Fire in the Kitchen season opens with Upstate Rubdown
MADISON » The Fire In The Kitchen concert series at North Madison Congregational Church begins its 2017-2018 season Saturday night with Upstate Rubdown, a Hudson Valley, New Yorkbased seven-member acoustic band with a three-woman vocal trio up front.
Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children of high school age and under. North Madison Congregational Church is located at 1271 Durham Road in Madison. For information or reservations, visit fireinthekitchen.org or call 203-668-3735.
As always with Fire In The Kitchen shows, an ice cream reception will follow the music.
Fire In The Kitchen organizer Charlie Shafer called Upstate Rubdown “this year’s festival breakout stars” and said “those who see them say they’re one of the most exciting and fresh bands they’ve seen in a long time.
“The music is ageless; it might sound like an old standard from the ’20s or ’30s, or some jug band, then perhaps gospel, turning into gutbucket soul,” he said. “What it always is, though, is fresh and energizing.”
Upstate Rubdown “is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America’s musical heritage,” according to a bio on its website. “The band has spent years cultivating its sound, and continues to grow by the tune.”
The band includes Harry D’Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone and three vocalists singing three-part harmony — founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville transplant Allison Olender.
Shafer said organizers believe this is Fire In The Kitchen’s 21st year, although he added, “but we were lazy during the first few and didn’t bother keeping track.”
The series for the first time this year will be donating $200-$300 per show to local nonprofit organizations, Shafer said. While the series has always been 100 percent volunteer, in the past that money has been reserved to pay expenses, he said.