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Blue Sky Folk Festival – 2018 Schedule

11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
Concert Lineup
Concert Lineup
Benjamin Franklin Strings

Young musicians from the Cleveland area bring their violin training to the folk music experience on the Blue Sky main stage. They are working to learn skills that help enrich their world and the people around them.

J Scott Franklin & Michael Bay
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
J Scott Franklin and Michael Bay join forces. Scott’s style is best described as Americana because it draws from nearly every American born style: country, rock, bluegrass, jazz, folk, blues. J Scott Franklin is featured on season 2 in the nationally syndicated PBS “Songs from the Center.” He teams with Michael Bay, a highly respected influence in the Northeast Ohio music community, best known in the jazz and blues scene in Cleveland and as guitarist in the Bad Boys of Blues.

J Scott Franklin and Michael Bay join forces. Scott’s style is best described as Americana because it draws from nearly every American born style: country, rock, bluegrass, jazz, folk, blues. J Scott Franklin is featured on season 2 in the nationally syndicated PBS “Songs from the Center.” He teams with Michael Bay, a highly respected influence in the Northeast Ohio music community, best known in the jazz and blues scene in Cleveland and as guitarist in the Bad Boys of Blues.

Matt Watroba
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
<p>Many know Matt here as former producer/announcer at <a href="FolkAlley.com" style="color:#ff9900 !important; text-decoration:underline;">FolkAlley.com</a>. Previously he was known as the voice of folk music in Michigan for his 20-year stint at WDET–Detroit Public Radio.<p> <p><img src="http://neomha.lakenetwork.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/matt.jpg" alt="Matt Watroba" style="float:right;margin-left:20px;"/>MATT WATROBA has come in contact with many aspects of folk music and culture, shaping a repertoire and presentation that is unique on stages across the state and country. He has shared the stage with some of our greatest performers, including Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Christine Lavin, Peter Yarrow, and Richard Thompson. Add Matt's own special brand of humor and you are in for a most entertaining day.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsMKRtFdgZ8">Video...</a></p>

Many know Matt here as former producer/announcer at FolkAlley.com. Previously he was known as the voice of folk music in Michigan for his 20-year stint at WDET–Detroit Public Radio.

Matt WatrobaMATT WATROBA has come in contact with many aspects of folk music and culture, shaping a repertoire and presentation that is unique on stages across the state and country. He has shared the stage with some of our greatest performers, including Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Christine Lavin, Peter Yarrow, and Richard Thompson. Add Matt's own special brand of humor and you are in for a most entertaining day.

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Matt Watroba
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Many know Matt Watroba here as former producer and announcer at FolkAlley.com. Previously he was known as the voice of folk music in Michigan for his 20-year stint at WDET-Detroit Public Radio. Matt sings songs that you will feel and remember for a long time. You will love his music, you will love the journey that his music takes you on, and you will love the place that his music takes you to.

Many know Matt Watroba here as former producer and announcer at FolkAlley.com. Previously he was known as the voice of folk music in Michigan for his 20-year stint at WDET-Detroit Public Radio. Matt sings songs that you will feel and remember for a long time. You will love his music, you will love the journey that his music takes you on, and you will love the place that his music takes you to.

Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys are a delicious musical anachronism – Americana music of today that seems like it could have come from a time when milk came in glass bottles and doctors still made house calls. Powered by singer-songwriter Rachel Brown’s multi-octave voice, fed by guitarist Dave Huddleston’s tasty licks and harmonies, decorated by the smooth grooves of string bassist Bill Watson and drummer Roy King, the band journeys through the musical landscape of country, jazz, blues and gospel on a trip you want to take over and over.

Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys are a delicious musical anachronism – Americana music of today that seems like it could have come from a time when milk came in glass bottles and doctors still made house calls. Powered by singer-songwriter Rachel Brown’s multi-octave voice, fed by guitarist Dave Huddleston’s tasty licks and harmonies, decorated by the smooth grooves of string bassist Bill Watson and drummer Roy King, the band journeys through the musical landscape of country, jazz, blues and gospel on a trip you want to take over and over.

