Free "al fresco" concerts offered at amphitheater

Margaretville — A series of free music concerts “al fresco” in the MARK Amphitheater in Margaretville will be held on three Fridays from 6-8 p.m.
The concerts are sponsored by the MARK Project with support from the O’Connor Foundation and bring several of the area’s most popular musical acts to the open-air performance space next to the Masonic Hall on Margaretville’s Main Street.
Wendy Nief, popular vocalist of jazz, blues and pop standards, will kick things off on Friday, July 31, accompanied by Geoff Samuels and Rob Roman.
In addition to her devoted local following, Nief has become something of a regular at the prestigious Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, so this Margaretville appearance is a chance to perform for her favorite hometown crowd. She’ll be mixing it up with sultry jazz and blues as well as upbeat rock and pop standards. “I feel honored to sing for people, and their affection and loyalty challenges me to give everything I have,” says Nief. Copies of Nief’s CD “Bittersweet” will be available that evening.
The next concert will feature the “Disciples of Agriculture” on August 14, a local band hailing from nearby Bovina. Their roots-rock offers a rambunctious country-folk twist, with many of their songs written by front man, Dan Finn, about the Catskills region. Other band members include Keith Christopher on guitar, and Bovina residents Ed Denison on drums and John “Chico” Finn on bass. 
On August 28, the concert series closes with popular cabaret-style duo, Patricia Dell and Kent Brown, who will bring to life some of the best-loved classics of musical theater, along with their trademark rapport with their audience.
All concerts start at 6 p.m. and are free, with donations appreciated. Bring a picnic and your favorite beverage to enjoy and a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
In case of rain, the concert will move to the village pavilion in the village park. For more info, call 586-3500.