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Arts in Middle to feature variety of quality music

Members of the Arts in the Middle (AIM) Planning Committee are in unanimous agreement that the live music performances offered during the festival complement the visual art on exhibit and are an integral part of the success of festival weekend on June 1-2 at Hewick near Urbanna.

Clayton Neal, who heads this committee, has worked for most of the year lining up a diverse schedule of musical performers for both the acoustic stage and the hospitality tent stage, all of whom have received accolades from devoted followers. Be ready to get down with the music. The musicians are:

  • Mare Wakefield and Nomad, a Nashville-based, folk/Americana, perform a style of music reflective of their diverse life journeys, and have a large national following. Recognized as emerging artists to watch, New York Times describes their work as “Lovely vocals and even lovelier songs.

  • East of Monroe, a 6-member Americana/bluegrass group from Virginia and Maryland will be playing their award-winning original pieces. The band has played in national bluegrass events winning over a very hefty following. They recently returned from a musical tour in Ireland.

  • Clayton Neal, our own Rivah Country legend, has been a musical fixture in the area for years.  Clayton sings, plays guitar and works a harmonica with precision. Clayton founded the group “Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys,” which was voted Best Local Musicians by readers of Pleasant Living magazine 8 years in a row.

  • Amy Henderson from Atlanta and Richmond has been entertaining crowds up and down the East Coast for years with her buoyant and soulful Indie folk rock. From gritty Americana to lonesome ballads, her clear and captivating voice and amazing harmonica skill richly complement her guitar and tantalize her audience for more.

  • Jeff and Sherry Wagner blend modern folk, classic country and bluegrass with guitar, mandolin, base and tight vocals. They have performed to wide audiences in the greater Richmond and central Virginia for over 25 years.

  • The Meltones, consisting of Paige and Randy Melton, are a professional father/daughter musical duo. Randy is a seasoned musician who has performed with bands, including the Janitors and the Monument City Jazz Trio, for over a decade and has logged over 9,000 gigs. Paige is a recent graduate of VCU with a degree in music therapy.

  • The Phun Doctors are a classic rock and oldies band from Chesapeake that is loved for the renditions of popular well-known “cover” songs.

  • Something Different is a popular father/daughter duo that performs music from a variety of genres spanning multiple decades. Brad Sindle, father and keyboard player, has been the keyboard player for the legendary 46-year old soul/horn band, Slapnation (formerly Slapwater). Brad’s daughter, Ashley Sindle Wenner, studied music at Shenandoah University with a music degree in voice.

  • The Taters are a staple on the Richmond music scene, performing an eclectic mix of roots-rock, power-pop, country and Americana. Their sound has been described as “country roots-pop with the genius songwriting of the 60s and 70s.

  • Tom Euler is an award-winning singer/songwriter and accomplished guitarist whose playing style has quickly led to him becoming known as “the young guy with the old soul.”

posted 05.16.2019

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