Bob Marley Birthday Tribute Show

Benefit for the Protection of Cayuga Lake

Bob Marley Birthday Tribute Show

L'il Anne and Hot Cayenne, Richie Stearns & Friends, The Burns Sisters, Pine Box, Venissa Santi 4tet, The Notorious String Busters

Thu · February 7, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Tickets at the Door

Bob Marley Birthday Tribute Show
Bob Marley Birthday Tribute Show
Lots of Singers and Players of Instruments have been inspired by the works of Bob Marley. What a perfect opportunity to get people together from many different genres of music to pay Tribute. Please join us as we take a journey through some of our favorite artists from the area performing their versions of Bob Tunes.
L'il Anne and Hot Cayenne
L'il Anne and Hot Cayenne
Take half a dozen groovemasters, add a spicy blend of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and funk to the up-tempo Zydeco beat, and presto, you’ve got a dance groove that just won’t quit! Taking the Northeast Zydeco scene by storm, Li’l Anne & Hot Cayenne have been invited to play a variety of prestigious venues including the Rhythm and Roots Festival in Charlestown, RI, The Great Connecticut Cajun/Zydeco Music & Arts Festival, and the renowned Saratoga Springs Dance Flurry. In addition, the band has been invited to play venues typically reserved for Louisiana Zydeco bands such as Johnny D’s in Sommerville, MA, La Belle Époque, NYC; the TK Club, Phila., PA and the Somebody Scream Dance Series, Baltimore, MD. Li’l Anne & Hot Cayenne has also appeared with and provided back-up to Willis Prudhomme and has been invited on stage with Zydeco Force, Sean Ardoin and Zydekool, Leroy Thomas and Roy Carrier.
Richie Stearns & Friends
Richie Stearns & Friends
RICHIE STEARNS first discovered the pleasures of the old time banjo when he was 14. He’s traveled round the world, performing both traditional and his own original music, finding ways to collaborate with musicians from five continents (Africa/Asia/North America, Australia, Europe) as well as local musicians from diverse musical backgrounds (classical, jazz, country, R&B, and more). Over the past three decades, he’s written original music for film scores and dance ensembles as well his own bands (The Horse Flies, Evil City String Band, Ti Ti Chickapea, Donna the Buffalo, and the Renegades, among them) and collaborated with artists from a variety of disciplines to present public performances on stages through the U.S., Canada, and Europe, as well as on radio and television.

A founding member of the neo traditional alternative rock band THE HORSE FLIES, he’s toured extensively over the last three decades, recording eight albums with The Horse Flies, including releases on MCA and Rounder Records. (The Horse Flies have been featured on MTV, Prairie Home Companion, All Things Considered, World Café and Mountain Stage, and have been written about in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and other major publications.)

The list of musicians Richie’s recorded, toured, and performed with is long and diverse: among them, jazz guitarist BILL FRISELL, Malian bluesman VIEUX FARKA TOURE, North Indian Gypsy band MUSAFIR, Tibetan singer YUNGCHEN LLAMO, pop legend LINDA RONSTADT, country and bluegrass musicians (including PETER ROWAN, VASSAR CLEMENTS, TONY TRISCHKA, and JIM LAUDERDALE), Cajun groups (Michael Doucet & BEAUSOLEIL, REDSTICK RAMBLERS), Celtic bands (DE DANNAN, John Doyle of SOLAS) and Australia’s KASEY CHAMBERS as well as SAMITE of Uganda and South African Afro-pop star JOHNNY CLEGG.

Three major long-term musical collaborations involve NATALIE MERCHANT (three recordings and multiple tours), BELA FLECK (workshop presentations and performances on concert stages throughout the US) and folk hero PETE SEEGER, who recently invited Richie to score original music for an album that will feature Pete telling his life story over a music background. (Over the past two decades, Richie’s performed with or for Pete on numerous occasions.) Past performances and recordings also include work with a wide variety of other musicians, including DAVID BYRNE, BILLY BRAGG & WILCO, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, JOAN BAEZ, and the Tuvan throat-singers, the ALASH ENSEMBLE.

