Youth Center hosts ‘Sirsy’

M ake your own revolution the title track from the latest release by Niskayuna-based band Sirsy encourages.

The up-and-coming two-piece band returns to the Granville Police Benevolent Association Youth Center Dec. 16 for an all ages show; tickets will be available at the door.

Now playing nationally, the band has been a fixture in the bar band club circuit for several years in the Albany region, getting on stage somewhere about 250 nights a year.

Sirsy rocked a three-set show earlier in the year in October and got an enthusiastic response from the smaller crowd.

“They’re really personable; they’ll talk to the kids, sign stuff – they really like to interact with the kids because they know that the fans are who makes it all possible,” PBA President Dave Williams said.

While billed as an all ages show, Williams said, younger patrons are welcome at the show.

Kids under 16 are welcome and will be subject to the same rules as dances. When they’re in, they’re in until picked up by a parent or guardian, he said.

Adventurous adults should have no fear, Williams said. The band’s music is approachable to most ears — not excessively loud; no one’s screaming and this isn’t rap. “I think a lot of adults would like the music as well,” he said.

Williams said he’s excited to see how many show up at the next show because live music is something the youth center is exploring bringing in on a regular basis.

“Sirsy has a good following and their all ages shows get good responses, but they play in bars most of the time, so lets try to bring them here,” Williams said. 

The youth center dances have been playing their music for more than a year and it was popular with the customers so when the opportunity arose to bring the band in, Williams said, the PBA went for it.

With two colleges just across the Vermont state border in Castleton and Poultney, PBA organizers recognized a population not just in Granville, but in the area that had no place to go. “We’re looking for a target audience we had not had a lot of success getting into the Youth Center — the 16-20 crowd,” Williams said.

“We thought about how to serve that audience, who aren’t old enough to go out to the bars but who want to go out and have some good clean fun,” Williams said.

“There’s a good turnout for Thursday night wings (in Granville) and something like this gives them a place to stop where they’re welcome to come enjoy the music and have a good time,” Williams said. 

The Granville Police Benevolent Association Youth Center can be found on Main Street between the post office and Branch Auto, across the street from the Granville Town Hall. Tickets for the Dec. 16, 7 p.m. all ages show are $5 at the door with no advanced sales.

Who Dat?

While the band’s sound is unique, perhaps more unusual is the way they achieve it. Listening to a Sirsy album, it’s difficult to tell how many musicians got together to make the recording.

Three for a power trio ala Rush?

Four, for the standard guitar, bass, drums and singer configuration?

Newp, none of the above.

Despite the full sound you hear live or on a Sirsy recording comes from just two members: Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti. The band is no stranger to technology so the curious can check them out on itunes, Facebook or their own site sirsy.com

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