Darin & Brooke Aldridge have a new CD Faster and Farther in current release demonstrating the range and variety of colors they have added to their music. New band members have strengthened the band as well. On Thursday, they will appear as the Darin & Brooke Aldridge Band, while on Friday they will appear with John Cowan in what has been a successful, ground-breaking tour for everyone involved. Don't miss them in either configuration to appreciate the versatility they have developed.
Blue Highway continues to be one of the powerhouse bands in bluegrass. Shawn Lane is a prodigious song writer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer. He joins bassist Wayne Taylor and guitarist Tim Stafford in providing more creative punch than any other band in bluegrass. Young Gaven Largent, meanwhile, has accomplished the seemingly impossible task of replacing the departed Rob Ickes on Dobro, contributing his own distinctive licks while continuing the tradition established by his predecessor.
It's no longer possible to consider this hard working, hard driving band as anybody's sideline project. With over 100 dates last year, Sideline is a full-time project. Their song selection, chosen from mostly the second and third generation of bluegrass, combines with instrumental excellence and delightful repartee to provide an exciting show each time they appear. New band members, Brad Hudson on Dobro and Troy Boone on mandolin (both are excellent singers, too) deepens and extends this band. They'll perform on both Thursday and Saturday.
Rhonda Vincent remains one of the hardest working and most reliable draws in the bluegrass world. Noted for her fine lead voice, she's also one of the busiest harmony singers in Nashville, performing on countless records. Rhonda's also known as the hardest working person in the genre, on-stage and at the merchandise table, where she stays 'til the last fan is satisfied. Each member of the Rage is a bluegrass star in his or her (Sally Berry - Rhonda's daughter) own right. This highly polished show is one you won't want to miss.
Vendors: A number of food vendors offer a wider then usual selection of both healthy and fair food. Look for Uncle Moe's serving fried fish, Antietam ice-cream with some of the best ice-cream anywhere. (Pennsylvania has long been known as a great ice-cream state because of its stringent dairy regulation.) You can get a range of sandwiches as well as other choices. Furthermore, a number of craft vendors are present as well as bluegrass instruments including Eastman, Martin, and a variety of new and used instruments.