Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers to perform at Homer Center for the Arts

The following is a republished press release…to submit a community announcement, email Peter Blanchard at pblanchard@cortlandvoice.com.


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HOMER, N.Y. – There’s something about musical bloodlines that cannot be denied.

Amy Helm is the daughter of The Band’s Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus, and a lifetime of growing up around some of the finest American music ever recorded is evident. Her talent takes up where her daddy’s leaves off – her voice is an exquisite instrument and she is an accomplished drummer and mandolin player. Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers will perform at the Center on Saturday, November 28 at 8:00PM. Tickets are available at Center4Art.org or via phone 607-749-4900. Adults: $28; Seniors: $23; Students (18+): $15; 18 and under: Free.

Amy Helm’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles.

Amy wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin.

A founding member of the roots band Ollabelle with whom she has recorded three CDs, Helm has also performed live with scores of notable musicians like Warren Haynes, The Wood Brothers, and Donald Fagen, and her distinctive voice can be heard on recordings by artists ranging from Mercury Rev to Marc Cohn.

Her lengthy resume is highlighted by many years of singing and playing alongside her father, with whom she conceived, launched and perfected the Midnight Rambles, intimate performances held since 2004 at his home and studio in Woodstock, N.Y. The musical chemistry, affectionate humor and family pride that Amy shared on stage with her father helped shape the Midnight Ramble as it evolved into a musical event that still attracts fans and musicians from around the world. She co-produced Levon Helm's 2007 CD Dirt Farmer, which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, and she is prominently featured on the Levon Helm Band’s Electric Dirt and Ramble at the Ryman Grammy-winning albums.

Tickets : Adults: $28; Seniors: $23; Students (18+): $15; 18 and under: Free. Tickets are available at Center4Art.org or via phone 607-749-4900. Before the concert, the Dashers Preshow (7:00PM) at the Center features Maddy, Mike and Ted.

Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers are sponsored by Wall Street on Court Steet and our season sponsors: CoffeeMania, Cortland Voice, The Cortland Beer Company, Edward Jones Financial Advisor Jim Hopkins, WXHC 101.5 FM, The Cayuga Radio Group, and Linani’s Catering/The Sherman House Restaurant.

The Center for the Arts in Homer, located at 72 South Main Street in the village, at the corner of Routes 11 and 90, just off exit 12 of I-81, provides the region and community with a broad spectrum of cultural and artistic activities that provide education, enlightenment, and entertainment. While performance is premium at the Center for the Arts, the Center is an accessible facility for year-round classes, workshops, exhibits, summer camps, and conferences devoted to the visual and performing arts.


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