Chenango Sessions presents
Sunday 23 June 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Potluck and doors at noon
Newark Valley, New York
Suggested donation $10-$15 (100% to the artists)
Cold Chocolate is a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Feauturing Ethan Robbins on guitar, Ariel Bernstein on percussion, and backed by some of the root’s music scene’s finest players, this group from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond. Punctuated by tight harmonies and skillful musicianship, and with a focus on songwriting, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original music and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.
Guitarist/songwriter Ethan Robbins began his bluegrass career at Oberlin College. A founding member of The Outhouse Troubadours, an Oberlin Bluegrass Phenomenon, he began to explore how this hard-driving fast-paced genre could be stretched. A classical violinist from age four, Ethan fell in love with the guitar when he turned fourteen and his father bought him five quintessential albums: The Band’s Music from Big Pink, Bob Dylan’s Bringing it all Back Home, John Hartford’s Steam Powered Aereo-plane, Hank Williams Live at the Grand Ole Opry, and the Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead. Ever since, Ethan has attempted to bring those raw, rootsy sounds into his own original material. Kathy Sands-Boehmer of No Depression writes, “[Ethan] feels the music in his heart and soul and it shows when he plays. Ethan becomes the music on stage. There’s an almost mystical connection between his guitar and the notes that flow out of it.”
In 2012, Ethan met percussionist Ariel Bernstein at a mutual friend’s gig in Boston. As a student of Jim Tiller, the Principal Percussionist and Assistant Principal Tympanist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Ariel Bernstein earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Percussion for Performance at the State University of New York, Geneseo. A master of restraint, the loose-wristed Ariel brings a light and tasteful groove to Cold Chocolate’s tunes, filling out their sound and heightening the band’s live energy. In addition to playing in Cold Chocolate, Ariel can often be found at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, engineering the records of many of scene’s finest acoustic musicians, including Josh Ritter, The Ballroom Thieves, Darlingside, and Mr. Sun.
The Chenango Sessions, hosted by Andru Bemis, is a weekly, one-hour radio program which primarily features world-class musicians playing in intimate spaces—living rooms, galleries, and listening rooms—for small, enthusiastic audiences around Binghamton, New York. Audiences and artists are encouraged to interact, and the spirit of the live show is preserved in the radio program and recordings.
Due to the intimate nature of the venues, not all Chenango Sessions are public events. If no address is listed, it’s probably a show in a private home. But don’t let that stop you! You can subscribe to our periodic email newsletter (this is definitely the best way to always know what’s going on), check the performer’s website, or get details from an acquaintance, family member, or other guest.
100% of audience donations go directly to the artists. To ensure a seat for you at the performance, and so we know how many folks to expect, we encourage you to make your donation in advance by clicking the red “Reserve My Seats!” button. Guests without advance reservations may donate (cash or check only, please) when they arrive, and will be seated according to availability. Reasonably well-behaved kiddos and babies are always welcome.
Doors open at noon, with a potluck lunch. Don’t feel that you must bring something to attend; there’s plenty of food to go around. Music starts at 1 p.m. and will continue until 3:00 or so. Feel free to stay and visit after the performance, and don’t be afraid to arrive late or leave early if your schedule requires it.
If you have questions or would like more information, contact Andru.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the show!