Second Saturday to feature sounds of Americana
Thursday, November 08, 2012 10:00 AM
An Americana group from Cincinnati plans to perform this weekend at the Historic Hoosier Theater in Vevay.
MAGNOLIA MOUNTAIN: The Cincinnati, Ohio, Americana group Magnolia Mountain will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. the Historic Hoosier Theater in Vevay.
Magnolia Mountain, a group of eight musicians, draw from folk, county, bluegrass, blues, rockabilly and rock for a sound all their own. The group plans to perform as part of the Shows of Second Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Historic Hoosier Theater, 209 Ferry St.
Michele Thompson, Vevay Main Street's program director, said this will be the group's first time to perform as part of the Second Saturday events, and she first heard of the group because of the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, where they have received nominations in the Folk/Americana category for in the past four years.
Magnolia Mountain takes several different genres, finds the common thread within, and translates them into their own original songs that both pay tribute to the past and carve out their own place in today's musical landscape, a news release said.
Magnolia Mountain plays regularly around the greater Cincinnati area, performing the group's lead singer and songwriter Mark Utley's original songs, as well as an eclectic selection of covers that range from the Louvin Brothers to Lucero and Woody Guthrie to the Flying Burrito Brothers, and from Hank Williams Sr., to the Drive-By Truckers. They are at home in quiet "listening rooms," rowdy bars and anywhere in between, the release said.
Their first album, "Nothing as it Was," was released in February 2009, and followed up with a release of their second album, "Redbird Green," a little over a year later. The group released their third album, "Town and Country," in April 2012, which features 16 new original songs.
The group had taken time at the end of 2010 and early 2011 for a "Music for the Mountains" benefit concert to raise awareness and funds to help fight against mountaintop removal coal mining.
The band is led by songwriter Mark Utley on vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and banjo. Utley is joined by Melissa English and Renee Frye with harmony vocals; Jeff Vanover on guitar, lap steel and dobro; Bob Lese on mandolin and harmonica; Kathy Woods on fiddle and mandolin; Bob Donisi on upright bass; and Todd Drake on drums and percussion. The band is joined for special occasions by Cincinnati music mainstay Ricky Nye on organ and piano.
Tickets for the performance cost $10 for adults and $5 for youth age 17 and under. Advanced ticket purchases are available by calling the Switzerland County Visitors Center at (812) 427-3237, or by visiting the visitors center at 128 W. Main St. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The Shows of Second Saturday are presented by the Vevay Main Street program.