After the unofficial first Ho-Down in the backyard of Eric Krasno (of Soulive and Lettuce) in 1996, Schleigho began a festival that would run for three years in Wendell, MA in the middle of the forest. These groundbreaking line-ups included Lettuce, The Slip, Soulive, Derek Trucks Band, Yolk, Lake Trout, Jazz Mandolin Project, Moon Boot Lover, Actual Proof, The Elements, Como Zoo, Free Beer and Chicken, The Hosemobile, Yep, The Miracle Orchestra, Bob Moses, Birth, and many others. The festivals focused on the community of highly acclaimed bands in the genres of rock, funk, fusion and improvisational exploration. Schleigho's 2001 album, 'Live at Ho-Down 2000' features live performances from the 2000 Ho-Down with special guests on several tracks including Derek Trucks and Kofi Burbridge.
Aside from a brief hiatus in 2009, Flyday has been a yearly event at SUNY Geneseo NY highlighting local bands since 1981. Flyday was hosted by co-ed-alternative-anti-fraternity Gamma Chi Epsilon (rxe). Flyday was a locally funded and supported outdoor concert where people from all walks of life came together to have fun and listen to good live music. Last summer the Geneseo chapter of Gamma Chi Epsilon dissolved. For the first time since 1981, there is no home or plans for Flyday in Geneseo.
As both a Geneseo and Gamma Chi alumni, as well as a founding member of Schleigho, these two events were some of the best times I've ever had. Although I miss the great music played and shared at these events, it's the people that made it most memorable, and what I miss most, and the main reason I decided to combine these two seemingly homeless, but not forgotten, music festivals and beautiful families and friends. Please come share in this awesome weekend of live music, family, and friends at the perfect spot owned by a great family and good friends of mine, The Handel Family at Blackthorne Resort in East Durham, NY. This event is open to all who want to celebrate the good things in life! Thank you to the bands, fans, Handels, Gammas, friends, family, Greg Bell, Misha, Brady, Klaus, and everyone who helps make this happen.
Please visit the ticket page and purchase tickets in advance to help cover expenses, ie., sound, lights, bands etc...
All profits will benefit the local public school music department where I teach.
The event is non-profit and all proceeds will go towards supplementing a digital music technology classroom and curriculum the district is budgeting for and planning to build for September of 2017 at the Middle and High School level. Proceeds and donations will help make this a state-of-the-art space to get every kid creating and loving music class!
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