Music on the Mountain
We are offering a full year of music on the lawn and in the Cameron-Masland mansion.
June, July, August, and September are first-Sunday lawn concerts. The lawn concerts are free, but donations are kindly accepted and we encourage you to sign up as a member of the Friends of Kings Gap. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to the top of the mountain and settle in for an evening of music at its best. The view will be spectacular. Food vendors will be ready to serve you. All spring and summer concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Don't worry if rain is in the forecast; we'll have the same great concert, just a bit cozier with music moved into the Mansion.
October's Garden Harvest Day includes a small concert amid great family activities and craft vendors, and as the cool weather moves in, we move music into the mansion for November's Evening of Jazz (a ticketed event) and December's Coffee House and Open Houses.
The complete schedule is shown below (after May 1st, be sure to pick up an FOKG Program of Events for all this information in one place, the next time you're on the mountain, at any Cumberland Valley Visitor's Bureau location, including History on High or U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle, or the Village Artisan's Gallery in Boiling Springs).
Sunday, June 4th3:00 – 5:00 Tussey Mtn Moonshiners (Bluegrass)
5:30 – 7:30 Vinegar Creek Constituency (Folk)
Sunday, October 1st
Garden Harvest Day
Sunday, July 2nd
3:00 – 5:00 Erica Lyn Everest (Blues & Jazz)
Friday, November 3rd
7:00 - 10:00 - Steve Rudolph Trio (Jazz)
Sunday, August 6th3:00 – 5:00 Bailey's Crossing (Bluegrass)
5:30 – 7:30 Vulcans (Folk)
Sunday, December 3rd
Open House - Light refreshments and tours
Sunday, September 3rd
3:00 – 5:00 Seasons (Celtic)
Friday, December 8thCoffee House
6:00 – 9:00 Phyllis Chapell and Steve Jewett
Sunday, December 10thOpen House - Light refreshments and tours
12:00 -- 4:00 Joanna Roberts (Cellist)
Performers are listed in order of appearance.
Tussey Mountain Moonshiners – June 4th
The Tussey Mountain Moonshiners hail from Central Pennsylvania, and their music honors the bluegrass traditions of the region, served up in their special sauce. Their musical style ranges from a blend of traditional to Americana, accompanied with a dash of old time, and spiced with a captivating mix of unique, original songs. The band's on-stage chemistry, amplified by the fun and strong connection they share with their audience makes a Moonshiners show an experience not to be missed! Learn more about the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners and visit them on Facebook.
Vinegar Creek Constituency – June 4th
American songs are full of deranged old ghosts howling at the moon. Vinegar Creek Constituency, an eclectic, incendiary string band out of the PA Dutch Country, channels these venerable old ghosts of the American folk tradition through imaginative, emotive original songs delivered with rock 'n' roll intensity. Full of shouting, floorboard-stomping soul, their live performances are uplifting, high-energy events with fans dancing in the aisles and clapping, stomping, and singing along. Learn more about the Vinegar Creek Constituency and visit them on Facebook.
Erica Lyn Everest – July 2nd
Erica Lyn is a singer – songwriter with a true love of jazz and blues, She is excited and grateful to be performing and working with a variety of wonderfully talented musicians and sound engineers. “I have been given a gift from God, and I am thankful to be able to be doing what I love. Music is my soul and inspiration, and having been given these opportunities to grow and learn from the talented people that have come into my life is a true blessing.” Erica Lyn and her band have been performing regularly at venues throughout Central Pennsylvania and look forward to the future. Learn more about Erica Lyn Everest and check her out on YouTube.
Second Time Thru – July 2nd
Second Time Thru is a classic rock band featuring bass, drums, two acoustic guitarists and four-part harmony. Their sound is easy on the ears and can soothe your soul with some of your favorite tunes and get you dancing and rocking with some tunes you might not expect from an acoustic-based band! Second Time Thru is so-named because this band reconnects us to the music of our youth. There was something special about the decade from 1965-1975—it was really the sweet spot for rock music. Not all of their songs come from that time, but they try to capture the energy and spirit when rock was blossoming in all of its possibilities. Learn more about Second Time Thru and visit them on Facebook.
Bailey's Crossing – August 6th
Specialists in traditional bluegrass music from the pioneers such as Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs through the second generation of grassers like Seldom Scene and the Country Gentlemen and on to the contemporaries such as Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder. These musicians can be proud of their four-part harmonies and tight instrumentation, which is consistent with all generations of bluegrass music. The group was founded and is fronted by Don Bailey (singer/banjo player) and is rounded out by Calvin Ott (singer/guitarist), Bob Arbogast (bassist), and Brad Bell (mandolin). Visit Bailey's Crossing on Facebook.
Vulcans – August 6th
Vulcans (Band members Nick Lindsay, Aaron Spangler and John Thomas) came together in 2010 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Harnessing their choral instruction from high school and beyond, Vulcans sought to craft modern Americana tunes using three-part harmony as an instrument in itself, creating winding and bending melodies that sway from major, to minor, and home again. With each member bringing their own unique musical/lyrical styles and temperaments to the band, Vulcans became a truly egalitarian musical outfit featuring alternating lead singers and shifting instrumental arrangements, allowing for a diverse but cohesive sound. Learn more about Vulcans and visit them on Facebook.
