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LONESOME ACE STRINGBAND
WITH OTTER OPRY
AT MONTEREY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Otter Opry has something extra special in store for the Monterey bluegrass community on Wednesday, May 11th at the United Methodist Church: The Lonesome Ace Stringband, an old-time band with bluegrass chops that plays some righteous folk and country music. There's a depth of groove and sense of space not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that is truly delightful.
Instrumentation alone instantly sets this band’s sound apart. Consisting of just fiddle (John Showman), clawhammer banjo (Chris Coole), and upright bass (Max Heineman), the band moves freely between having a sound so powerful that it doesn't seem like it should be coming from a trio, to a gentle tone that draws the listener in and refreshes the ear. What’s more, all three are compelling lead singers, and when their voices come together, the power of the resulting harmonies is unshakable.
The band has toured internationally, been engaged by some of the largest festivals in North America and Europe, and recorded five albums. Bluegrass Unlimited described the fourth album — "Modern Old-Time Sounds for the Bluegrass and Folksong Jamboree," which showcased the band's musical range — as "unorthodox enough to be brilliant." And that’s exactly the kind of musical excitement you can look forward to at this show. The event includes a public jam starting at 4:00pm and an outside dinner (a delicious panko/Monterey Jack cheese-crusted chicken dish with roasted potatoes and carrots) at 5:30pm ($10 in advance, $15 at the door).
$25/show (CBA members $20; 15 and under free); $10-15/pre-show dinner.
Otter Opry will adhere to all required mask restrictions.
1 Soledad Drive, Monterey, California 93940, United States