THE SOUL SHAKERS HEADLINE OPEN HOUSE

SoulShakersNorthern Poconos’ newest event venue is spicing up its Open House with the addition of the popular local R&B band, The Soul Shakers.  Featured guitarist Jesse Mower, bassist Bill Coleman and drummer Sharon O’Connell are expected to entertain hundreds of local businesses and their families in attendance.  In addition to live music, kids’ activities and other entertainment will add to the Open House.

Located just 2 hours from NYC and 90 minutes from Philadelphia, Equestrian House© is an events venue for corporate events and meetings, family reunions, weddings, celebrations and spiritual retreats.  The venue can host small and large groups with as little as 25 people up to about 500 people or more on its over 100+ acres of pristine country land.  The vacation rentals have overnight accommodations consisting of seven units that can house up to 36 people. On-site activities include four tennis courts, six basketball courts, swimming pool, fishing pond, hiking trails, and acres of serene country to bond, relax and rejuvenate your entire team.

To experience what they have to offer, Equestrian House© is inviting businesses and their families to attend its Open House on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00pm.  Hundreds of businesses in the area and their families are expected to tour the facilities, so it’ll be a good place to connect with other local companies.  Catering companies with food to sample for your next event will also be there.  In addition, local, reputable vendors will have food and drink available for purchase.

Registration is FREE at http://events.equestrianhousepa.com.  For more information, info@equestrianhousepa.com, call or text: 570-798-3234

 

MILFORD’S MUSIC IN THE PARK

MMintheP2019 Photo1Milford, Pennsylvania’s Music in the Park presents a free concert with Philadelphia-based newgrass group “Man About a Horse” on Sunday June 23rd from 1-4PM in Ann Street Park during the Milford Music Festival. The festival runs June 21st through the 23rd with dozens of free indoor and outdoor music performances in every nook-and-cranny of Milford Borough.

Man About a Horse performs in Milford, PA’s Ann Street Park on Sunday June 23rd from 1-4 PM

Man About a Horse blends traditional bluegrass, rock, pop, and country-folk to create an infectious, foot-stompin’, harmony & chops-driven sound. They won the 2018 FreshGrass Band award and recently signed with Nashville-based Dark Shadow Recording label. The band embarks on a UK tour a few days after their Ann Street Park performance.

Man About a Horse has performed all through the US and shared bills with Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Travelin’ McCourys and many others. The band’s self-titled 2017 release “Man About a Horse” debuted at #11 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts and garnered much critical acclaim.

Local singer-songwriter Maribyrd opens the show for Man About a Horse. Maribyrd’s vocal prowess is well known through the tri-state region and beyond. Her 2015 studio release “Cabin Sessions” showcases her rootsy, country-folk sensibilities. She performs with many of Northern NJ’s best folk and bluegrass musicians and maintains a busy schedule of performances all year long.

Maribyrd opens the show for Man About a Horse

Jen Murphy’s Studio at 113 West Harford serves as the alternate indoor location for the concert in the event of inclement weather. Like and follow our page at www.facebook.com/gazebomusic for updates about summer concerts in Ann Street Park and other events in and around Milford PA.

This a free concert thanks to our sponsors, including: Teslicko Enterprises, Waterwheel Cafe Bakery & Bar, Davis R. Chant Realtors, The Arlene Quirk Team at Keller Williams Real Estate, Cenci Chiropractic, Waterwheel Guitars, Bar Louis at the Hotel Fauchere, Fretta’s Italian Food Specialties, The Frisky Goat Coffee House, Jen Murphy’s Studio, and, the Milford Borough Recreation Committee.

About Milford PA’s Music in Park

Milford Pennsylvania’s Music in the Park presents free summer concerts in Ann Street Park on select Sunday afternoons. Nestled in the heart of the borough, the park is a short walk to dozens of independently owned shops, restaurants, bars, delis, art galleries, cafes & coffee shops, and our local farmers market. National touring/recording artists such as Caitlin Canty & grammy award winner Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon); Heather Maloney; and Smithsonian Folkways recording artists Lula Wiles graced our humble gazebo stage in recent years. Our concerts are family friendly with play equipment, swings, and plenty of space to spread out and run around. Bring a picnic and come hear some great music in a relaxed, beautiful setting.

