‘End of Summer’ Block Party to feature the music of the Joe Cavallaro Dixieland Jazz Band

The Mission & Evangelism Team of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) wants to give back to the community for supporting their fundraisers and events over the years, so they are sponsoring a free “End of Summer” Block Party on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. with the famous ‘Joe Cavallaro Dixieland Jazz Band’ playing from 2 to 4 p.m.  

This band started over 35 years ago and has played throughout the region, including at the Clemens Center in Elmira, performing before famous stars such as Al Hirt, Roy Clark, Harry Belafonte, and Sam Butera. They also had the honor of playing at the inauguration of New York Governor George Pataki. 

This popular Jazz Band has also performed at the Finger Lakes Jazz Festival in Hector, at Goose Watch Winery, Pine Tree Resort and Bonnie Castle in Alexandria Bay, and at various parks, events and Jazz Festivals throughout the region, including past performances in Canton.  

Unfortunately, in November of 2015, Joe Cavallaro passed away from a rare form of cancer. Although the band members were devastated by the loss of their bandleader, they united together to continue to honor Joe Cavallaro by keeping the band going. 

In a release, the band was quoted as stating, “Our own Brad Chamberlain is one of the great musicians in the band and he will be playing the drums and singing a song very special to him, ‘Cowgirl Sweetheart,’ which is a favorite among many followers of the band. The band will also be playing ‘Muskrat Ramble’ and the ‘Coney Island Washboard,’ which you don’t want to miss.”

Unfortunately, this will be one of the last performances for the band, so join them in sending them off with a warm farewell. 

In addition to the music, throughout the event food and beverages will be available for purchase, along with free children games and a special Burning Barrel will be available from 4 to 5 p.m. to dispose of any past or current burdens that are weighing you down by writing them down and then dropping it into the fire so that the ‘Light’ consumes it and disposes of it once and for all. Elders will also be available to provide spiritual support as may be needed.  

North Minnequa Avenue (on the side of the church) will be blocked off from East Union Street to Tioga Street for this event. So bring lawn chairs and enjoy a great afternoon Block Party. This event will be held, weather permitting and there will be no smoking and no alcoholic beverages permitted.  

The public is invited to this community event.

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