Sounds in the Round: Local songwriter creates showcase for other local music artists
You won’t want to miss the Sounds in the Round event coming to town! A group of talented local songwriters will perform their music at the event which will take place at the Gentle Giant Brewing Company in Pearl River on Monday, May 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Rockland County is home to many creative residents, a number of whom can be seen playing your favorite covers of popular music at local venues every day.
Rockland County Times spoke with Allison Cipris, creator of the event and member of the band Country Fresh. “As a singer-songwriter myself with ties to Nashville, I’ve noticed that there really aren’t many opportunities for local songwriters to perform their music in front of live audiences. live in our area,” Cipris said.
Cipris organized the event in hopes of creating a sense of community and support for local musicians who live far from major music cities like Nashville and Austin, where their art is celebrated.
Country Fresh has been around for seven years. “We came up with the idea of starting a country band after noticing that there weren’t really a lot of country bands here in this area,” Cipris said. During COVID in 2020, a lot of musicians lost a lot of work. However, they were able to perform live, which helped combat issues with getting their art out to the public. Fast forward to now, live performances return, including Sounds in the Round.
Cipris was able to offer some advice to those struggling to return to show business. “Draw on your musician friends as a resource, open the mics and keep
give a hand. She also explained that she noticed that there were places looking for new artists and they wanted artists to come back as much as they wanted to come back.
Cipris emphasizes the importance of supporting the arts in Rockland County. “People need art in our lives, it makes our lives easier and puts our minds in a better place whenever we are immersed in art of any form.” Cipris hopes, with the support of Rockland residents, that Sounds in the Round will not be a one-time event. She and other musical artists believe that our community united as a unit will help immensely in supporting the arts.
Featured songwriters at the event will be local favorites including Alice Leon (The Al’s), Allison Cipris (Country Fresh), Rory D’Lasnow and Dave Kopec (Franklin Turnpike).
For more from the Sounds in the Round showcase, follow their Instagram @soundsintheround.