In addition to his ongoing tenure with THE HORSE FLIES, Richie’s best known for his current work with his own EVIL CITY STRING BAND (repertoire based in the world of old time and country music, with some originals) and the improvisational trio TI TI CHICKAPEA, which includes critically acclaimed cellist HANK ROBERTS and respected violinist ERIC ACETO. (Their music, while rooted in tradition, involves a wide range of improvisation and musical experimentation.) He’s a founding member of the roots rock outfit, DONNA THE BUFFALO.

He’s also president and co-creator of the annual GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND DANCE, a major American roots music festival that not only brings together internationally respected musicians from many different cultures for four days every July, but also, by allowing the space for these talents to come together and play music, has over the last 25 years succeeded in naturally fermenting its own unique musical culture. The festival draws thousands of attendees every year; the alumni list is literally a “who’s who” of world roots music and Americana, and the success of the Finger Lakes festival has spawned a similar sister festival held annually in North Carolina.

As a workshop presenter and teacher, his credits include the Vancouver and Winnipeg Folk Festivals in Canada as well as the Telluride (Colorado) Bluegrass Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Florida’s Suwanee and Magnolia Fest, West Virginia’s Augusta Heritage Center, New York’s Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp, Alaska’s Folklife Festival, Meadowlark Music Camp in Maine, and other festivals in Sweden, Denmark and Germany.
The Burns Sisters
The Burns Sisters
Annie and Marie Burns as a duo create uplifting, transcendent music filled with warmth and conviction. Stirring and reverent, their passionate, seductive harmonies and lyrics are bursting with spirit and soul.
The Burns Sisters are renowned for their pure harmony, beautiful lyrics and joyful energy and will celebrate in early 2015 with a new album "Looking Back, Our American Irish Souls"

Annie and Marie Burns were born in NY to a progressive political, musical, creative family in Binghamton. Two of twelve siblings, Annie and Marie have been singing together since early childhood.

Their mother, Teresa, was a church soloist and treasured local singer. Their father, John J Burns, was a progressive Kennedy school politician. Several of their siblings are in the musical, movie and TV industry, both as singers, actors and producers.


Still in and just out of high school the sisters pursued their individual musical callings. Marie had moved to Florida and started her musical career in San Antonio Florida. She fell in love with old time country and bluegrass music while living in the South. With a little convincing from Annie (who had been gigging around town when not in school) Marie returned from Florida and joined forces with her two sisters. They had heard Ithaca had a great music scene, so they moved to Ithaca and started working as "The Burns Sisters" writing and recording their own songs and launch albums through Columbia Records and Rounder records. Marie and Annie now release on their own label "Sisters Music". The two have written and produced together and apart approximately 20 CDs.

The Burns Sisters have been through many different configurations over the years. They started as a trio. At one time, all five sisters sang together, but they returned to the original trio. Two years ago, Jeannie Burns left the band to follow her heart westward to the Austin music scene.
 Marie and Annie followed their hearts to Ireland where they played established music festivals in the West of Ireland. There, they started to look into their own family history, and to learn the true Irish history of the famine and the great migration. The Sisters were compelled and inspired to write and record their new project ‘Looking Back, Our American Irish Souls". The album is gathering attention in Ireland, Wales, UK, Scotland, Canada and here in the USA. It is a Celtic infused Americana project and will be on general release in January 2015


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The Burns Sisters have shared the stage with many great folk legends, including Arlo Guthie, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Jimmy Lafave, David Amram, Radoslav Lorkovic, Chris Thile, Fred Eaglesmith, Willie Nelson, Sarah Lee and Johnny Irions, Folk Uke, and even the Boston Pops. They have played venues from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Old Opry, and from hills of Northern Thailand to the hills of Clare Ireland. They have graced many a track with their beautiful backup harmonies, on projects too numerous to mention. The sisters are mainstays at The Woody Guthrie Folk Fest in Okemah Oklahoma, and will be there this July, 2015, singing their hearts out with songs from their new CD.


