|6 The Allegheny Ridgerunners||2 Rod Picott & Amanda Shires||23 The Guy Mendilow Band||20 The Craven Family Band||9 Mark O'Connor|
Sep 06 The Allegheny Ridgerunners at the CWB/LVG 4:30 p.m. F R E E
Hailing from good-ole-downhome State College, The Allegheny Ridgerunners are a bluegrass band of seasoned musicians with a wide variety of musical backgrounds. Inspired by the old-style bluegrass of the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, and many of the 'greats", The Ridgerunners emphasize close trio harmony singing and a large helping of fiddle and banjo. When they're not playing bluegrass, they may just as easily be playing at a symphony orchestra concert or Irish céilí!
In case of rain, festivities will be moved to the Granary next to the CWB and the Lemont Villiage Green.
Oct 02 Rod Picott & Amanda Shires at the CWB 7:30 p.m. $16
Rising from the sun-driven plains of West Texas is fiddler and singer/songwriter Amanda Shires and from the northern mill towns of New England is Rod Picott. A yankee singer-songwriter and a Texas fiddler might seem an unlikely pairing but the natural chemistry between Rod and Amanda is undeniable.
At 16 Amanda Shires was playing fiddle with The Texas Playboys, an auspicious start that testifies to her natural talent and soulful delivery.
In 1994 Rod Picott moved to Nashville TN. where he established himself as one of the better new writers in town as well as opening shows for Alison Krauss and Union Station and Gillian Welch. His co-write Broke Down with Slaid Cleaves was the most played song on Americana radio in 2001.
After meeting at a Folk Alliance conference, Amanda and Rod began touring the U.S. and Europe and started work on their debut CD entitled "Sew Your Heart with Wires" which was voted 4th best debut album of 2008 by the FAR Chart reporters.
Oct 23 The Guy Mendilow Band at the WPSU Studios 7:30 p.m. $16
||Led by Israeli composer/performer Guy Mendilow, this spirited quintet breaks down musical boundaries with a dynamic blend of Israeli and Sephardi tempered with Brazilian street beats and blues. Featuring world-class musicians from Israel, Japan, and the United States, the band skillfully fuses tradition with a contemporary sound in vibrant musical storytelling awash with lush vocal harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms.
"The buoyant, life-affirming, sweetly acoustic music of Israeli-born Mendilow incorporates influences from across the Middle East, South America and beyond. It's a folk music of hope and affirmation, sophisticated in its delivery but easily accessible to listeners anywhere." – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
"Mendilow is no dilettante,… He learned the music of these countries by living and working there … so when he sings … he knows what he's talking about." – Boston Phoenix
Nov 20 The Craven Family Band at the CWB 7:30 p.m. $16
The Craven Family Band plays original and traditional American folk, bluegrass and old-timey music. Tim Craven, a creative songwriter and a singer in the style of Ralph Stanley has been travelling and playing since the early 70's. Oliver brings a variety of styles and youthful energy. Kim keeps 'em on track.
Dec 1 Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing
at the WPSU Studios 7:45 p.m. $32
date changeD to Dec 1!
A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O'Connor's creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin, Stephane Grappelli. Along the way, between these marvelous musical extremes, Mark O'Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. As The Los Angeles Times recently noted, he has "crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal."
"One of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music." – The New York Times
This performance will be broadcast as part of WPSU's Fall Fundraiser. Join us in the studio audience to hear this master of American Fiddling.
Tickets purchased for the original Dec 9 date may used for this concert. If you purchased a ticket for Dec 9 and cannot make the Dec 1 concert, your purchase will be refunded in full. E-mail Mel DeYoung. or call him at 814.571.5182 to obtain a refund.