On Monday evenings in warm weather, a magic moment takes place. People carrying musical instruments and folding chairs start assembling at the Rondout on the banks of the Hudson River in Kingston. Some greet each other as old hands and some welcome newcomers. They come for one simple purpose. Playing music for the sake of playing music with others. Period.
Informal, unstructured, spontaneous. No structure, fees, audience or the producer-types that we used to call “Suits”.
We emailed back and forth a few times and they told me that Earl, the accordian and fiddle player was going to call a square dance at Opus 40 Sculpture Park in Saugerties.
How could I not go? Here is the Slide Mountain Band again, taking it to the people, at Opus 40 Sculpture Park.
After a few rounds of vigorous dances when even the statues rocked, Earl asked if people would like to take a rest break while the band played some restful music.
I went back to the Rondout Creek on a Monday evening to film some more jamming but a restaurant adjacent to the park was holding a fund-raiser with a DJ. It made jamming impossible. They decided to de-camp to Esopus, to a park right on the bank of the Hudson. Although the group was small and there were very few in the audience, the lemonade turned out great!