The Westminster Concert Series 


Held Monthly at the Carroll Arts Center
91 West Main Street   Westminster, MD 21157

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Seating 7:30 PM; Showtime 8:00 PM

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October 8, 2016: Joe Keyes and the
Late Bloomer Band

 
November 5, 2016:
Peter Rowan
December 2, 2016:
Walt Michael & Co. 
Annual Holiday Concert
 

February 4, 2017:
Charm City Junction

March 4, 2017:
Molsky's Mountain Drifters
April1, 2017:
Phil Wiggins/Eleanor Ellis

 

SPECIAL CONCERT EVENT:
Saturday, March 18, 2017: The Kruger Brothers

at WMC Alumni Hall, McDaniel College    map

 

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Individual Concert Tickets: $25; $22 Seniors 65+/Teens

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NEXT CONCERT:

Jazz, Funk & Rock Fusion with
Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band

October 8, 2016

Joe Keyes is equal parts front man, poet and band conductor. The Freehold, NJ, native found his orchestra in late 2009 in The Late Bloomer Band, a concoction of Baltimore-area musicians. The band takes audiences back to the days of Miles Davis and early P-Funk, when big bands were led by strong individuals. The band’s brand of live improvisation and musical sophistication presents a different experience at every show. While Keyes draws inspiration from musical mentors Gil Scott-Heron, Joe Bowie, and Sun Ra, The Late Bloomer Band brings a modern interpretation to funk, jazz, rock and a variety of other genres.

The Late Bloomer Band’s members, in their mid-20s, help keep 54-year-old Keyes young and come from locally established bands. Having grown together musically, the band’s polished tightness has landed collaborations with George Clinton and members of Parliament/Funkadelic. 

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Newgrass Trailblazer
Peter Rowan

November 5, 2016

 

Grammy-award winner, six-time Grammy nominee, and 2015 IBMA Award winner for Recorded Event of the Year, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

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Stringband Masters
Walt Michael & Co.
Annual Holiday Concert

December 3, 2016

Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt Michael’s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to breath-taking original compositions. His various musical incarnations, including Bottle Hill, Michael, McCreesh & Campbell and Walt Michael & Co. have spanned over 40 years and taken him from the coal camps of Appalachia to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he has recorded fourteen albums and instructional videos, appeared at the White House, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and he has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe and the UK. His music has been heard on ABC-TV, NBC's Tonight Show, Broadway, BBC, TNN, CBC, OLN and PBS. Walt’s many collaborations include works with the Pilobolus Dance Theater and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Walt is the Founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill and the Artist in Residence at McDaniel College. This year's concert features a very special guest all the way from Scotland!

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IBMA Band Momentum Award Nominee!

Charm City Junction

February  4, 2017

2016 Nominees: International Bluegrass Music Association Band Momentum Award AND Industry Involvement Momentum Award (Brad Kolodner)!

Drawing from bluegrass, old-time, and Celtic musical backgrounds, the four members of Charm City Junction have found a common ground on which to develop their unique approach. Since releasing their highly anticipated debut album on Patuxent Music in the fall of 2015, Charm City Junction has performed at Grey Fox, The Kennedy Center, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, Strathmore Hall and they were an Official Showcase Band at the 2015 IBMA Convention. Charm City Junction is bluegrass fiddler Patrick McAvinue, clawhammer banjo player Brad Kolodner, Irish button accordion player Sean McComiskey, and bassist Alex Lacquement.

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Old-Time Masters

Molsky's Mountain Drifters

March 4, 2017

Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US. Clawhammer banjo player Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. This is an old-time band exploring fresh approaches. Welcome to the journey!

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SPECIAL CONCERT EVENT

Acoustic Bluegrass/Americana Masters

The Kruger Brothers

Saturday, March 18, 2017

at WMC Alumni Hall at McDaniel College
Hersh Avenue and W. Main Street
Westminster, MD  21157     map

Jens Kruger: Nominee for 2016 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year

In an ever-expanding body of work, Jens Kruger (banjo, vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass, vocals) personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. The result is a catalog of songs and music distinguished by its rich detail and an insight into the delicacy and complexity of everyday life. The honesty of their writing has become a hallmark of the trio’s work. Another is the banjo playing and composition of Jens Kruger. Happy Traum has described Kruger as “one of the world’s most musically sophisticated and technically accomplished five-string banjo players.” Steve Martin has described Jens Kruger as “one of the great technicians” of bluegrass as well as “a very expressive player.” Kruger plays in a melodic style that, while it may stem from the three-finger bluegrass style popularized by Snuffy Jenkins and Earl Scruggs, is also differentiated by long melodic passages and a more complex compositional foundation, often building on jazz or classical themes and techniques. 

In recognition of his style and skill, Jens Kruger is an inductee to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame (2011) and is the fourth recipient of the coveted Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass (2013). He has also been nominated for International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year (2016). Most recently their music has ventured further into the themes and forms of classical music, most obviously in their 2011 release, Appalachian Concerto and the 2015 release Lucid Dreamer. Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, workshops, and collaborative efforts, the Kruger Brothers continue to provide a unique voice in the world of folk, Americana and classical music.

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Watch Jens Kruger "Bach Cello Suite No. 1" HERE

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Acoustic Blues

Phil Wiggins & Eleanor Ellis

April 1, 2017

DC native Phil Wiggins is one of America’s foremost blues harmonica players. With over 3 decades as half of the acclaimed Piedmont blues duo Cephas & Wiggins, Wiggins cemented his place in music history. He has contributed music and appeared in films including Matewan and Blues Houseparty, performed in the play Polk County (winner of the Charles McArthur Award for Outstanding New Musical), served as musical director for theatrical productions, and taught. Wiggins continues to collaborate with musicians including Corey Harris, The Chesapeake Sheiks, Nat Reese, and many others.

Singer/guitarist Eleanor Ellis began her musical career in bluegrass and folk music, before transitioning to Piedmont blues. She has traveled and played with the late gospel street singer Flora Molton and bluesman Archie Edwards, and accompanied Delta Blues great Eugene Powell. One of the most significant women in the acoustic country and Piedmont blues genre, she is a founding member of the DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, has written about the blues for several publications, and is producer and editor of the video documentary Blues Houseparty. She has numerous recordings, and has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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