The Heartland Passage Tour: Celebrating the Erie Canal Bicentennial
September 10 – Rochester
$10, $8 Members/Seniors/Students
The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave., Rochester NY
Film: Boom & Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal, Kimball, Canning, Bolt & McClure, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
More about the tour: The Heartland Passage Tour is a unique new performance event that will travel on the Erie Canal September 2 – 23 to celebrate the bicentennial of the digging of the canal and demonstrate its cultural and historic impact through songs, stories and the documentary film Boom and Bust. At each stop (see schedule below), singers and storytellers will perform either at dockside or in selected historic venues including a canal cruise boat and the Barge Museum in Brooklyn.
Performers include Jay Ungar & Molly Mason,” famous for “Ashokan Farewell,” the theme song for Ken Burns’ Civil War series; Kimball, Canning, Bolt and McClure performing the music of traveling troupes along the canal in its heyday; Erie Canal songsters George Ward, The Dady Brothers & Kit Fallon, and Dave Ruch; and storytellers including tugboat captain, Steve Wunder. Each event will include a screening of Boom and Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal, a short documentary by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Wagner, a meditation on the economic cycles along the canal that speak to the fate and promise of the American dream.
Schedule of events:
3:30 p.m.: Doors open
4 p.m.: Boom and Bust screening
4:30 p.m.: Post-screening Q&A
4:45 P.M.: Kimble, Canning, Bolt, and McClure
5:15 p.m.: Intermission
5:30 p.m.: Jay Ungar and Molly Mason