Concert to benefit the South Newfane Schoolhouse

SOUTH NEWFANE — Two acclaimed acoustic duos will join together for a night of original acoustic folk, country and rock music, in a concert to benefit the South Newfane Schoolhouse on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Jon Fried and Deena Shoshkes, and Boo Reiners and Elena Skye, longtime friends, colleagues and collaborators on the Americana and indie pop music scene, who also share strong ties to the Williamsville/South Newfane community, will present an evening of great songs, harmonies and good times.

Music from Fried and Shoshkes features intimate vocal harmonies and charming songs with roots in acoustic folk, catchy indie pop and joyful rock and roll.

Their songwriting has been called "direct and artful," by the New York Times, Shoshkes's voice "... incredible: kid stuff and wisdom merged," by the Village Voice. Their songs have been recorded by Jackson Browne, Dar Williams, Marshall Crenshaw and featured in films and on network TV.

With a truly memorable and unique collection of songs, Elena Skye and Boo Reiners and their Demolition String Band have steadily built their reputation one gig at a time. They love nothing more than thrilling a sweaty dance floor with dangerous telecaster work atop a nimble rhythm section, or pickin' and singing old-school around a single microphone, juggling banjo, mandolin and guitars while weaving rustic, taut harmony vocals with tall tales and truth, joy and heartbreak, despair and redemption.

"Live, Skye wears her heart on her sleeve and Reiners plays the hell out of his telecaster," wrote The Village Voice.

Fried and Shoshkes began performing in the streets in Paris and Rome in the early '80s. They started a rock band called The Cucumbers and found a home in the indie pop scene in Hoboken, N.J. After many years of playing music together in varied incarnations, their duo performances draw upon a deep songbook and effortless communication.

Reiners and Skye have been collaborators for almost two decades, marking their journey with numerous releases and countless miles on the road in the United States and Europe.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $5. Bring snacks, drinks and friends. The South Newfane Schoolhouse is on Dover Road.

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