And that I must be doing well
I said the audience was heavenly
But the traveling was Hell
– Dan Fogelberg, Same Old Lang Syne
I heard this old favorite song as I drove the length of Route 287 this past weekend. The lyrics resonated with me, as many of our artists have remarked how much they love performing at the Cozy Cabin, i.e., “the audience was heavenly, but the traveling was hell.” In 2019 we shared 21 shows, including two double shows in one afternoon, and we contributed $10,500 to a total of 48 performers, an average of $500/show! Nearly every show had at least one first-time guest, and our Cozy Cabin Facebook page currently has over 1,360 likes! And we did it together.
Which show was your favorite? Was it our New Year’s Day show with Eric Lee, Sophie Buskin, J. R. Garcia, Kirsten Maxwell and Katherine Rondeau? Jeffrey Gaines? The incredible afternoon with Terry Reid, George and Ed? Jimmy Vivino and Bob Margolin? Robinson Treacher and Cassidy Catanzaro? Jesse Terry’s holiday show? How many artists did you discover right here?
Artists love the Cozy Cabin because our audience is serious about music, has high expectations, and supports the artists not only with their donations, but purchase CDs and other merchandise. One of our regular guests has often told me that Cozy Cabin is very different from other venues, and I finally believe them.
At last week’s concert Jesse Terry remarked that Ken once told him he didn’t know what he would do without our concert series; I second that. The 2020 schedule is set, 15 shows with an even mix of first time and returning artists. I’d like to see us reach our ten year anniversary in 2021, but, as with venues throughout the area, it’s a challenge to get people to come out to hear live music. Please make one of your New Year’s resolutions “Support live music more often.” We have an embarrassment of musical riches in the tri-state area--from coffee houses to listening rooms to performing arts centers--with programming for every musical taste. Artists have told me many times, without us, there’s no them.
Cheers to another year of music discovery!