Carter Brothers, Stray Birds Take Stage in Aberdeen
The Rooster's Wife hosts the final show for this summer, Sunday, July 29, with a concert and the annual cake baking contest.
The season closes with the Carter Brothers, Compass recording artists who will show case their recent release, "The Road to Roosky." There is seating inside, and outside under the awning and under the stars. Picnics are welcome.
The fall schedule and tickets are available online, at theroosterswife.org, or at the door if still available.
Admission for this week's show is $12 in advance; $15 the day of the show. Sunday shows begin at 6:44 p.m. The schedule will resume Sept. 9.
Brothers Tim and Danny Carter are scions of the Carter Family legacy.
Born and raised in High Point, their take on bluegrass music is equal parts raucous and reverential. In the many years that they have performed together, they have developed the tight harmonies that distinguish the best brother duos as well as the instrumental prowess that bluegrass demands of its practitioners.
Their music is rooted in tradition but pushes the envelope at the same time, making them popular with fans of all kinds of American roots-based music.
The Stray Birds will open the show with old-time sounds and new songs. The members of the trio grew up a few miles apart in Lancaster County, Pa., where Maya de Vitry played in the high school orchestra with bassist Charlie Muench.
Flashing forward to 2010, Muench met fiddle player Oliver Craven in a short-lived bluegrass band, and introduced him to de Vitry, who had just returned from France, where she had been making a living as a street performer.
While busking with her violin across the United States, Canada and Europe, de Vitry had begun to write her own songs, but things didn't fall into place until she met Craven, who encouraged her songwriting.
"We have similar values as far as music goes," says de Vitry, 21. "We love harmony singing, and that's one thing I think sets the band apart - the attention we put on arranging the songs to really fit the songs."
Both multi-instrumentalists, Craven and de Vitry took the lead on The Stray Birds' 2010 EP "Borderland," on which Muench was featured on just three tracks, because he was still working on his music education degree at West Chester University. After graduating, Muench decided to put teaching on hold and play with the group full time.
An entry in the cake contest will reduce your admission by $3. The prize categories are most delicious, best decorated, best under 12 baker, and best pie.
"Please bring your entry by 6:30 for judging," says a spokesman.
Home base is the gallery room of Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St. in downtown Aberdeen.
The doors open at 6 p.m. for this week's show, with the music kicking off at 6:45.
For more information visit theroosterswife.org, call (910) 944-7502, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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