Music in the Meadow benefits Habitat for Humanity
From 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, the Parsonage Lawn of Point Pleasant Community Baptist Church will be filled with music of all kinds – bluegrass, barbershop, gospel, country, and folk – and there will be something for everyone.
Proceeds from the second annual Music in the Meadow will benefit Bucks County Habitat for Humanity’s The House That Faith Built.
Raven Hill Bluegrass Band, known for its authentic, down-home Delaware Valley bluegrass sound, is the featured band.
Early in his career, member J.J. Fischer, with his 5-string, was a regular at the Wheeling Jamboree with Lila Lou & The Country Boys. The real deal ... Dan Nace attacks his mandolin with a distinctive, self-honed edge. His rhythmic chops are complemented by balanced double stops, smooth tremolos and an unusual slide.
Neal Neuman recently joined Raven Hill on the upright bass, bringing solid bass lines and a baritone to the group. Brenda Smith is steeped in South Mountain, Shenandoah Valley bluegrass. Her strong lead vocals and harmony singing are pure old style.
Pete Smith provides tenor and lead vocals, and plays guitar and occasional bass. His bluegrass style has been influenced by lonesome singing, oft-key sound from Hazel Dickins and the Stanley Brothers, Van Zandt and Steve Earle.
For barbershop quartet fans, four gents from the Bucks County Country Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus who formed the Cross Keys Connection barbershop quartet will perform.
Bob Nyce, Rob France, Rick Kern and Tim Grell enjoy singing a variety of songs in the barbershop style – old time barbershop favorites, Doo-Wop songs, and songs from recent musical shows and movies. They offer ballads, easy beat, and upbeat tunes that individuals of all ages can appreciate.
Gospel aficionados should not miss the Back Bench Boys from Second Baptist Church of Doylestown. With a repertoire of traditional gospel music, the group has been singing God’s praises for almost 15 years.
Conrad Miller, a songwriter as well as one of the lead singers for the ensemble, has been a member for more than a decade. The group, consisting of Ashby Brisbon, James Johnson, Jimmy Jones, Randy Lambert, James Mitchell, Ed Sharpe, John Thoms, Aaron Graves (the group’s accompanist), and Miller, has performed in churches in the Philadelphia area, across the state of Pennsylvania, and in New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.
Wendy Schettig, singer-songwriter, plays guitar with a finger-picking style influenced greatly by James Taylor and Bob Dylan. Her singing was influenced by Bonnie Raitt (for bluesy music), Emmylou Harris (for folk music), Janis Ian, Eva Cassidy and Judy Collins. She will be joined by guitarist Mike Lozinski.
Filling out an entertaining afternoon will be favorites Chip and Annie Mergott, the Lilies (Lori Lozinski, Shay McDaniels, and Annie Mergott,) Jim Winder, and Joe Atkins.
Music in the Meadow will be held rain or shine. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. Food and drink will be available for purchase. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Bucks County Habitat for Humanity.
Parking is available at the church, 35 River Road, Point Pleasant. Free overflow parking is being provided by Bucks County River Country, courtesy of Dan Breen, just off of River Road at 2 Walters Lane, and, courtesy of Michele Kinsman, behind Kinsman Company, located at the old firehouse at 4961 River Road, Point Pleasant. Handicapped parking is available at the Parsonage at 34 River Road, Point Pleasant. For information, call 215-297-5047.
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