Kallet Winter Series warms the season

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The chill of the winter was left at the door as the band Classified played a hot - and free - Thursday night show at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida Feb. 16.

“We couldn’t be happier than to offer these free concerts to the community,” said Kallet board member Bill Dustin. “The response has been wonderful and it’s so great for the community to have something like this.”

The Winter Series of concerts are held once a month on Thursday nights and sponsored by the Oneida-based Gorman Foundation and CNY Arts. Gorman Foundation president Amanda Larson was at the Classified show, and said she was glad they could help out when approached by the Kallet.

“I think they have really done a lot to revitalize this venue,” Larson complimented of the old-time movie theater now turned into a leading community entertainment and meeting facility. “I bet there are a lot of people here tonight who haven’t been here before, seeing the Kallet for the first time.”

“It’s a jewel of the area,” Classified bassist Greeley Ford agreed. “We just love everything about the venue, from the fantastic audiences to the board members to the Kallet itself. The Winter Series proves there is a demand for live entertainment, on a weeknight, in Central New York, in the winter! And the Kallet has taken the challenge to bring it on. We only hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we do.

Classified will return to the Kallet for the Musicians for Shriners Concert benefit for Shriners Hospitals for Children May 21, also featuring Showtime, the Paul Case Band, and the Mossback Mule Band. Watch for full details coming soon.

The next show in the winter concert series is the Blarney Rebel Band at 7 p.m. March 16, and admission is free. The Kallet Civic Center is located at 159 Main St. in Oneida. Visit www.kalletciviccenter.org for more information on any of their activities.

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