HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Jason Jensen of Hoosick Armory Youth Center and Community Coalition had a problem. He and his fiancée would look for a local concert to go to on a Friday or Saturday night and they’d find nothing in the area. Lucky for them Jensen and his colleagues at HAYC3 had the power to change that when they put together the Music in Hoosick campaign, which lead to the Music in Hoosick Festival on April 27, from noon to 7 p.m.
"Music in Hoosick started up about a year ago and it was really up and running in the last few months Š the thinking about it was ‘our local musicians go and perform in Williamstown, in Cambridge and all of these neighboring communities, which is fine, but they never perform here. It’s kind of lacking a venue’ Š we said, ‘we need to have monthly musical performances right here in Hoosick.’"
When asked why he thinks it’s important to have a music festival in Hoosick Falls, Jensen isn’t shy.
"I think Hoosick Falls is in a renaissance, I truly believe that" Jensen, who also functions as HAYC3 gallery manager said. "You’ll hear people say ‘when in Hoosick was in its heyday’ which just throws me over the edge. That just assumes that it had its day, it’s never coming backŠ.there’s two galleries here, there’s musicŠ if you just drive around town you’ll see ‘sold,’ ‘sold,’ ‘sold’ all these houses with ‘sold’ signs."
The structure of the festival is set up to dole out the music in small doses, 30 to 45 minutes at a time, with breaks in-between for refreshments, which will be provided by The Frying Dutchman of Hoosick Falls.
"It’s the worst food (for you) on the planet, but it tastes so good," Jensen said.
The show takes place in various locations throughout HAYC3: The Perry Room, where Brooklynites Living Composers, singer/songwriter Keith I. Drinkwine, and Barbershop harmonists Welcome Blend. And the Owl’s Nest in which light rockers 3’s Harmony, American folk singers Tune Travelers, and Dixieland band The Sage City Six. As well as Gilbane Peck who will perform Gallery 90, which currently houses his interactive sculpture show, "I will miss you."
"I think it’s important to have music everywhere," Jensen said. "And we need to have it in Hoosick."
Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 for HAYC3 members, and free for children under 12. For more information call 518-686-9050 or visit www.HAYC3.org.
Coming up at HAYC3
On Saturday, May 11, HAYC3 will host the annual fundraiser Hoosical Furnishings for the second time. Last year’s event raised tens of thousands of dollars after expenses for the armory, making it the biggest fundraiser the group had ever seen.
The event is a combination reception and live auction of locally made art from fifty one of a kind furnishings, from armoires to benches, from chandelier to dog houses, from mirrors to mailboxes.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the auction begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for non-members, $20 for members.
On June 15, at noon the first Hoosick Healing Arts and Psychic Festival will take place at HAYC3. From Reiki to crystals and everything else related are welcome. Vendor/participant registration forms are available now and the fee is $20. Contact Jason Jensen at email@example.com for more information.