By Dave McIntyre, Lyons Bluesologist
Sundays at Oskar Blues in Lyons have become my favorite shows, I love the more mellow music and enjoy watching the youngsters and oldsters dancing and enjoy the tunes together. These are all early 6 to 9 p.m., free, and all ages’ shows, and are usually very well attended. I have often been asked why we don’t charge for these shows; the answer is Dale and I want to give some free music back to the community as a thank you for all their support in helping us bring live music to Lyons. In September we have a
number of different, and new bands to the area, and I wanted to give you a little information on them in hopes of attracting your attention about these fine artists.
The first of September is a Sunday, and we will feature a large group of musicians from Longmont, called Idelwhile. They are basically a rootsy Americana band that mixes many genres of music, weaving bluegrass, country, and pop; showcased with excellent vocals and lyrics. Idelwhile is richly acoustic on one hand, but seductively rock on the other. They were well received by our audience last winter, and have only gotten better since. Great stories delivered by fine musicians.
The following Sunday, September 8, brings us a new bluegrass outfit called Camptown, with players from all over the country starting with Dustin Devine from Oklahoma who has been performing since he was three years old. A multi-instrumentalist, Dusty plays harmonica, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and acoustic and electric guitars. But he plays mostly guitar here, and sings most of the lead vocals. Cole Sigman from North Carolina plays doghouse bass. Jean Ballhorn hails from Wyoming and plays fiddle and sings lead and harmony. Ross Jacobsmeyer from Missouri plays what Mark Twain called “the glory-beaming banjo,” and Reid Buckley, also from Wyoming, holds down the mandolin in this group. They play traditional and modern bluegrass with a crush on the blues.
On Sunday, September 15, we have another rootsy Americana band, called The Billy Mountain, led by local favorite Kevin Dooley. Eric Drobny plays the upright bass and sings. Bret Billings (from the Hi*Beams) plays dobro, lap-steel, and harmonica, while Alex Johnstone handles the fiddle, mandolin, and vocals. Kevin is an Irish songster who is adept at many styles of music and has a great voice. These are excellent players who are all very diverse, so expect all kinds of different music but all of it sounding great.
On Sunday, September 22, we will have a brand new band, The Granias, a very Celtic band. Jesse Burns ( from Gaelic Storm) plays fiddle, Beth Gadbaw on vocals and Bodhren (Irish drum), Margot Krimmel on harp and vocals, and Annie Sirotniak on guitar. Wonderful ancient Irish music combined with fiddle tunes and Irish drinking songs that is sure to please, and have old and young dancing their cares away.
Finally, on September 29, we have a resurrected band called aka Laser Bunny, an acoustic experience not to be missed. Alex Johnstone on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Aaron McCloskey on guitar, banjo and vocals, started this band in 2003 and have been playing together for over a decade and it shows. They kept this band alive for a couple of years, and now they are at it again.
They have added bass wiz Paul Waitinas, an these guys know how to have as much fun on stage, as you will have listening to them.
Come on down with the whole family, on any September Sunday, and listen to some great free early evening music.