Ruta Beggars ($20)
Appealing to traditional and progressive acoustic music fans alike, The Ruta Beggars combine bluegrass and early swing to create a timeless act filled with intricate vocal harmonies, fiery instrumentals, and plenty of fun. They have been praised for their creative yet tasteful arrangements and charming performances, winning Thomas Point’s band competition in 2019. Since 2018 they have brought the joy of their live show to audiences across the US and Canada from festival stages to storied folk listening rooms and as support for legacy acts Lyle Lovett and Ricky Skaggs.
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Johnny Never & John Colgan-Davis
Johnny Never is a highly regarded finger-style blues guitarist who has studied and performed Delta and Piedmont style blues for decades. It has been said that during performances Johnny Never channels the deep rooted spirit and soul of the original Delta and Piedmont blues greats. His music is inspired by the old-time blues masters such as Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Johnson, and Charlie Patton, but he is no mere musical mimic. His robust interpretation of vintage blues standards is as original as it is honest to the spirit of the music. His own compositions possess the qualities of the genuine article, delivered through deft finger-style guitar work and heartfelt vocals.
John Colgan-Davis started playing the harmonica in local blues and folk clubs back in the late 1960s while he was still a high school student. He played and recorded with Philadelphia singer-guitarist Jesse Graves and played and recorded with Bonnie Raitt when she lived in Philadelphia in the early 1970s. Through Bonnie, John got to meet and play with Mississippi Fred McDowell, Arthur Crudup, Buddy Guy, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, and others. He has toured the Midwest and recorded two CDs, Cold and Lonesome on a Train and Heroes and Hard Times, with Tennessee bluesman Sparky Rucker. He performed and toured for three years with The John Cadillac Band. He is a founding member of The Dukes of Destiny.
Wood Flower is a bluegrass band based out of three neighboring counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Formed in the summer of 2022 between former guitar student (Wes Johnson) and his teacher from nearly a decade before (Josh Scuerman), Wood Flower set out to strongly honor traditional bluegrass music while incorporating original music and their own progressive elements. They invited Reading PA native, and long time friend of Josh's, Michael Beaky to pick the five string, Wes's high school buddy Gabe Delp on guitar, and after Steve Havrilla heard Wes picking fiddle tunes at a venue in Pottstown PA, he joined the outfit as well on Mandolin. Musical influences include Tony Rice. Lots of Tony Rice... Billy Strings, The Bluegrass Album Band, J.D Crowe, Earl Scruggs, and Bill Monroe.
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Hailing from the heart of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Steph Landis, Virginia Masland, & Grace Mahar bring sweet harmonies with folk influences, soul and a taste of bluegrass. Their original songs weave stories of life, love and a call to social action.
July & August
We will be taking a break in July & August - next event will be Friday September 13th!