Twilight on the Rails promises music and good times on Saturday
There’s no better way to spend a lovely summer evening than on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad listening to great music as you roll along beside the East Branch of the Delaware River. On Saturday, Aug. 30, the Blues Maneuver will take to the rails on the historic D&URR from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for a slow moving scenic train ride that everyone will enjoy.
The Blues Maneuver, one of the region’s busiest bands, combines top-notch musicianship, impeccable vocals, what the Woodstock Times called “a mighty horn section” and a versatile repertoire of swing, blues, R&B and oldies.
The band features the vocals of front man David (Gus) Krajicek and the soaring guitar of Jesse (Guitar King) Cohen, both veterans of blues and R&B units in New York and the Midwest. Drawing from a vast rep of several hundred tunes, the band can play it all—from hot swing to dead-on blues to rockin’ oldies, rockabilly and country/western. Founded in 1995, the Blues Maneuver has appeared at hundreds of dates, including clubs, ski lodges, parties, reunions, weddings and other events from Massachusetts to Long Island to Cooperstown to New York City. The band was judged one of the top three acts at First Night Oneonta and is the official band of the Hamden Inn Halloween Extravaganza.
The eight-piece band is featured each summer on the Delaware and Ulster Railroad’s rolling blues bash out of Arkville. The Blues Maneuver band has shared stages with artists such as Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, keyboardist Johnnie “B. Goode” Johnson from Chuck Berry’s band, bluesman Robert Lockwood Jr. and Albany blues legend Ernie Williams.
The Blues Maneuver’s rep of blues and R&B covers includes classics by the likes of Wilson Pickett, Martha and the Vandellas, Leadbelly, James Brown, Memphis Slim and Little Milton, as well as contemporary blues by Bonnie Raitt, Keb’ Mo, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn. The band features a number of original swing tunes. Its cover rep in that genre includes chestnuts by Louis Jordan and Louie Prima, among many others.
Music, food, fun and a little romance play a part in this magical evening train ride through the scenic Catskills. Those wishing to pack a picnic dinner and more potent beverages are welcomed to board with baskets and coolers in hand.
Be sure not to miss this opportunity to hear an incredible band back dropped by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Catskills. Tickets are $17 and reservations are suggested. Call the Arkville Depot at 845 586-DURR or the Stamford office at 607 652-2821. The Delaware and Ulster Railroad is on Route 28, Arkville.