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Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth

Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth is an Americana/indie-rock band. The group has two years and three albums behind them, and they’ve opened for Ben Folds, Chris Stapleton, Gregory Alan Isakov, Israel Nash and the Secret Sisters.
Reese is a songwriter born and raised in Reading, Pa.
The group blends Reese’s folk/country background with electric guitarist Mark Watter’s alt-rock electric guitar to create sound that’s been lighting up bars, festivals and audiences since they formed in May of 2013.

Tickets: $12

Guitar-a-Rama featuring Laurence Juber, Will Ackerman and David Cullen

Tickets: $15, $20, $25

Fusing folk, jazz and pop styles, two-time Grammy-winner Laurence Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one acoustic guitar.
First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney’s band Wings, Juber has since established himself as a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger. He has released 23 solo albums which spotlight his unique touch and tone on solo acoustic guitar.
http://www.laurencejuber.com/

Will Ackerman is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist and composer of acoustic-based instrumental music. He founded and ran for many years the influential New Age record label Windham Hill Records. As a producer, he is the recipient of more than 20 platinum and gold records in the United States and internationally.
http://williamackerman.com/

David Cullen is a Grammy Award winner for Best Pop Instrumental Recording. He has performed with Will Ackerman, Samite, Tracy Silverman, Darol Anger, The DePue Brothers Band and Michael Manring. David also has played with The Jaco Big Band and with the Philly Pops.
Cullen has performed in a dazzling wide range of styles including classical, jazz and world Music. David has performed throughout North America for Classical Guitar Societies, Jazz Festivals, and Performing Arts Series. He has released 10 CDs for the acoustic guitar label Solid Air Records. David Cullen’s recordings have been featured on NPR stations across America.

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Maidencreek Old-time Music Festival at Maier's Grove in Blandon. Photo by Bill Uhrich 7/13/2014 Ken Gehret of West Lawn performs Sunday.

Ken Gehret

Ken Gehret has been performing as a musician for more than 30 years, primarily as a guitarist/violinist, in various musical scenarios.
Ken performs, teaches, composes and arranges for over 17 instruments including: voice, woodwind, reed, string and keyboards, but his main instruments are guitar and violin.
His musical experiences stem from a primarily country music background, performing with well known stars ( at the age of 18), including Roy Clark and Mell Tellis.
http://www.kengehret.com/

 

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Vin Downes

 


Vin Downes
 is a recording artist, solo performer, active freelance guitarist and a public school
music teacher in New Jersey, where he currently teaches classical guitar at Bayonne High
School.
He has recorded and performed with musicians including Will Ackerman, Liz Story
and Tony Levin.
For more, visit www.vindownes.com.

 

 

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Trevor Gordon Hall

Rated as one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine comes an instrumentalist from Philadelphia whose compositions range in style from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases. Trevor Gordon Hall sets himself apart by leaving no physical aspect of the guitar untouched and weaving together different textures into grand yet intimate and lyrical compositions.

http://www.trevorgordonhall.com/

The Ultra Kings

The Ultra Kings are a rockabilly/rock & roll act hailing from the northeastern Pennsylvania. The Ultra Kings are Steve Zoot on the double bass, Carl Von Ehst on the drum kit, and Rick Kay on the guitar and lead vocals.
The Ultra Kings’ live performances are infused with a high-energy blend of rockabilly, rock & roll and honky tonk.

Tickets: $15

 

Mo7s

What began as a studio session turned into a live touring band.
Dave Lewis, and later Amy Tomaszewski, recorded Lewis’ brainchild: a full-length, 15-song debut album Hate Mail From A Love Child in late summer of 2014. A total of 19 musicians, from both southeastern PA and around the world, including New York, Tokyo and Nashville, are featured on the album.
Now, Lewis and Tomaszewski – known as Mo7s – are currently performing live shows both as a guitar/vocal duo and as a four-piece band with drums and bass. Performing throughout southeastern PA, Mo7s has played venues as varied as Musikfest, FirstEnergy Stadium, Kutztown University and Parx Casino. They pull their live repertoire from their own catalog of originals as well as 1950s and 1960s rock, country, rockabilly and R&B.

Tickets: $15

Uncle Jake & the 18 Wheel Gang

What began as a professional campfire jam experience between Lefty Wilson and Brown Bird “Coontail” Gunther James, quickly recruited the expertise of Stove “The Iron Swan” Moose and Klabe Dunn for an ultimate open-mic and late-night festival jug-less Jug-Grass adventure. Blazing an unrivaled path through the local Pennsylvania bar and festival scene, the Gang had soon snatched up the honorary services of Hamburg native Sir Brandon “Re-bar” The First and those of the-one-and-only, Monkey “Mike” Salamito complete their current, touring, name-droppin’, finger poppin’ line-up of Uncle Jake & the 18 Wheel Gang.

