“Cool Blues from a Hot Place,” with Tracy Nelson, set to play Viva Vieques III October 19

The Viva Vieques III Concert, featuring Los Victones, Vieques Premier Blues Band, and “Cool Blues from a Hot Place” with Special Guest Tracy Nelson, are set to play Saturday, October 19, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville.

A very versatile and talented vocalist, Tracy Nelson is better known for her role as lead singer for Mother Earth. Nelson is just as capable in soul, R&B, and blues, although she hasn’t released many records in those styles. She was Grammy nominated twice, and has shared the bill with music greats Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and her first recorded song, “Down So Low,” has been covered by Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, Dee Dee Warwick, and Cyndi Lauper.

Tracy Nelson of Mother Earth

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged for the Puerto Rico Relief and Conkling Hall music.

This will be the third annual Viva Vieques concert. It commemorates the first concert held shortly after Hurricane Maria devastated Vieques and the rest of Puerto Rico. With that concert, the people of Rensselaerville and the Albany Hilltowns showed their generous warm hearts raising over $16,000 in emergency funds for the island. Those funds came at a critical time when the governmental response was sorely inadequate; those funds helped assist what was perhaps Puerto Rico’s most neglected municipality, Vieques. They provided critical relief and helped enhance resiliency.

On Saturday evening, Oct. 19, between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Rensselaerville’s Conkling Hall will again vibrate with the music of Los Victones who will be joined by Nashville rhythm and blues songwriter and recording artist Tracy Nelson. Food from local food trucks and New York State beer and wine will be for sale.

Admission will be free with donations encouraged. Donations will go toward the construction of an emergency solar power and potable water resiliency station on Vieques, a special project of Centro Civico, Albany. Donations will also go to the Conkling Hall Music Fund in Rensselaerville. Conkling Hall is located at 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville, NY 12147.

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