Story by Lon Tytell
The Warwick Valley Community Center, located at 11 Hamilton Ave. in Warwick, sponsored a concert on Sat., Oct. 22 which featured Sam Woolf, who came in fifth place in Season 14 of American Idol, along with Andrew and Matt Como.
“This is the best kept secret in Warwick,” stated Karen Thomas, Executive Director of the Community Center, referring to the concert, which is the third time that this talented group of musicians has performed at the center.
The concert was co-sponsored by Project Knomad, an organization created in memory of Ian Sharp, a Warwick resident who passed away in 2012. Ian left a legacy of “meditation in action,” and the organization strives to work with youth and the community through art, music, and the love of skateboarding.
Donna Kaminski, the director of Project Knomad, contacted the group and invited them to perform in Warwick. Kaminski is also a member of the Woolf Pack Grandmas Club, which has followed the career of Sam Woolf since his appearance on American Idol. Sue Gabriel, from Cleveland, OH and Gwen Baker, from Orleans, IN are also members of the Grandmas Club and drove to Warwick for the concert.
“Watching American Idol for 13 years, he was the only singer that inspired me. I had goose bumps. When I met him after the shows, he was a sweetheart,” said Sue Gabriel, explaining why she made such a long trip.
Gwen Baker added, “Woolf is a clean cut kid. His voice is incredible. I have never heard him sing anything that I didn’t like.”
Woolf, who sang covers and original songs, was accompanied on guitar by Orion Meshorer. He just released an original single entitled, “Stop Thinking About It” on ITunes, which he performed at the concert. Woolf said he was excited to return to Warwick.
“During my American Idol experience, I learned a lot about performing and connecting with the audience,” said Woolf.
Andrew Como and his brother, Matt, both sing and play guitar, performing original songs. “We love music and are passionate about writing,” said Andrew Como. Matt is the manager of the group and books shows throughout the East Coast for the Como Brothers and Woolf. The Como Brothers just released their new album, “Jam Theory,” now available on ITunes.
For Annabel Boland and Carolina Fatta, freshmen at Warwick High School, this was the second concert by Woolf and the Como Brothers that they have attended at the Community Center.
“They have incredible voices and have their own great style of music,” said Boland.
Luke Soto, who has also attended two concerts at the Community Center added, “They are unique from everyone else. They are more independent. They write their own songs.”
The concert ended with all four musicians performing together to the delight of the audience. The event was sponsored by the Orange County Youth Bureau, the Warwick Valley Community Center Youth Advisory Board, the Village of Warwick and the Town of Warwick.