Vicki Chew Band
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Vicki Chew teams with Gary Naherny, Paul Lawson and Dave Huddleston. Vicki has been playing guitar and writing songs since she was 15. Since that time she’s written many songs and recorded three CDs - “Your Perfect Life” with Bill Lestock; “The Bells of St. Rose” featuring Jackie Warren, Peter Dominguez and Ron Godale; and “People in the Sun” with her current band mates, drummer Gary Naherny, Paul Lawson on bass and guitarist Dave Huddleston. According to Vicki, “I love performing. Love, love, love recording. But most of all I love to write a song!”

Vicki Chew teams with Gary Naherny, Paul Lawson and Dave Huddleston. Vicki has been playing guitar and writing songs since she was 15. Since that time she’s written many songs and recorded three CDs - “Your Perfect Life” with Bill Lestock; “The Bells of St. Rose” featuring Jackie Warren, Peter Dominguez and Ron Godale; and “People in the Sun” with her current band mates, drummer Gary Naherny, Paul Lawson on bass and guitarist Dave Huddleston. According to Vicki, “I love performing. Love, love, love recording. But most of all I love to write a song!”

The Bill Lestock Trio
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
The Bill Lestock Trio is Anthony Taddeo, Bill on mandolin, and Andrew Bonnis, bass. Bill plays original instrumental mandolin music that is a compelling blend of bluegrass, old time, baroque and blues perhaps best defined as New Acoustic or Modern Acoustic. Anthony has toured North American and Europe extensively playing at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Ciclo 1906 Jazz Fest in Spain. Drew Bonnis as a multi-instrumentalist has played with many bands spanning multiple genres including Long Road Home from Boulder, CO featuring Pete Wernick of Hot Rize fame on banjo, and pairing with Christine King in Bonnis & The King.

The Bill Lestock Trio is Anthony Taddeo, Bill on mandolin, and Andrew Bonnis, bass. Bill plays original instrumental mandolin music that is a compelling blend of bluegrass, old time, baroque and blues perhaps best defined as New Acoustic or Modern Acoustic. Anthony has toured North American and Europe extensively playing at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Ciclo 1906 Jazz Fest in Spain. Drew Bonnis as a multi-instrumentalist has played with many bands spanning multiple genres including Long Road Home from Boulder, CO featuring Pete Wernick of Hot Rize fame on banjo, and pairing with Christine King in Bonnis & The King.

Big Tent
Big Tent
Old Time Jam, with Ken Roby & Friends
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Unlock the arcane language of an Old Time jam session with Ken Roby and friends. Join the jam circle, or just watch and listen as they pass down tunes in the traditional way. All old time musicians of all skill levels welcome.

Unlock the arcane language of an Old Time jam session with Ken Roby and friends. Join the jam circle, or just watch and listen as they pass down tunes in the traditional way. All old time musicians of all skill levels welcome.

Hammered Dulcimer for All, with Dennis and Kaja Bowers in the duo Denja
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
A trained musician, Dennis Bowers started playing dulcimer seven years ago as a way to combine his affection for woodworking and music. Dennis was a second-place winner at the 2014 Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival competition in Winfield, Kansas. With his wife Kaja, Dennis is part of the duo Denja, a popular folk duo in Northeast Ohio that specializes in Celtic and American traditional tunes.

A trained musician, Dennis Bowers started playing dulcimer seven years ago as a way to combine his affection for woodworking and music. Dennis was a second-place winner at the 2014 Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival competition in Winfield, Kansas. With his wife Kaja, Dennis is part of the duo Denja, a popular folk duo in Northeast Ohio that specializes in Celtic and American traditional tunes.

