Christ Episcopal Church Announces Free Bluegrass Concert in Willard

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September 20th, 2014 at 4PM

Christ Episcopal Church                                      

1392 Main Street

Willard, NY 14588

(607) 869-9250


For the inaugural concert of its new Lake Country Hometown Music Series, Christ Episcopal Church in Willard, NY will have The Jesse Alexander Band from Lodi, NY perform on Saturday, September 20th at 4 PM on the church lawn, 1392 Main Street in Willard.  The concert is free and audience members are asked to bring their own chairs.  Refreshments will be available for purchase from Rylie’s Place, Willard’s family restaurant and convenience store.

The Jesse Alexander Band is gaining a national reputation in the world of Bluegrass music and is the host band of “Pickin’ in the Pasture”.  The annual festival just completed its 17th season of bringing “World Class Bluegrass” to the Finger Lakes. Jesse first appeared on stage when he was two years old with his friend Bob Paisley. He has since learned to play fiddle and mandolin and is also singing lead and harmony. 16 year old Jesse has recorded three albums and will be appearing at numerous festivals and events in the east this year. Jesse’s sidemen include his dad Andy Alexander on banjo, his mother, Susan Alexander on upright bass, and his good friend Luke Parsnow on guitar.

Made possible through a grant from the Nelson P. Delavan Foundation, The Lake Country Hometown Music Series at Christ Episcopal Church will showcase local musical artists and draw people to Willard for an evening of community/family entertainment.  “We are grateful to the Delavan Foundation for making this series possible.” stated Averell Bauder, the Warden of the Vestry at Christ Church.  “We think that Jesse and his family are the perfect group to get us started in showcasing the great talent that exists right in our own backyard.  We hope everyone comes out for an evening of quality Bluegrass and celebrates what a wonderful area we live in.”

Future concerts in the series include Shade Zajac, a South Seneca graduate who is studying cello and conducting at Nazareth College and his string quartet, as well as Kyla Quinn, the TANYS award-winning director of the South Seneca vocal program.

Christ Episcopal Church traces its roots to the 1880s and the growth of the Willard Psychiatric Hospital. The building on Main Street across from the hospital grounds dates from 1896.  It holds Sunday services weekly at 9:30 AM and can be found on Facebook (WillardChristEpiscopalChurch).  For further information on the series or the church please contact Ave Bauder at 607-896-9819 or

Jesse Alexander band

The Jesse Alexander Band. Back left to right: Susan Alexander, Andy Alexander, Luke Parsnow Front: Jesse Alexander