The acoustic duo Ann Carey and Matt Mielnick will provide an evening of mellow and entertaining sounds, covering artists such as Allison Krause, John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, and a few off-the-path tunes for good measure. It’s a potluck dinner at 6pm and music at 7pm.
Ann Carey began singing professionally in Central New York in the late seventies in bands such as Steppin’ Out, Blue Steel, and Ted Radley and Co. Eventually she explored the world of jazz standards, and continues to play gigs with local legends Rick Montalbano and Monk Rowe. Ann is also the token “chick singer” in the long-living “dance” band, Puttin’ on the Ritz, and is an instructor in theatre education at Syracuse University and Utica College. She recently co-wrote and directed a theatre piece on local food insecurity which was presented at Utica College entitled, Mother Marianne’s Kitchen.
A native Utican, Matt Mielnick lists an exhausting number of personal influences that have brought him to this place at this time in his musical journey—shoe salesman, Existentialist, luthier’s apprentice, saloon owner, and more. He was the director of performing arts programming for several local arts organizations and music curator for the Clinton Art and Music Festival for the past two years. In 1978 he and his good friend Philip Doty invited other local musicians to put together a “one-time only” musical program that they called “Puttin’ On the Ritz”. That iconoclastic 9-piece collaboration has continued for the last 35 years under that same name. Matt credits Zorro for his strong sense of justice for the underdog and his fondness for black clothing.