On Saturday, October 11, at 7 p.m., the 2nd Annual Black River Folk & Blues Fest will bring an eclectic group of musical acts and talented musicians to the stage at the Ludlow Town Hall auditorium. Hosted by the non-profit community group, FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium), the music fest has lined up three top-notch, New England-based musical acts for this, its second annual event.
Bruce Farr, Program Director for FOLA, said the lineup for the upcoming music fest is first-rate. “We’re bringing three excellent musical acts to our stage this year—all of them from New England,” he noted. “For this event, we really seek out the finest our region has to offer musically, and this year will be no exception; I’m very excited about it.”
The three performers at this year’s event are as follows:
The Meadows Brothers, from Chester, Connecticut, are as the critics say, “Talented and polished, their sound somewhere between the ‘high
- Pictured above are The Meadows Brothers who will perform at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Oct 11 as part of the 2nd Annual Black river Folk and Blues Fest.
lonesome’ of Bill Monroe, the simple sophistication of Woody Guthrie, the haunting melodies of the Appalachian Mountains, the backwoods blues of Robert Johnson and the hard driving country of Johnny Cash. It’s American music in its truest sense, drawing heavily on a myriad of influences to create something new and authentic.’”
Boston-based Sarah Blacker was named “Female Performer of the Year”
- Sarah Blacker, shown above, is one of the three classic folk and blues performers who will be featured in FOLA’s 2nd annual Black River Folk and Blue Fest on Oct 11 at 7 PM in Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
in the New England Music Awards last year, was the Boston Music Award nominee for inger/Songwriter of the year, and was also a nominee for Songwriter of the Year for her single, ‘Shiver,’ in this year’s New England Music Awards. Her heart-felt version of songwriting has been coined, “Sundress rock,” and she was recently called “one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently,” by national Roots publication, No Depression. The Boston Herald’s Jed Gottleib said of her, “Sarah Blacker makes some of the most interesting folk music in Boston — mostly by making ‘folk’ the starting point and reaching out toward rock, Americana and progressive music.” She is a prolific singer/songwriter currently in the studio recording her 3rd full-length album.
Dave Keller Band
The Dave Keller Band, from Montpelier, Vt., should be well-known to blues and soul aficionados everywhere. One music critic called Keller
- Burlington native Dave Keller and his band will appear in Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Oct 11 at 7 PM as part of FOLA’s 2nd annual Black River Folk and Blues Fest.
“one of the finest soul and blues men of his generation.” His new CD, Soul Changes, earned a 2014 Blues Music Award Nomination (BMA) for Best Soul/Blues Album. His previous CD, Where I’m Coming From, won the 2012 Best Self-Produced CD Award at the International Blues Challenge (IBC).
Keller has earned the respect of the torchbearers of the blues: recording and co-writing with legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl; touring regularly with Mississippi blues master Johnny Rawls; and spending many years as the protégé of soul/blues singer Mighty Sam McClain, who says, “He’s for REAL!! Y’all check him out!!”
Doors for the event will open at 6:30 and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and available at Ludlow’s Book Nook bookstore on Main St.; the People’s United Bank, located in the Shaw’s shopping plaza; and the Wine & Cheese Depot, on Depot Street in Ludlow. Tickets are also available online at the FOLA website: www.fola.us, or at the door on the night of the event.