Community Sing, with Matt Watroba
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
This workshop will give you the opportunity to experience the power of song and community singing as well as give you the tools to start a singing tradition in your community. Song choice, song leading, and best practices will be modeled for the purpose of reminding us that singing is way too important to be left just to the professionals! The community sing will be led by Matt Watroba who is also emceeing and performing on the Blue Sky stage today.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to experience the power of song and community singing as well as give you the tools to start a singing tradition in your community. Song choice, song leading, and best practices will be modeled for the purpose of reminding us that singing is way too important to be left just to the professionals! The community sing will be led by Matt Watroba who is also emceeing and performing on the Blue Sky stage today.

Irish Fiddle Workshop, with Samantha McNamara
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Samantha McNamara, a classical musician and teacher, also enjoys the fiddle, specializing in traditional Irish music. She has performed in Indianapolis with her band Edge of Erin, and also with the popular Indy based band Ennis Clare.

Samantha McNamara, a classical musician and teacher, also enjoys the fiddle, specializing in traditional Irish music. She has performed in Indianapolis with her band Edge of Erin, and also with the popular Indy based band Ennis Clare.

Irish Seisiun, with Samantha McNamara
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Join Samantha McNamara as she leads a traditional seisiun. Bring your instrument and play along, offer your favorite set of tunes, or sit back and enjoy listening to a great mix of Irish music. Samantha is a violin and viola teacher and performer with her studio, McNamara Strings, located on the south side of Cleveland. Besides classical music, Samantha enjoys the fiddle, specializing in traditional Irish music.

Join Samantha McNamara as she leads a traditional seisiun. Bring your instrument and play along, offer your favorite set of tunes, or sit back and enjoy listening to a great mix of Irish music. Samantha is a violin and viola teacher and performer with her studio, McNamara Strings, located on the south side of Cleveland. Besides classical music, Samantha enjoys the fiddle, specializing in traditional Irish music.

Small Tent
Small Tent
Clawhammer Banjo Techniques, with Doug Unger & Paul Kovac
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
We’re thrilled that the one and only Doug Unger will host a clawhammer banjo workshop at Blue Sky Folk Fest with Paul Kovac. Doug is an accomplished musician, artist, Ohio Arts Council grants and fellowships recipient, master instrument builder, storyteller, and joke teller. Don’t miss this one! Thanks to blogger Brad Kramer and Glory-Beaming Banjo for the photo.

We’re thrilled that the one and only Doug Unger will host a clawhammer banjo workshop at Blue Sky Folk Fest with Paul Kovac. Doug is an accomplished musician, artist, Ohio Arts Council grants and fellowships recipient, master instrument builder, storyteller, and joke teller. Don’t miss this one! Thanks to blogger Brad Kramer and Glory-Beaming Banjo for the photo.

Three-Finger Style Banjo, with Paul Kovac
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Paul Kovac has taught at many music camps, recently including Midwest Banjo Camp and Swannanoa Gathering. He coordinated Bluegrass Week at the Augusta Heritage Center for a decade, performed with Bill Monroe, Chubby Wise and Mac Wiseman among others, and sings and plays most of the bluegrass instruments. A Chardon native, Kovac is active in recording and producing music, has played on countless albums, and considers himself a working folk musician.

Paul Kovac has taught at many music camps, recently including Midwest Banjo Camp and Swannanoa Gathering. He coordinated Bluegrass Week at the Augusta Heritage Center for a decade, performed with Bill Monroe, Chubby Wise and Mac Wiseman among others, and sings and plays most of the bluegrass instruments. A Chardon native, Kovac is active in recording and producing music, has played on countless albums, and considers himself a working folk musician.

The Five Things Every Guitar Player Should Know, with Paul Kovac
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
The five things every guitar player should know. Beginners to experts will cherish every word, and yes, you can record it! A Chardon native, Paul Kovac is active in recording and producing music, has played on countless albums, and considers himself a working folk musician.

The five things every guitar player should know. Beginners to experts will cherish every word, and yes, you can record it! A Chardon native, Paul Kovac is active in recording and producing music, has played on countless albums, and considers himself a working folk musician.

