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    SPOTLIGHT ON SONG SERIES CONTINUES WITH EXCEPTIONAL MUSIC ARTIST APPEARANCES

    Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2012

    THE EMERSON: SPOTLIGHT ON SONG CONTINUES ITS EXCITING LISTENING ROOM SERIES WITH INTIMATE PERFORMANCES BY HAPPY TRAUM, LUCKY AND TAMARA PETERSON, SARAH FIMM, DOUG YOEL, PAUL MCMAHON AND SHANA FALANA.

    The exquisite setting, relaxed vibe and superb sound of the Emerson’s Great Room has inspired memorable performances – and rave reviews from concert goers – from Hudson Valley Favorites Marc Black & Michael Esposito, Lindsey Webster, Jeremy Bernstein and many others.

    MT. TREMPER, NY, January 10, 2012 – The Emerson’s Great Room, with its warm vibe and sound, will play host to another round of EMERSON: SPOTLIGHT ON SONG concerts, with a truly stellar line-up. Indie rock recording artist SARAH FIMM (February 2), world famous blues artist LUCKY PETERSON (February 16), and folk music legend HAPPY TRAUM (March 1) will join performer and host DOUG YOEL for some intimate listening room concerts.

    An INDEPENDENT VOICES show will kick off the new season on January 19th, with performances by SHANA FALANA (multi-media dream pop), PAUL McMAHON (eclectic folk) and DOUG YOEL (indie folk-rock).

    Announcement of new concerts at the luxurious Catskill Mountain destination comes hot on the heels of a very successful string of EMERSON: SPOTLIGHT ON SONG performances. In December, a Standing-Room-Only holiday show featured Marc Black and Michael Esposito, and an early January “Salute to the Great Ladies of Song” featured the Lindsey Webster duo, Doug Yoel and a plethora of surprise guests including Connor Kennedy, Mike D’Amico, Teri Roiger and Harvey Citron.

    January 19 – INDEPENDENT VOICES: SHANA FALANA, DOUG YOEL and PAUL McMAHON
    8pm, all ages, $5 suggested

    Dream pop artist SHANA FALANA combines layered sonic and harmonic textures with projected visual imagery to move and mesmerize her audience. Her latest recording finds her collaborating with the producers and mixers of some of the most influential indie rock, including Grizzly Bear and Mogwai, creating a sound that’s unique, yet rooted in classic bands like the Velvet Underground.

    Genre-bending musician DOUG YOEL brings his soulful singing, finger-style guitar playing and award winning production sensibilities to his performances, recordings and poignant, self-revelatory songs. He’s been hailed by Americana magazine NO DEPRESSION as “One of our favorites.” Marc Black says Doug’s music has “romantic spirituality…friendly software for the brain.”

    Singer-songwriter PAUL McMAHON is one of the great thinkers of Woodstock, and his unparalleled wit, beautiful singing voice, and effortless Mississippi John Hurt inspired guitar playing making him a force to be reckoned with. He’s released 10 albums, and has been an influential part of the New York and Hudson Valley art-music scenes, and has performed at CBGB, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Knitting Factory and Tinker Street Café.

    February 2 – SARAH FIMM with Doug Yoel
    8pm, all ages, $5 suggested

    Indie rocker SARAH FIMM’s music weaves intricate rock textures with exquisitely crafted melodies and lyrics, creating a sound that is captivating and cathartic. Mystical like Zeppelin, whimsical like Tori Amos, yet thoroughly modern with a rock edge, Sarah’s music makes a fan out of every one that encounters it. Sarah has toured the world, released seven albums, and has just contributed vocals to the new album by rock legend Iggy Pop. BILLBOARD Magazine calls Fimm “… a consummate songwriter” and “… an enchanting singer-pianist.”

