Fire in the Kitchen sea­son opens with Up­state Rub­down

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - A + E - By Mark Zaret­sky mzaret­sky@nhreg­is­ter.com @markzar on Twit­ter

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.

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