Annie and Marie have both had their songs featured on television including ‘ER’ and ‘Holiday High school Reunion’

"Annie has a bell-like, steady, warm and heartfelt voice. It is so pleasurable to listen to someone who uses her instrument in such a commanding and sensitive way. -- Rosanne Cash - American singer-songwriter and author


Looking Back Our American Irish Souls, I think it a truly magnificent, quite superb piece of work. Your beautiful voices blend so perfectly, the vocal performances and the playing throughout is perfect too...and so moving...you have injected new life onto some old classics (From Clare To Here, Ned Of The Hill, Free-Born Man, and Too Ra Loo are just excellent versions...and even the sometimes-abused Danny Boy is treated with grace and feeling giving it the dignity it deserves.), and your take on Kilkelly is by far the best version I’ve yet heard. And, I believe Workhouse - given the theme - should be heard by EVERYBODY on this island NOW.... The engineering/ production is as good as it gets."
- PJ Curtis - renowned writer, music producer and poet
Pine Box
Pine Box
Ithaca, NY, string band music, not old time, not bluegrass, not country, not not old time, not not bluegrass, not not country
Venissa Santi 4tet
Venissa Santi 4tet
Born in NY, trained in jazz in Philadelphia, and schooled in sacred/secular music in her ancestral homeland of Cuba, vocalist Venissa Santí traveled a long road to develop her signature musical style. She is a 2008 PEW Fellow, signed to Sunnyside Records.

"Venissa Santi is a refreshing spirit, an extraordinarily talented and diverse musician with the knack for making the unexpected sound so welcome." -- Pianist, Educator, Author, Rebeca Mauleon

Venissa’s artistry stems from the necessity to express the many influences that have nourished her spirit as a Cuban American. She was born in Ithaca, New York and hails from a line of Cuban artists intellectuals, but it was her grandfather, Jacobo Ros Capablanca, a Cuban composer who instilled in her a life-long passion for music.

As a child she grew up listening to the sounds of Ravel, Celia Cruz and Michael Jackson as well as theatrical productions and jazz. After completing high school, she moved to Philadelphia, where she enrolled at the University of the Arts, connected with her Cuban roots (via her grandfather’s compositions) and majored in Jazz Vocal Performance.

After graduation, she became actively involved in Philadelphia’s Latin community and music scene and began her career as a vocal instructor with the Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos, better known as AMLA.

Over time she performed with a variety of Latin, jazz and World music groups. It was from the support and encouragement of this community that inspired Venissa to embark on the first of four life changing visits to Cuba, where she conducted research and studied Afro Cuban song, dance and percussion.

She was under the tutelage of Master Gregorio "El Goyo" Hernandez and master dancers from Yoruba Andabo, Clave y Guaganco, Afro-Cuba de Matanzas and Irosso Oba and reconnected with her long lost relatives in Cuba.

In 2004 she became a mother and isolated to seek out a true signature voice of all she had absorbed in Cuba, began to compose, what she calls "the soundtrack of her life’s journey thus far." The result is an audacious new sound that defies borders, language and categorization.

In 2008 Venissa won the prestigious Pew Fellowship, for Folk and Traditional Arts and was able to release her debut recording Bienvenida. It was Dick La Palm legendary radio promoter, and programmer Bob Parlocha who discovered Santi and broke Santi into national jazz radio. In 2009, she was signed to Sunnyside Records and officially released Bienvenida, which immediately climbed to #3 on radio show host and jazz expert, Bob Parlocha’s list of Top Ten recordings. In addition, she has been praised by Latin icon Ruben Blades and pianist, Danilo Perez, who called her treatment of the classic tune, Como Fue, "Audacious!"

Venissa released her second recording as a leader with her tribute to Lady Day Big Stuff- Afro Cuban Holiday, September 2013 also on Sunnyside records.
The Notorious String Busters
The Notorious String Busters
String Bustin Hip Breakin Bluegrass!
Venue Information:
The Haunt
702 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY, 14850
http://thehaunt.com/