Nov 2012 16

NEW HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND ART TO ROCK ITHACA
Local Musician Gathers Friends and Community Members For First-Annual Concert/Exhibition

ITHACA, NEW YORK — Christmachannukkalypse, a holiday-themed music and art celebration, is making its first appearance in Ithaca at the Community School of Music and Arts on State Street on December 1st.

The event has been coordinated by Samuel B. Lupowitz, a local musician and graduate of Ithaca College.

“We started planning this as a special concert with some local and out-of-town musicians we admired,”  Lupowitz explains.  “But when our initial booking fell through and we couldn’t find another venue available, we decided to book CSMA, promote the show ourselves, make it about more than just making music with our friends; we could get even more creative Ithacans involved and make it an event.”

To this end, the music will be complemented by a number of local artists and businesses displaying and selling their work.  “Ithaca has such a vibrant arts community, but sometimes that means it’s hard to be noticed.  We’re providing an opportunity to cross-pollinate the audiences that these different creative people draw.”  Ithaca College’s student circus troupe, ICircus, will perform, and there will be arts displays by FLOOF Designs,  local musician/painter Will Gelder, Ithaca College’s Mask Workshop, and others.

On the music side, the evening will focus on folk, soul, and rock revivalism.  Pittsburgh-based rock/funk/jazz fusion group Glass Cannon will make their Ithaca debut at the event.  In addition, there will be performances by local singer-songwriters Erik Johanson and Will Shishmanian and soul vocalist Mandy Goldman.  Lupowitz’s retro piano-rock group, Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band, will headline the show as well as serve as the house band for a number of the other performers.  For the occasion, the band will be augmented by a three-piece horn section, the Id Horns.  Sound equipment is provided in part by McNeil Music of Ithaca.

Christmachannukkalypse, a name coined by participating artist, designer, and percussionist J.P. Feenstra, is a combination of Christmas, Chanukah, and the apocalypse.  “We think the name makes it clear that it’s a seasonal event, but we’re not taking the happy-holidays aspect it too seriously.  The focus is on the music, art, and people, not about celebrating any particular tradition, no matter how mainstream or how off-the-wall.  You know, very Ithaca.”

Lupowitz  is optimistic that the evening will be enough of a success to make it an annual event, “hopefully expanding to more bands, more artists, more vendors, and becoming a beloved Ithaca tradition like GrassRoots or AppleFest.”

Christmachannukkalypse
Community School of Music and Arts
330 East State Street
3rd Floor
Doors open at 7:00pm
$5 admission
www.samuelblupowitz.com

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