Friday, March 8, 2013

Americana At Home with The Buskers and Sweetgrass

TheLebanon Opera House "Home" Free music series continued last night March 7, 2013 with The Buskers  and Sweetgrass in Americana @ Home. The @ Home Series, a series of free performances by regional artists sponsored by Lebanon Opera HouseCitizens BankLebanon Rec Department . 

The Buskers tap the street music tradition for which they are named, then go far beyond, with serious musicianship, a sense of humor and energy to burn. The band first met at an open mic in Bristol, NH in 1993.   Kathy "KZ" Sommer, who now lives in northern New York, plays acoustic and electric violins and mandolin with high energy, genre-defying abandon.   

Craig Jaster (piano, bass, accordion, percussion) taught jazz piano at Plymouth State University from 1999-2004 and has performed with a number of jazz artists including Delfeayo Marsalis, Philip Hamilton, and the late Big Joe Burrell.  

Paul Hubert (guitars, harmonica) has performed extensively as a solo singer/songwriter.  He also plays trombone and composes for The Baker Valley Band, a central New Hampshire  wind band.  
Tonight on drums Lebanon's own Tim Gilmore, who has played with, among many others, Tower of Power, Marian McPartland and Lester Bowie sat in with The Buskers.

More images of The Buskers: Photos by Nanci SmugMug

Sweetgrass has quickly emerged as one of the upper valley's hottest bluegrass-country-gospel groups. Anchored by Nancy Wood on vocals & mandolin and Dave Clark on string bass & vocals, ignited by sensational finger-picking guitarist Mike Wood and with Steve Hennig on banjo and vocals providing a strong updraft  - this group is on fire! 
Dave Clark
Dave Clark plays stand-up bass and sings for Sweetgrass.  "I didn't know I had a deep connection with bluegrass until I had the opportunity to play with Nancy and Mike Wood and Steve Hennig. My grandfather was a coal miner in Kentucky, and this band gives me access to the hardships and the joys from my Appalachian past."  Dave is a singer songwriter, and also plays guitar and sings in JukeJoynt and The Kerry Rose Band. Dave also sings choral music with Wrensong, The Handel Society, and is in the choir at the St. James Episcopal Church in Woodstock.
Nancy Wood
Mike Wood
Steve Hennig and Nancy Wood

More Sweetgrass Images: Photos By Nanci SmugMug

Each band performed for about one hour and the audience could be heard stomping their feet and clapping their hands throughout both performances.

These shows are FREE with donations accepted for the bands.
The next FREE @Home concert will be held April 4 at 7 PM Featuring:
Cabaret @ Home with Fuzzy Logic and Wet Paint Players Call 603-448-0400 for more info! 

Americana At Home 2013
The Buskers with Sweetgrass
Lebanon Opera House, Citizens Bank, Lebanon Rec Dept.
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH March 7, 2013
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