Saturday, May 10th, 2014
A downtown music festival is bringing different bands to different venues throughout downtown Lewisburg, all free and open to everyone. Lewisburg Live! is sponsored by the Lewisburg Arts Council as part of the 45th Annual Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts.
6:00 – 8:00pm
Singer songwriter KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner has been performing and writing songs throughout the world since she was 12. While guitar is her main instrument, KJ often augments her captivating singing with an Appalachian lap dulcimer, autoharp, Djembe, egg shakers or keyboard. Just when listeners think KJ’s show can’t get any better, she’ll add an a cappella tune or grab their attention with a light-hearted audience participation tune.
6:30 – 8:30pm
Lawson & DeCristopher
Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Bucknell University
Larry Lawson and Joe DeCristopher have a history of musical collaborations that they measure in decades rather than years. Joe and Larry typically perform in the trio Lawson and Disorder, but this year’s Lewisburg Live finds them in a rare and highly anticipated duo format. Together, these two old friends bring a charming intimacy to Larry’s originals, as well as to their very carefully chosen covers. Joe’s superb guitar licks provide the perfect complement to Larry’s driving rhythm guitar, and Joe adds some delicious harmonies as well. Lawson and DeCristopher promise an evening of exceptional songs, beautifully performed.
7:00 – 9:00pm
Hannah Bingman and Doug McMinn
Two musical veterans, one young and one old, have joined forces to put a fresh spin on acoustic music. Hannah, on vocals and guitar, and Doug, on vocals, guitar, and clarinet, are brewing up a flavorful mixture of blues and roots music that is sure to please your palate. Hannah is a seasoned performer and songwriter who has played her music all over the east. Doug has had a long and colorful career as both leader and sideman, playing with dozens of bands in the Central Pennsylvania area and jamming on stage with blues luminaries ranging from Saffire (the Uppity Blues Women) and E.G. Kight to Lonnie Shields and Big Jack Johnson. Together, Hannah and Doug’s repertoire ranges from the Mississippi Delta to the smoky jazz clubs of the urban north. The duo moves from funky and down home to sophisticated and jazzy at the drop of a hat, mixing high quality original songs with old favorites.
8:30 – 10:30 pm
Good Vibe Quartet
Members include Erin Graham on vibraphones (member of Eastman School of Music’s renowned classical-performance program), Tom James on percussion and vocals (student at Temple University), Allison Graham on upright bass, and Greg Jones on jazz guitar (enrolled at Duquesne University). This group is unique due to its rare instrumental featuring of vibraphones in a jazz context.
9:00 – 11:00 pm
Temperance House & 2nd Street Pub
The Royal Benson sound is rather un-trendy, at least for the blues-country-jazz-classic rock leaning Susquehanna Valley where they’re from. Yet, just about anyone who comes in contact with Royal Benson can’t help but find something to enjoy about them, from their very pleasing vocals, to their sense of song craft, to their diverse musicianship—with an emphasis on rhythm section, Bill Frisell-like ambient guitars, and saxophone.
9:00 – 11:00 pm
Blind Chitlin Kahunas
Bull Run Tap House
Rooted in the blues, yet prolific in a masterful infusion of soul, funk, R&B, jazz, folk, outlaw country, pop and classic rock influences, the Blind Chitlin Kahunas create a wholly original vibe with a strangely familiar tone–a jam band of immense proportion. Led by bassist and vocalist Kimbo Reichley, they also feature the undeniable talents of Chris Bovard (guitar & vocals), Webb Kline (keyboards) and Joel B. Vincent (drums & vocals).
10:00 pm – midnight
Ann has been described as “a fabulous singer with personality [and] wide emotional range,” and promises to put on a show! With her will be a terrific group of guys: Bryan Noaker on guitar and vocals, Bill Stetz on bass, and Diamond Dave Thompson on harmonica. “Make no mistake, just a few songs at a blues jam or a full live performance, when Ann Kerstetter takes the stage, the party’s just begun. Be it a hoppin’ boogie or a sultry ballad, she squeezes out every ounce of emotion a song has to offer. Nothing is held back and any questions have been answered.” What a way to end the evening!