Colin Fergusson, an employee at Dick's Country Store and Music Oasis in Churubusco, holds an electric guitar to be given away at the store’s talent show Friday, Sept. 2.
Dick’s Country and Music Oasis is shining a spotlight on local talent.
The business began hosting a monthly talent show last fall and is rapidly approaching its first year anniversary of featuring performances by musicians from across the North Country, said employee Tony LaClair.
“We’ve got our 11th one coming up,” said LaClair, referring to a show scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2. “We get about five to six performers each show, playing about four song each. It’s not a competition, just a showcase.”
The talent show started because the business felt there needed to be another venue for musicians to perform and for people to enjoy that music, said LaClair.
“We basically wanted to give people who don’t have whole lot of places to perform a place to come try out their stuff and meet and hang out with other musicians,” said LaClair. “We’ve created a musical community atmosphere around the store.”
Dick’s Country and Music Oasis — located at 7429 U.S. Route 11 — is “kind of in middle of nowhere” but well-known to many, said LaClair, which has helped draw musicians from “pretty much everywhere.”
“We’ve had people from Canada come down, people in the Tri-Lakes area like Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. We’ve had people come from Plattsburgh and Vermont,” said LaClair. “They come from quite away.”
And, so do those who come to hear the music. The average show sees 60 to 100 people in attendance, said LaClair.
“We were doing the shows in the back room at the store but this summer we moved across the road to our bigger building,” said LaClair.
The Sept. 2 talent show will feature Canadian-born folk artist and now Chateaugay area resident Josée Allard, Plattsburgh area folk artist Celia Evans, Saranac Lake folk artist Theresa Hartford and Brandon and Seana Gambill, vocal performers from the Hogansburg area, among other performers.
“We basically put together a show where the acts complement each other,” said LaClair, who said the line-up for each show is decided upon in advance based off those who register.
The Sept. 2 show — which will start at 7 p.m. — will also feature a giveaway of a Dillion guitar. Those who attend will be entered to win though must still be present at the time of the drawing in order to win, said LaClair.