January 3, 2011
UPTON, NY — The ninth annual “Gathering of the Slides,” a blues concert featuring the Kerry Kearney Band and Dee Harris will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory on Saturday, January 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Berkner Hall. Sponsored by the BNL Music Club, the concert is open to the public. All visitors to the Laboratory 16 and older must bring a photo I.D.
Back for his ninth year at Brookhaven, Kearney performs his unique brand of upbeat blues and electrifying slide guitar that he calls "Psychedelta." The Kerry Kearney Band has performed at music festivals across the country and internationally, and at well-known venues including B.B. King’s and Terra Blues in New York City, as well as the Stephen Talkhouse located on the east end of Long Island in Amagansett. The band has headlined the Riverhead Blues Festival and received a Long Island Sound Award (LISA) from the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Band members include Kearney on guitar and vocals, Frank Celenza on bass, Mario Staiano on drums, Charlie Wolf on harmonica, and Tony Campo on keyboard.
Dee Harris is a self-taught blues guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist. He studied slide guitar with legendary guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell. Harris has developed distinctive techniques and plays a mixture of Appalachian, Celtic, and classical Indian music. Harris enjoys interpreting early renaissance music and can usually be found strumming a banjo or sitar.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through www.ticketweb.com. Advance ticket purchase is recommended because “Gathering of the Slides” concerts have been sold out in the past. For more information, call 631 344-3846.
The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.
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