Saturday, November 5, 2011

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands at BBU Concert - Lexington, MA - November 19

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
 Photo by Mike Melnyk

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands will appear the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA on November 19, 2011 at 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30) in a concert sponsored by the Boston Bluegrass Union. Della Mae will be the opening band.  Tickets cost $23.00 for BBU members and $26.00 for non-members. Tickets can be ordered here.  The auditorium at the Museum seats about 300 people in comfort and with good sound. There isn't a bad seat in the house.  BBU will provide light refreshments as a fund raiser during the intermission.

Laurie Lewis
 
Tom Rozum

Laurie Lewis and partner Tom Rozum present a west coast flavored bluegrass music with shades of country, folk, and old-time included.  She writes about the beauty of nature, the nature of love, the love of life, and the life of the spirit. I asked Laurie what version of her band was coming to Lexinton, and she responded, "The band that will be playing is the West Coast version of the RightHands. We have been playing together for about 5 years out here, but I have never before gotten these guys out to the East Coast. They are truly great players, and I love being able to (mostly) play guitar, drive the band, and sing, and hear Chad's sweet and fiery fiddle behind the vocals. The lineup features long-time collaborator and partner Tom Rozu on mandolin, mandola, and vocals, Patric Sauber on banjo and vocals, Chad Manning on fiddle, and Andrew Conklin on bass and vocals.  The band is touring in support of their new CD "Skippin' and Flyin," a tribute to Bill Monroe's 100th birthday with additional material. She is a four time IBMA award winner, including twice as Female Vocalist of the Year.



Laurie Lewis Presenting an Award at IBMA 2011

Della Mae
 
Della Mae will open for Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands. Since making a couple of personnel changes in the past year, this band has shown remarkable success with performances at festivals and arts centers around the country. With the addition of Celia Woodsmith and Courtney Hartman to its lineup, the band has developed a fuller and more vibrant sound.  Founding members Kimber Ludiker and Amanda Kowalski continue at fiddle and bass while Jenni Lynn Gardner brings solid mandolin and vocals to the band. Woodsmith's bluesy voice and rock experience complement her song writing and strengthen the band's vibe.  Della Mae is a treat to hear and see. Their new CD is well worth buying, too.

How to Get to the National Heritage Museum

The National Heritage Museum is located at 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA.  See you there.