Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Greater Amsterdam Riverlink Park


A formal acknowledgement of accomplishment celebrating the conceptualization, design and implementation of Riverlink Park, is what the email invitation described. On Wednesday, August 20, 2013, at 11am, elected officials and representatives from local organizations celebrated the fruition of 30 years of planning and development resulting in Amsterdam, New York’s beautiful Riverlink Park.

Like proud parents seeing their child off to college, Congressman Paul Tonko and Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane were beaming with smiles as they talked about the hard work involved in turning a brownfield contamination into the Jewel of the Mohawk River. Phase one and two of the park development are complete and soon phase three construction will begin. The third phase is the much debated curved pedestrian walkway that will span the Mohawk River as a park lined with benches, plantings, trees and pictographs describing the history of Amsterdam.

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The Chronicles


Voted Metroland’s Best Jazz Band for 2013, the Chronicles entertained at the Greater Amsterdam Riverlink Park last night. Daniel Lawson, Jeff Nania, Tyrone Hartzog, Bryan Brundige, Andrae Surgick and Justin Henricks make up the Chronicles, whose soulful-jazz and syncopated rhythms joined the old with the new for a refreshing change in musical style.

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Berkshire Bateria


Saturday evening’s Riverlink Park Concert was performed by the Berkshire Bateria .  Their drum line,  Samba and Bossa Nova tunes entertained and engaged the concertgoers. Performing with the group was Amsterdam’s own Fabiola Dayian.

The performers were pleasantly surprised with the beauty of our Greater Amsterdam Riverlink Park as they drummed along the Mohawk.

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Skeeter Creek


The Greater Amsterdam Riverlink Park experienced a record-breaking crowd of Skeeter Creek fans as the modern country band performed Saturday evening. With an estimate of over 600 people in attendance, remarks like, wow, unbelievable, amazing and fantastic were echoed in the crowd.

The local country band consisting of Joe Kulewicz – lead guitar/vocals, Dave Ahl – lead vocals, Dean Haskin – drums, Dominic Paratore – keyboards/vocals, Rikk Anderson – steel guitar/vocals, Renee Lussier – vocals and Juan Lopez – bass/vocals is just soaring in popularity with a fan base that has quadrupled since last season. Their performance last night of popular country songs and upbeat tempos drew large numbers of people to the dance floor. The high-energy crowd was on their feet moving and singing to the popular tunes while trying to capture images of their favorite band member on portable electronic devices.

The Grove Street Photographer covered the 2012 Skeeter Creek event at Riverlink Park and was able to get some good photos. This year the large number of attendees hindered any hopes of a video but the following images recorded the event.

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Tumbleweed Highway


The 5th Annual Riverlink Jamboree took place Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park. Three bands performed throughout the evening and this blog will present photos from each performance in separate blog entries.

The third band performing at Riverlink Jamboree was Tumbleweed Highway. A Tumbleweed Highway experience is one that includes Cowboys, Hippies and Folkies. Their shows are known for extended Jams, Zydeco Grooves, Soulful Ballads and Upbeat Honky Tonk Tunes.

“It’s about getting our music in to everyone’s hand that we can, and independently, being on the road is the only way to do It.” says Lead Singer/Guitarist Nate Gross.

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The Nellies


The 5th Annual Riverlink Jamboree took place Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park. Three bands performed throughout the evening and this blog will present photos from each performance in separate blog entries.

The second band performing at the Riverlink Jamboree are the Nellies an Albany, NY based, rootsy, alt-country, Americana band. The band is driven by core singer-songwriter duo, Karen Ann Gilpin (acoustic guitar/banjo) and Peggy Lecuyer (mandolin/harmonica) who both contribute driving rhythms and beautiful two-part harmonies to their songs. They are joined by Gene Lemme who keeps The Nellies in line on the upright bass.  Joining them for Jamboree is Kevin Maul on Beard guitar and Mark Frederick on fiddle.

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The Bear Bones Project


The 5th Annual Riverlink Jamboree took place Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park. Three bands performed throughout the evening and this blog will present photos from each performance in separate blog entries.

First up is the Bear Bones Project, purveyors of fine acoustic and electric jam rock with Sandy Bones, Bill Bones, Eric Bones, Pete Bones and Carey Bones.

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