provided photo – The Dady Brothers will be the featured performers on Thursday.

A local band will play first for a half hour. The band called Pedestrians will play at 6 p.m., just before the Dady Brothers. That is the format the village of Albion is striving for in the series, which runs every Thursday until July 24. (July 3 will be off). A newer band will play for a half hour before the featured performer takes the stage.

“We want to give people another reason to come and explore the downtown,” said Sid Beaty, program coordinator for the village.

The village, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council and the Albion Rotary Club are all sponsoring the series. The bands will play on Thursday evenings when many downtown stores have extended hours until 7 p.m.

The bands will perform on a mobile stage created by Eagle Scout Allen Sanford. He is a member of Route 98, which is the featured band on June 26.

The series coincides with extended hours by many businesses in the downtown on Thursdays until 7 p.m. The village also wants to have a farmers’ market on Thursdays on East Bank Street from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Farmers are urged to call the village at 589-9176 to inquire about being a vendor.

The lineup for the concert series includes:

June 19: The Pedestrians open followed by featured performers, The Dady Brothers
June 26: Whiskey Rebellion opening followed by Route 98
July 10: Sophisticats
July 17: The Who Dats
July 24: Dirty White Boys

The Albion Merchants Association also is planning a wine-tasting – “Sip and Stroll Through History” – from 3 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 9. Presale tickets are available at Bindings Bookstore, Hazy Jade Gift Shop and Xpress Fitness and Tanning.