The Steel Wheels, Todd Roach, Mac Ritchey and Beth Lavinder will be joining forces to perform in a benefit concert at The Bellows Falls Opera House, in Bellows Falls, Vermont. The goal: to raise awareness and much needed funds for Washington D.C. based non-profit: Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (abc2). The entire concert will be filmed and streamed via Concert Window for maximum... more
The Steel Wheels, Todd Roach, Mac Ritchey and Beth Lavinder will be joining forces to perform in a benefit concert at The Bellows Falls Opera House, in Bellows Falls, Vermont. The goal: to raise awareness and much needed funds for Washington D.C. based non-profit: Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (abc2). The entire concert will be filmed and streamed via Concert Window for maximum exposure.
When organizer, Karin Mallory's Father was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, one of the 120 types of primary Brain Cancer, she was inspired to dedicate herself to the cause ... helping to raise money for a type of cancer that is insanely underfunded. Public funding for Cancer Research is given based on numbers of disease. Because Brain Cancer accounts for only 2% of all Cancer deaths, it is considered an "orphan" disease. It receives almost no public funding. Private fundraising efforts are of paramount importance. Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure's entire focus is on raising money and funneling it to research to help find a cure for Brain Cancer.
A long-time fan of The Steel Wheels, Karin first learned of Concert Window when she received notification last winter that The Steel Wheels would be performing on it. "I was thrilled because The Steel Wheels don't come to town very frequently .... I surprised my boyfriend with a "date night" and we watched the entire show in the comfort of our living room! It is absolutely fitting that The Steel Wheels headline this event. And the addition of Todd, Mac and Beth will make a phenomenal show even more spectacular! "
Although the inspiration to produce this fundraiser was inspired by her Father's diagnosis, as well as her deep admiration for and friendship with Mark Green, VP of Strategic Planning for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, also diagnosed with Brain Cancer, this benefit is not just for them. It is on behalf of anyone ... everyone ... who has ever been, or ever will be diagnosed with the disease. And their caregivers who endure a lot. It is, in many cases, a devastating diagnosis. Well-deserving of financial support. Mallory states, "Concert Window is the perfect vehicle for the effort. Individuals world-wide will be given the treat of an incredible evening oc music in exchange for their donation. Seems like a win-win." Great Cause. Great Music.
THE MUSICIANS and HOOPDANCER:
Headlining are The Steel Wheels:
THE STEEL WHEELS are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler's unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker's fiddle, Brian Dickel's upright bass and Jay Lapp on mandolin and guitars. The band's own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing.
Their breakout album, Red Wing (2010), garnered critical praise and enjoyed tremendous success on the radio. It spent 13 weeks on The Americana Music Association's Top 40 Chart, where it reached the number 15 slot, and cracked the Euro Americana Chart top 10. The Steel Wheels were nominated for five Independent Music Awards in 2010, with "Nothing You Can't Loose" taking top honors as Best Country Song. Following 2011's release, Live at Goose Creek, The Steel Wheels continued to take the Americana scene by storm with their album, Lay Down, Lay Low (2012), which lingered for 10 weeks on the AMA's Top 40 Chart and was the 2012 Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards. Additionally, NPR Music named "Rain in the Valley" their Song of the Day, marveling that the "heavy hymn (...) is sparse and dense all at once." 2013 brought another Americana charting release entitled, No More Rain.
The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada. These include Merlefest, Grey Fox, Bristol & Roots, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Stagecoach, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Musikfest, Walnut Valley Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others. 2014 shows no signs of slowing down with a full schedule of prestigious festivals and venues. In July the band hosts their own Red Wings Music Festival (www.redwingroots.com) bringing over 40 bands to 4 stages for 3 days of music and community near their home in the Shenandoah Valley. In addition, as the schedule allows, the band organizes and perform the SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which the band members tow their instruments, equipment, and merchandise from one show to another via bicycle. Past tours have spanned up to 11 days, 600 miles, and 10 shows. The attention from these special SpokeSongs tours allow the band to raise extra money and awareness for charities and causes along the way.
"If one must compare The Steel Wheels to another act in order to get an idea of their music imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show and then sprinkle in the back weeds feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers. In truth attempting to compare them with anyone is an injustice, since after one listen you can hear that they stand very well on their own perch." -- John Walker, Americana Roots
"Music lovers, prepare to have your breath taken away & goose bumps cover your arms more at this one concert than any you have EVER been to. The Steel Wheels are just that good." --Rear Listening Room, Ganado, TX
Opening are Todd Roach and Mac Ritchey, joined on several numbers by Hoopdancer Beth Lavinder:
TODD ROACH AND MAC RITCHEY:
Todd Roach (percussion) and Mac Ritchey (strings) have collaborated in a variety of musical settings since 2002. They worked together in the world music ensembles 35th Parallel, Trio Mobius and Ensemble Datura. In these projects they discovered their chemistry for composing and performing and they found their voice as a duo.
In concert they combine the sounds of the Arabic oud, the Turkish saz and western guitar with frame drums, darbuka, cajon and other world percussion. The result is a journey of sound with original and traditional compositions. Their music reflects an American context that draws heavily from the influences of traditional music from Turkey, Egypt, Brazil, South India, Greece, Persia and West Africa.
