Jammin’ at the Glove scheduled

Matt Bosworth performs under the Glove Theatre marquee during the 2018 Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival. Bosworth as well as Our Secret Love Society, Michelle King and The Insolent Willies will perform at the Glove Theatre on Saturday at 7 p.m. for Jammin’ at the Glove. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

GLOVERSVILLE — The days may be getting darker as winter approaches, but the lights will stay on downtown at the Glove Theatre on Saturday during live musical performances by four local acts during Jammin’ at the Glove beginning at 7 p.m.

The lineup for Jammin’ at the Glove includes performances by Matt Bosworth, Our Secret Love Society, Michelle King and The Insolent Willies most of whom Glove Theatre Board of Directors President Bryan Taylor said locals may already be familiar with.

“I believe they’re all either from Fulton County or contiguous counties,” Taylor said of each of the performers who have previously appeared in the area or even at the Glove.

Bringing local performers into the Glove for the enjoyment of area residents is a major goal for Taylor who was helped by Bill Ackerbauer from The Insolent Willies in booking this weekend’s show.

“It’s always exciting to be able to bring in local talent and we have this great local theater that I feel has been untapped thus far and the more we can involve the community and local folks the better,” Taylor said. “We decided to go forward with two bands and two performers, bringing each of their audiences to one location.”

Audience members can expect a mixture of familiar cover songs and original numbers on Saturday in a variety of performance styles including classic rock, folk and blues. Solo acts will perform for about 30 minutes each and bands will take the stage for about 45 minutes each.

“Working with each band they’ve been great and they recognize the motivation of the Glove Theatre to bring local talent into the Glove so they’ve been great about donating some of their time at extremely reduced rates,” Taylor said. “Any proceeds that exceed the cost of the performance is reinvested back into the theater for renovations and restoration projects.”

The cost of admission is $10 per person, during the event beer and hard cider from Stump City Brewery and Rogers’ Cideryard will be available for purchase along with a variety of other refreshments at the concession stand. In addition to featuring local artists, Taylor said the Glove board is committed to working with local vendors when seeking goods and services for the theater.

“Our goal is to take advantage of our community partners as much as possible to bring a light to local businesses and performers and bring a light to the local theater,” Taylor said.

Actually bringing light to the Glove this winter has been another major goal for Taylor and the board who have set a goal of featuring at least two performances or events at theater each month moving forward.

“Traditionally the theater has always been dark during the winter, but collectively as a board we really feel having months of darkness is not productive,” Taylor said. “Our number one goal is to have the doors open to the public as much as possible and since August we’ve had seven or eight different shows.”

Currently the Glove is scheduled to host the theater’s first indoor holiday market featuring gifts, crafts and other local goods on Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. to coincide with the Gloversville Christmas Parade. Taylor said more than 10 vendors already have signed up to participate in the event that will also feature a visit from Santa Clause.

Looking ahead to next month, Taylor said the board is collaborating with the Caroga Arts Collective to bring a performance of “The Nutcracker” to the theater on Dec. 20. The board is also working to secure the rights to bring “A Christmas Story” to the theater for a free event.

“In the future the goal is to have at least one show every weekend. Hopefully within the year we’ll be able to ramp up our productions,” Taylor said. “Our goal is to take any income from the theater and reinvest it into the company itself.”

Presently, Taylor encouraged locals to make their way to the Glove on Saturday for a fun evening of live music.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to see some local talent at our local theater and support our downtown,” Taylor said. “I recommend it to anyone.”

The Glove Theatre located at 42 N. Main St. will host Jammin’ at the Glove featuring live musical performances from four local acts on Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person available at the door or for advance purchase at Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market during regular business hours through Saturday.

By Josh Bovee

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