Mandolin Workshop, with Bill Lestock
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Bill Lestock will teach mandolin techniques and a different approach of playing. This includes mandolin as a solo instrument, compositions consisting of crosspicking, using a slide and playing with a new approach to a very old instrument. Bill is a multi instrumentalist and has been playing music in NE Ohio for several decades. His band The Bill Lestock Trio features his mandolin compositions, a variety of something new and different in folk music to the area. Bill is playing in the bluegrass ensemble Paul Kovac's 'Grass Party on the Main Stage today.

Bill Lestock will teach mandolin techniques and a different approach of playing. This includes mandolin as a solo instrument, compositions consisting of crosspicking, using a slide and playing with a new approach to a very old instrument. Bill is a multi instrumentalist and has been playing music in NE Ohio for several decades. His band The Bill Lestock Trio features his mandolin compositions, a variety of something new and different in folk music to the area. Bill is playing in the bluegrass ensemble Paul Kovac's 'Grass Party on the Main Stage today.

Old Time Slow Jam, with Laura Lewis & friends
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This is an Old Time Jam, just at slower tempos to be helpful for all. Laura Lewis is a member of the Mr. Haney String Band.

This is an Old Time Jam, just at slower tempos to be helpful for all. Laura Lewis is a member of the Mr. Haney String Band.

Room 1
Room 1
Original Fiddle Tunes, with Bill Lestock
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
<img class="size-full wp-image-1439 alignleft" src="http://neomha.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Bill-Lestock-2.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="200" />Fiddle tunes of modern day folk music, led by Bill Lestock. The synergy of traditional fiddle music doesn't ever end. Writing tunes comes naturally from years of practice and a clear respect from learning good music. If you play tribute music, that is how you learn. Push forward with compositions that represent and honor the past. Bring something to the party!

Fiddle tunes of modern day folk music, led by Bill Lestock. The synergy of traditional fiddle music doesn't ever end. Writing tunes comes naturally from years of practice and a clear respect from learning good music. If you play tribute music, that is how you learn. Push forward with compositions that represent and honor the past. Bring something to the party!

Song Writing for Kids, with Sheela Das
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
For age 8 and above. Sheela Das, artistic director for Creative Concepts in Music, will help kids write their own songs. Ukuleles will be used to develop the music. Bring your ideas and instruments! We will perform our songs at the end of the session.

For age 8 and above. Sheela Das, artistic director for Creative Concepts in Music, will help kids write their own songs. Ukuleles will be used to develop the music. Bring your ideas and instruments! We will perform our songs at the end of the session.

Blues Guitar, with Bob Frank
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Cleveland native Bob Frank spent 18 years as the leader of the Hotfoot Quartet, touring throughout North America and recording several albums. As a sideman he has worked with Robert Lockwood, Wallace Coleman, fiddler Howard Armstrong, the Falls City Ramblers, and British bluesman Long John Baldry. During the day Bob works through Young Audiences, performing traditional American music assembly programs for children. He has done over 3,000 of these programs in schools throughout the United States. Bob is also one of the founders of the Cleveland Blues Society.

Cleveland native Bob Frank spent 18 years as the leader of the Hotfoot Quartet, touring throughout North America and recording several albums. As a sideman he has worked with Robert Lockwood, Wallace Coleman, fiddler Howard Armstrong, the Falls City Ramblers, and British bluesman Long John Baldry. During the day Bob works through Young Audiences, performing traditional American music assembly programs for children. He has done over 3,000 of these programs in schools throughout the United States. Bob is also one of the founders of the Cleveland Blues Society.

Fiddle Workshop, with Reed Simon and Brad Smedley
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
This is jazz violin oriented towards Joe Venuti and the roots of American jazz as it influenced Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Reed Simon has worked with many of Cleveland's top jazz musicians and national artists including guitarist Tony Mattolla, vibraphonist Gary Burton and as a special guest on a Duke Ellington program at Severance Hall.   Brad Smedley has played music most of his life, starting with piano at age five years and moving to saxophone in junior high. After discovering Bob Dylan, he took up the guitar and focused on folk, bluegrass and country music.

