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Upbeat on the Roof: Henry Raker and the Fungi

man playing a sax on stage under lightsHenry Raker and the Fungi, courtesy the artists

Upbeat on the Roof at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College

August 18: Henry Raker and the Fungi

Founded by the late Deacon James Edmonds out of the Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Albany, Heavenly Echoes performs in the storied tradition of Southern-style gospel music with spirituals, hymns, traditional contemporary gospel, and originals. Heavenly Echoes last played Upbeat in 2016.

This year marks Upbeat’s twenty-first season and it remains a premier summer destination for the best music created by the region’s musicians. New this year, the Tang offers an art-making station for kids at every concert! Children aged 5-12 are invited to arrive at 5:30 pm to get creative and make art with Tang Education Intern Paul Seggev ’23, the Carole Marchand ’57 Endowed Intern. Each week features a different art-making activity and is free, no registration required.

Visitors are invited to bring picnic blankets, camping chairs, and their own food and drink to make it a night. In the case of inclement weather, the art-making activities and concerts will be held inside the museum.


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