Scottdale Gazebo concert series continues with High Ryder Band
By Paul Paterra
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The Scottdale Gazebo Concert Series continues Sunday with the High Ryder Band.
The concert is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. at the gazebo downtown.
The High Ryder Band is based in Dawson and according to its website feels there are a few things that sets it apart from most.
These include more than 200 years of musical experience and a simple approach, which doesn't include “fancy stage shows,” pyrotechnics or laser shows. Other features of the band include three-part harmony and a vast song list that guarantees those attending a High Ryder Show will not hear the same show twice.
“We're a classic country, southern rock band,” said band member Roy Hess, who founded the High Ryder Band in 1994.
Hess said the band does perform covers of songs everyone knows and to which they like to sing along.
“We don't try to copy the artist, we like to put our spin on it,” he said. “We have our own particular edge on most songs we do, and we like to use it.”
The band has undergone some changes this season, not the least of which was the death of bass player Jimmy Howell. He has been replaced by Andy Hresko, recently voted one of Pennsylvania's top musicians according to a poll on musicmates.com. Andy's son, Andrew, replaces Bobby Acklin on drums. Acklin retired in November after 14 years with the band.
Rounding out the group is lead guitarist Vernon “Bup” Eberhart.
“We're really happy with the band right now,” Hess said. “We have four guys who play for the love of playing. It will still be classic country, but a little edgier. We can now get into blues and a little bit of jazz. Once we get rolling, we're liable to do anything. That's when you really enjoy playing.”
One of the places the High Ryder Band likes to play is Scottdale at the gazebo concert series, something Hess believes the band has done for about 10 years.
“That's kind of our homecoming,” Hess said. “At one time, most of the band was from the Dawson, Scottdale area. We've always had a good turnout there.”
The concert series began Sunday with the traditional season-opening performance by the Scottdale Community Band.
The remainder of the summer schedule is as follows:
July 21 — Traveling Road Show
July 28 — Sugar Mountain
Aug. 4 — Michael Christopher
Aug. 11 — Remnant
Aug. 18 — Scottdale Community Band at Loucks Park.
Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101.
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