Over the years, Todd and Mac have performed together at the Hopkins Center (Dartmouth), The FlynnSpace (Burlington), Tufts University, Vermont Jazz Center, New England Conservatory of Music, The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore), One Drum Festival (Windsor, VT) and the Tamburi Mundi International Frame Drum Festival (Germany). The summer of 2014 sees them working on their first recording of their duo music.
Todd Roach is a percussionist, teacher and producer living in Vermont. USA. He has studied the world of Middle Eastern and North African percussion instruments since 1989. Roach is an artist endorser and representative for the Cooperman Drum Company. As a performer, Todd has played in a variety of settings over the years. In 2008, 2009 and 2011 he performed and taught at the international frame drum festival Tamburi Mundi, in Freiburg, Germany. In the summer of 2009, he recorded and released an album, Strange But True, with the Vermont based ensemble the As Yet Quintet.
In 2010, Roach appeared at the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with violinist Beth Bahia Cohen. During this time, Todd also had his debut Flamenco performances as part of a short New England tour with dancer Ines Arrubla, singer Carlos Denia of Barcelona and guitarist Tino van der Sman of Sevilla. In addition, since 2009, he has performed with Ensemble Datura, a world music collective featuring percussionist N. Scott Robinson, south Indian vocalist K.S. Resmi and oud player Mac Ritchey. Some of his other professional highlights have included performing with renowned Arabic violinist George Lammam at the Middlebury Center for the Arts in 2002, and releasing an instructional video in 2000 with Carl Fisher Publishing, The Quick Guide to Playing Doumbec. From 2003 to 2009, Todd worked with the world music ensemble 35th Parallel (http://www.35thparallel.com/).
Roach is an active educator that has taught percussion-based residencies and clinics in schools and festivals in the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe. These have included Dartmouth College, University of Missouri Saint Louis, Tamburi Mundi, and North American Frame Drum Association events in Vermont, New Jersey, St. Louis and Toronto. In the summer of 2010, he also taught professional development workshops with the Colombian based ensemble Triaje. Todd is active in his local community as well, serving as the founder and co-director of two education programs in Brattleboro, the Kindle Farm School Music and Arts Program and The Loft Youth Percussion Ensemble.
In addition to performing and teaching, Todd is the founder and manager of The Loft in Brattleboro, Vermont. The Loft is a performance and teaching space dedicated to acoustic world music. The Loft has hosted concerts for touring artists such as Glen Velez, John Bergamo and the Hands On'Semble, Ganesh Kumar, Subash Chandran, Layne Redmond, Raquy Danziger, Ganesh Anandon, Patrick Graham, N. Scott Robinson, Latif Bolat and many more.
Multi-instrumentalist Mac Ritchey brings a diverse palette of sounds and skills to both performance stage and recording studio. Studying electronic music at Oberlin College and anthropology at Brandeis University, his decades of musical involvement have been sculpted and influenced by an assortment of genres and cultures: classical Turkish to rock, jazz to reggae, the traditional to the cutting-edge.
For the past 10 years, Mac’s instrumental focus has been on the oud (also known as the ‘Arabic lute’). His other instruments include: guitar, bouzouki, çümbüs, saz, bass, drum kit & percussion, keyboards, and didjeridu, as well as many forms of drums and percussion. He has studied Turkish and Armenian music traditions extensively and was a student of the late Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian, as well as studying with Brahim Fribgane (Hassan Hakmoun, Club d’Elf) and Mal Barsamian.
Ritchey is a prolific composer and a member of the music groups 35th Parallel, Zyxt, The Mobius Trio and Ensemble Datura. He has toured the US over the past two decades, and performed in Freiburg Germany at the Tamburi Mundi 2009 Frame Drum Festival with internationally acclaimed percussionist Ramesh Shotham.
Mac’s musical interests go behind the scenes as well as the proprietor of Possum Hall Studios in Carlisle MA, a small rural town just outside of Boston. As a music producer and audio engineer, his work has been met with great acclaim. Most notably, the full- length album release ‘Alluvia’ (Evren Ozan) was the winner of The 2008 Native American Music Awards: Best Instrumental Album Of The Year and was on the Grammy entry list in two categories. Other studio production work has reached audiences in many ways, such as MTV ‘The Real World’, New Hampshire Public Radio, The National Holocaust Museum and their podcast ‘Voices On Anti-Semitism’, a number of independent film soundtracks, and even the daytime soap opera ‘All My Children’.
Mac currently lives in Carlisle MA and works tirelessly at keeping the deer from eating his vegetable garden.
Beth Lavinder picked up the hoop 12 years ago and discovered to her surprise a movement language that gave her a voice she didn't know she had. Beth loves sharing hoop dance and has taught all over the world, from her home in Carrboro, N.C., across the USA, Japan, Indonesia, the UK and Finland. The hoop serves as a vehicle for expression and communication as well as an exploration of self. In it's highest form, improvisational hoop dance to live music is the ultimate way to share this practice and interpret sound into movement. Beth is honored to be given the opportunity to offer her dance towards raising awareness and funds for brain cancer research. When she is not hoop dancing, Beth designs custom, green homes for her husband's company, Chandler Design Build. They live in the countryside with their 16-year old daughter and assorted farm animals.less