Coming up soon at Auburn Public Theater is the perfect way to relax before Thanksgiving. The amazingly talented guitar duo Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb, along with Dusty Pascal will play a show at the small, independent theater on Wednesday, November 21st. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and it’s just $12 a ticket (or $10.80 for members). If you’re looking for a chill night before the Thanksgiving rush, it’s worth the drive to Auburn. I highly recommend seeing the Barrigar/Mazengarb duo, and Pascal.
I’ve written quite a bit about Auburn Public Theater and there’s a good reason for it. While there are theaters closer to Syracuse, APT offers more unique choices and extremely affordable shows of all kinds. From hard-to-find film screenings, parties, and comedy acts to live music and plays, APT truly has something for everyone each season. Some examples from last year include the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the live history of “An Evening with Henry David Thoreau”, as well as a performance by The Amazing Kreskin. That’s a pretty unique list of events that you won’t find elsewhere. Luckily for Central New Yorkers, APT is continuing this great commitment to the arts. If you haven’t been yet, you need to go check it out. Now about the music!
Let’s talk Dusty Pascal. Pascal is a Skaneateles-based singer/songwriter and an incredibly talented musician. Taking on the simple, classic acoustic guitar-based songwriting approach, Pascal has become well known locally for his signature brand of folk. I don’t necessarily want to pigeonhole him as a folk singer only, because the music blends many genres at once, including blues and rock. He currently has two albums and a live album. The studio albums (Home and More) were written and recorded at SubCat Music Studio’s former Skaneateles location. Musically he’s hard to describe but he’s known for his powerful stage presence and excellent live work. I’m not saying it’s a direct comparison, but his songwriting reminds me of James Taylor and other big name singer/songwriters at times. There’s a certain honesty and intimacy in his music that makes him a legitimate singer/songwriter in his own right. Pascal names Loren Barrigar as his mentor, according to his official biography.
Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb can easily be considered among the most talented, virtuosic guitarists not only in ‘Cuse, but on an international level. They’ve toured far and wide with stops across North America, Europe, and more. Barrigar is a Central New Yorker and master acoustic guitarist whose music has appeared on various television shows. A few years back he won a SAMMY Award for Best Country CD and has even recorded with Grammy winners. Not only that, but he also produced and played on Pascal’s Home. By any measurement, Barrigar is really worth seeing–especially when he’s playing with Mark Mazengarb. Mazengarb is a New Zealand-born guitarist with serious roots in jazz, bluegrass, and folk. As I mentioned in an old article about Mazengarb, he specializes in fingerstyle guitar (essentially no pick playing). In some exciting news for local music lovers, Barrigar and Mazengarb released a new album entitled Onward back in August. Listen to it here!
If you’re a fan of local music or just excellent guitar work and singer/songwriters, you really shouldn’t miss Auburn Public Theater’s Thanksgiving Eve Concert. Bring the whole family because it’s going to be a perfect evening.
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