The Carriage House Cafe at 305 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca, will present a benefit weekend long Summer Music Festival, June 18-20. Proceeds will go towards the opening of the Café's performance space and educational programming.
The festival will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, June 18, with a reception/jazz hour featuring Michael Stark on piano. Patrons will have the opportunity to tour the Café and meet the staff. At 9 p.m. will be Ithaca roots music, featuring Kevin Kinsella, Sim Redmond, Kim Sherwood-Caso, Richie Stearns, and Hank Roberts.
Saturday's schedule begins at 10 a.m. with Fe Nunn and Hank Roberts presenting “Youth Notes,” a performance that will explore music with young people. From 2-4 p.m. a fiddlers' banquet will feature Ed McGowan, Mac Benford, Steve Selin, Chad Crum, Laurie Hart, Max Buckholtz, Ben Smith, and Oona Grady-DeFlaun. Barbecue lunch will be available.
From 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, the Café will launch the opening night of the weekly radio show “Crossing Borders,” broadcast live from the Carriage House Cafe on WVBR 93.5 FM. The premiere show is called “Ithaca Goes Brazilian” and will feature host Denice Karamardian, Doug Robinson, Miche Fambro, Bernie Upson, Hank Roberts, and Deixa Samba with Cleibe Souza. The weekly show features artists from around the world as well as local performers. At 10:30 p.m. café jazz will continue with Bernie Upson, Doug Navarro, Miche Fambro, Doug Robinson, Hank Roberts, and surprise guests.
On Sunday, June 20 from 1-3 p.m. the Café will offer scones and chamber music for voice, piano, and cello at a classical tea. Performers will include Zach Levi, Erica Steinhagen, Keri Behan, Karla Faggard, Chris Martin, and Kerry Mizrahi. At 4 p.m. a youth cabaret will introduce local young talent.
The highlight on Sunday evening is the Summer Music Festival grand finale at Ithaca High School's Kulp Auditorium. The 7 p.m. concert will feature Sons of Pitches, Ascending Height, Five 2, the Cornell Middle Eastern Music Ensemble with Egyptian Dance by Nahara, Hank Roberts solo cello, and Oculus.
All of the performances, except Sunday evening's at the Kulp Auditorium, will be at the Carriage House Cafe, 305 Stewart Ave., in Ithaca. Tickets for the grande finale at Kulp Auditorium are available at Wegmans, The Clinton House Ticket Center, and at the door. Admission for all Carriage House Café performances is collected at the door. Admission prices vary according to the event and range from $5-$15. There are student prices and some free events.
All proceeds from the weekend's events will fund arts education programs at the cafe, and help to fund the completion of construction of the second floor “Hayloft” Performance and Cultural Education space at the cafe. The Carriage House Café, a non-profit organization, is slated to open next fall (2004). The mission of the Café is to promote multi-cultural exchange and awareness by providing entertainment and hospitality to the local and international community through arts, cuisine, music, and educational programming (often in collaboration with community, corporate and university partners). For more information, visit www.carriagehousecafe.com.