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Rollin’ Down the River kicks off at youth center

April 19, 2012

CALLICOON, NY — Rollin’ Down the River (RDTR), a series of concerts benefiting Damascus Citizens for Sustainability. will hold its kick-off event at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Road, on Sunday, May 6 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. The afternoon will feature the Grammy-nominated band Professor Louie and The Crowmatix, which has nine CDs on The Woodstock Records label, and worked for years with Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame group The Band and as a backup group for Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Garth Hudson.

Also performing will be Marc Black, whose career began in the ‘70s touring with The Doors and Van Morrison; and local favorites Peter Florance and The New Kings. Black’s latest CD, “Sometime a Spark,” includes performances by John Sebastian and Happy Traum, and two songs about fracking, “No Fracking Way” and “I’ll Be Gone,” reaching number six on the Folk DJ Chart. The suggested donation is $5 for adults. It is free for children under 12.

RDTR will be staging concerts throughout the region as part of an effort to educate people about the imminent dangers posed by fracking. It is the result of an inspiration local resident Ralph Liberto had at the 2011 Shad Festival in Lambertville, Participating as a musician, he noted the contrast between the polluted river of his childhood and the resurgence celebrated by the festival. At that time he realized that “music and the river were common threads that could be used to weave a safety net protecting our region from the ravages of gas drilling.”

For information about DCS, visit DamascusCitizensForSustainability.org. For information about RDTR, visit DamascusCitizens-RollinDownTheRiver.org.