Jeff Gonzalez is a multitalented professional acoustic musician who performs extensively on the local music scene. Jeff has rubbed shoulders with artists like Peter, Paul and Mary, Janis Ian, Livingston Taylor, Bo Diddley and many more. He currently books upwards of 350 gigs a year and has been playing extensively in retirement, assisted living and nursing homes as well as rehab centers and just about any place where he can find people who need music. Pictured are a few of his CD’s. Jeff will be playing a solo acoustic show here at the Studios on 8/18 from 8-10:30. If you’d like to hear a little ditty from Jeff’s last show at the Studios, you can go here…
Both Robert Oakes and Katherine Smith were born into musical families and started performing at a very young age. Robert began as a kid singing and playing bass guitar with his blues-singing father’s band. Later, he played and sang in countless garage bands with his brother and friends from surrounding New Jersey towns, before going on to self-produce several albums of original songs and perform in many New York City-area venues. Katherine, whose grandfather, great aunts and uncles, father and mother all sang, started harmonizing as a teenager with her parents’ Connecticut-based choral group. She then went on to perform musical theater pieces, jazz and pop songs in high school and college productions. Katherine has also combined her love of singing with an affinity for visual art and acting.
Robert and Katherine met in 2007 while Robert was working on his 2009 album ‘Heart Broken Open.’ Katherine contributed vocals and artwork to that project, and the two quickly realized there was even more to be drawn from this collaboration. The duo formed in the winter of 2010 in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, where they both live. They began arranging some of Robert’s earlier material and writing new songs together, then quickly set about recording a six-song demo, recruiting band members for live shows and making plans to record a full-length album. They started playing out together in spring 2010, and spent the summer months playing shows in cafes and bars, at festivals and arts centers and busking on street corners from Maine to New Jersey, where their music was met consistently with a warm and enthusiastic response.During 2011, Robert and Katherine began production of their debut full-length album in Woodstock, NY and are currently working on it, hoping to put it out in mid-2012.For more info and some cool reviews and music samples go here: http://www.oakesandsmith.net/Photos by Katherine Smith
The Guest Artist Series is proud to present a multi-talented artist and performer who is no stranger to the local art and music scene! A collection of works from Michael’s Blues, Jazz and American Icons series will be shown starting Sunday February 26th thru 3/31. The Artist Opening will be from 2pm to 6pm with Michael performing some of his fantastic music as we enjoy his visual art as well.