Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the men and women who have died in service to our nation. Memorial Day was first observed on May 30th 1868 with flowers placed on the graves of civil war soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Whatever our politics or worldview, we can’t help but feel a deep sense of respect and gratitude for those that made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. We at TheShowStore.com deeply honor them and the sacrifices they have made. In the spirit of Memorial Day we have put together 3 of our attractions who bring us music that is quintessentially American. These three artists will fill you with the sounds and spirit of America. If you’re planning a Memorial Day event with a live music component, these are 3 essential considerations.
Molasses Creeks humble beginnings arose amidst exotic fig trees and rich tidewater marshes of isolated Ocracoke Island, NC. This highenergy acoustic group continues to win loyal followings with a captivating stage presence, elegant harmonies, blazing instrumentals, and a quirky sense of humor. Award winners from Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Molasses Creek has recorded 11 albums and its members have been featured in Warner Brothers movie “Nights in Rodanthe,” have performed at presidential receptions, and include a graduate from Boston’s own Berklee College of Music. Molasses Creeks roster includes Gary Mitchell (guitar & vocals), Fiddler Dave Tweedie (fiddle & vocals), Lou Castro (dobro, bass, & vocals), Marcy Brenner (mandolin, bass, vocals), and Gerald Hampton (mandolin & bass).
Call it “new-timey,” call it “post-bluegrass,” call it “string band music for the 21st century”—whatever the name, there’s a revolution under way where string band traditions meet youthful creativity; look to its center, and that’s where you’ll find Bearfoot. The quintet, originally formed in Alaska, have already made a mark with four strong releases, including their 2009 Compass Records debut, Doors And Windows which instantly hit the top of Billboard Magazine’s Bluegrass Album chart. Now, as they enter their second decade with a new Nashville home and a new lineup, Bearfoot have taken their place among the best and brightest of a new generation of musicians reshaping American roots music.
Whether you categorize them as “The American Songbook”, “Hollywood and Broadway music”, “Jazz Standards” or “Tin Pan Alley”, the songs that were written throughout the first half of the 20th century are, by far, the most timeless musical works our country has known. As young European songwriters traveled to Ellis Island in the early 1900’s, they brought with them cultural and musical traditions that would begin to influence the lyrics and melodies being written in the streets of New York City and the stages of Broadway. The thousands of songs written throughout the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, that found fame through movie musicals and Broadway shows, became part of America’s musical fabric.
reference sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day