This is jazz violin oriented towards Joe Venuti and the roots of American jazz as it influenced Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Reed Simon has worked with many of Cleveland's top jazz musicians and national artists including guitarist Tony Mattolla, vibraphonist Gary Burton and as a special guest on a Duke Ellington program at Severance Hall.   Brad Smedley has played music most of his life, starting with piano at age five years and moving to saxophone in junior high. After discovering Bob Dylan, he took up the guitar and focused on folk, bluegrass and country music.

Rhythm and Groove, with Anthony Taddeo
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Rhythm is at the center of all music and dance. Having a strong internal rhythm is vital to making music with others and for audiences. In this workshop by percussionist Anthony Taddeo, learn exercises and techniques (regardless of instrument) to improve your rhythm, groove and improvisation! Anthony will also be performing on the main stage today with the Bill Lestock Trio.

Rhythm is at the center of all music and dance. Having a strong internal rhythm is vital to making music with others and for audiences. In this workshop by percussionist Anthony Taddeo, learn exercises and techniques (regardless of instrument) to improve your rhythm, groove and improvisation! Anthony will also be performing on the main stage today with the Bill Lestock Trio.

The Versatile Harmonica of Blues and Old-Time, with Bob Frank & Dave Rice
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Bob Frank of Blue Lunch got the blues bug when he heard artists such as Muddy Waters and Paul Butterfield on the first few “Blues Bag” programs on WRUW-FM. He went out and bought a harmonica, and played in various band through high school. While in college in Boston, he was able to accompany David Bromberg and Vassar Clements on his harmonica. In 1975 he began playing in bluegrass bands, continuing for about 20 years. Bob also enjoys solo work and writes his own music. David Rice grew up in Oklahoma and moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area in 1981. It was here that his passion for the harmonica’s role in Old Time music was ignited by hearing recordings of harmonica players Dr. Humphrey Bate and De Ford Bailey. Through the experience of playing in several local area dance bands throughout the 80’s and 90’s and the assimilation of the styles of many different traditional players, most of whom are fiddlers, he has developed an approach to harmonica playing that is both rhythmic and melodic. He is also a luthier on staff at Family Learning Center for Music in Twinsburg.

Bob Frank of Blue Lunch got the blues bug when he heard artists such as Muddy Waters and Paul Butterfield on the first few “Blues Bag” programs on WRUW-FM. He went out and bought a harmonica, and played in various band through high school. While in college in Boston, he was able to accompany David Bromberg and Vassar Clements on his harmonica. In 1975 he began playing in bluegrass bands, continuing for about 20 years. Bob also enjoys solo work and writes his own music. David Rice grew up in Oklahoma and moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area in 1981. It was here that his passion for the harmonica’s role in Old Time music was ignited by hearing recordings of harmonica players Dr. Humphrey Bate and De Ford Bailey. Through the experience of playing in several local area dance bands throughout the 80’s and 90’s and the assimilation of the styles of many different traditional players, most of whom are fiddlers, he has developed an approach to harmonica playing that is both rhythmic and melodic. He is also a luthier on staff at Family Learning Center for Music in Twinsburg.

Room 2
Room 2
Learn to Sing and Harmonize with Others, with Jim Koenig
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Jim Koenig is a vocalist extraordinaire. He is a director of the Tower City Chorus and a second-generation barbershop quartet singer. He is also a professional vocal teacher.  The Tower City Chorus is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society as the Cleveland West Suburban Chapter.

Jim Koenig is a vocalist extraordinaire. He is a director of the Tower City Chorus and a second-generation barbershop quartet singer. He is also a professional vocal teacher.  The Tower City Chorus is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society as the Cleveland West Suburban Chapter.

