Here’s an event I wouldn’t have missed for the world. I couldn’t,really, because I was in it and it was a benefit for a great local non-profit The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. There was a strange but true art opening from which all sale profits went to the Center, featuring drawings by maverick Johnny Dowd and debuting Jade Dowd Vanderbergs constructions and crochet magic. I had some items there,too, since I didn’t chicken out. Then Johnny and Mike played a set celebrating the release of Johns new album Family Picnic. There were guest musicians,food and drink, and twinkly lights. Because there should always be twinkly lights.
It was SO fun, and if you want the selfie to prove it, check out the photo booth shots. Jyl clearly lost her mind on the props (not that they aren’t always out of hand). Really,I’m dyin’ here. The mask made it to Johnny’s European tour!
The promo is below. I think this should become an annual event, don’t you?
Join us as Johnny Dowd celebrates the release of his new album “Family Picnic” with an Art Opening featuring his sister Jennifer Edmondson, and niece Jade Dowd Vanderberg, followed by a performance by Johnny, Mike Edmondson, & Kim Sherwood-Caso. They are pulling out all the stops, and Park Doing is opening the show.
Grayhaven Motel – 657 Elmira Rd, Ithaca
Art Opening begins at 6:00pm
Music begins at 7:30pm
The art pieces will be available for purchase at the Art Opening by making a donation to CRC. The show ends on 3/28.
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There’s nuthin’ like a Dowd Family Picnic!
Johnny on his new album, Family Picnic, which will be released March 1:
“I had to dig pretty deep for this one. Not sure how many more tunes I have in me. Tick tock. This record took an unexpected turn to the past — my past. It’s kind of like Wrong Side of Memphis 30 years down the road. Surprisingly little has changed for me (emotionally, that is). I’m still drawn to the same themes — unrequited love, murder, general foolishness. Waltzes and shuffles and boom chuck beats abound. Ice cream chord changes. Plus Kim Sherwood-Caso and Mike Edmondson. What’s not to like? An Americana classic, if I do say so myself.”