Enchanted Mountain Music Festival
(Ellicottville, New York, February 23, 2014...)On April 11-13, 2014 Holiday Valley Resort and Winter Village Music present the 1st annual Enchanted Mountain Music Festival, a 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival featuring concerts, singing and instrument workshops, jamming, and relaxing at the beautiful Holiday Valley Resort in the Enchanted Mountains of western New York. The festival will bring together performers, amateur and professional players, and acoustic music lovers in an intimate setting to enjoy some of the finest bluegrass and Americana music in the United States today.
Festival performers include Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Cornerstone, Creek Bend, Paris Texas and others. These bands feature great original songs, excellent harmony singing, instrumental virtuosity, and performers that enjoy connecting with their audience.
Lodging packages will be available at the Tamarack Club and the concerts will take place next door at the Holiday Valley Lodge. The Tamarack Club is a condo/hotel with units ranging from one room suites to 3 bedroom condos. John Harvard's Brew House and Restaurant and the Falling Waters Spa are on site, as well as a heated indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, sauna and fitness room. The Tamarack Club has a grand view of the ski slopes and golf course at Holiday Valley.
Tickets are available for the entire weekend as well as for individual concerts. The early bird price for an all weekend ticket, including the Friday night concert, Saturday concerts and Sunday morning is $75 during the month of February. Children 12 and under are free. Students (high school and college) pay only $50 for the weekend pass.
WEEKEND PASS: $75 ($85 after March 1; $50 Students)
SATURDAY ONE DAY PASS: $45 ($50 after March 1)
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: $25
SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT: $25
SUNDAY CONCERT: $15
MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan and banjoist Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and doghouse bassist Dan Booth simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they also earned 2012 and 2013 Best Bluegrass Band honors from the Washington Area Music Association. It flavors every note of their new album, On the Edge, which Engine 145 dubbed, “a fine sophomore release from one of the most exciting bands in bluegrass today.”
"If Tim O’Brien and Alison Brown ever had a love child, it might just be Frank Solivan. This newgrass/bluegrass foursome spirals through skin-tight banjo picking, razor-sharp mandolin and jazz-tinged concentric circles – all with a degree of control that balances technical precision and improvisational virtuosity." - Siobhan Long, Irish Times
"No sophomore slump here: On the Edge, the follow-up to Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s vibrant, self-titled debut record, finds the quartet serving up a musical feast... the band is poised to have a breakout year in 2013 when the acoustic music world gets an earful of the tight harmonies, strong songwriting, and deft picking found On the Edge." – Juli Thanki, Engine 145
"They are the definition of a show-stealing band. With their melodies, harmonies, and incredible fiddle playing, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen came to Beartrap, saw Beartrap, and truly conquered Beartrap." - Nick Perkins, Beartrap Music Festival
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are a traveling Carnival of acoustic Americana. The high energy, Nashville-based quintet perform Struthers’ original story-songs with tight, three-part harmonies, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums. Struthers was catapulted into the spotlight when she lead her band to a blue ribbon at the prestigious 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition (previous winners include Nickel Creek and The Dixie Chicks) and now her group is touring heavily in support of their April 16 release, Carnival. Struthers’ songs are as steeped in American history, and as well crafted, as the beautiful vintage dresses she wears on stage.
“Nora Jane Struthers is one of the most mesmerizing, haunting and hard-hitting projects I've ever heard. Her lyrics are simply spectacular and have achingly beautiful melodies to boot. This is one of my favorite all-time albums and certainly the most arresting music I've heard in a long time.” — Dave Higgs, Bluegrass Breakdown
“Old time music continues to reinvent itself in the able hands of young artists like Nora Jane Struthers” – Tim O’Brien
“Instead of a vocal tour-de-force, her voice – direct and free of artifice – points the listener back to the essense of each song. She is, first and foremost, a songwriter. But unlike many songwriters who aren’t performers, Struthers’ singing is as polished as an Opry pro.” – Steven Stone, Vintage Guitar
Cornerstone is Ithaca’s finest bluegrass band and has been performing and recording since the early 1990’s. The band recorded 3 CD’s in the 1990’s in Nashville and performed at major festivals including the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival and Wintergrass. They have performed as a band and individually at the Blue Heron Festival and the Mayville Bluegrass Festival. And recently, they have been performing at the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival in Ithaca, organized by EMMF director and band member Rick Manning. Dee Specker, from Wellsville, NY is the band’s fine lead singer and fiddler. Rick sings harmony, plays mandolin and fiddle. Dana Paul plays bass, sings and is the band’s emcee. And the band features the fine flatpick guitar playing of Bobby Henrie who also sings harmony and lead vocals for the band.
Creek Bend is a Bluegrass band based in Buffalo, NY that has been serving up good, hot bluegrass music for over thirty years. They have been playing and producing local concerts with the greatest names in Bluegrass music including; The Johnson Mountain Boys, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, the Bluegrass Cardinals, Tony Trischka, Lynn Morris, the Country Gentleman and Bill Monroe. Their highly successful concert series not only allowed them the opportunity to present the best that Bluegrass has to offer to the audiences of Western New York and Southern Ontario but it has given Creek Bend the truly unique opportunity to watch and learn from the best. This learning experience proved highly beneficial to the band members when they won first place in the band contest at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Creek Bend has recorded a total of five projects including two that were released nationally by the Copper Creek label. “world class musicians... with exceptional instrumental abilities”. Bluegrass Unlimited
Paris Texas performs a vintage repertoire of bluegrass, western and gypsy swing music. The music harkens from the pre-cassette tape era when brother harmonies were all the rage, Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys were swinging the plains, and Django and Stephane were gracing the clubs of Paris. The band features the jaw-dropping guitar playing of Bobby Henrie who performs Doc Watson and Django Reinhardt with passion and precision. Bobby is known throughout upstate New York for his work with the Henrie Brothers (traditional old time and bluegrass music), Bobby Henrie & the Goners (rockabilly) and the Djangoners (gypsy swing). Bobby is joined by his brother Doug Henrie on bass and Rick Manning on fiddle, mandolin and vocals.
MORE ABOUT HOLIDAY VALLEY, ELLICOTTVILLE & THE ENCHANTED MOUNTAINS
Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, New York is a four season resort offering golf, swimming, lodging, dining, conference facilities and the Sky High Adventure Park during the summer months. Holiday Valley is on the web at www.holidayvalley.com. Ellicottville is located on Route 219, just 50 miles (90 kms) south of Buffalo and less than three hours from Toronto.
For further information, please contact:
Rick Manning, Festival Director. email@example.com; 607-592-4647
Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley Resort Marketing Director. 716.699.3904; firstname.lastname@example.org