Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Plenty of BG in southern New England this weekend...

The Bear Bridge Band at the 2009 Peru Car Cruize-In event

There are at least three noteworthy (no pun intended) BG events happening this coming weekend -- hope you can take part in one or two of 'em...

On Friday, August 13th it'll be a lucky day for fans of super-traditional, straight-ahead Bluegrass. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, fresh from two rousing sets of music at last weekend's Podunk Bluegrass Festival, will return to play in New England at the Bull Run Restaurant on 215 Great Road in Shirley, MA. Showtime is 8PM. For more information, click here or call (877)536-7190.

Saturday, August 14th will bring two unique events, one in the Berkshires, and the other in Connecticut's "Quiet Corner:"

First up, tiny Peru, MA will host its 3rd annual Car Cruize-In Night. The event is held at the Partridgefield Park & Pavilion in the Peru Town Center (on Route 143 in western MA), and features all kinds of great food, games and activities for the kids, cool cars, and, of course, some fine music from local bands. Of interest to BGers, though, might be the once-or-so-a-year performance by the Bear Bridge Band. Yup, this is a band that includes my brother, Dave (as well my "other brother, Dave" Shaw and Robert & Lillian Fraker, who now work a bunch with their "regular band," the Old Time Bluegrass Singers). However, these folks still pick together whenever they can, and they still know how to crank out some powerful Bluegrass music. They'll start playing about 3PM and will stop around 5PM. Come see them when you can! Best of all, perhaps, admission is FREE, but whatever goodies you buy will benefit the Peru Volunteer Fire Department and the Peru Congregational Church. If you need more info, call (413)655-8265 or send an email to

In eastern Connecticut, Nick Anderson will host a Shady Creek Reunion/Invitational Party. Best of all, though, if you want to be "invited," you only need to get in touch with Nick by calling (860)564-1018. In addition to hearing various versions of Shady Creek play during the day, you might also hear music from the likes of Connecticut's Charter Oak Bluegrass, Maine's Gail & Gordon Pike, and a bona fide, recognized Pioneer of Bluegrass, Sam Tidwell. The weather forecast for this weekend is delightful, so maybe you'll want to take a trip to Nick's home in Plainfield. Call him for directions.

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