DANVILLE—“An Evening of Variety in Music” will be presented as the first show of 2014, sponsored by the Keys, Strings & Other Things live music series on Jan. 25 at Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Danville.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature musical styles that include folk, Americana, Celtic, rock and original.
Music will be performed by central Indiana musicians that wil include strings such as guitar, mandolins, but also flutes and percussion instruments.
Concert series coordinator Sam Carman says this winter show is the most popular and has the highest attendance compared to the other three shows in spring, summer and fall.
“Winter is the most popular because so many different bands play many different types of music,” he said. “Any time you do a show with local musicians you get a lot of friends and family out.”
The Keys, Strings & Other Things concert series began in 2003 at the church where Carman attends.
“We had concerts that weren’t on a regular basis before 2003, but then we got the name and now always have the concerts at Unitarian Universalist Community Church behind Mayberry Café,” he said.
The winter show is the fundraising show of the season. It supports the series throughout the year.
The other shows usually include traveling musicians from all over the country, some even from other countries.
“I’m amazed at the quality of musicians that we are able to draw in,” Carman said. “If they’re able to do it, they usually come. Some of these people are playing our small venue for less money than what they’re usually making.”
The venue is small, with attendance varying from 25 to 50 people.
“The nice thing about it is the people who come to these shows come for the music,” Carman said. “It’s not like at a bar or restaurant with background music. The people that come to these shows are for the music. The musicians really appreciate that. The church was built in 1884, and when you come into the room, you think that the acoustics are not going to be good, but they’re excellent. All musicians have commented about how good of acoustics they have too.”
Carman plays guitar and mandolin and will be in the next show, along with Darryl Gunyon, Aly Ritter and Christian Axsiom who recently formed a group that, at least for this show, is the only band with No Ampersand in its name. So they call themselves the No Ampersand Band. The band members have very diverse musical tastes as will be reflected in their selections, playing a mix of folk, pop and blues covers.
Other scheduled performers include John Perrault and Brad Uebinger, Skylark and Larry Prather, Dave Cravotta & Friends, and Bed & Breakfast.
John Perrault and Brad Uebinger are both prolific songwriters. Their originals might best be described as “Americana” — folksy stuff that works well on acoustic guitars, sometimes bordering on country. Intriguing lyrics with smooth, lingering melodies are hallmarks of their work.
Dave Cravotta & Friends bring energy and entertainment to the stage. Featuring original and cover acoustic rock, the trio has played together for more than 15 years. Dave’s “friends” are Terry Waggoner and Todd Ferris.
Skylark has been performing music for more than a decade, and has built a repertoire of hundreds of covers and originals. She has played at farmers’ markets, coffee houses, wineries, and festivals. At this show, she’ll be joined by her husband Larry on ukulele, performing a mix of contemporary folk and originals.
Bed & Breakfast is the eclectic duo of Bill and Brenda Sutton who perform Irish pub songs and unusual modern folk/acoustic music from songwriters like Christine Lavin, Jim Stafford, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin. The couple also performs a number of original songs.
Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children ages 16 and younger. The church is at 95 N. Jefferson St., Danville, one block north of the Hendricks County Courthouse.
In the event of inclement weather, call 892-4239 to check on cancellation.