These four extraordinary folk musicians from south-central PA are back again as a quartet to share with us their great blend of originals, bluegrass, old-time and jazz. Always looking for ways to keep their music fresh and lively, this year the band is delving into vintage jazz and swing.
Multi-instrumentalist Ken Gehret takes the lead for a hands-on workshop, a potluck supper and an evening concert. We’ll be hearing a lot more banjo from Ken as the group explores the importance of the banjo in early jazz.
Ken Gehret (banjo)
Ken is a musician, teacher, composer, arranger and record producer who has been performing for more than 30 years. He plays over 17 instruments, and aside from vintage and swing jazz also plays Gypsy jazz, Celtic, Country, and Bluegrass.
Ken discovered the "banjo sound" during the folk music revival in the late 1950s and early 60s, through such groups as The Kingston Trio and The Tarriers and The Beverly Hillbillies on TV. At the same time, he also had his ears opened to the banjo in early New Orleans and Dixieland jazz. He's played banjo (five-string, tenor and plectrum) for many years, and performed with such banjo luminaries as Bob Thomson, Bill Keith, Tony Trishka and many more.
Although the roots of the banjo are from Africa, the banjo has become the signature instrument of America. Ken is happy to be an ambassador of this strange, yet wonderful instrument!
Bruce Campbell (bass)
Bruce has been a favored sideman in south central PA for dozens of bands and musicians over the last 40 years. He specializes now in all varieties of jazz, as well as numerous singer/songwriter acts. Among other collaborations, he plays regularly with Rue de la Pompe, the Canal Street Hot Six, The Tom Pontz Trio and the Vintage Jazz Band.
Kevin Neidig (guitar)
Kevin is an award winning guitarist and teacher who has shared the stage with such luminaries as Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan,Tom Paxton, Doc Watson, and Collin Raye. Despite the sophistication and complexity of his playing, he performs with a graceful agility that is captivating to listen to and watch.
Henry Koretzky (mandolin)
Henry is a multi-instrumentalist who has dabbled in many genres of music including folk, bluegrass, rock, jazz, Klezmer, and blues. He currently plays in the Harrisburg Mandolin Orchestra, the Contra Rebels and several other groups.
Fort Hunter Centennial Barn
5300 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Early Jazz Clinic 4:30pm
Bring an instrument and your singing voice to a participatory workshop on Early Jazz. The focus of the workshop will be on the history and characteristics of this uniquely American form of music, and how jazz and folk music intersect. Beginners, advanced players and listeners are welcome to attend. Ken Gehret will be the host although the other band members will also offer up info/ideas and help field questions.
A FREE EVENT!
Reserve your spotby calling 717-319-8409.
Join us for a potluck supper before the concert. Bring a covered dish to share. Drinks and place settings will be provided. Free, of course!
Concert Ticket Info:
$22 General Admission
$18 SFMS Members
$10 Students— ages 3 to 22
Advance Tickets@ BrownPaperTickets.com