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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Austin Dam Show Plans Announced

Sixth ‘Dam Show’ coming July 18-19

Nationally known musicians and local performers will entertain at the sixth annual Dam Show, scheduled July 18-19 at the Austin Dam Memorial Park.

Art Metzger of Coudersport, an originator and organizer of the eclectic music festival, has recruited a full lineup of musicians, headlined by two standouts: Michael Cleveland and the Hackensaw Boys.

Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Cleveland is a regular with the Grand Ole Opry and multiple winner of International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.

The Hackensaw Boys are an Americana band from Charlottesville, Va., mixing bluegrass, folk and old-time music with a show-biz style and some humor thrown in for good measure.

Release of the band’s fourth album, “Love What You Do,” in 2005 propelled the Hackensaw Boys into the national spotlight and they have since been in high demand at festivals around the country.

An entertaining entourage from New York, Buddhahood, will be back for this year’s Dam Show with a performance of their own as well as their popular drum workshop, open to all.

Among other notable acts on the jam-packed schedule are Blue Sky Mission Club, Ryan Montbleau Band, Redheaded Stepchild and college campus favorites, The Slant.

Lighting specialist Groovin’ Lumens will be back to paint the dam ruins with a colorful light show.

Primitive camping is available at the park. Food and other vendor booths will be set up both days.

ADMA has supported the Dam Show in partnership with the Potter County Commissioners and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Here’s the tentative lineup (subject to change)

Friday, July 18:

5 pm: “Dam Jam,” with plenty of local folks who sing and play well.

6 pm: Free Grass Union, a young bluegrass group from Long Island.
7 pm: Cherylann Hawk, singer-songwriter with a rich, earthy voice.

7:30 pm: Gail Ayers, a deep and powerful gospel voice from Coudersport’s Frosty Hollow Studios.
8 pm: Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

9:30 pm: Blue Sky Mission Club, a listenable/danceable band with a blend of soul, country, zydeco and rock traditions.
10:30 pm: Willy Jack and the Northern Lights, a fun, popular and eclectic band from the Danville/Bloomsburg area.

Saturday, July 19
1 pm: Grateful Floyd, a folk/country jam band from Maryland.

1:30 pm: Free Grass Union

2:15: Buddhahood World Drum Workshop; hands-on activity for any and all (bring your own hand drums or use the band’s).
3:45 pm: Tom Martin, Coudersport’s tree specialist, is also an accomplished and singer/songwriter and guitarist.
4:30 pm: Freakish Owl Boy, with family harmonies and well-crafted songs.
5:15 pm: The Slant, a popular college campus rock band with local roots.

6 pm: Buddhahood, a powerhouse festival band from Rochester, N.Y. Horns, drums, bass, steel drums, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars blend with a fun spirit.
7:30 pm: Ryan Montbleau Band, one of Boston’s best. Montbleau has a great voice, captivating songs and solid accompanying musicians.
9:00 pm: Hackensaw Boys.

10:30 pm: Redheaded Stepchild, a Nashville duo and Dam Show regular. Their music combined with the lights of Groovin’ Lumens are guaranteed to be memorable finale.

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