Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Friday night at Clifton Opera House

Beracha Valley

The Valley and the River shall be meeting on Friday, March 2nd at 7:30pm. These two fine bluegrass bands are taking the stage and there will be a whole lot of bluegrassing going on! Berachah Valley and Rum River Blend are two of the most sought after bluegrass bands in the region and they are coming to Clifton TOGETHER! Berachah Valley features some fine vocalists, and they truly do harmonize. Jonathan Hamilton will also be joining the group.

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. Becky Meyers is an excellent banjo player who is well respected in the Tri-State area. Merrell Boggs also shares his talent on the banjo and dojo. He has also penned many of the songs which we share with audiences. 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.

Rum River Blend, based in Troy, bills themselves as "unprofessional entertainment", they obviously have a great sense of humor. The band takes its name from the Rum River that flows through Linda's hometown of Milaca, Minnesota. They perform a blend of traditional bluegrass, folk, Gospel and children's songs. The audience is encouraged to join in on the fun as kazoos, spoons, washboards, and various other noise making instruments are often passed out to the crowd. You are in for a great time on Friday night!

Box office opens at 6:30pm. Call 937.767.2343 for information or check out the website www.cliftonoperahouse.com Located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton.

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