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Fanwood Street Fair on Sunday, June 8 Features Concert by Reckon So

John Mooney

Thursday, June 5, 2014 • 4:36pm

FANWOOD, NJ -- More than 200 crafts, food and informative exhibitors, along will rides for the kids and live music, will be at the Fanwood Street Fair on Sunday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking is available in the municipal lots off LaGrande Ave. and on the north side of the train station for the festival, which takes place along South Ave., just west of Martine. The annual street fair is sponsored by the Fanwood Business & Professional Association

After you've gotten your fill of funnel cakes and crafts, just a short walk away the Fanwood Library will host a concert, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., featuring Reckon So. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library.

Led by guitarists and vocalists Danny Weiss, the library's director, and Mary Olive Smith, Reckon So delivers a high-energy engaging mix of bluegrass, honky-tonk, western swing, traditional roots country and Americana music. This performance will begin with special music for the younger crowd, followed by another full set. Sparkee, the Somerset Patriots mascot, will also be in attendance.

“Bring a chair, a blanket, a picnic, your kids and your neighbors and have a great afternoon of music and family fun at the library,” suggests Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr.  “I look forward to seeing you there!”

Danny Weiss and Mary Olive Smith have been making music together for years. Their natural connection on stage, great tunes, hot picking, dynamic vocals result in a mix of rocking music that makes for an infectious good time.  The band has attracted some of NY's best players including Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams), Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan), Bruce Martin (Tom Tom Club), Mark Spenser (Blood Oranges), Andy Cotton (Mark Seliger), Kenny Kosek (Jerry Garcia Band), and Barry Mitterhoff (Hot Tuna).

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Danny Weiss has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Bottom Line, among other prestigious venues.  He has appeared on stage with Vassar Clements, Tex Logan, and David Bromberg, among others. His guitar talents have been recognized by Frets Magazine and he has performed in countries across the globe, including Russia, Spain and the Czech Republic. Danny has appeared at almost every major folk and bluegrass festival and been featured in guitar workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe.

Mary Olive Smith has been making music all her life and over the past 10 years she's brought her North Carolina roots and love of singing to a series of local bands and projects.

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