Thanks! “Friendsgiving” at Putnam Place Nov. 23rd to Raise Money for Franklin Community Center

(Note: On Wednesday November 23rd, doors open at 4pm and show at 5pm!)

The band Thanks! will be throwing a “Friendsgiving” at Putnam Place with a full Thanksgiving Dinner (available for $5), the proceeds from which will be donated to the Franklin Community Center Plus Gift Cards (for Turkeys, etc) giveaways!   Everyone is welcome, especially anyone that doesn’t have a family for the Thanksgiving holiday!  Let’s all come together and support our community, family, and friends for Thanksgiving Eve!

“As a band whose name is a statement of appreciation, Thanksgiving means a lot to us. The holidays have always been about getting together and having a great time with the people we enjoy being with. So, whether you’ve got someone to spend the holidays with or not, come on down to Putnam Place, eat some turkey, listen to some jams and let’s all have some fun and be together.” Andrew Grella, Lead Vocals, Sax, Keyboards

They look pretty thankful to me!

There will be four bands performing to help raise money and support Thanks! giving back initiative.  The show will kick off at 5pm with Deb Cavanaugh and Dandelion Wine, A unique blend of blues, rock & roll, folk and more, Dandelion Wine plays “psychedelic folk”.

Much like Deb Cavanaugh’s former band, General Eclectic, Dandelion Wine’s line-up may vary depending on the venue and availability of musicians. Currently, Dandelion Wine is Jared Carrozza on bass and Ben Hart on drums. Ben also provides vocal backup and sometimes lead guitar.

Next are the band What? – a funk septet hailing out of the Hudson Valley. Drawing influences from the serene landscape of the Catskills that inspired the likes of The Band and Donald Fagan, What? bridges the gap between R&B groove and improvisational jam. Compared to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Lawrence, Phish and Snarky Puppy, What’s eclectic taste in music lays the framework for a night that spans multiple genres. With a constantly growing following, What? is known to bring high energy, infectious melodies and soulful grooves with their power-house horn trio each time they grace the stage.

In Late 2018, Ben, Rob and Tyler formed Son of a Gun which will play before the headliner Thanks!  Bringing a jam sensibility to straight-ahead Rock & Roll. The power trio from the Capital Region has been bringing the fire on stage across NY state. With the Shutdowns in 2020, the band saw that as an opportunity to write and record. Ready and willin’ to power on, keep an eye out for shows in your area.  The band that made this all possible Thanks!  will close the show from 7:30-9pm. 

Thanks! is a blend of dirty blues, smooth jazz, plain old rock and roll and theatrical wonder! Their songs are an eclectic mix of many influences that center upon the bands unique sound. Born in humble Saratoga Springs, NY the band builds upon the sound of their trio. Jazz-infused percussion from Hartford-trained drummer Ben Martin and melodic bass lines from bassist Andrew DeWolf put together a tight rhythm section. While Andrew Grella completes the sound with rhythm piano, lead saxophone and vocals. That unique combo is complemented by a three-piece horn section that primes this act for the big stage.

Thanks! released their debut album “You’re Welcome!” in July of 2022. The record boasts 14 original tracks from the band and really establishes their unique sound. Jackson Tollerton of Nippertown calls it a “jazzy jamboree” that is “lively and showcases varied and quality songwriting throughout.” He called them an “exciting group that mixes elements of blues, alternative, rock and jazz into a truly fun and special blend.” You can stream the LP on all streaming services or by visiting their website.

Franklin Community Center is a non-profit human service agency, located in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York, that has been providing basic necessities and services to less fortunate individuals and families in our area since 1983. Serving more than 6,000 people annually, they provide efficient and effective services to promote healthy lifestyles and positive changes, always holding on to their philosophy: “to send people out the door with whatever they came in looking for.””

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