HONESDALE’S MUSIC IN THE PARK

MusicintheParkJun19#2There are many sweet sounds associated with summertime – ice tinkling in a glass of cold tea; children laughing in playgrounds; waves breaking on a sandy beach. The sounds of a Honesdale summer may not include surf, but they do include many kinds of music – thanks to the Summer Festival of Park Events!

wccaclogoThis year’s season, presented by the Wayne County Creative Arts Council (WCCAC) in Honesdale’s Central Park, begins Monday, June 10, with the traditional good-time harmonies of the Northeasters Barbershop Chorus, presenting a program called “How the West Was Sung.”

On Thursday, June 13 the JP Williams Blues Band will make their WCCAC debut, bringing the sound of Chicago & Delta-style blues to the Fasshauer Stage. The Barn Cats continue the blues and Americana themes when they appear on Monday, June 17, and then the Irish Balladeers return on Thursday, June 20 with an evening of heartfelt and historical Celtic ballads.  The ever-popular Wayne Choralaires present their newest concert program on Monday, June 24, and rock’n’roll family band The Pharm perform on Thursday, June 27.

The 2019 Independence Day celebration happens on Monday, July 1, beginning at 6:30 with the Doug Smith Band, followed by the Crystal Band from Scranton at 8 PM, playing your favorite marches and patriotic tunes. The annual fireworks display, sponsored by the Greater Honesdale Partnership, will begin around 9:30. There will also be vendors, food, and children’s activities. (Note: There will be no concert on Thursday, July 4.)

The following week brings some new arrivals to Central Park. Vocalist extraordinaire Ekat brings some of her musician friends to the stage on Monday July 8 for an evening of popular songs. Local jazz supergroup Lone Duck will be the entree on Thursday, July 11, featuring bassist Bob Wilson, saxophonist Rowan Lynch and others.

Retro rockers Flashback return on Monday, July 15, and perennial polka favorites Stanky and the Cadets will “roll out the barrel” on Thursday, July 18.  Doo-wop masters the New Paramounts revive the spirit of the 50’s and 60’s on Monday, July 22.

As the series winds up, we’ll have a hoedown with the assembled talents of the Old Time Fiddlers on Thursday, July 25, and for our finale this year on Monday, July 29, Owen Walsh of Dead Tracks will share the stage with Woodstock alum Bob Tellefsen.

All concerts (other than the Independence Day celebration) will begin at 7:30. In case of inclement weather, concerts may be moved to the Cooperage, the Grace Episcopal parish hall, or the Central United Methodist church.

There is no admission charge to the summer festival events, but free-will donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments, including pizza, hot dogs, and snacks, will be available for purchase, but attendees can also bring their own food. (No alcohol or smoking, please.) Bring a blanket or chair for seating. For more information, contact project manager Mitzi Kielar at 570-785-3674, or find WCCAC online via Facebook or at www.honesdaleparkevents.org.

 

HEADLINER SET FOR HONESDALE ROOTS & RHYTHM MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL – JUNE 15TH

The Black Lillies promo photo‘The Black Lillies’

Known for their captivating blend of rock & roll and country, ‘The Black Lillies’ have become one of Americana music’s biggest success stories; an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between genres.

Four men. Four friends. Four artists, each of whom could rightly put out a solo record tomorrow, tied together by a bond to something that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

“Going from a six-piece to a four-piece, it’s given these guys space to shine and grow and evolve, and the chemistry has gotten better,” says Contreras, who in another life was the mandolin-shredding bandleader of Robinella and the CCstringband, once signed to both the Columbia and Dualtone labels. “These guys have become not just sidemen or guns for hire; they’re invested. Their opinions count, and their creativity is as much a part of this record as mine. There are songs that I wrote; that Sam (a veteran of the Americana group The Everybodyfields) wrote; that we wrote in any combination and all of us together.

