Shame on those who say that American roots music is dying out. The next event in the “Live from Geneva” concert series is set for Friday, Feb. 15 at Smith Opera House, and will feature Donna the Buffalo with special guest Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band. Aside from a great show, this concert is also a fundraiser; students will be collecting donations at the door on behalf of HWS Responds for Hurricane Katrina relief.
Returning to Geneva for the first time since Halloween, 1997, Donna the Buffalo are known for their willingness to embrace multiple styles of music—reggae, zydeco, old time country, and more—producing a sound that is original but familiar, catchy yet thoughtful. They are also the founders of the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance held for the past 17 years in Trumansburg, N.Y. For more info, check out www.donnathebuffalo.com.
Also featured is special guest Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band. Playing the “zydeco grassroots style common to Southwestern Louisiana and Southeast Texas, Frank and his band have spent the past 15 years developing a fresh, original sound while staying true to the Creole tradition. The result, while 100-percent Zydeco, is also fused with Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Pop, Rock, and even a little Hip-Hop, producing a style that is uniquely their own. To find out more, check them out at www.keithfrank.com
The “Live from Geneva” series was made possible with a $200,000 grant given to Hobart and William Smith Colleges by the New York State Music Fund. Like all the events of the series, it will be broadcast live on WEOS, making it available to the larger Geneva community. “The concerts will be a wonderful opportunity for the Colleges to contribute to the already rich cultural life in Geneva. 'Live from Geneva' is another example of the strong partnership between the Geneva community and the Colleges that benefits both residents and students,” said William Smith Dean Debra DeMeis.
Tickets can be purchased online, at the College Store and at The Smith box office: $9 with a student ID and $17 to the public. Come see why, thanks to the likes of Donna the Buffalo and Keith Frank, American grassroots music is alive and well.
The concert will also be webcast live — a first from the Smith Opera House — at Donna fans; the same link has details on the WEOS-FM broadcast.