Jim and I and wives attended a performance by the OLD PUEBLO BLUEGRASS band at Monterey Court on Friday, Nov 16th from 7 to 10 PM. Three sets is a tough gig, but this band kept up its drive and enthusiasm throughout the entire performance. I was already familiar with the talents of Reid Griffin (guitar & vocals) and with Bob Frankot (fiddle), but knew nothing about Barry Shady (bass) and Wes Breitenbach (banjo/mandolin/vocals). I can tell you that Barry was rock solid on bass all night and all I can say about Wes is Wow! This guy is great on banjo, mandolin, guitar and who knows what else. What really struck me however, was his high tight harmony capability. I knew Reid had a strong voice and Wes is a good match with his strong harmony voice. He also a strong lead singer and you can understand the words when he sings, which is a problem sometimes with bluegrass songs. These guys provided a lot of top notch bluegrass entertainment and IMHO, worth a much more than what they were paid. OLD PUEBLO BLUEGRASS is joining S&S and we're excited to have them as one of our listed bands
Normally when I write these Blog entries, I write them in WORD and then copy and paste the article into the Blog page. For some time now, this capability didn't work; however, I was informed if I write directly into the Blog, it works and it does. They also said they are working on a fix for the copy & paste problem.
I would like to mention that Run Boy Run played to a sellout crown at Harlow Gardens on Oct 20th. I attended this concert and it was great. Many good comments from both the venue and the patrons following the concert.
I didn't attend, but I understand that Manzanita Bluegrass played a successful concert for a church crowd just recently.
Yesterday, I attended the Dusty River Boys performance at St. Marks Methodist Church - BBQ celebration. There were 165 in the audience and they were responsive to the entertainment - not only with there applause, but also with the pass-the-hat donations (love offering) for the band. After the show, I went back stage and congratulated the band on the performance and had a chat with Rudy, the band's leader. He pointed out that their aim is to entertain the audience and they design their performances to take the audience on a musical/emotional roller-coaster ride. Rudy explained how they design their music sets to take the audience from highs to lows, sad to happy, funny to serious. The Dusty River Boys accomplished that, included great audience participation and maintained a good report with the audience throughout the performance.
S&S Joins the Marana Bluegrass Festival Partnership 11/04/2012
The 2013 Marana Bluegrass Festival will be held in downtown Marana in the Ora Mae Harn Park on April 13 and 14, 2013. S&S Bluegrass Promotions has joined the partnership that stages the Festival and will assume most of the responsibilities previously provided by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA). SAACA has another event scheduled for that weekend and therefore can not support the Festival.
This expands S&S's scope of work beyond the existing Bluegrass Band Booking activity; yet, as you can see in previous posts, S&S has already written two proposals for the implemention of new Bluegrass Festivals. The 2013 Marana Bluegrass Festival Partnership consists of:
The Desert Bluegrass Association
The Arizona Bluegrass Association
The Town of Marana
S&S Bluegrass Promotions