Kellish Hill Music Barn to hold two-day fundraiser May 6, 7

More than 21 musical acts will entertain guests at Kellish Hill Music Barn's weekend fundraiser, "Come Rise to the Occasion," on Friday and Saturday May 6 and 7.

The Salt Potatoes, Larry Hoyt, the Salt City Ramblers, the Pond Creek Bog Stompers and Diamond Someday are among the locally-based artists set to play at the two-day event.

"People coming to our fundraiser can expect an awesome show with plenty of variety ...," said owner Kathy Kellish. "[A] $10 ticket for either day gives you access to a minimum of six bands on Friday evening and as many as 15 bands on Saturday."

Since 2006, the barn has become a regular host for local and sometimes national bands that perform anything from light rock to folk music; bluegrass to Grateful Dead cover tunes. Recently, Kellish Hill was nominated for a SAMMY Award in the "Best Live Acoustic Music Venue in the Syracuse Area." Out of 128 venues, it sprung to the Top 4.

"The outpouring of support from the local music community was truly a validation that we are providing a much-needed service and making an impact on people's lives," said owner Kathy Kellish. "Repeatedly, people who attend our concerts, open mics and Sunday jams have told us there is no other venue that provides what we do."

Kellish said she and her husband Rick Harding would like to expand their role as a major acoustic venue in Syracuse by attracting a wider spectrum of the music community to their heated music barn, located on the family farm, while also educating visitors through music, dance and art.

The music barn offers an idealistic country setting in the hills of Pompey; it offers a lodge to accommodate musicians passing through the area. It is also used for more intimate house concerts and jams throughout the year.

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