Tickets $12

The Wallace Brothers Band

The Wallace Brothers Band are putting the ‘South’ back into South Philadelphia.  Twin brothers Zachary and Colby Wallace and their cohort Khoa ‘Lucky’ Pham are not who you might expect to be writing and performing songs about sleeping in a car, being broke and happy, love so strong it hurts, traveling the world, and spending the night in the pen, but the band sure enough does live the life they sing about. Their wanderlust and love of all forms of music can be heard in their music and lyrics.  Formed in 2007 through serendipitous circumstances, The Wallace Brothers Band performs roughly 200 shows per year and are equally as capable crooning in bar rooms as they are headlining festivals.

Hannah Violet Trio

hannah-violet-trioHannah Violet is a singer-songwriter who performs acoustically for weddings to boutiques to bars and festivals. She spent several years playing with country-rock bands but also really enjoys being in the studio, performing acoustically and playing music in the comfort of a living room.
She is a board-certified Music Therapist for Seasons Hospice and is extremely blessed to witness the miracles that happen with a little sound of music.
Hannah grew up playing fiddle and piano with her father, was always singing, and in later years started guitar and separated into her own style and extended her creativity to songwriting.
She has recently released her new CD and music video “Violet Sky.”

 

Frog Holler

Originally formed as a bluegrass trio, Frog Holler has evolved into a genre-defying, mostly
electric sextet, releasing six full-length recordings and an EP since 1996.
They have built their reputation on marathon live shows, loose but honest, emotional investments that have paid off with an intensely loyal fan base that far outreaches its Berks County, Pennsylvania home.
Pretty amazing considering the band has toured cautiously throughout it’s career, preferring the quality over quantity route in an effort to stay sane, intact and solvent. They remain independent serving as their own manager, booking their own shows and releasing their own records (ZoBird Records), sacrificing a wider appeal to remain in control enabling them to continue making music and functioning as a band in the truest sense of the word. Every Tuesday night, Frog Holler convenes at a local Berks County musical enclave known as the
Moonlight Forest to hang out, have a meal, and play some music.
Holler drummer, Daniel Bower, lives at the house and with the help of Ben Longenecker built a pro tools studio in 2007, opening the door for Frog Holler to do something it had always wanted, make a recording in the comforts of its home surroundings. With Longenecker co-producing, the band spent most of 2008 fleshing out the songs upstairs in the rehearsal space and then walking down to the basement to put them to tape. The result is “Believe It Or Not”, 10 songs from Frog Holler.

Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods

Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods is a ’50s and ’60s rock & roll party band, playing a variety of music from the years of 1955 to 1968, the “golden years of rock & roll.” The classic songs played by Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods have the soulful sound and feel of the original artists; Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Bill Haley, Elvis, The Righteous Brothers, Gene Vincent, Dion and more.
Entertaining crowds from the resorts in New York’s Catskill Mountains and the Meadowlands of New Jersey to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania, Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods have played many national events.

Know Return

“Know Return,” a Philadelphia-based Kansas tribute band, recreates the music of Kansas as faithfully as possible to their original recordings. With decades of professional experience among its members, the band hopes to entertain Kansas fans and introduce new fans to the music of one of the most legendary progressive rock bands of the ’70s – Kansas.
Know Return has a few ties to the Reading area. Drummer Bob Eben is a Muhlenberg High School grad, and violinist Charles Kadyk is a music teacher in the Twin Valley School District. The band has performed at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Havana in New Hope, the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, and Building 24 Live in Wyomissing. Other members of the band include Patrick Igoe (lead vocals, guitar, and keyboard), Dave Boardman (guitar and vocals), Chuck Whitmore (keyboard), Matt Cobb (guitar, keyboard, and vocals) and Bob Berry (bass and vocals).

Tickets: $12

David Cullen

David Cullen is a Grammy Award winner for Best Pop Instrumental Recording. He has performed with Will Ackerman, Samite, Tracy Silverman, Darol Anger, The DePue Brothers Band and Michael Manring. David also has played with The Jaco Big Band and with the Philly Pops.
Cullen has performed in a dazzling wide range of styles including classical, jazz and world Music. David has performed throughout North America for Classical Guitar Societies, Jazz Festivals, and Performing Arts Series. He has released 10 CDs for the acoustic guitar label Solid Air Records. David Cullen’s recordings have been featured on NPR stations across America.

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