An­napo­lis Blue­grass to play at Mu­sic in the Park

Record Observer - - News - By PETER HECK pheck@thekent­coun­

CH­ESTER­TOWN — One of the area’s most pop­u­lar groups, An­napo­lis Blue­grass Coali­tion, re­turns to Foun­tain Park Saturday, July 16, for Mu­sic in the Park.

The band brings a win­ning com­bi­na­tion of in­stru­men­tal vir­tu­os­ity and close har­monies to a mix­ture of blue­grass stan­dards, orig­i­nals by band mem­bers and tasty adap­ta­tions of “out­side” ma­te­rial.

Band mem­bers are Roger Green, guitar and vo­cals; Dan Kim­ball, man­dolin and vo­cals; Randy Bar­rett banjo and vo­cals; Wayne Lan­ham, fid­dle; and Jim Du­vall, bass fid­dle.

Band leader Green writes most of the band’s orig­i­nals. He’s played blue­grass since he was 10 years old, and has been in bands since his high school days. He has a par­tic­u­lar fond­ness for songs about trains, and has added sev­eral to the band’s set lists.

Kim­ball, a found­ing mem­ber of the band, cites blue­grass pi­o­neer Bill Mon­roe as a ma­jor in­flu­ence on his play­ing, but he also men­tions the Everly Brothers and Fats Domino as for­ma­tive sources.

Bar­rett has ap­peared with the band a num­ber of times the last few years, Green said, in­clud­ing at least one pre­vi­ous Ch­ester­town show. In ad­di­tion to play­ing banjo, he is pres­i­dent of the D.C. Blue­grass Union, which sup­ports blue­grass mu­sic in and around the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

Fid­dler Lan­ham, who lives in Winch­ester, Va., has also filled in with the band a num­ber of times over the years. He is a reg­u­lar mem­ber of Bill Emer­son’s band, Sweet Dixie, where he plays his other in­stru­ment, man­dolin.

Du­vall “keeps every­one hon­est” with the steady beat of his bass. A vet­eran of many bands in dif­fer­ent styles, he also takes an oc­ca­sional bass solo on in­stru­men­tal num­bers.

The band will con­cen­trate on blue­grass stan­dards for its Ch­ester­town set, Green said in a July 12 tele­phone in­ter­view. “We know peo­ple en­joy those,” he said. There will be a few new tunes in the set list, as well as a se­lec­tion of orig­i­nals by band mem­bers.

Mu­sic in the Park per­for­mances be­gin at 7 p.m. in Foun­tain Park and run un­til about 8:30. An­napo­lis Blue­grass is al­ways one of the best-at­tended per­for­mances of the se­ries, and a lim­ited num­ber of seats are avail­able. Au­di­ence mem­bers are ad­vised to bring fold­ing chairs or blan­kets.

In the event of rain, the per­for­mance will be held in Em­manuel Epis­co­pal Church, on Cross Street op­po­site the park.

Mu­sic in the Park is spon­sored by the town of Ch­ester­town, with sup­port from the Kent County Arts Coun­cil and com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions. There is no charge for ad­mis­sion to the con­certs, but do­na­tions to sup­por t the pro­gram are en­cour­aged.


The An­napo­lis Blue­grass Coali­tion is the fea­tured act in this week’s free Mu­sic in the Park con­cert, Saturday, July 16.

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