Rhythm and Roots Lead Guitar, with Kevin T. Richards
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Learn to understand the relationship between rhythm section and lead guitar in this workshop led by Kevin T. Richards.

Learn to understand the relationship between rhythm section and lead guitar in this workshop led by Kevin T. Richards.

Song Lyrics Writing, with Scott Franklin
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Scott Franklin has written nearly 1,000 songs and has authored poetry books, children books and joke books. He writes: "If I said I played music because I had to…that’d be the partial truth.  I write words because I have to.  I write songs, poems, paragraphs and fill up napkins and paper bags with words because I have to.  Music has naturally been the best way to filter those words into the world." Scott will be on the main stage with Michael Bay today.

Scott Franklin has written nearly 1,000 songs and has authored poetry books, children books and joke books. He writes: "If I said I played music because I had to…that’d be the partial truth.  I write words because I have to.  I write songs, poems, paragraphs and fill up napkins and paper bags with words because I have to.  Music has naturally been the best way to filter those words into the world." Scott will be on the main stage with Michael Bay today.

Fiddle Workshop, with Reed Simon & Brad Smedley
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
<img class="wp-image-1037" src="http://neomha.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Reed-Simon-of-Hot-Djang-300x168.jpg" alt="Reed Simon of Hot Djang" width="241" height="135" style="float:left;margin-right:20px;" />This is jazz violin oriented towards Joe Venuti and the roots of American jazz as it influenced Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Reed Simon has worked with many of Cleveland’s top jazz musicians and national artists including guitarist Tony Mattolla, vibraphonist Gary Burton and as a special guest on a Duke Ellington program at Severance Hall. Brad Smedley has played music most of his life, starting with piano at age five years and moving to saxophone in junior high. After discovering Bob Dylan, he took up the guitar and focused on folk, bluegrass and country music. Reed and Brad are members of the Gypsy-jazz band Hot Djang! playing the Main Stage today.

Reed Simon of Hot DjangThis is jazz violin oriented towards Joe Venuti and the roots of American jazz as it influenced Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Reed Simon has worked with many of Cleveland’s top jazz musicians and national artists including guitarist Tony Mattolla, vibraphonist Gary Burton and as a special guest on a Duke Ellington program at Severance Hall. Brad Smedley has played music most of his life, starting with piano at age five years and moving to saxophone in junior high. After discovering Bob Dylan, he took up the guitar and focused on folk, bluegrass and country music. Reed and Brad are members of the Gypsy-jazz band Hot Djang! playing the Main Stage today.

Melody Writing, with Scott Franklin
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Scott Franklin is the winner of the 2013 Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival Contest. He is a frequent performer in the Mississippi Songwriters Festival. Scott grew up on the border of North Carolina and Virginia, then attended high school in Cleveland and college at Bowling Green.  He was raised on down home American music and grew up to travel the world as a jazz trumpet player. His longing for the roots music on which he was raised and a new-found love for poetry meshed with jazz, and he transitioned into a jazz beat poet and finally the frontman for Lost State of Franklin. He will be performing on the main stage today with Michael Bay.

Scott Franklin is the winner of the 2013 Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival Contest. He is a frequent performer in the Mississippi Songwriters Festival. Scott grew up on the border of North Carolina and Virginia, then attended high school in Cleveland and college at Bowling Green.  He was raised on down home American music and grew up to travel the world as a jazz trumpet player. His longing for the roots music on which he was raised and a new-found love for poetry meshed with jazz, and he transitioned into a jazz beat poet and finally the frontman for Lost State of Franklin. He will be performing on the main stage today with Michael Bay.

Basic Improvisation for Guitar Players, with Michael Bay
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Learn fill-ins, runs and riffs from Michael Bay. Michael is a highly respected influence in the Northeast Ohio music community, best known in the jazz and blues scene in Cleveland and as guitarist in the Bad Boys of Blues. Michael’s career has included being a guest guitarist on numerous CD’s, in live performances, and special events with artists both local and international. Michael will also be on the main stage today with J. Scott Franklin.