“It’s pretty simple, when you get down to that romantic notion of having a band. We rehearse together, we travel together, we hang out together because we’re dedicated, and I think the music is really showing that now. For me, it’s been years of learning to set your ego aside, but experience teaches you that you have to.”

Making room for other voices in the band was vital in rekindling Quinn’s creative fires. The winner of the 2006 Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest and a respected solo artist after The Everybodyfields folded, the well had dried up for him back home in Knoxville until a spot opened in The Black Lillies. Working with Contreras, Townsend and then Schaefer, Quinn says, was akin to tossing gasoline on the smoldering embers of his songwriting chops.

“It’s like, when the itch hits, that’s the time to scratch it,” he said. “Office Depot is now my favorite place. I’m always buying paper and pens and destroying them, because I write all the time. Right now, I’m looking at four legal pads, a notebook, a journal and a bunch of stolen hotel paper. It’s a bit of a neurosis, I’m afraid, but I want to be a better writer, and this band is an outlet to become that.”

R&R LOGO8.color(green)The Black Lillies were conceived during a particularly emotional period in Contreras’ life. A divorce, a disassembling of his old band and a 9-to-5 job driving a truck left him with days of turbulent thoughts and nights alternating between pen-and-paper and a guitar to put them into some semblance of order. “Whiskey Angel,” released in 2009, was a springboard to a whirlwind career revival, and within two years, the band had notched several national tours, landed on the hot list of countless publications and appeared everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry stage to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Other records — “100 Miles of Wreckage,” “Runaway Freeway Blues,” “Hard to Please” — helped define a sound that was rooted in distinct male-female harmonies, intricate instrumentalism and emotionally charged lyrics that look toward the hope of a new day dawning, regardless of the darkness of broken hearts and bereft spirits.

Around the making of “Hard to Please,” however, the band faced its biggest challenge to date — losing key members, integrating new ones and facing a future that meant changing musical directions. Contreras, however, rose to the challenge, drawing inspiration from some of the titans of the genre in which the Lillies often find themselves categorized: The Eagles and Wilco, just to name a few.

“We think about those favorite records of ours, those masterpiece records, and they’re no filler, all killer,” he says. “We grew up listening to records like that, so we thought, ‘Let’s go for it. Let’s stack it.’ It should be nothing but keepers, and there really shouldn’t be five seconds of, ‘Oh, they didn’t know what to do here.’ Everything should be purposeful.”

When the dust settled, he found himself with the right set of players: Quinn, who won songwriting awards and was once a labelmate of the Avett Brothers during his time in The Everybodyfields; Schaefer, a guitar wizard and a veteran of the Texas alt-country band Mickey and The Motorcars; and Townsend, the youngest member of the band who was brought in on drums in 2015 and has quickly become the group’s veteran anchor.

“We just don’t want to be a throwback band. We want what we do to sound new and fresh and modern.  We’re venturing out from a pure East Tennessee sound, and hopefully that comes through,” he adds.

JUNE 2019 ISSUE

JUNE2019 CoverSTRIPROOTS & RHYTHM HEADLINER: THE BLACK LILLIES

Known for their captivating blend of rock & roll and country, ‘The Black Lillies’ have become one of Americana music’s biggest success stories; an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between genres.
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MILFORD’S MUSIC IN THE PARK

Milford, Pennsylvania’s Music in the Park presents a free concert with Philadelphia-based newgrass group “Man About a Horse” on Sunday June 23rd from 1-4 PM in Ann Street Park during the Milford Music Festival.
Read full article here

THE SOUL SHAKERS HEADLINE OPEN HOUSE

Northern Poconos’ newest event venue is spicing up its Open House with the addition of the popular local R&B band, The Soul Shakers, June 20th.
Read full article here

WCCAC’S MUSIC IN THE PARK

There are many sweet sounds associated with summertime – ice tinkling in a glass of cold tea; children laughing in playgrounds; waves breaking on a sandy beach. The sounds of a Honesdale summer may not include surf, but they do include many kinds of music – thanks to the Summer Festival of Park Events!
Read full article here