The Old Hippies, Kay and Bill McDonald have brought along some friends for tonight’s 27th “Home to Home” concert, which gets a slightly earlier start.
The duo is performing from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Elba Town Park. They will be joined by Albion-based What About Jane and instrumentalist Vincent Pastore. The concert will be livestreamed.
This is the 27th concert in the Old Hippies “Home to Home” concert series, and 26th consecutive Saturday show (they also livestreamed a mid-week special concert).
Tonight’s concert is presented in conjunction with the Elba Betterment Committee.
“We’re thrilled to be doing it,” Bill McDonald told The Daily News in a story published Thursday as part of the paper’s weekly Genescene arts and entertainment page.
McDonald said the concert is their way of having people get together to have some fun because they’ve been cooped up for the past six months.
The Elba Town Park off South Main Street allows for social distancing, he said, and there will be an FM transmission of the concert available to people who may choose to watch from vehicles and may also be available across the village (92.7 FM). The concert will also be livestreamed.
Erakare Recording will record the entire concert for future considerations.
Food trucks will also be there including: Dubby’s Wood Fired, Los Compadres, Lori’s Delectable Edibles (desserts) and Bubble Tea.
“(The Elba Betterment Committee) had to get clearance from the state health department to make sure we could do that,” McDonald said.
The park has been reserved for the event.
McDonald said the park offers “beautiful acres of green space” to allow for “safe freedom of movement for all,” and for those who wish to stay in or sit by their vehicles for the concert “there is plenty of easy, accessible free-flowing parking.”
Bill and Kay, who perform as The Old Hippies, have been presenting a series of Saturday night performances since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The concerts began from the living room of their Florida home and later included a handful of outings streamed from Florida-area venues.
The duo has been playing Saturday nights from their home in Batavia since returning to the area in early July, more recent concerts presented live on location.
The full title of the concert series is called "Be Kind to One Another Home to Home Concert Series."
"Our purpose has been and will continue to bring some music, peace, love, entertainment and good vibes through our music from our home/location to yours/location," Bill McDonald said.
Singing, dancing and playing along at home is encouraged.
The performances are designed to connect folks who are unable to go out to concerts and other arts programs due to closures and limits on large gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our purpose has been and will continue to bring some music, peace, love, entertainment and good vibes through our music from our home/location to yours/location,” Bill McDonald said.
The McDonalds have been joined in recent weeks by Vincent Pastore. They play a selection of ‘60s favorites across a variety of genres.
Albion-based What About Jane is an acoustic group that performs a variety of material from the ‘60s through the early 2000s, including modern and classic country, and pop and rock classics arranged for three- and even four-part harmony. The group features the husband and wife duo of Gary and Ronda Smith, Gary’s brother Tom Smith, and Jan-Mikael Erakare, who joined in early 2019.
The livestream for Saturday’s event can be picked up on Bill McDonald’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/bill.mcdonald.188; and the Facebook pages of The Daily News and Livingston County News.