Introducing the DevouGrass Kids Run and Ride
(Covington, KY)—The family-friendly DevouGrass festival is collaborating with Children, Inc. and the Devou Park Trail Collective to introduce the DevouGrass Kids Run and Ride. The event will be held preceding DevouGrass on September 26, 2015 from 10a.m.-12.p.m at the Devou Park Band Shell. Races include ages 9-12 Foot Race at 10:00, ages 6-9 Foot Race at 10:30, ages 3-6 Foot Race (guardians free to participate) at 11:00, and ages 9-12 Bike Ride (bring your own bike and helmet) at 11:30. DevouGrass kicks off its entertainment immediately following the last ride with performances by Joel the Singing Librarian and Circus Mojo. The Kenton County Library will be onsite with crafts.
The first 150 registrants will receive a medal and free goodie backpack. All participants will be entered in a raffle to win a bicycle. Bridges, Inc.–the Northern Kentucky Brain Injury Support Group–will be onsite with free bike helmets, fittings, and information.
Register HERE at www.devougrass.com/kids-run-and-ride or at least 30 minutes prior to start of race at the event.
The DevouGrass Music and Arts Festival may be a little more than a month away, but fans can support the cause starting Friday, August 21 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Covington’s Braxton Brewing Company during the tapping release party for DevouBrew, Braxton’s Golden Cream Ale, Storm, infused with cucumbers, lime, and mint. The refreshing, end-of-summer beer will be available in the taproom, while supplies last, until the DevouGrass Music and Arts Festival takes place in September. Braxton Brewing will donate $1 from the sale of every DevouBrew pint to the DevouGrass festival’s charities.
The DevouBrew tapping release party will be held at Braxton’s taproom located at 27 W 7th Strett in Covington. Local Bluegrass/Newgrass favorites Blue Caboose will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. and Sushi Cincinnati will be on hand from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. with $5 create-your-own sushi rolls.
The second annual DevouGrass Music and Arts Festival, presented by The Devou Good Project, will take place at Covington’s Devou Park Bandshell on Saturday, September 26 from noon-dusk. The family-friendly event will be free to attend and will feature music, artisan craft vendors, food trucks, bike races, and entertainment for kids of all ages. All proceeds will benefit Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky’s adolescent addiction treatment programs.
Announcing DevouGrass 2015 Lineup!
The Lineup is here!
Playing in Greater Cincinnati for the first time are Bawn in the Mash. Hailing from Paducah, KY, Bawn in the Mash have performed hundreds of shows across the country, beginning in April 2005 with riverboat cruises aboard the Delta Queen Steamboat, River Barge Explorer, Spirit of Peoria, and Belle of Cincinnati, to late night sets at eclectic music festivals such as the River of Music Party (ROMP), The John Hartford Memorial Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Master Musician’s Festival, and Appalachian Uprising. Bawn in the Mash has also been featured on radio programs such as the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, WNCW, WKMS, and many others.
Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass is a driving, five piece bluegrass band established in Cincinnati, OH during the 1960’s. Vernon’s years of playing both banjo and guitar with the greats of bluegrass have honed his skills as an entertainer and make him uniquely qualified to define the traditional bluegrass sound of the Appalachian Grass. He began his professional career at the age of 15 playing banjo with Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys. He has since played with Walt Hensley, Jimmy Martin, Jim McCall, James Monroe, Mac Wiseman, and Scott Stoneman. Vernon was also a founding member of the Bluegrass Pardners of Wheeling Jamboree fame and his banjo work with the Easterners is well remembered. Through the years, Vernon has made several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry stage. He appeared playing banjo with both Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys and with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. When the Appalachian Grass was invited to perform at the Opry with Vernon as band leader, singer and guitarist, Vernon became one of the few who have been on that stage as a banjoist, a singer, and a guitarist. Vernon has recorded many projects with Appalachian Grass that feature both his unique banjo style and his vocals and guitar work. Vernon’s matchless rhythm guitar is the bedrock for wife Kitty’s two fiddle instrumental recordings. During the 1970s, Vernon was a staff musician at Jewel Recording Studio and has contributed banjo and/or rhythm guitar tracks to innumerable recording sessions for entertainers such as Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Skinner, Charlie Moore, Rusty York, Lonnie Mack, Sid Campbell, JD Jarvis, Hylo Brown, and Bobby Grove. Over the years, Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass has played concerts, festivals, fairs, colleges, radio, television, and exclusive nightclubs across the United States and Canada. In 1998, Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass won the CAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Band in the Cincinnati – Tri-State Area. The band’s exploits even include the grand opening dedication of an historic cemetery! As emcee, lead singer, and rhythm guitar player, Vernon McIntyre infuses the Appalachian Grass with the warmth and spontaneity of a small family gathering even when playing for thousands of fans. He combines bluegrass history and stories with showmanship and humor to deliver top notch entertainment. Vernon’s wife, Kitty McIntyre, brings to the group some of the best bluegrass fiddling that you can hear. Audiences always enjoy her energetic performances as well as her trick fiddling act. Known for the quality of their singing, the group’s vocals are a blend of smooth and intricate harmonies that are a delight to hear. Hard-driving banjo by Robert Campbell, mandolin by Terry Johnson, and upright bass by Tammy Powers round out the Appalachian Grass sound. With Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass on stage you’re sure to get old-fashioned entertainment at its best!
