Sunday Music Series, Exchange Street Records, and the Dean Brothers


First let me say, I need to write about three pages apiece to accurately convey to you even a general sense of each one of the three topics mentioned in the title of this blogpost. And, instead, I only have space for three paragraphs. As always, I will do what I can and hope for the best…

When Professor Louie & the Crowmatix first came to town many years ago now (and though space is limited I must pause here to thank Bob & Gilda Brower for introducing us to such fine musicians), Carey Eidel and I were hanging out with them in the dressing room before the show and one of the band members mentioned they were going on the next day to do a regular gig in Buffalo. Since it was a Saturday night, the next day was Sunday. Wow, a regular gig on a Sunday in Buffalo. Cool. I wanted to know more. Professor Louie explained that one of their favorite venues of all time was a bar that had hosted a weekly, 4:00pm Sunday concert and had been doing so for forty years or so. Whenever the band was near Buffalo, they played the gig. What a great time to have music, I thought. It’s late in the day so most Sunday obligations have been fulfilled and yet it’s early enough so that even if you wanted to hang out for a couple of hours, you would still get home way early on a school night. Carey, Janie McGlire and I talked about it and decided it would be a great slot to add to the Auburn Public Theater line up and modified it to be a twice a month event. The rest, as they say, is history.

Exchange Street Records came into being after learning of the Weedsport music educator, Brian Franco, and the amazing, pioneering work he was doing with his students with the help of JamHub. Look it up. You will not be disappointed to learn about this revolutionary technology. Basically, we wanted to do what Brian was doing at school but in an Auburn Public Theater way – we wanted to help young people form bands and draw on band members from around the region, not just from their neighborhoods or school groups. We also wanted to provide music education to everyone, not just young people whose parents provided lessons, instruments and, most of all, garages and basements where new, young bands could practice. Brian Franco pioneered our program. His amazingly talented wife and music educator, Amanda Franco, joined him and now the program is being steadily managed and expanded by the One and Only Jim Van Arsdale. Talk about “If you build it, they will come”! It’s more like, “Carey figured out how to raise all the money we needed to buy all the necessary and really, really expensive equipment, Brian, Amanda and Jim showed up just when we needed them to, and now we have this amazing Exchange Street Records program at Auburn Public Theater which we are so proud of and excited about, we can barely watch the students perform without crying.” Seriously. That described the program to a T.

Now, as for the Dean Brothers and this tiny bit of space I have left, well, I’d like to share something with you I just read on the internet in preparation for writing this blog post.  “A few years ago, Salimpoor and Zatorre performed another type of brain scanning experiment in which participants listened to music that gave them goosebumps or chills. The researchers then injected them with a radioactive tracer that binds to the receptors of dopamine, a chemical that’s involved in motivation and reward. With this technique, called positron emission tomography or PET, the researchers showed that 15 minutes after participants listened to their favorite song, their brains flooded with dopamine.” Ever heard of The Dean Brothers? If you have, then you know. If you haven’t and you are looking for a safe, chemical free and fun way to flood your brain with dopamine, look no further. See you tomorrow (Sunday, Dec 3) at Auburn Public Theater for our Sunday Music Series at 4:00pm featuring the Auburn Public Studio Exchange Street Record Band and our friends, The Dean Brothers.