Valley Voice: Cold River and the Renovated Majestic | Voice of the valley


CONWAY – Admit it: We’ve all experienced a withdrawal from the Cold River radio show in the past two years since this mad pandemic and a new normal took hold, forcing the cancellation of variety shows in live at Intervale’s Theater in the Wood four or five times a year by host Jonathan Sarty and the Cold River Radio Show.

Of course, thanks to the broadcast of shows recorded on the local radio station WMWV 93.5-FM at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, we were able to get a taste of what we missed.

The Wildcat Inn and Tavern’s Tavern Garden Stage outdoor dinner concert series, which featured Jonathan as the host, opened for several well-known groups, including the Cold River Radio Band last month.

But now – get the band up and roll the curtain, please – because Sunday night, September 26, the show will be performed live at the refurbished Majestic Theater.

“It’s a celebration not only of our ninth anniversary, it’s also a celebration of the theater renovation by Mountaintop Music and the community. And it’s our only show this ninth anniversary season and our first since November 2019 – almost two years, ”Jonathan said in a phone interview with his wife and wife Sally and kindergarten son Pierce’s. Wakefield home Friday afternoon.

The show will follow Mountain Top Music Center’s COVID-19 policies, according to Jonathan, who noted that although masks are not mandatory, they are “highly recommended” and all attendees must provide proof of vaccination or a PCR test. negative done within 72 hours. of the service.

Much of Jonathan’s public in Cold River is older, which is the population most at risk for the pandemic.

Realizing all of this, Jonathan offers another chance to watch the show, if members of the audience are wary of the virus: the live broadcast.

“I think a lot of people would if we marketed it and spread the word,” said Jonathan, who said his team had been working hard on the concept all summer, testing things with their shows in the middle. air at Wildcat’s Tavern Garden. Series of dinner concerts on stage.

“If you go to you can not only buy your tickets but also learn how to broadcast live so you can watch it from the comfort of your home, ”said Jonathan. “We have high quality high definition video and audio with at least six different camera angles in movie theaters and commercial grade soundboards. We have Alan Bean sending a live feed and Thomas Stafford and his team of photographers, so that should be outstanding. “

Tickets to go in person are $ 40; the cost of live streaming is between $ 15 and $ 30.

“It’s basically an honor system, with a price starting at $ 15 and if you’re a couple, pay $ 30. There’s no way to regulate it, of course, and that’s a suggested amount, ”Jonathan said.

The show will feature “Queen of Soul” of Boston, Cassandre McKinley, Tyler-James Kelly, frontman of “The Silks”; author John Kane and Local Spotlight “Just Be-Cause,” a local duo starring Christine Rogers and Moe Baillargeon.

And, of course, Jonathan and the stellar Cold River Radio Show Band.

The group consists of David Mattacks on drums (Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention), Todd Baker on double bass, Mike Sakash on soprano saxophone and Joseph (Sonny) Barbato on piano.

“We will be choosing some of our songs over the years,” said Jonathan, who said the return of the show would be a wonderful healing event, not just for the fans, but for himself and his fellow performers.

“I think the community has really taken a hit over the last year. This valley has always been a place where people care for each other and care for each other and dealing with this (pandemic) has broken our community in so many ways and I want it to heal. I would like to think that our return and our coming to this theater as our way of doing it is a way to start again on the right foot while building the community experience.

Looking ahead, he said he hopes the Cold River radio show will be able to get back on track as the world learns to contain and hopefully overcome the pandemic (hint, hint: put on a mask and get vaccinated, right?). He said he had had conversations with AO Lucy from Theater in the Wood, and Lucy is “receptive to our return”.

The show starts at 7 p.m. The Majestic is located at 36 Main Street in Conway Village. Parking is located across the street at Conway Town Hall after hours and for people with reduced mobility behind the theater.

IN OTHER music news, Kimball and Neysa Packard’s “Feel the Barn ‘Concert Series at their Farmstand B&B features Boston folksmiths Amy Fairchild and Todd Thibaud on Sunday night, September 26. Looking ahead, the Farmstand welcomes Steve Forbert on October 3. Go to for tickets.

THE RED PARKA pub was the place to be last Friday night, September 17th, with the dazzling rockabilly and blues-rock guitar of 24-year-old guitar sensation Darren Thiboutot (aka Lighning) and his Memphis band mates. Lightning. It was their second show this month but their last in the area for the year, but they have said they will be back next year so stay tuned.

The RPP’s Blue Sunday series continues September 26 at 5:30 p.m. with a show by Bruce Marshall. Go to for the entertainment scoop.

In other outdoor music, the Jonathan Sarty Band is tonight at the Wildcat Tavern Garden Stage Dinner Concert Series with a show on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. for more.

TUCKERMAN BREWING CO. at Conway has outdoor music today with Rek-lis from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ledge Brewing at Intervale a sPig’s Eye from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

It was great to see everyone participate virtually or in person at Jen’s 24th Annual Cancer Friends Rise, held at Cranmore Mountain Resort on Saturday September 18th. The fundraising goal of $ 100,000 for the second year in a row has been exceeded, which says a lot about our community.

I enjoyed the hike with the Behr family members as well as catching up to the summit with the North Country Dental team members who were dressed up as anti-cancer fairies.

Congratulations to all who make this event and organization such a much needed and heartwarming success every year.

ON HAPPY BIRTHDAYS this week we greet everyone, including Bev Micallef (late 9-20); First pianist of the Church of Christ congregation Floyd Corson (late, 91 9-21); Ted Karmer (9-25); Lisa Holcomb (9-26); previously mentioned musician Bruce Marshall, longtime Mud Bowl supporters Jim Sheehan and Kim Ryan (all ages 9 to 27); Steve Brennan, Scott “Boomer” Demsey, Anne Crowe-Kroger, cyclist Dave Kinsman and Sun’s Heather Baillargeon, Becky Mulkern and Belle Stafford (9-29); Pete Lavertue, Pete Rivers and State Representative Karen Umberger (9-30); and Nina Perry, Rob Owen, Amanda Parsons and real estate agent Stacy Sand (10-1).

Have a good week-end. One week and counting until the return of the always fun and fabulous Fryeburg Fair, October 3-10!


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