Since their debut in 2008, Hickory Robot has quietly become one of the tri-state’s pre-eminent Americana bands. Evolving through the years, they continue to weave the threads of bluegrass, folk, Celtic, country, jazz, and rock into a singular, evocative tapestry that has been met with popular and critical acclaim.Lauded for their polished musicianship, consummate songwriting, and dynamic performances, Hickory Robot has been nominated for three Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in the category of Best Bluegrass Band and an Album of the Year nomination for 2012’s “Sawyer”. They are a favorite of fans throughout the Midwest, and can routinely be found at festivals opening for the likes of Dr. Ralph Stanley, John Cowan, and Hot Buttered Rum, to name a few. The quintet of Lauren Schloemer, Scott Carnder, Jim Pelz, Mike Georgin, and Nick Blasky is expanding it’s discography with a collection of new material that continues to explore their diverse influences and meld them into what can only be called Hickory Robot music.
The Misty Mountain String Band (MMSB) could only come out of Kentucky. Four musicians meet at seminary, put together a pick up group for an old-time camp revival, and end up recording two albums, playing with an orchestra, and being featured on ‘The Best of Bluegrass’ not even two years later. Where else could that happen but the Bluegrass State?
Neal Green (fiddle), Derek Harris (bass), Paul Martin (mandolin/banjo), and Brian Vickers (guitar) formed MMSB initially for a one-time gig in August of 2012. The group has since evolved into a professional band that’s as at home playing with the Louisville Philharmonia Orchestra as they are appearing alongside Americana favorites like Nora Jane Struthers and Town Mountain.
Drawing influence from old-time music, country, Americana, bluegrass, and songs of labor and protest,MMSB doesn’t stray far from their upbringings in Kentucky and West Virginia. For example, when Derek sings John Prine’s “Paradise,” he tells stories of visiting the World’s Largest Shovel on field trips as a child near his home in Muhlenberg County. MMSB is not composing cheap parodies of the music of a by-gone era, however. As it was noted in a write up from LEO Weekly, “The marriage of Prohibition-era old-time music and 21st-century technological upgrades might have peaked.”
Through KICKSTARTER, Instagram, Facebook,YouTube, and Twitter, the group has connected with fans of folk music around the world and is introducing them to unique string band music written for today but informed by tradition. MMSB has nurtured a marriage of convention and technology that has come to draw crowds of all ages. The group has universal appeal onstage and off, combining high energy with charismatic storytelling and a warm, conversational attitude.
The band’s 2013 debut EP Went to the Well showcases the diversity of string band music. Each song focuses on a different facet of the genre, from the bluegrass notes of “Mink Shoals” to the more roots-y “Canaan.”Their newest release, Brownsboro, is a multifaceted exploration much like its predecessor but is more focused and tempered from the band’s years of performing. These songs are road-tested and fan approved. Blistering solos, catchy hooks, thick harmonies, and honest story-telling make for a true album experience.
In the age of cherry picking digital downloads and shuffle, Brownsboro stands out as an album in the traditional sense: a cohesive unit from packaging down to thematic content. This isn’t just an album to get a band through a year of touring; it’s a collection of their stories packaged neatly and excellently for their fans.