2021 SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
We proudly present...
Saturday, June 12 – Beg, Steal or Borrow. Welcome back Jeremy, Geoff, Fran, Roland and Luke for another stellar bluegrass performance! Beg, Steal or Borrow won the 2017 Podunk and 2018 Thomas Point Beach bluegrass festival band competitions, has been featured at Greyfox and Ossipee Valley festivals. They were the stars of last summer's one and only Meeting House pop-up outdoor concerts on the green, and we're thrilled to have them back this summer to open our 2021 season.
Saturday, June 26 - Rusty Bucket - Evoking the tradition of New England kitchen tunks and back-porch pavilions of Appalachia, our own homegrown string band features George van Vlaanderen on banjo, Lanny Boardman and Dan Shook on guitar, Ralph Rosenberg on bass, and Brian Steele on mandolin and harmonica.
Saturday, July 10 – Mango Jam is a six piece dance band playing straight-ahead Zydeco as well as New Orleans-inspired Funk, Reggae and Ska. The band also features original songs written by guitarist and singer, Josie Ritter. Along with Josie, band members include Gus Ziesing, accordions, saxophones, and vocals, Dana Lavigne, guitar and fratoire (rubboard) and vocals, Mimi Ryan, alto saxophone and vocals, Mike Graziadei, bass, and Allen Bilson on drums. Boogie on the Bayou!
Saturday, August 14 – Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers. If Jenni Johnson offered nothing more than her voice, smooth and sweet as honey, it would be plenty. But that’s only part of what makes her jazz-infused performances unforgettable: With a heart as big as that voice, Jenni takes us on joyous world-wide musical tour with the always excellent Junketeers providing impeccable support.
Saturday, August 28 - VT Bluegrass Pioneers unite the talents of four of Vermont’s veteran and best-known bluegrass musicians: brothers “Banjo” Dan and Willy Lindner, and bassist Sam Blagden (Banjo Dan & the Midnite Plowboys), and Danny Coane (The Throbulators and the Radio Rangers, and, since 1998, with Vermont’s nationally award-winning honky tonk heroes, the Starline Rhythm Boys). Rooted in the hard-driving tradition of first-generation bluegrass, the four share lead and harmony vocals, and in a unique twist Dan and Danny, both of whom are commanding banjo players, alternate on that instrument and rhythm guitar, while Willy holds forth on mandolin.
Saturday, September 4 - Austin Piazzolla Quintet - no details as yet, except for the date ~ so mark your calendars! This is one you won't want to miss.
Saturday, September 11 – Bob and Sarah Amos present a wide variety of songs in an intimate style, with mezmerizing vocal harmonies accompanied by Bob's formidable guitar talents. Bob has written and recorded over 100 songs on 12 CDs over the past 30 years. His songs reflect many influences and styles including folk, bluegrass, blues, Celtic, pop and rock-a-billy. Vocalist Sarah Amos has been singing professionally for over 10 years, and until recently performed with her father in the bluegrass band Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing. In their duo show Bob and Sarah step outside of their regular bluegrass setting, performing a wider selection of songs from Bob’s diverse musical catalog, plus a few of their favorite traditional and more modern covers.
Saturday, Oct. 9 - Annie & The Hedonists. Interpreting the songs of great female blues artists of the ‘20s, 30s & 40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Repertoire also includes western swing, bluesy country, and roots Americana. We guarantee YOU WILL LOVE THIS BAND!
Saturday, October 23 - Will Patton Ensemble. Always a spectacular show, join Bakersfield’s own multi-instrumentalist and composer Will Patton and his band comprised of mandolin/octave mandolin, violin, guitar, flute, clarinet and string bass. The group has been focusing on Gypsy jazz and Brazilian styles as well as straight up bebop, and performs many original compositions in their repertoire.
Saturday, November 6 – The Oleo Romeos. Tyrone, Will, Jerry and George will deliver a show that's sure to please! We hope we'll be inside for this one! All proceeds to benefit the programs at The Fairfield Community Center.