It's that quiet time of year on the East End . . . unless you head over to the Amagansett Library on Saturday nights in January. There kids are kicking the winter blues as Crossroads Music and the Library present Teen Music Month.
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Music by teens for teens is on the menu with some of the best young performers and bands in town performing free for their peers . . . and any older folks who want to tag along.
Last Saturday night, those with a yen for tunage packed the library's community room to hear Sag Harbor's Sara Hartman, Clark² -- Clark Hamilton and Jackson Clark -- plus Method 2 Madness, a group of youthful musicians (Yori Johnson, Rick Nardo, Thomas Bennett, and Jackson Clark) from East Hampton and Amagansett who've been together since 2010.
This week, vocalist Skylar Kelleher will perform originals and covers. She picked up a guitar four years ago at the age of 12 and has been playing it ever since. She enjoys writing her own songs and covering the songs of others, but, according to a bio provided by organizers, mostly she just likes playing before a live crowd.
Also on the bill is Supply Side comprised of members of the East Hampton High School jazz band. They've got some originals to play, and covers, too.
Rounding out the evening, Spectors makes its debut playing good ol rock and roll.
The following Saturday night, on January 18, teens can give voice to the musical instrument they were born with thanks to a free vocal lesson with Christine Cadarette. Cadarette studied at SUNY Fredonia and with Marshal Williamson at the Juilliard School. She's been involved in several Broadway Shows ranging from Beauty and the Beast to Little Shop of Horrors. She's worked with Broadway stars such as Nathan Lane, Sutton Foster, and Joel Grey plus rock artists including Roger Daltrey, Natalie Cole, and Jackson Browne.
And once participants have been inspired and instructed, they're invited to perform at the month's culminating performance – an open mic held January 25. Acoustic, voice and poetry welcome, with sign ups starting at 6 PM. As with all the events this month, the music starts at 7 PM.
It may be the dead of winter, but the library and local music mecca plan to liven things up for the 13 to 19 year old crowd. The collaboration between Crossroads, which offers music instruction and has cultivated a slew of area artists including some slated to perform, and the library, which is committed to supporting local talent and culture, is a match made in music heaven.
Say organizers Michael Clark and Cynthia Young, "Teens are passionate about their music and we want to encourage our teens."
"Our local young talent always has a tough time finding places to play or to listen to other performers. This is a great opportunity for them put forward by the Amagansett Library. Kudos to their progressive ideas," added Clark. "At Crossroads Music, we jumped at the chance to re-kindle working with teen bands so it was a natural fit. We think it will be a lot of fun."