Learn fill-ins, runs and riffs from Michael Bay. Michael is a highly respected influence in the Northeast Ohio music community, best known in the jazz and blues scene in Cleveland and as guitarist in the Bad Boys of Blues. Michael’s career has included being a guest guitarist on numerous CD’s, in live performances, and special events with artists both local and international. Michael will also be on the main stage today with J. Scott Franklin.

Room 3
Room 3
Effective Backup Guitar Tips, with Bob Sandham
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Gain insights about backing up others and doing it well, in this workshop by Bob Sandham. Over the years Bob has played acoustic, electric, and pedal steel guitars in rock, country, blues, and pop settings, as well as continuing in the folk vein.

Gain insights about backing up others and doing it well, in this workshop by Bob Sandham. Over the years Bob has played acoustic, electric, and pedal steel guitars in rock, country, blues, and pop settings, as well as continuing in the folk vein.

Fingerpicking for Those Who Only Strum the Guitar, with Bob Sandham
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Now a member of the band Long Road, in the 1970s Bob Sandham played with legendary Ohio singer-songwriters Alex Bevan, John Bassette and Pat Daily, and others in the region, and spent much time recording and performing in concerts, clubs and coffee houses and on radio and TV. In 2006, he joined Bevan and bassist Paul Hamman in a reunion concert at the Kent Stage, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bevan's Springboard album.

Now a member of the band Long Road, in the 1970s Bob Sandham played with legendary Ohio singer-songwriters Alex Bevan, John Bassette and Pat Daily, and others in the region, and spent much time recording and performing in concerts, clubs and coffee houses and on radio and TV. In 2006, he joined Bevan and bassist Paul Hamman in a reunion concert at the Kent Stage, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bevan's Springboard album.

Ukulele Madness (Beginner/Intermediate) with Sheela Das
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
<img class="size-full wp-image-1417 alignleft" src="http://neomha.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Sheela-Das-ukulele-workshop.jpg" alt="" width="165" height="135" />Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of Sheela’s to learn lots of chords, strumming patterns, and songs. All ages welcome! Sheela Das directs Creative Concepts in Music and is the member of an Ohio Arts Council Touring band. She has created numerous commissioned performances and workshops for festivals and Cleveland based arts organizations serving senior citizens, youth and disabled adults since 2007.

Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of Sheela’s to learn lots of chords, strumming patterns, and songs. All ages welcome! Sheela Das directs Creative Concepts in Music and is the member of an Ohio Arts Council Touring band. She has created numerous commissioned performances and workshops for festivals and Cleveland based arts organizations serving senior citizens, youth and disabled adults since 2007.

Fingerpicking for Those Who Only Strum the Guitar, with Bob Sandham
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Now a member of the band Long Road, Bob Sandham began playing guitar in the early ‘60s, when his mother brought home a used instrument and connected him with a neighbor, Cleveland folk music legend Dick Wedler, for some instruction. Wedler supplied him with records by Bob Gibson, Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs, and Bob was immediately hooked on folk music. Over the years he has played acoustic, electric, and pedal steel guitars in rock, country, blues, and pop settings, as well as continuing in the folk vein.

Now a member of the band Long Road, Bob Sandham began playing guitar in the early ‘60s, when his mother brought home a used instrument and connected him with a neighbor, Cleveland folk music legend Dick Wedler, for some instruction. Wedler supplied him with records by Bob Gibson, Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs, and Bob was immediately hooked on folk music. Over the years he has played acoustic, electric, and pedal steel guitars in rock, country, blues, and pop settings, as well as continuing in the folk vein.

