Skaneateles The Mere Mortals cuts a wide swath through Central New York, appealing to a variety of music lovers, age groups and venues. While the six-member band, including female vocalist Maureen Henesy, penetrates crowds at Coleman’s on Tipperary Hill and Shifty’s on Burnet Avenue, the floodgates of their talent will open up when they perform July 1 at a free concert on Skaneateles Lake.
This is the fourth edition of “SKARTS 'N the Park” — a free summer concert presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council in Clift Park and sponsored by Cowleyweb, Sherwood Inn and the Skaneateles Press — will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. at Clift Park.
While The Mere Mortals plays several original songs, they often respond to the vibes of the crowd with a diverse array of cover songs ranging from Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to the Rolling Stones and Jane’s Addiction. The band plays over 30 performances a year at bars, festivals, weddings and private parties.
What makes the band so unique is their vocal diversity. Six of the seven members have either been lead singers or co/lead singers in previous bands. Before forming The Mere Mortals in 2002, the members of the band played in such local groups as: The Eileens, Soulmates, Descendant and Good Question.
The members of the group are Skaneateles native Dave Allyn, rhythm guitar and vocals; Paul Finn, drums and vocals; Maureen Henesey, vocals and percussion; Mark “Kernal” Kearns, bass; Kristin Peenstra, percussion, horn and vocals; and Skaneateles native Win Price, keyboard and vocals.
For more information on SKARTS, visit skarts.org.