You are invited to Get Down in the Gorge this Labor Day weekend at the ACE Mountain Top Concert Series on Saturday, August 30th. This event is a celebration of small town living with BIG cultures, and even BIGGER adventures. Festivities start early on Saturday morning with a “Beach Party at Ace Lake” from 9am-5pm. There will be water competitions, waterslides, a zip line, and an inflatable bouncy “heaven.” Once you regroup from your fun-filled day at the lake, you’ll head over to the Top Concert Series featuring 5 powerfully entertaining bands. With a reputation for their incendiary live shows, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (featured above) is the headliner and other bands are: The Wild Rumpus, Lawless Brown, Black King Coal, and Groundhog Gravy. This event will be the perfect end to a perfect summer, the epitome of awesome.
Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills is Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. This trio is a force to be reckoned with as they play a brand of Americana and Blues that stands alone – Delta blues and hillbilly fervor combined with musical acuity sharp as razor wire. “The growl of a good truck engine, the fiercest passion for his country home and family and an uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music give them a pedigree many Americana acts would kill for and an ironclad work ethic keeps them on the road 250 dates a year, playing for the people with hurricane force. Locked in with an audience, the band create their own community and welcome the crowd into it, transporting them away from their troubles to joyous release, the way great musicians have done for centuries. The Rev. J. Peyton, his wife Breezy and Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell are a living breathing embodiment of the traditions and hard work ethic native to their Brown County, Indiana home. Their new album Between The Ditches is a chronicle of this lifestyle.” – bigdamnband.com
To define the Wild Rumpus, “Take the mountains, all the influences, whether they be bluegrass, blues, punk, folk or old country and roll them together and you get Appalachian Stompgrass, a breed of music that isn’t hung up on a certain label, but one that is forging it’s own brand. Appalachian Stompgrass? Yes.” – The Wild Rumpus. To learn more, visit thewildrumpus.com
Lawless Brown delivers sounds of funk, soul, and reggae with a foundation of rock. This band is comprised of various influences and everything they perform is original. Follow them on the book to watch the release date of their first album: fb/lawlessbrowncornbread
Black King Coal is Appalachian Soul from West Virginia. You’ll quickly find yourself dancin’, hipshakin’, hand clappin’, and sweatin’ to their sound. For more info, visit: fb/blackingcoal.
Made up of river guides who love to play music, Groundhog Gravy is Appalachian Funk Grass Fun. Their influences include Jimmi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeplin, Trampled by Turtles, Drive by Truckers, Modest Mouse, Keller Williams, SCI, Pimps of Joytime, The Boat Men. To harn them now, visit soundcloud.com/groundhoggravy
Earlier in the week from August 23-25th, Ace Adventure will host its 3rd annual New River Hummingbird Festival. If you are fan of the hummingbird, please attend as you’ll get to experience hummingbirds, butterflies, and native plants with master bander and hummingbird expert, Bill Hilton, Jr. Accomplished naturalist, writer, and photographer, Connie Toops will be on hand as well as local gardening expert, Terri Johnson. Topics will include: feeding, nesting, migration, behavior, designing a hummingbird habitat in your backyard, schoolyard, or nature center. For more information, visit birding-wv.com or call 304-574-4258.
Get down in the Gorge at Ace Adventures on the last Saturday of August! You’ll enjoy outdoor recreation during the day and dancing under the stars by night. Tell em LBSPY sent ya! For more info: see lbspy back cover (out now), visit aceraft.com and/or call 304-469-2651. Photo credit: Birch Miller.
– LBSPY #56. July 28-August25, 2014