Monday, October 18, 2010

Cindy Cashdollar And Steve James Perform At The Ritz Theater

On Saturday, October 16, 2010, the Ritz Theater and La Bella Strings (which is actually based in Newburgh), in association with the Bardavon, welcomed Cindy Cashdollar and Steve James. The concert is a part of the 2010-11 Tom Humphrey Guitar Series.

Cindy Cashdollar is one of the foremost steel and dobro players in the country and has collaborated with everyone from Bob Dylan to Rod Stewart.

Steve James is a well known name among devotees of contemporary acoustic folk and blues.

The theater itself is under renovation, so the concert was actually held in what will be the future lobby of the renovated theater. What this means is an intimate space, where every seat in the house is a good seat, you are up close to the performers and there is no straining to see the stage. The two artists played together for what was well over an hour, and their different styles of instruments complimented each other beautifully. I have to admit, this isn't my usual type of venue, but then again, I'm all for trying new things, and this just fit the bill. I more than enjoyed the entire show and the different type of music (from what I'm used to), and I even recognized a couple of songs!

A reception followed in the Green Room (catered by the River Grill), where we all had a chance to meet the artists, take pictures, get autographs and talk with them. As usual, this was another great chance to meet others who realize how much Newburgh has to offer. I look forward to attending many more events here, and am eagerly anticipating the restoration of the theater itself. If interested, the next concert the Ritz will be hosting is Frederic Hand with Esopus Musicalia on Saturday, November 20 at 8 pm.

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