There’s more to hear than spring peepers and raindrops.
Music venues in the Western Slopes aren’t your average stage-and-seats operations. The best sounds in town are usually coming from small bakeries and cafes or even the library. Clean notes float across the open air at outdoor venues that include the farmers’ market, blueberry fields, and summer concerts and festivals. From bluegrass fiddle to choral harmonies, we like to sit back and revel in a song. Pull up a seat and join us.
Check the events calendar for upcoming performances and festivals.
Valley Stage Productions at Blackbird Swale in Huntington : August 8, 2015
We’ll be kicking off this year’s concert at 1:00 p.m. with the Vermont based quintet Possum Haw. The band combines the drive of bluegrass with the original lyricism of folk delivered by one of the finest vocalists in the region, Colby Crehan.
At 2:00 p.m. the eclectic Phil Henry Acoustic Trio out of Rutland, VT takes the stage. Phil is a rare contemporary folk artist with a sweet but strong voice, intricate guitar work and rich and sweeping songs. Not to mention a wonderful stage presence that makes you feel right at home.
At 3:15 p.m. The Mike Barnett Trio takes to the stage. Monster fiddler Mike Barnett is joined by Stash Wyslouch on lead vocals and guitar and Dominic Leslie on mandolin and backup harmonies. The three were previously with the Deadly Gentlemen (last year’s Valley Stage headliner) and each collaborate with some of the major players on the national bluegrass scene including Bryan Sutton, David Grisman, Tony Trischka and The Infamous Stringdusters. They’re slowly creating a legacy of their own within this ensemble.
We are very pleased to have the opportunity to showcase two of the premier bands who are making their marks nationally and were fortunately both available for this year’s festival. Twisted Pine is the most recent bluegrass collaborative out of the Berklee College of Music who belie there age by playing some of the most upbeat and traditional tunes reminiscent of Bill Munroe, Flatt &Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and the Stanley Brothers beginning at 4:45 p.m. They’ve previously performed at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Last year they won both the Fresh Grass and Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Special Bands competitions.
Around 6:00 p.m. MilkDrive will hit the stage as our headliner. This Austin, Texas based, acoustic power team features skilled multi-instrumentalist versed in a Variety of musical styles. Milk Drive is a musical extravaganza that joins genres and generations. A talented and progressive blend of bluegrass, jazz, and folk, the band has been categorized and recategorized over the years by itself and others. Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson dubbed these guys “Some of the finest musicians in the world.”
Stick around for what will probably be a last jam with key players from each of the groups letting loose with a standard that more than likely will be familiar to all.
Sorry, no pets or glass at the event.
Their music defies conventional genre restrictions, filtering a bottomless assortment of influences through their own decidedly distinctive songwriting sensibility and uncanny instrumental rapport. The result is timelessly resonant music that’s rooted in tradition, yet effortlessly contemporary and boundlessly entertaining.
Here’s a link to the ticket page on the Valley Stage Website: