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Cooperstown Concert Series

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Alex Torres y su Orquesta Live At The Otesaga 04-22-22

Alex Torres y su Orquesta
Live At The Otesaga


CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The Cooperstown Concert Series presents Alex Torres y su Orquesta featuring the bands unique blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz. Tickets, $20/person. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 607-547-1812 or visit

BLOOD DRIVE – Noon – 6 p.m. Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 1-800-733-2767 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Cooperstown Concert Series presents Guitar Masters 03-19-22

Cooperstown Concert Series
presents Guitar Masters


CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The Cooperstown Concert Series presents a rare duo performance with guitar masters Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar performing a mix of original songs, contemporary, traditional blues and roots music. Tickets, $20/person. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 607-547-1812 or visit

Sonny Landreth, Cindy Cashdollar set Otesaga concert date

Two guitar greats coming to Cooperstown for March 19 show

The Cooperstown Concert Series brings a barnburner of a show to the Otesaga Hotel on Saturday, March 19, when guitarists Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar come to town in a rare duet setting sure to delight guitar buffs and anyone who appreciates music played by some of the country’s finest musicians.

The pair have played with some of the world’s best-known artists – everyone from Texas swing champs Asleep at the Wheel to John Hiatt to Van Morrison to Bob Dylan – but it’s when they’re performing on their own when they really shine. Fans will have a unique opportunity to hear them in the intimate setting of the ballroom at the Otesaga Hotel. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Dobro, lap steel, and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar is a five-time Grammy winner and is touring behind her most recent, self-produced release “Waltz for Abilene.” Growing up in Woodstock, New York, she performed regularly there with local favorites like Levon Helm and Rick Danko, moved to Nashville then on to Austin, Texas, where she became the go-to player for the biggest artists in music. She was the first woman inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2011, inducted

Nora Jane Struthers in Cooperstown Saturday

Nora Jane Struthers in concert Saturday at Otesaga

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers heads into Cooperstown Saturday, February 26 for a return performance at the Otesaga Hotel beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Cooperstown Concert Series brings the popular performer in for the show with her husband, Joe Overton, singing backup and adding guitars on what NPR Music maven Ann Powers calls “some of the most quietly powerful narratives within the new wave of Americana artists.” The duo begins a brief northeast swing at the Otesaga, performing songs from her latest album, “Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words.”

Ms. Struthers, who recorded the album when she was eight months pregnant, said the songs “find the poetry in the everyday – and in life’s little miracles.” The album’s lead track, “Nice To Be Back Home,” takes an upbeat look at simple domestic pleasures like “eating breakfast with my own spoon.”

“I wrote the song about balancing life on the road and life at home but I think most people can relate,” she said. “Even at the end of the most wonderful vacation, it’s nice to come back home. Hopefully the everyday is the actual dream.”

“Choosing which song goes first can totally change the way the record feels,” she said. “’Nice To Be Back Home’ is the feeling I want to be associated with. When people come to my shows,

Cooperstown Concert Series starts season on Saturday with Roanoke
Joey Beesley, left, and Taylor Dupuis, right, comprise Nashville-based band Roanoke.

Cooperstown Concert Series starts season on Saturday with Roanoke

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

The Cooperstown Concert Series kicks off its 52nd season Saturday, November 6 at 8 p.m. at the Otesaga Resort Hotel with the Nashville-based band Roanoke.

Led by Taylor Dupuis (vocals) and Joey Beesley (guitar, vocals), Roanoke blends Americana, rock ‘n’ roll, and a variety of other musical influences with vocal harmonies.

Concert series Board President Jim Hill said Roanoke is rapidly gaining notoriety and came highly recommended. Board member Jeff Katz said their style is unique, blending a 70s rock sound with a modern Americana influence. According to the band’s website, music publication Literally Darling said Roanoke’s “… roots run deep with the heart of country music, the soul of the blues, and the grit of Americana music.”

Cooperstown & Around: August 5, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

August 5, 2021

State grants include Coop Concert Series

The Cooperstown Concert Series was awarded $10,000 through a state grant to support live music or theater performances. Other groups that got $10,000 include the Glimmerglass Festival, Chenango River Theatre, Franklin Stage Company and the Catskill Symphony Orchestra.

CAA invites artists to submit for ‘Fine Arts on the Lawn’

Artists are invited to participate in the Cooperstown Art Associations’ Fine Arts on the Lawn event Labor Day weekend in Cooperstown. Artists are allowed to display up to five works or apply for and maintain a 10′ x 10′ tent. Go to for more information.

Concert series to return with Oshima Brothers

Concert series to return
with Oshima Brothers

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

The Oshima Brothers, Sean, above, and Jamie, said they enjoyed their previous concert in Cooperstown and look forward to playing Saturday, May 22.

The last time the Oshima Brothers were in Cooperstown, they played as the opening act for Caitlin Canty at the Otesaga Resort Hotel and it was a show they said they will never forget.

“It was a beautiful place,” Sean Oshima said during a phone interview the brothers did with Iron String Press on Friday, May 14. “I remember the magnificence of that place.

“I remember the last time we played the show in Cooperstown, we were the opening act, so we played a shorter set before the set from the main artist,” he continued. “They crowd was so great, we ended up playing an encore, which doesn’t usually happen when you are the opening act. It was special.”

Sean and his brother, Jamie, will return to Cooperstown and the Cooperstown Concert Series for a return performance.The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in The Otesaga’s ballroom.

It will not only be the first concert series show in more than a year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it will also be the brothers’ first show “back on the road.”

“We’re so excited to be back,” Sean said. “We have played a few shows in Maine, but this is the beginning of us getting back to touring.”


Oneonta Christmas

Parade, Tree Lighting, More


HOLIDAY PARADE – 3 p.m. Celebrate the holidays on Main St. Line up at 3, parade at 4. Main St., Oneonta. Visit

TREE FESTIVAL – 3 – 7 p.m. View Christmas Trees beautifully decorated by area individuals, businesses. Production Center, Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit

TREE LIGHTING – 5:30 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Muller Plaza, Oneonta.


Celebrate Thanksgiving On The Farm


ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit to learn how.

THANKSGIVING – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walk off holiday meal on scenic stroll through historic village with your loved ones. Admission by donation. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit


Ice Harvest Fest At Mills


ICE HARVEST – 10 – 3 p.m. Participate in traditional ice harvest. Includes ice carving, ice fishing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowman village, hot soup buffet, food truck, blacksmithing, cooking demonstration, exhibits by local businesses, farmers. Cost, $9/adult. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit

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