After their seasonal opening a couple of weeks ago the Kent Farmer’s Market is back in classic Kent style with a free concert performance by the band the River Bottom Bushwhackers this Saturday, June 21, at 10:30 am at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Stow Street. The concert is being held in conjunction with Farmer’s Market so you can eat and dance to your heart’s content.
Farmers’ Market to Sponsor Free Concert
Haymaker Farmers’ Market will sponsor a performance of the River Bottom Bushwhackers, this coming Saturday, June 21 at 10:30 am at the market site on Franklin Avenue in Kent. This concert will inaugurate the “Music at the Market” series that aims to encourage interaction of the local arts and music communities with the farmers’ market.
Formed in 1999, the River Bottom Bushwhackers are a traditional string band with a spirited sound reminiscent of days gone by. The group’s five members ( David Badagnani, Mark Bussinger, Jack DiAlesandro, Renie DiAlesandro, and Tim Newman ) play an eclectic mix of traditional acoustic Australian, Irish, and American songs and tunes, and their instrumentation includes fiddle, mandolin, octave mandolin, banjo, guitar, harmonica, accordion, xylophone, recorder, washtub bass, bodhrÁn, washboard, drums, lagerphone, and cajon.
The Bushwhackers perform for various functions within their community of Kent, Ohio, as well as around the state at venues such as the Kent Stage, Toledo Sailing Club, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, West Branch State Park, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Australian exhibit. One of only about a half dozen groups in the United States playing the “bush band” repertoire of Australia, they have, since its opening in 2000, presented this music each summer at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Australian Adventure Exhibit.
According to market manager, Fritz Seefeldt, “The market was founded to foster a closer connection between the farmers who grow our food in the Portage County area and the Kent community. Since music is such an important part of Kent’s past and present, it is a natural development to bring music to the farmers market. Not only is the market a great place to buy your produce and fresh baked goods, but it’s become a place to meet your neighbors and enjoy some local homegrown music as well.” All concerts will be free of charge and open to the community.
The next event in the “Music at the Market” series will feature an acoustic guitar performance by Mr. Timothy Koehler on July 5th. Local musicians interested in performing at the market this season should contact Fritz Seefeldt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Haymaker Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday through October 25, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm and is located just south of the Haymaker overpass on Franklin Avenue.
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Fritz Seefeldt at 330-678-5748 or email@example.com.