Dec. 19 concert features uncommon holiday music

Six musical friends shared the stage at an Adirondack festival this past summer, and the spontaneous musical connection was so powerful that they decided to replicate the magic in a contemporary holiday show. All six will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, at Beacon’s Towne Crier Café. There will be a focus on fresh interpretations of uncommon holiday songs, along with some uplifting originals. Among the six players, singers and songwriters, there is an abundance of multipart vocal harmony and instrumental collaboration.

We Three Duos

Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman hail from Oneida, New York, are working on their ninth album and tour the East Coast extensively. Playing conga and hand percussion, Savoca infuses the music with her love of soul, R&B, and world rhythms.

Sara Milonovich, of Beacon, and Andy Goessling are part of the roots-rock band Daisycutter. Milonovich is a songwriter, a sought-after accompanist and has played with many artists including Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger and Eilza Gilkyson. Goessling is a founding member of Railroad Earth and has played with many artists including Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes and Bruce Hornsby.

Michele and Rick Gedney (Open Book) of Cold Spring residents, are finishing their third album, Grateful, due out by year’s end. Mike Jurkovic of Chronogram writes that Open Book’s music is “an engaging amalgam of harmony vocals, tasty folk rock, and, most importantly, intelligent and astute songwriting that fully realizes that whatever the two songwriters are living through, most of their audience has also experienced.”

The Towne Crier Café is located at 379 Main St. in Beacon. Reservations are recommended. Call 845-855-1300 or visit

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