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Encore’s Music in the Park Saturday

July 21, 2011
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07/22/11 Encore Performing Arts is presenting a ‘triple header’ at Saturday’s Music in the Park, a concert that every generation will enjoy. Three groups, new to area audiences, will be featured: Taylor Brown. Kevin Cott and Wilson’s Reservoir. All are unique in their own way, but each writes and plays music that is more in the storytelling vein of songwriting. These groups have a very diverse and engaging musical style.. Using acoustic guitars, harmonicas, and other instruments, they tell stories of their past and where they’ve been. Their music is energetic, fun, and somber, depending on which song they’re playing. Whether you are 25 years or 75 years old, you will enjoy their music. This is one evening of live music entertainment that you will not want to miss!

Taylor Brown and Company just released their second album, “Danced with the Devil,” a much-anticipated follow up to their 2009 debut “Coal Road Sunset”. The release of the thirteen-track album will coincides with the band’s first North American tour dates since October 2010 followed by a string of regional and local dates. This new album from Taylor Brown and Company is their most sincere and honest offering to date. As the band finds itself breaking out of old molds and looking to the future, “Danced with the Devil” is a clear picture of where the band has been and what direction it is headed. Taylor Brown and Company is Taylor Brown, Christina Horn, Kevin Hyfantis, Chris Dorsten and Terry Mahnken. For more information, see their website at www.taylorbrownandcompany.com or on www.fcebook.com/taylorbrownontour.

Wilson’s Reservoir Band members include Benjamin Wilson, Andrew Martin and Alex Ortin. The website www.musicalfamilytree.com says, “The history of Wilson’s Reservoir runs deep. It begins at Benjamin’s childhood. The name, “Wilson’s Reservoir” comes from a time in his teens when he and his brother worked with their father to clear an area of forest in rural Georgia for a planned reservoir. The songs come from a lifetime of experience: coming of age, grappling with death, financial struggles, and relationships both made and broken. They are about finding joy, hope and love in a sometimes dark world.” Small Town Americana music is just one way to describe the group. Others would label it as honest music and one of the most original sounds they’ve heard in a long time. The great folk/country story tellers, gospel, jazz, punk, and post rock are, to name a few, influences that shine through. It’s not unusual to hear someone say they can hear a bit of Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen or Radiohead in their music. While some may try to classify their sound, they just want to write music that connects with people 20 years from now. For more information, check out their website at www.wilsonsreservoir.com.

Kevin Cott is a singer/songwriter from Kansas, currently living in Springfield, Missouri. Kevin’s songs are his stories inspired by life in the Midwest. For his folk/pop/rock repertoire, he feels he’s been Influenced by Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Cormac McCarthy, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Josh Ritter and Jeff Tweedy. Check him out at www.myspace.com/kevintcott or www.facebook.com/kevincottmusic. Encore is grateful for the generosity of Gibson for being the major sponsor for the event. Bring a lawn chair, your favorite beverage and a picnic to enjoy this special music in a delightful setting. Get in the spirit and don your island finery, a lei—maybe you can find your muumuu! If you don’t want to cook, Delta Theta Tau will once again be offering refreshments—each performance offering a special that reflects the group performing. As in years’ past, gates open at 6:00 with the performance at 7:30 beginning with Kevin Cott. Tickets are $10 for adults in advance and $15 at the gate. Children and K-12 students are free. Tickets are available at the Encore Office, ASK for Flowers, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Parks and Recreation Department, Wagoner’s Music Shop and WTCA. For more information, contact Debi Gidley at Encore Performing Arts, 1305 W. Harrison Street, Plymouth at 935-4987 or the website at www.encoreperformingarts.org.

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