November 4, 2012 by Jay Minkin
Take me down to that old-tyme music in the Cuyahoga Valley. Three great concerts have been set for November at the Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and you have a chance to see one of them compliments of this writer.
Erica Wheeler will be performing on Saturday November 10th playing selections from her most recent album Summer Rain. The Massachusetts based singer/songwriter composes songs that are deeply connected to the Americana landscape and the lives of people who live there. On stage, armed with an acoustic guitar and her richly expressive voice, Erica is also known for her engaging warmth, colorful stories and hilarious stage patter.
The Pine Leaf Boys bring their fun filled Louisiana Cajun roots music to town on Friday, November 17th. A four-time Grammy nominated quintet, the Pine Leaf Boys play the old fashion dance hall standards while making a priority to bring many of the more obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire and play them with gusto. Wilson Savoy leads the charge on vocals and accordion, with Courtney Granger on fiddle, Jon Bertrand on guitar, Drew Simon on drums, and Thomas David rounds out the line-up on bass. Be ready for a wild ride as these fellas will be playin’ somethin’ crazy up on that there stage.
The Heritage Series welcomes The Stray Birds on Friday, November 30th and one lucky reader and a friend will have an opportunity to attend this show. Pairing some fiddle, banjo, acoustic, guitar, a stand-up bass, and some sweet harmony vocals is a beautiful thing. Hailing from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds are touring behind their debut self-titled release that came out in July. Recording all original music, the trio consists of Maya de Virty on guitar, fiddle, banjo and vocals, Oliver Craven also on guitar, fiddle, and vocals, and Charles Muench on bass, banjo and vocals. Their repertoire of Americana music is a mix of folk, bluegrass, country, and blues that not only is highlighted by their suburb playing, but also with their rich three-part harmonies. The band is constantly touring, going from town to town. They relish the energy and connection of the live audience, making new friends and fans along the way.
The Cuyahoga Valley Heritage Series is presented by the National Park Service and theConservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park celebrating the cultural legacy of the Cuyahoga Valley. Single concert admission is $17.00, but Conservancy members get the discounted ticket price of $12.00. The best bargain is for children ages 3-12, it’s only $5.00. All shows are held in the Great Hall of the Happy Days Lodge (500 West Streetsboro Road, Peninsula 44264) with doors opening at 7:00PM, concerts beginning at 8:00PM. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 330-657-2909 or stopping by the newly opened Trail Mix Store in Peninsula (1593 Main Street).
So, what about those Stray Bird tickets? You’ll be in for a real treat seeing a show at the Happy Days Lodge venue along with hearing this headlining act. Contact me by email or on my Minkin’s Music Facebook page to have your name placed in the hat. One lucky reader’s name will be drawn on November 27th. Best of luck and see you at the show ….