Alle-Kiski Valley musicians happy to share the blues in Vandergrift
“Heavy hitters” are what musician Fredericka Stover, aka Miss Freddye, calls those included in the lineup for the Casino Theatre's upcoming Night of Blues.
She is anticipating taking the stage with her fellow Alle-Kiski Valley musicians for a concert that will bring seven acts to the Casino as part of its Local Bandfest series.
“As a musician, as an artist and even as a spectator, it's always very exciting to work with and to hear and see these different musicians coming together,” says the Harrison blues singer.
“They all have one common goal — let's get out there, let's have fun and let's bring the audience into what we're doing.”
The show kicks off at the Vandergrift theater at 7:30 p.m. March 23. Proceeds from the concert go to the restoration and maintenance of the theater, which is more than 100 years old.
Miss Freddye is honored to be invited back to the Casino and to have an opportunity to help support it. “We'd like to have this building standing 100 years from now,” she says.
As for her efforts, audiences can expect contemporary and traditional selections. “My whole thing is to entertain people and keep them interested in live music and blues,” she says.
The show offers an excellent opportunity for aficionados and newcomers to the blues to enjoy a night out, according to John DiCola, lead singer of the Vandergrift-based band, The Hackers.
“It will be a good way for people who never really listened to the blues to get to hear what it's like and learn to appreciate it,” he says. “They will get to hear some of the finest musicians in the Valley.”
The Hackers lineup will include a few soul and blues songs from Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker and Southside Johnny.
Matt Ross of the Kiski Township-based Matt Ross Band describes the show as one that's like a “reunion or a party.”
“We have performers of all ages and many styles of blues, so there's something for everyone in the audience,” he says.
Dave Minda, returning to this year's blues show and bringing his Hombres du Jour band with him, will focus on modern blues this time around, playing songs from artists like Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa and Robben Ford.
“And once again,” he says, “we've got a song featuring the entire army of guitarists that we'll have at the Casino that night.”
Mark “Fat Henry” Sproull of the Fat Henry Band is “absolutely” eager to participate in Saturday evening's show. Like Minda, he returns after performing a number of recent shows at the Casino, among them, the first blues concert.
“Last year's show was beyond question, the finest show I've even been involved in,” he says.
“The audience can expect a wonderful variety of blues from different regions (such as) Chicago, Texas and the bayou with both traditional and more contemporary R&B styles,” he says.
“Everyone in the audience will leave smiling.”
Julie Martin is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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