Seasons – September 3rd
Seasons is comprised of the siblings Mary-Kate Spring, Peter Winter, Mary-Teresa Summer, Mary-Grace Autumn, and Mary-Clare Chun Lee. The Lee siblings seek to not only pay homage to the rich tradition of Celtic and American Folk Music that they grew up in, but also to treat it as a living, breathing entity that can and should be expanded on. The result is a constantly growing collection of songs that are all at once both fresh and familiar. Learn more about Seasons and visit them on Facebook.
The Celtic Martins – September 3rd
Featuring award winning instrumentalists and dancers, the Celtic Martins from south-eastern Pennsylvania have been entertaining audiences for well over a decade with their high- energy, fiddle driven Celtic music and Irish dance. Their creative upbeat arrangements based on original and centuries-old traditional Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, and Americana tunes, are joyful and infectious, leaving listeners with both a sense of satisfaction and a desire for more. Their shows also feature Irish step dancing by the Martin sisters, always a crowd favorite. The Celtic Martins is truly a family band. The six Martin siblings each began their musical career with the fiddle around the tender age of 5, branching out over time to other instruments, including Irish whistles, bagpipes, guitar, accordion, cello, percussion an vocals. They are joined by their parents and brother-in-law on guitar, bass and drums. Learn about The Celtic Martins and visit them on Facebook.
Indian Summer Jars – October 1st
During the Garden Harvest Days event, we presented Indian Summer Jars who honor styles of folk, blues, bluegrass, and gospel, creating a sound that is unique and upbeat, dynamic and bold. ISJ provides high energy performances with harmonies and vocals reminiscent of Indigo Girls and Natalie Merchant, and with creative guitar tunings and strong, earthy rhythms, ISJ brings you uplifting songs inspired by travel, experience, growth and change. There is no doubt this music will stir your soul! Learn more about Indian Summer Jars and visit them on Facebook.
Steve Rudolph – November 3rd
Steve Rudolph has had an inspiring career in his 40 years of professional music making. Jazz Improv magazine states, “Rudolph is a savvy, swinging, glimmering heavyweight… ...simply outstanding.” The winner of the Jazziz Magazine Piano Competition at the Seven Springs Jazz Festival in 2000, he was also awarded two Jazz Composition Fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts. He has served as producer, arranger and performer on many recordings, including CDs with Johnny Coles, Bill Goodwin, Ali Ryerson, Matt Wilson, and Vinny Valentino. His vast experience encompasses concert performances with many jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, the Mills Brothers, and Cal Collins. Since moving to Harrisburg in 1978, he has been largely responsible for the growth and development of the thriving jazz scene in Central PA. His devotion to the art of jazz inspired him to found the Central PA Friends of Jazz, which boasts over 30 successful seasons of monthly concerts, youth band, jazz camp, and the annual Central PA Jazz Festival. Steve was the recipient of the 2002 Harrisburg Arts Award for dedication to the arts and community service. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pat Putz – December 3rd
Patricia Putz, harpist, performs seasonal favorites on the lever harp. Pat is a founding member of Friends of Kings Gap and served on the board as chairman of the music committee for multiple years. During her tenure and with her direction, Music on the Mountain was conceived. Pat is a retired elementary music teacher and currently works as a therapeutic musician for a local hospice. She is an avid hiker on the trails of Kings Gap.
Phyllis Chapell and Steve Jewett – December 8th
Phyllis Chapell, named one of the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time by JazzTimes/Downbeat, performs a unique mix of originals, folk, jazz and international music, including songs in up to 13 languages from the U.S., Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She is accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Steve Jewett, who has performed in countless venues in the MidAtlantic region, as a solo guitar player (classical as well as rock, country, folk and blues) and with his band of the Jewett Brothers. In addition to guitar, he plays mandolin and percussion…and one of his special gifts is his knowledge of North Indian classical music on the sitar. Steve Jewett fills out the spectrum of this multi-dimensional, multicultural show. www.phyllischapell.com.
Joanna Roberts, Cellist – December 10th
Joanna Roberts (far right in the photo) studied cello from elementary school through college. Her most formative teacher in high school and college was Henrietta Voyvodich, a cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. After beginning a career as a lawyer and becoming a new mom, Joanna resumed occasional lessons with Barbara Lewis and eventually studied Suzuki Teacher Training with Annette Costanzi, noted London-based Suzuki Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and frequent teacher at summer Suzuki institutes through the Central Pennsylvania Suzuki Association. Joanna has appeared in performances with the local Celtic band Seasons and with students and friends in local venues. For this performance, she will be joined by her dedicated student, Jessica Rainey (far left in the photo), who began cello in middle school and is now a high school freshman. Jessica has mentored younger students in the studio and appeared as a performer both in studio concerts and as a duet artist with Joanna. Learn more about Joanna Roberts.