Cobert Operations, a band headed by Jon Cobert, will operate at Arts on the Lake, 640 Route 52, Lake Carmel, Friday, July 27, at 7 pm.
Operations is the third in the series of three pay-what-you-wish outdoor summer concerts presented by the Kent non-profit at the Arts Center this summer. (The concerts move indoors, if there is rain.)
In addition to pianist/vocalist Cobert, co-operators include Peter Calo (guitar), Stu Woods (bass), Rob Wallis (drums), Tim Ouimette (trumpet), Mark Fineberg (saxophone) and Kati Mac (vocals).
Collectively, the members of the group have worked with such icons of music as John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Laura Branigan, Carly Simon, Ray Charles, The Four Tops and Todd Rundgren.
Characterized as a funky, bluesy, horn-based rock band, their repertoire includes songs by The Band, Elton John, Steely Dan, Leon Russell, Billy Joel, Dr. John, the Beatles and the Stones.
Executive Director of the Arts Center James Shearwood reports that attendance for the Summer Concert Series this year has increased almost 50% from previous years, which bodes well for the 2013 series.
“We now have a parking problem,” said Shearwood, “but it’s a good problem to have.”
Vendors Carmel Bagel, Johnny Gelato Ice Cream and Johnny’s Fire Dogs are on site at 6:15 to offer picnic–type food and beverages for concert-goers to enjoy before or during the concert.
The concerts are free or by a pay-what-you-wish donation because of support from the Friends of the Kent Library, Radovich & Dean Music, Kent Liquors and Joan Iacono Law.
The concerts are also made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the NY State Legislature and with public funds from Putnam County. These grant programs are managed and monitored by the Putnam Arts Council.
Regular indoor programming at the Lake Carmel Arts Center resumes with Local Bands Rock Concert on Saturday, July 28, and the Center’s vaudeville for the 21st century Open Mouth is scheduled for Saturday, August 4.
Information on all events and activities of Arts on the Lake is available at www.artsonthelake.org or (845) 228-2685.