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 Before settling in Rhode Island full-time, Tom Connelly Akstens lived on a farm property in the Adirondacks, and before that in the Woodstock, New York, area. “My performing base has been Vermont, New York … Canada,” he said. “I’ve performed all over the Northeast for a long time." [since the 1970s] Akstens said his music is very strongly based in American roots, with influences from blues, ragtime and the American singer-songwriter tradition. “It’s a synthesis of all those things,” he said, adding: “A synthesis of American roots music and my own creativity, if I can be bold enough to use that word.”

He has released several albums, most recently “Flow,” which explores themes of water, music and time. He said he did most of the album’s recording himself, at a home studio in the Adirondacks, but also traveled to meet certain musicians for accompaniments, “bringing the project to the people I really wanted to have involved.” Akstens said he learned a lot from the project, including that movement – flow – is something you ride over time. For example, he said, “When I was in my 30s, I didn’t appreciate when I would be in my 60s” – an age of life he is currently enjoying. “Music does not stand still, it flows, it moves, it changes,” he said. “[There is] wonderful energy behind it ... [and I’ve] grown to appreciate that energy.”

Akstens said the most important thing for him as a songwriter and performer is to “keep things fresh and connect with people,” emphasizing that music is about making connections. “I don’t just stare out into the blackness with the lights in my eyes,” he said of being on stage. Instead, he prefers to look into people’s faces, and talk to them directly. Akstens said a lot of his songs have stories, and he enjoys sharing those backstories. Joining Akstens will be bass player Michael Gold, who has a jazz background, with blues and folk influences. Also joining them will be percussionist Brian Melick.

Tickets are $15 for Arts Center members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for children 12 and under.
      

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And here's the rest of our 2017 Saturday Series line-up:

 Stay tuned for more information and ticketing links.
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

July 8

Lawler + Fadoul: Clickable & other pieces

Flutist Zara Lawler/percussionist Paul Fadoul

(Sponsored by Mark Chamberlain & Tony Zazula)


Tickets: $20 for Arts Center members/ $25 for non-members/ $10 for children 12 and under
  

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August 5
Sultans of String

Billboard favorites with Celtic, flamenco, Arabic, Cuban, & Asian rhythms

(Sponsored by the Fagan Fund)


Tickets: $20 for Arts Center members/ $25 for non-members/ $10 for children 12 and under
  

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August 26
Pianist Richard Dowling

Carnegie Hall & Alice Tully Hall pianist with a program of Scott Joplin

(Sponsored by Mark Chamberlain & Tony Zazula)


Tickets: $20 for Arts Center members/ $25 for non-members/ $10 for children 12 and under
  

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September 9 
Woods Tea Company

An Arts Center favorite returns with their mix of folk and roots music!


Tickets: $15 for Arts Center members/ $20 for non-members/ $8 for children 12 and under
  

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September 30
The Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour

Another Arts Center returnee brings stand-up to warm a fall evening with laughter!


Tickets: $15 in advance & for Arts Center members/ $20 at the door

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November/December
To Be Announced!

To let us know who you'd like to see performing
at the Arts Center, please call us at (518) 352-7715,
or email us at office@adirondackarts.org