    February 16 – LUCKY PETERSON and TAMARA PETERSON – A Special ACOUSTIC Evening – with Doug Yoel
    8pm, all ages, Admission – $15

    Blues guitar, keyboard and vocal hero LUCKY PETERSON came to Woodstock in 2010 to make his first acoustic album, “You Can Always Turn Around.” It has gone on to become a worldwide hit, earning a Grammy in France (“Blues Album of the Year”) and a 2010 US Blues Music Award nomination (“Best Acoustic Album”). This will be Lucky’s first fully acoustic performance in New York since his 3 night acoustic run at Lincoln Center in 2003! Lucky is joined by his wife, a thrilling vocalist and performer, Tamara Peterson. Together, they have toured the world, bringing audiences to their feet with their special brand of blues and soul.

    March 1 – HAPPY TRAUM / Adrien Reju / Owen Biddle with Doug Yoel
    8pm, all ages, Admission – $15

    Folk music legend HAPPY TRAUM began his career in Greenwich Village in the late 50’s and early 60’s, where he befriended a young singer named Bob Dylan. Happy and Bob sang together on “Let Me Die in My Footsteps” for Folkways legendary “Broadsides” session – it was the first release for them both. Happy and Bob Dylan recorded three more duets, the classic “I Shall Be Released,” “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” and “Down In the Flood,” for Dylan’s “Greatest Hits Volume 2” in 1971. Happy went on to make great records on his own, and in duo with his brother Artie Traum. Happy delights audiences all over the world with his warm, engaging performances, and masterful finger-style acoustic guitar playing. He helped teach the world to pick, via his popular books and legendary HOMESPUN TAPES video releases. Happy will be joined by the enchanting singer-songwriter Adrien Reju, and her partner Owen Biddle, long-time bassist for The Roots.

    The EMERSON: SPOTLIGHT ON SONG features high caliber listening room performances from the deep pool of talent that lives in and visits the Hudson Valley. The series is hosted and produced by Doug Yoel, in conjunction with the Emerson.

    The Spotlight on Song concerts take place in the Emerson’s Great Room, a warm sounding space with vaulted ceilings, a larger-than-life clay fireplace, a balcony and luxe lounge seating. It is adjacent to The Phoenix restaurant, which offers drink service and a specially-priced four-star Tavern Menu (mostly $12 and under) for concert goers. No minimum purchase is required.

    The Phoenix offers a fresh, seasonal menu featuring the Contemporary Catskill Regional Cuisine of Chef Curt Robair and is open for dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 4 pm. A pre-concert dinner with friends at The Phoenix is not required for concert attendance.

    For information, please contact:
    David Cyrelson, Emerson’s Director of Marketing (845) 688-2828 x 7633/dcyrelson@emersonresort.com

    Doug Yoel, Performer, host and producer of Spotlight on Song (917) 331-5215/doug@NowForward.com

    Tamara Murray, Emerson’s Public Relations Director (845) 688-2828 Ext. 7631/tmurray@emersonresort.com

    EMERSON: SPOTLIGHT ON SONG with Doug Yoel

    January 19 – INDEPENDENT VOICES: SHANA FALANA, DOUG YOEL and PAUL McMAHON
    8pm, $5 suggested

    February 2 – SARAH FIMM with Doug Yoel
    8pm, $5 suggested

    February 16 – LUCKY PETERSON and TAMARA PETERSON – A Special ACOUSTIC Evening – with Doug Yoel
    8pm, Admission – $15

    March 1 – HAPPY TRAUM / Adrien Reju / Owen Biddle with Doug Yoel
    8pm, Admission – $15

    About Emerson
    Surrounded by the natural splendor of the legendary Catskill Mountains, the Emerson is a hidden treasure located a mere two hours outside Manhattan. The tranquil property offers spacious accommodations in the Adirondack-style Lodge and unique Eastern-inspired suites in the adults-only Inn. Featuring a Forbes four-star spa, Contemporary Catskill Regional Cuisine in The Phoenix restaurant, cozy dining in the Catamount Restaurant, the shopping haven of the Country Stores and the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope, the Emerson provides a memorable yet affordable respite from the demands of the outside world. Overlooking the Esopus Creek and one of the region’s most magnificent peaks, Mount Tremper, the Emerson is also an ideal location for special events, including corporate retreats and destination weddings. Pets are welcome. For more information please visit http://www.emersonresort.com and for reservations call (877) 688-2828.