Universal Preservation Hall Goes Avant Garde
For one night only, Universal Preservation Hall in downtown Saratoga Springs will become a vibrant vessel for creative, unconventional, and joyful music and movement.
The evening – co-produced by SaratogaArtsFest and Spring Street Gallery – will kick off with gospel songs by Heavenly Echoes, one of the Capital District’s premier choirs. This set will be followed by a collaboration between musician/composer Carl Landa, Musical Director of Skidmore College’s Dance Department, and electronic artist DJ Jennifer Haley (Jennifer Maher), an Upstate NY-based singer/composer who has roots in Chicago’s house scene.
To this musical mélange, Debra Fernandez, the Chair of Skidmore College’s Dance Department, will present inventive and exploratory work featuring accomplished modern dancers Erika Pujic, Christy Williams, Joan Kilgore Anderson, and Kelly Polhemus. The performance will also include eye-catching video effects by artist Paul Coleman, and painter Nancy Magnell of AMP Gallery will lead a participatory project in the lobby.
Beer tasting by Shmaltz Brewery and wine tasting by Saratoga Winery round out the night, and revelers can grab a gourmet goodie from Fitzy’s Food Truck or apples and cider from Saratoga Apple before heading out to enjoy Saratoga’s wonderful nightlife, or stay for an extended dance mix with DJ Jennifer Haley.
Arts Fest Fridays features a different venue, arts partners, and guest producers each month. Guest producers of our “UPH Goes Avant Garde” event are Dee Sarno, Chair of the Arts Fest Board of Directors and a longtime supporter of the Saratoga arts scene, and Bob Carlton, co-founder of JetPack Promotions and singer/guitarist of the local indie-rock band Dryer.
Spring Street Gallery
Universal Preservation Hall
Shmaltz Brewing Company
The Saratoga Winery