The Clifton Opera House will be smiling on Saturday, July 2nd when the Berachah Valley Bluegrassers come to town. Clifton LOVES bluegrass!
Berachah Valley was founded in the spring of 2005 when a few friends came together searching for a place to play traditional bluegrass, gospel, and traditional renditions of current favorites. Audiences quickly see the result is a uniquely smooth combination of musicianship and female vocal harmonies influenced by the recordings of The Isaac's, The Forbes Family, Emmylou Harris, The Whites, Seldom Scene, Longview, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, The Bluegrass Cardinals, and others.
The name for the band is found in its theme Bible verse, II Chronicles 20:26. The players will testify that the clearly evident camaraderie seen on stage is the natural fruit of the great blessing of good friendships and shared faith.
Berachah Valley has had the good fortune to travel to Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio to perform at many bluegrass festivals, bluegrass and gospel venues, radio programs, TV programs, and community events.
This is Berachah Valley:
Willis Baker plays dobro and provides extensive experience in the local bluegrass scene. Cathy Baker plays rhythm guitar, sings lead and harmony. Michelle Edester continues to blossom with her command of the mandolin. Merrell Boggs is banjo player -extraordinaire!!! He also provides the group with much original material. Mike Elliott generates much enthusiasm with his explosive lead guitar breaks. On the bass is Larry Collins, who plays with much pathos with every movement and motion. Leisa Hinkle's instrument is her voice! She can be a song's best friend. She provides lead vocals and group harmonies along with Cathy, Michelle, and Larry. Check out their website www.berachahvalley.com.
The box office opens at 6:30, show starts at 7:30pm. Come out and enjoy a great night of bluegrass. The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton on the corner of SR 343. Call 937.342.2175 for information. All donations are used to maintain this historic building.