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6 On The Square in Oxford, NY presents three free concerts to celebrate 14th anniversary

Utica Observer-Dispatch logo Utica Observer-Dispatch 6/15/2021 Nancy Morey

6 On The Square in Oxford will celebrate its 14th anniversary in July with three free Sunday concerts in Lafayette Park, right outside 6OTS’s doors. 

July 11: The Nate Gross Band. The Chenango County musician has earned fans by blending and performing sounds from the 20th century, such as the blues, jazz, traditional country, R&B and Americana.

From an audience of over 30,000 people at The Taste of Country Music Festival to touring up and down the east coast, Gross has shared the stage with Dickey Betts, Anders Osbourne, Honey Island Swamp Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Commander Cody, The Kentucky Headhunters, Blackberry Smoke and many more.

July 18: The Burns & Kristy Band will travel from the Ithaca area to perform. Terry Burns, the youngest of the Burns sisters, sang in The Burns Sisters Band before moving to Nashville. There, she became a staff writer for EMI Publishing, MCA/Universal and Larga Vista Music. Her music has been recorded by several artists and also featured on 

television shows.

Ron Kristy has been composing music for film and TV for many years. You can hear his music on shows such as "20/20," "Good Morning America," "Inside the NFL” and "Dancing With the Stars," to name just a few. He composed award-winning music scores for "Angel Stories," "Miracle Stories" and "Life After Life" on the Discovery Channel, and 

"Soul of the Senate: The Robert Byrd Story" on PBS. He is a former staff writer at Warner Chappell Music in New York City.

July 25: Singer/songwriter Joe Crookston will share his heartfelt songbook. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence, Crookston has played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and hundreds more.

His four-minute songs are like short films traveling mystical and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography about Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters.

Whether Crookston is picking his 1948 Gibson, weaving through lap-slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

All shows will start at 2 p.m. We will follow all public health guidelines for COVID-19 to keep the concerts safe. Bring your own chair or blanket.

The free summer concerts are generously funded by a grant from the Robert C. Smith Foundation.

6 On The Square, Inc. is an intimate, not-for-profit, volunteer-based acoustic music listening room and arts venue located at 6 Lafayette Park in downtown Oxford. Learn more at 6onthesquare.org.

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