SYMBA To Open For Crookston Tonight

FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Ithaca-based singer/songwriter Joe Crookston & the BlueBird Jubilee with Peter Glanville in concert tonight at 7:30.

Jamestown duo SYMBA will serve as the concert’s opening act. This young folk duo consists of Hayley “Moonpuppy” Restivo, 17, the primary songwriter of the group, on guitar and vocals, and Ryan Hawkins, 18, on ukulele, bass, mandolin and backup vocals.

In November, Hawkins and Restivo released their debut album, “Eleanor Evermore,” which has sold more than 200 copies to date. Rising artists, the duo is scheduled to play the Great Blue Heron Festival, and numerous other stages this summer. Both girls are active members of Infinity Visual and Performing Arts.

Crookston was awarded “Album of the Year” by the International Folk Alliance and received a songwriting grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to travel New York state interviewing locals and writing original songs based on his travels. He recently was signed to Tamulevich Artist Management alongside renowned fellow songwriters John Gorka, Red Horse and Peter Yarrow.

Together with Peter Glanville, as the BlueBird Jubilee, Crookston has played to full houses at festivals and performing arts centers across the U.S. His is a high energy show full of story songs, finger-picking, stomping rhythms and a deep well of musical tradition and creativity.

Tickets to Joe Crookston are $15 ($13 Opera House members) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891. They also may be purchased online at fredopera.org. The event is part of the Folk in Fredonia Music Series, which is sponsored by The Gilman Family. The performance is presented, in part, with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported, nonprofit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.