The annual CFCU Cortland Main Street Music Series continues to grow with a 2022 lineup featuring CNY’s top local talent as well as world-class bands. The series celebrates 19 years of bringing local, regional and national acts to downtown Cortland with genres ranging from rock, Americana, folk, country, blues and many points in between. Doors open at 5 p.m. for all shows and music starts at 6 p.m. every Friday in July.
The town of Cortland, home of the Main Street Music Series, is centrally located in the scenic Seven Valleys of central New York. Historically known as Crown City, for its position as the highest city in the state, Cortland is a gateway to the Finger Lakes region and a destination location for live music and cultural events.
15 performers will grace the CFCU Community Credit Union stage during five free concerts, all taking place at Rose Hall, 19 Church Street Cortland.
The series kicks off with triple billing on Friday, July 1 with headliners James Barker Band and backing bands Taylor Made and Jon Rogalia. The James Barker Band has fueled an incredible story over the past six years, largely on its own, playing top spots in small bars across Ontario, hitting multiple No. 1 singles, garnering hundreds airing millions worldwide and headlining some of Canada’s biggest countries. music festivals. Now, with new music on the way, the quartet continues its meteoric rise in Nashville. In 2017, they sent their single “Chills” straight to the top of Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100 chart. The upbeat anthem also achieved Platinum status, alongside other songs from their introductory LP Game On, earning them numerous national awards. Plus, these best friends have already amassed six more GOLD and PLATINUM certified leads.
The second week of the series will follow on July 8 with local roots rock band The Unknown Woodsmen and fellow local artists The Rollin’ Rust and Austin MacRae. Northeast music fans talk about CNY-based band The Unknown Woodsmen, who tap into classic rock sounds to create their own blues-reggae flavor of infectious rock grooves. Since their inception in 2011, the band have spent countless hours perfecting their signature sound and performing tirelessly throughout the Northeast. Whether it’s their slick hooks, old-school grooves, or energetic stage presence, The Unknown Woodsmen are captivating crowd after crowd, show after show, to a growing loyal fan base across the region. central New York.
The series kicks things up a notch in week three, when The Rods headlines the Friday, July 15 show at Rose Hall. They will be joined by support groups Sydney Irving and the Mojo and local singer-songwriter Quona Hudson. The Rods are a classic and show favorite heavy metal band that rocked the ’80s with a powerful, raw energy that led to them touring with some of the biggest bands in metal today – Judas Priest, Ozzy, Motorhead and Metallica, to name but a few. some. Listeners will find that The Rods are still a force to be reckoned with today as they continue full steam ahead with new lineup and powerful vintage sound.
On Friday, July 22, the CFCU Cortland Main Street Music Series will immerse Rose Hall in the blues, when Joe Louis Walker brings his band to the Cortland stage, with opening sets from regional favorites Mike Powell and Raedwald Howland-Bolton. Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner Joe Louis Walker celebrates a career spanning more than half a century. A true guitar virtuoso, unique vocalist and prolific songwriter, he has toured extensively throughout his career, performed at the world’s most renowned music festivals and earned a legion of devoted fans. Walker’s 1986 debut album, Cold Is the Night on HighTone, heralded his arrival in stunning fashion, and its subsequent release only served to further establish Walker as one of the scene’s leading bluesmen. NPR Music called Walker “a legendary modern blues icon who pushes the boundaries”, and he is already considered a living legend in the blues world.
Rounding out the final show in the series on Friday, July 29, Rose Hall will host headliner Upstate as well as opening artists Miss Tess Duo and Cloey Tierno.
The CFCU Cortland Main Street Music Series, presented by the CFCU Community Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the culture of Cortland and contribute to a vital downtown by providing an annual series of concerts by local, regional and national artists. Additional sponsorship is provided by the Cortland County Business Development Corporation and the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote “Crown City Rising”, a communications platform aimed at informing downtown stakeholders and the community at large of the ongoing Main Street reconstruction process.
More information can be found by visiting CrownCityRising.com and more information about the series can be found by following updates on Facebook and Instagram or by visiting their website at MainStreetMusicSeries.com.