FallFest 2012 takes place on Saturday, October 20th at the Second Church in Newton, MA.
If you've never been to Fallfest before, come check us out! Its a very fun, informal evening of picking, potluck, and stage performances by several bands.
Making their way from southeastern New England (MA & RI), Four Bridges will open the stage at Fall Fest. Band members are Jeremy Place (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Benjamin Marshall (banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass), John Almeida (fiddle, vocals), and Russ Hermansen (bass). Four Bridges released a CD entitled “Dangerous Waters” in May 2012. They’ll be performing original tunes as well as bluegrass classics.
Merrimack Valley Bluegrass is a new band comprised of familiar names in regional bluegrass—Ben Silver (guitar), Richie Chiasson (dobro), Al Marotta (banjo), Marilyn Gillis (fiddle), and Greg Algieri (bass). Veterans of two former bluegrass groups, The Pine Hill Ramblers and Over the Hill, this group features a traditional but upbeat sound. Their repertoire is wide-ranging, featuring contemporary tunes with a traditional flavor such as songs of Claire Lynch, Hot Rize and James King, as well as some great and unusual banjo and dobro instrumentals. Merrimack Valley Bluegrass has performed in cafes and coffeehouses in Hudson, Mass. and Kittery, Maine, and will be appearing at the Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival in 2013.
The New England Bluegrass Band is a well-established outfit with a talented new line-up and a deep history. The BBU is looking forward to hosting current band members Cecil Abels (guitar), Erica Brown (fiddle), Matt Shipman (mandolin), Wendy Cody (bass), and Sept 2012 “Banjo Newsletter” Player of the Month Ron Cody. As strong testimony to the longevity and musical reputation of the band, the list of previous members speaks for itself: Jon Ross, “Old Time” Dave Talmage, Grace Van’t Hof, Amanda Kowalski, Gary Filgate, Roger Williams, Pete Soukas, Lincoln Meyers, Zack Hickman, and Chris Pandolfi. Don’t miss The New England Bluegrass Band at Fallfest 2012!
The potluck begins at 6:15, music begins at 6:30 PM
Doors open at 5, picking any time between 5-9:30 PM
If you plan to have dinner with us, bring something to share. BBU will also have beverages available. You are also welcome to bring a non-perishable donation for the Newton Food Pantry. Admission is $8 per person, children under 12 free. Tickets at the door.
The Second Church is located at 60 Highland Street, W. Newton, MA. 02465
Directions: From Route 95/128, take Route 16 East and follow into West Newton Square. At the bank, take a right onto Highland Street. Church is over the bridge and on the left.