CARLISLE—The Friends of Kings Gap have announced that they will host the first of four events in their popular Music on the Mountain series this coming Sunday, June 7. The concert will feature two bluegrass bands—Colebrook Road and Mountain Ride—and will run from 3 to 7:30 p.m.
The event will be held on the lawn of the King’s Gap mansion, located at 500 Kings Gap Road in Carlisle, and will be held rain or shine. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food venders will also be onsite for those wishing to purchase food. The concert is free and appropriate for attendees of all ages.
Colebrook Road is a five-piece string band that creates original music on banjo, mandolin, upright bass, guitar, Dobro and fiddle. If you go, be prepared to be wowed by this dynamic band’s driving sound, characterized by quick picking, tight harmonies and souring solo work. Almost 90 percent of what Colebrook Road performs is original music composed by band members. The remainder of their repertoire includes skillfully reworked covers of tunes such as Trampled By Turtles’ “Codeine.”
The band is based in Harrisburg but performs all over the MidAtlantic region. They say that their unique sound comes from a solid understanding of bluegrass traditions gained through careful study of the genre and a mastery of music theory. As is true with many in this current generation of bluegrass musicians, they put a modern spin on the old sound through original songwriting and arrangement of three- and four-part vocal harmony. The result is an exciting, joyful sound to which audiences readily respond.
The group chose its name as a nod to the many streets and thoroughfares throughout Pennsylvania that are called “Colebrook Road” (including the one on which the band’s guitarist Jesse Eisenbise grew up). The band says bluegrass music is meant to draw people together, and that’s what the band name does. It could be anybody’s Colebrook Road.
Colebrook Road features Wade Yankey on mandolin, Joseph McAnulty on fiddle, Mark Rast on banjo and dobro, Jeff Campbell on upright bass, and Eisenbise on guitar and lead vocals.
Mountain Ride is a bluegrass group from Chambersburg that plays both progressive and traditional bluegrass. Like Colebrook Road, the group is a five-piece string band. The band features Eric Avey on guitar, Drew Jones on mandolin, Scott Matlock on fiddle, Corey Woodcock on banjo, and Kate Avey on bass. The group specializes in fast-picking, hard-driving bluegrass but also knows how to slow down the pace with heart-felt ballads of love and loss. Mountain Ride’s three- and four-part harmonies are always a crowd-pleaser.
Other concerts on tap include blues and classic rock with Erica Lynn Everest and Second Time Thru on July 5, bluegrass with Walt Crider & the Old Time Way and Baileys Crossing on Aug. 2, and Celtic music with Seasons and the Celtic Martins on Sept. 6. To find out more visit www.friendsofkingsgap.org/home/music.