‘Benefit for Black Forest’ announces entertainment lineup
Doug Kershaw, Grass It Up and Wendy Woo to headline
The Black Rose Acoustic Society, is pleased to announce that world-renowned fiddle legend Doug Kershaw has agreed to entertain at the Benefit for Black Forest concert Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Wonderland Ranch at 8798 Hodgen Road.
Eleven bands will entertain on two stages plus there will be food, beverages, and outdoor activities for all ages from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Tri-Lakes Cares to be distributed directly to Black Forest residents impacted by the fire,” said Black Rose President Jeff Smith. The event has been dubbed as, “Music in the Forest, for the Forest.”
Gates open at 10 and the music starts at 11 a.m. Admission is $20 in advance, or $25 the day of the show. Children under 12, Black Forest residents who lost their homes, and firefighters will be admitted free. Tickets are available on the Black Rose Acoustic Society website at www.blackroseacoustic.org.
“We are truly honored to have a legend like Doug Kershaw agree to play for this benefit,” said Smith. “Not many musicians can say they’ve had one of their hit songs broadcast back to earth by Apollo astronauts on a moon mission, but Doug Kershaw is someone who can.”
In addition to Kershaw, other acts slated to perform are Wendy Woo, Moors & McCumber, Mango fan Django, Charlie Hall and Friends, The Wielands of Mass Destruction, Skean Dubh
The Blue Fenders, The County Line Ramblers, and local bluegrass sensations, Grass It Up.
Smith said the fundraiser will have a festive, outdoor picnic atmosphere. “There will be non-stop music alternating on two stages, plus children’s activities, a petting zoo, food and beverages, volleyball, horseshoes, Bluegrass music, Cajun music, Celtic music, folk music, country music, Americana, and lots of family fun, so bring your lawn chair and blankets and spend the afternoon.” Smith encourages people to purchase advance tickets to streamline the entry process at the gate.
Proceeds from the Benefit for Black Forrest will be handled by Tri-Lakes Cares. Tri-Lakes Cares will be accepting donations of can goods, clothing, personal hygiene items, household items, other non-perishable items, and monetary donations. For more information about how to donate, go to: www.tri-lakescares.org or call Carrie Pendergast at 719-481-4864 x110.
The legendary Doug Kershaw is a world-renowned fiddle player known as “The Ragin’ Cajun.” Kershaw has recorded 15 albums and had numerous country hits including Diggy Liggy Lo, Louisiana Man, and Cajun Baby (with Hank Williams Jr.). Early in his career, Kershaw was a regular on the weekly radio program “The Louisiana Hay Ride” and later on the “Grand Ole Opry.” In November 1969, his hit “Louisiana Man” was broadcast back to earth by the crew of the Apollo 12 moon mission. Kershaw is akin to a modern day Renaissance Man. He has a degree in mathematics, taught himself how to play 28 instruments, and has appeared in films with Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, John Rubinstein and others. Kershaw’s Ragin’ Cajun music is considered inter-generational. Kershaw has appeared on stage and recorded with a wide range of artists from Eric Clapton to Willie Nelson.
Grass It Up is a critically acclaimed bluegrass band that formed when pickers from Alabama and Wisconsin melded together in Colorado Springs. They were voted “Best Country/Bluegrass Band of 2010, 2011 and 2012” by readers of Colorado Springs Independent and “Best Original Band of 2009” by The Colorado Springs Gazette. Steeped in American musical traditions such as bluegrass, old-time, gospel, rock and country, its members have shaped a unique brand of Americana that expresses the feeling of life in today’s American West.
Wendy Woo is a one of the stalwarts of the Colorado music scene today. As a multi-talented, powerful singer-songwriter, Wendy is a pioneer among independent artists who owns her own record label and publishing company. Her original songs run the gamut from sensitive ballads and catchy melodies that capture the spirit of Colorado, to up-tempo rockers that get everyone dancing. She’s a fan favorite at venues across the country, whether it’s the Fox Theater or Red Rocks in Colorado, or the Bitter End in New York, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angles, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, or Sweetwater in Mill Valley. Wendy is equally at home with a full band behind her or as a solo acoustic performer. Wendy will be accompanied at the Benefit for Black Forest by vocalist and viola player Robin Hoch.
The music of Moors and McCumber reflects many influences – bluegrass, folk, rock, blues, and a skosh of Celtic to round out the mix. Tossed together you get a styling that is the essence of the new genre called “Americana.” James Moors is from Wisconsin and Kort McCumber is from Colorado. The two songwriters met at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in 2005 and have been playing together ever since. Embracing a bigger sound than most duos, they switch up instruments on almost every song – playing guitar, mandolin, piano, bouzouki, fiddle, harmonica, cello, 12-string guitar, and Dobro. Moors and McCumber are on tour across North America and Europe promoting their latest album, “Against the Grain,” which was co-produced and recorded by Jim Gilmour at Southview Arts Studio in Middle Town Springs, Vermont.
Mango fan Django has been playing Gypsy Jazz in Colorado since 1998 and is known for a unique brand of acoustic guitar swing that delights audiences of all ages. Inspired by a Gypsy Jazz style invented in the 1930’s by guitarist Django Reinhardt, Mango fan Django’s sound also sends a wink and a nod to the jump swing hepcats of the 40’s, mixed with Caribbean and Santana-style Latin rhythms.
His peers consider Charlie Hall as one of the finest musicians in Colorado. Many students have attended his renowned “Colorado Roots Music” summer camp in Teller County. Charlie teaches guitar, mandolin and bass. He performed for ten years with the popular folk/bluegrass band Black Rose, was a finalist in the 2000 National Fingerpicking Championship, and was nominated for Bluegrass Guitarist of the Year in 1996 by the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society.
The Wielands of Mass Destruction are an up-and-coming family bluegrass quintet from the Black Forest who recently won the 2013 KSMU National Youth Bluegrass Competition. The Wieland boys got their nickname as a rough-and-tumble bunch who play so hard they are prone to breaking strings and things. They like to play fast-driving bluegrass, tempered with a few gospel and swing favorites. The Wielands are guaranteed to have the audience hootin’ and a hollerin’ before the show is over.
The Denver based Skean Dubh (pronounced Skeen Doo) are one of the most enjoyable Celtic bands in the Rocky Mountain region. Their diverse repertoire spans centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, Scottish ballads, Irish pub-songs, and gorgeous slow airs. The music may be Celtic-folk, but the drive and enthusiasm is akin to full on rock.
The Blue Fenders are a Colorado Springs based duo who plays classic pop/rock standards.
The County Line Ramblers are known for their superlative singing and spine-tingling harmonies. Each member of the group can sing lead, making them one of the most versatile bands around.