Who Plays Next, and How? Acoustic Music and Percussion Tips, with Bill Lestock and Anthony Taddeo
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
<img class=" wp-image-1430 alignright" src="http://neomha.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/bill-lestock.jpeg" alt="" width="228" height="228" />Learn a cohesive way to blend acoustic instruments and how to play well with others. Learn how and when to take a break, to noodle, doodle and improv. Anthony Taddeo's versatility as a musician has led him to record on more than 20 albums with an array of musicians and genres. Anthony teaches drums and percussion at Cuyahoga Community College. He is an active composer and arranger for projects in New York City and Cleveland. He is currently endorsed by Out of the Drawer Percussion as a performing artist. Anthony is performing on the main stage today. Bill Lestock is a multi instrumentalist and has been playing music in NE Ohio for several decades. Bill and Anthony are performing on the main stage today in the Bill Lestock Trio.

Learn a cohesive way to blend acoustic instruments and how to play well with others. Learn how and when to take a break, to noodle, doodle and improv. Anthony Taddeo's versatility as a musician has led him to record on more than 20 albums with an array of musicians and genres. Anthony teaches drums and percussion at Cuyahoga Community College. He is an active composer and arranger for projects in New York City and Cleveland. He is currently endorsed by Out of the Drawer Percussion as a performing artist. Anthony is performing on the main stage today. Bill Lestock is a multi instrumentalist and has been playing music in NE Ohio for several decades. Bill and Anthony are performing on the main stage today in the Bill Lestock Trio.

Ukulele Madness (Beginner/Intermediate), with Sheela Das
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of Sheela’s to learn lots of chords, strumming patterns, and songs. All ages welcome! Sheela Das directs Creative Concepts in Music and is the member of an Ohio Arts Council Touring band. She has created numerous commissioned performances and workshops for festivals and Cleveland based arts organizations serving senior citizens, youth and disabled adults since 2007.

Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of Sheela’s to learn lots of chords, strumming patterns, and songs. All ages welcome! Sheela Das directs Creative Concepts in Music and is the member of an Ohio Arts Council Touring band. She has created numerous commissioned performances and workshops for festivals and Cleveland based arts organizations serving senior citizens, youth and disabled adults since 2007.

All Things Banjo, with Mark Olitsky
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Come ready to play or learn from Mark Olistky. All questions and levels welcome. Mark has taught claw hammer banjo in Cleveland for the last 25 years and has participated in workshops in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and California. He has been featured in The Old-Time Herald, Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Unlimited and represented old-time banjo in the 2009 First Voice film project showcasing Ohio roots musicians. He also won the 2012 Cuyahoga County Seth Rosenberg prize for performing arts. He has recorded with various string-bands, including jimmyjohnnyjoe with fiddler Joe Thrift, Bad Dog, and Killer Grits with Freighthoppers’s fiddler David Bass.

Come ready to play or learn from Mark Olistky. All questions and levels welcome. Mark has taught claw hammer banjo in Cleveland for the last 25 years and has participated in workshops in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and California. He has been featured in The Old-Time Herald, Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Unlimited and represented old-time banjo in the 2009 First Voice film project showcasing Ohio roots musicians. He also won the 2012 Cuyahoga County Seth Rosenberg prize for performing arts. He has recorded with various string-bands, including jimmyjohnnyjoe with fiddler Joe Thrift, Bad Dog, and Killer Grits with Freighthoppers’s fiddler David Bass.

Doug Unger Tent
Doug Unger Tent
The History of the Banjo, with Doug Unger
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Doug Unger will chart the banjo's evolution from Africa to the Western world, spanning two centuries. Doug is an accomplished musician, artist, Ohio Arts Council grants and fellowships recipient, master instrument builder, storyteller, and joke teller. Thanks to blogger Brad Kramer and Glory-Beaming Banjo for the photo.

Doug Unger will chart the banjo's evolution from Africa to the Western world, spanning two centuries. Doug is an accomplished musician, artist, Ohio Arts Council grants and fellowships recipient, master instrument builder, storyteller, and joke teller. Thanks to blogger Brad Kramer and Glory-Beaming Banjo for the photo.

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