Too often, local musicians can’t find a place to showcase their songwriting and performing talents. That’s something Hamilton-based musician and architect Bruce Ward is trying to change with his ongoing Local Music Project, presenting regional acts every other week at No. 10 Tavern in Hamilton.
The current format features two separate acts on those Tuesday nights, each performing sets of their own songs. The chance to bring their music to an appreciative audience is well-met by the area songwriters Ward welcomes to his stage.
“I think anything that supports ‘local’ is fantastic,” complimented Amanda Rogers, who played the first set of the double program Oct. 3. “There is a lot of talent in this area, and original music doesn’t get to be in the spotlight like it should.”
Rogers sat singing at her keyboard and played an hour-plus of songs from her 10 albums, including her new disc “Heavy Blue.” Her style offered a storytelling feel with powerful and sometimes sultry vocals, quickly proving that there indeed is much to be lauded in Central New York music talent.
She was followed by a set by Rainbow Missy and the Grin Reapers, who continued that theme of high-quality songwriting skills right here in the local community. The trio - featuring the husband and wife team of Melissa and Bill Sieling and Paul Powers, with each taking turns on lead vocals - also delivered a rich storytelling vibe in their folk-flavored songs.
Melissa intimated the project gives musicians a perfect place to try out their newest material before live listeners. She gave kudos to Ward for organizing the series.
“This is a wonderful thing he does for the community,” she said. “And it’s not just the Hamilton community, but the musical community as well.”
Ward said their new venue of No. 10 Tavern has a great vibe for the performance of live music, and the large front window located near the stage announces to passers-by that there is some musical fun happening inside.
“That gives the musicians even more of a chance to be seen,” he said.
For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, find The Local Music Project Hamilton on Facebook.