BEECH MOUNTAIN – Beech Mountain Resort announced on May 18 the lineup for its 2021 Summer Concert Series which will take place in August.
Critically acclaimed experimental jam ensemble Umphrey’s McGee will kick off the season with a double-headed event spanning the evenings of August 6-7, with GRAMMY award-winning blues rockers Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks bringing their intimate ‘Fireside Live’ tour at the station on August 14, followed by a walking fence courtesy of the titans of the new herb Greensky Bluegrass on August 21.
This year’s pod-style series of events will mark the third installation of Beech Mountain’s annual summer music program, which has quickly become a beloved tradition for area residents and vacationers alike. With plenty of summer amenities available including yoga, scenic lifts, mountain biking and more, attendees of the Beech Mountain Summer Concert Series will have the opportunity to amplify their experience with a week -end full of entertainment and recreation.
The 10×10 pod passes to the Beech Mountain Summer Concert Series went on sale May 21. Each module can accommodate a maximum of six clients and masks are required in all areas outside of the modules.
This show is open to all ages. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with a show at 7:00 p.m. (times are subject to change at the artists’ discretion). Each artist will perform two sets of music without opening acts, and the event is rain or shine, without re-entering the concert hall, except in an emergency.
Beech Mountain Resort staff, contractors and volunteers will follow North Carolina safety and health guidelines for the 2021 Summer Concert Series.
About the artists
McGee’s music from Umphrey unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. His six participants – Brendan Bayliss [guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano, vocals], Andy Farag [percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals] and Ryan Stasik [bass] – know how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call to the progressive magic of the guitar could elicit a soft acoustic balladry response, or a funk groove could be answered with explosive percussion. At any point, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as boys discover the elusive connection between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and hermetic song.
The conversation continues on their eleventh album, it’s not us [Nothing Too Fancy Music] – which was released on January 12, 2018.
“He represents the band because he basically covers the whole gamut from progressive rock to dance,” says Brendan. “We have mastered our ADD here. The record really shows it.
“No matter what you like, there is something about we shouldn’t be talking to you,” Joel admits. “It’s a statement album for Umphrey’s McGee. The sound is still so fresh. The songs are strong as they always have been. We are always moving forward. “
This is also how the group celebrates its 20th anniversary. Instead of retreading the catalog, they come up with a stack of new pieces.
Tedeschi Trucks: Fireside Live
After a decade of creative partnership between singer / guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her husband, guitarist Derek Trucks, the GRAMMY-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band enjoys a distinguished reputation gained by both audiences and critics in as one of the best live bands in the world.
Embracing improvisation rather than convention, the collective is adept at exploring almost any musical territory and paying homage to a wide range of influences. The real respect within his ranks is evident on stage. Trucks’ masterful guitar skills and Tedeschi’s soaring vocals and bluesy guitar shine but fall short of the breadth of talent, happily handing over the spotlight when needed in service of what the song deserves.
While circumstances currently prevent the 12-piece ensemble from touring safely, the group returns in June, July and August 2021 in a new form, billed as Tedeschi Trucks as a nod to their members. group at home. With four to eight band members scheduled to appear in socially remote and limited capacity venues, these special shows have long been anticipated by the band and fans. Anytime, anywhere this musical family comes together is the opportunity to witness something rare, deep and powerful.
After 18 years together, up to 175 shows a year, nearly 1,000 different setlists, six studio albums and a litany of live releases, Greensky Bluegrass is more than music for members Anders Beck. [dobro], Michael Arlen Bont [banjo], Dave Bruzza [guitar], Mike Devol [upright bass], and Paul Hoffman [Mandolin]. Truth be told, he embodies a foolproof creative bond, family brotherhood and a lifelong commitment to fans. At this point, it goes without saying that the group means everything (and more) to the mavericks of Kalamazoo, MI bluegrass.
Over time, guys keep doing things for the “right reasons”, and that mindset is resonating more and more strongly among a growing fan base. A living force of nature renowned for bringing a rock ‘n’ roll spectacle to a high-energy bluegrass, the group has sold hallowed venues such as the Red Rocks Amphitheater and the legendary Ryman Auditorium in addition to igniting stages all over the place. Bonnaroo and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. within the city limits of Austin and the outer lands.
Their unpredictable performances remain a legend attracting die-hard devotees who usually travel far away to attend several concerts. In 2014, If Sorrows Swim fell to # 1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums Chart, while the 2016 follow-up Shouted, Written Down & Quoted made it into the Top 3. Along the way, they also made won praise from Billboard, AXS, Westword and others.