Dennis Waring’s “Trash to Tunes” - Tues, Aug 1st 6-7:00 p.m.
Kicking off the series is Dennis Waring’s “Trash to Tunes” on Tuesday, August 1st from 6-7 p.m. Dr. Waring is an ethnomusicologist, music consultant, educator, performer and instrument maker and has developed and enthused life into hundreds of educational programs throughout North America. A multi-instrumentalist, Waring combines a variety of musical styles on a variety of musical instruments made from items most people throw away! Waring weaves tales about the origins of music and shows how cultures through time used music to communicate in their natural environment. Waring gets his ideas and inspirations from around the world and creates a unique experience for the listener whether from his home-made instruments or from indigenous peoples. All ages are welcome. Call the library at 244-7036 to register.
Mark and Cindy Lemaire - Fri, Aug 11th 7-8:00pm
Mark and Cindy Lemaire will be returning for the second year in a row on Friday, August 11th. Vermont is a second home for them, though California their current one. Known for his exquisite guitar work, Mark Lemaire writes original tunes about the “stuff” of life; Combined with Cindy’s harmonies, the effect can be spellbinding. You’ll experience solo guitar to foot tapping, hand-clapping audience participation. Friday, August 11th from 7-8 in the Steele Room of the Municipal Building, 28 North Main Street, Waterbury. FREE.
Adam Boyce and Mark Strusacker - Tues, Aug 22nd, 7-8:30pm
Next up in the Steele Room on the 22nd is Adam Boyce and Mark Strusacker. Adam considers himself a Yankee fiddler, including not just the traditional standards but the popular tunes of the 20’s through the 50’s, Tin Pan Alley, older country music and his original contemporary tunes. He has composed over 100 fiddle tunes and may be known to many as “The Old Country Fiddler” portraying the life of Charles Ross Taggart, a traveling fiddler and entertainer. Adam may also be known to folks through George Woodard’s Ground Hog Opry and the many productions at Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier. In addition to his fiddling, Adam is a dance caller, historian and published author. He is also a speaker with the Vermont Humanities Council and the New Hampshire Humanities to Go, and a juried artist with the Vermont Arts Council. A long time Vermonter, Adam grew in the house his great-grandfather purchased in 1896 in which his father and grandfather were also raised.
Guitarist Mark Strusacker is also a well-known figure in this area. Mark created and fronted the “WDEV Radio Rangers” radio show band in 1986, performing a mix of Western Swing, old Country, Novelty and Blue Grass Music and has concertized with the band for over 25 years. He has also played guitar and sang in Bluegrass bands for over 40 years and is one of few practitioners of the Bluegrass flat picking and cross picking guitar styles in Vermont. Mark is also a soloist, featuring old Folk, Bluegrass and Country songs.
Both Adam and Mark have released CDs which you can pick up at the concert, Tuesday evening, August 22nd from 7-8:30. FREE.
Steve Lotspeich - Tues, Aug. 29th, 6:30-7:30pm
The library invites music lovers to enjoy their beautiful summer garden on Tuesday, August 29th. Local Community Planner Steve Lotspeich when he is not busy with his municipal duties, is well known as a multi-genre artist. Steve plays an eclectic mix of old-time country, folk, and funky kids’ music. He accompanies vocals with acoustic guitar and clawhammer style banjo. His original tunes are based not only on his life experiences, but a call to face our environmental challenges. If the weather is good we will be in the garden. Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on. If the weather is inclement, we will be in the Steele room. Time: 6:30-7:30.
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