'A Different Sort': Summer on the Porch Presents Folk Stories and Motown
The Rooster's Wife departs from its regular schedule slightly to bring a different sort of entertainment for the seventh installment of Summer on the Porch at the Postmaster's House in Aberdeen, Sunday, Aug. 10.
Performers include Jubal Creech, who will open the event at 6 p.m., followed by Laura Reed and Deep Pocket.
Jubal Creech presents folk tales, stories and songs from all over the planet. All kinds of percussion and other interesting instruments will delight young and old alike.
Laura Reed and Deep Pocket will fill the stage with sounds reminiscent of the past days of Motown and funk. The roots of their sound and message stem from Reed's diverse experience of growing up in South Africa and the American South. Formed in summer 2006, the band switches up the music between funk, progressive R&B, and pure soul behind Reed's captivating stage presence.
Deep Pocket consists of Ryan Burns on piano and synthesizer, and Mama Lou on his 1936 model-A Hammond organ. Ben Didelot brings it all together on the low end with his solid bass lines and occasional dance steps. Jimbonk holds down the rhythm on the drum set with an amazing ability to keep the dynamic just right for not only the song but also the energy of the crowd. Debrissa McKinney has been a recent addition to the group, being referred to as the "masta harmoniza."
Laura Reed and Deep Pocket have recently released their debut album, "Soul: Music." The album was recorded at Asheville's Echo Mountain Studios, and engineered by Bill Reynolds. Most recently they have released two singles, "Happy" and "Gotta Pay de Man," on itunes/Amazon, with tracks produced by Danny Kadar, best known for work with My Morning Jacket and The Avett Brothers. These singles will also be released on vinyl, available through the Web site.
The group has also just been added to the lineup on the "Green Train." This is a concert and train tour featuring top musicians, actors, writers and artists traveling coast to coast to educate the public and enlist global support to help reverse the continued waste and destruction of this planet.
Scheduled to depart from Portland next April, The Green Train will pass through every geographic region in the U.S. during a six-week whistle stop tour finishing in Washington, D.C. The Green Train is planning a trek in Europe in 2010 and a simultaneous train ride on each continent of the world in 2011.
As The Green Train holds informational festivals and whistle stops throughout the nation, the public can meet the train in small town America, as well as the larger cities, to learn more and become involved.
The gates open at 5:15 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Picnics are welcome. Dog Nation will be on site for those who want to purchase food.
"Bring a chair or blanket -- and all your friends," says a spokesman.
Tickets and memberships are sold at the concert and on line at www.theroosterswife.org. Memberships and sponsorship funds support the mission of the Rooster's Wife.
The Rooster's Wife is a private nonprofit association organized to celebrate the performing arts in Aberdeen.
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