The Crescent Stage will be spotlighting live music from local talent all weekend under a blanket Fall colors. Grab a spot on The Village Green for a great line up of entertainment, or catch the traveling sound waves as you explore the festival’s diverse offerings.
2012 LINE UP
Saturday, November 3, 2012
11:00 – Rolling Thunderbird Review
12:00 – Sucker Wells
1:00 – Taylor Flannigan
2:00 – Jesse Payne Band
3:00 – Copper Mountain
4:00- H.O.P.E Program- Birmingham Ballet
Sunday, November 4, 2012
12:00 – The Castors
1:00 – Little Leon & the Mudcats
2:00 – Stuart McNair and friends
3:00 – The Daughters
The result of a middle school garage band, Copper Mountain consists of a quartet of Helena natives; all of whom are still in high school. Combining elements of folk, alternative, and blues; Copper Mountain’s music is a mixture of genres that bring about a completely original sound. A balance of instrumental and vocal harmonies mark their music, which is both tenuous and breathtakingly electrifying. Brian Renninger (acoustic guitar, vocals) leads a vocal trio that provides subtle harmonies throughout their work. Rhythmic leader Tyler Kelosky (drums, bass) holds down the low end with masterful basslines that never get stuck in the background. Vocalist Meghan Farrell (the talent portion) brings a soulful tone to the mix with her awe-inspiring vocal harmonies while lead guitarist Dave Smith (Vocals, electric guitar, mandolin) contributes his own blues and jazz inspired style. Copper Mountain’s delectable set of original songs is sure to impress and inspire even the most experienced ear.
STUART MCNAIR and FRIENDS
Stuart McNair is one of Birmingham’s most prolific artists. With three full length CD’s and one on the way, McNair presents a gumbo of Southern musical styles, including Bluegrass, Zydeco, Folk, and Alt. Country. Called “uplifting” and “dazzling”, Stuart’s live show has been critically acclaimed throughout the US and Europe, where he recently completed a two month tour. For the Moss Rock Festival, Stuart will be joined by some of Birmingham’s finest players. Check out his music and videos at www.stuartmcnair.com. Don’t miss this one!
LITTLE LEON & THE MUDCATS
From the oldies to the more up-to-date popular music – our music spans pop, contemporary, jazz, blues, oldies, R&B, 60′s, 70′s, 80′s and 90′s hits and a variety of others.Our band is a well rounded, mature, professional, high energy group. Whether you like chair groovin or movin on the dance floor. Little Leon and the MudCats specialize in creating distinctive collections of music that evoke memories of yesterday and capture the spirit of today. These are the songs that you have enjoyed for a lifetime.Each member brings their own unique musical style, professional experience and flavor to the group.
Lending sweet voices and melodies to a parade of clever lyrics, The Daughters are one of Birmingham’s best local concoctions. Laid back and acoustic, with brilliantly crafted 2-part harmonies, their vocals sail easily over a guitar and piano. They’ll keep you on your toes with a mix of original tunes and unexpected covers ranging from Paul Simon to Radiohead. These ladies have the distinction of being one of the few duos that features two lead singers. They take turns writing and singing, following in the style of their former band, The Black Magnolias, which featured a third Birmingham songstress. Having refined their particular blend of styles over the past year, this duo has moved swiftly to the forefront of the Birmingham’ music scene. Once you experience this auditory treat, you will understand why The Daughters are two of Birmingham’s favorite offspring.
The little band with the great big sound! Through modern technology supplying Drums, Bass, and additional instrumentation, the guitar playing and singing of the Castors produces a full band sound with great singing and harmony. Featuring a delightful mix of the most popular music of all time. Consisting of Classic Rock, Folk, Acoustic Rock, R&B, Country, both old favorites and new hits. The members of the Castors have been performing together in one form or another for over 30 years. The members are Bill DeVan, Reed Rogers, Sharon Black, & Will Rogers, with occasional appearances by various musician friends from around Birmingham. The Castors are also well known for their philanthropic contributions of time, music and money to well deserving causes and charities.
Taylor has been playing guitar since he was 16. Originally from Anniston Alabama, Taylor has been writing songs for around 15 years and is a self taught player. Moving from Chattanooga, Atlanta and Charleston he has played in many bars and spent a summer in Southside being a street musician. Many talk of his style as being with Bob Dylan roots and Dave Matthews rhythm. His music comes from what he has seen in his unique form of interpretation. He has had several gigs around Birmingham in last year from the beer festival to local bars. In 2008, Taylor participated in the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival and gained exposure to many Nashville songwriters and acts. He currently lives in Birmingham with his wife, Melissa and two daughters Marley and Laney
ROLLING THUNDERBIRD REVIEW
Local musicians Robert Bruner, Jeremy Burns and Daniel Long provide the backbone for this revolving cast, roots-americana outfit showcasing some of Birmingham’s finest performers. The group was formed in 2011 in an attempt to unearth some treasured gems of uniquely American music, to provide a springboard for composing new music and to create opportunities for collaboration within the constantly growing community of Birmingham musicians. The Rolling Thunderbird Review features original music, as well that of The Beatles, Paul Simon, David Byrne, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding The Everly Bros. and many more.
Jesse Payne, recording artist at Capture Music Inc, is a Birmingham, AL native. Jesse Payne describes his music as minimalist chamber folk or “post-folk” in the likes of Maps and Atlases, Akron/Family, Megafaun and Red House Painters. His full length album, Nesting, spent weeks in college radio top 30 across the USA. He has been featured in the Big Takeover Magazine’s top 40 alongside Band of Horses, Death Cab For Cutie and Willie Nelson. Jesse Payne will be releasing new material in 2013.
HOPE Outreach Ensemble, Birmingham Ballet
Birmingham Ballet’s H.O.P.E. program enriches the community through outreach performances by student ensembles in a variety of settings and events. Our goal is to bring dance into the community and spread the joy of dancing to audiences all around. Specialized training and a passion for excellence make H.O.P.E performances a treat to watch. The children who participate in H.O.P.E are enriched through each and every performance, not only as growing artists but also as people. The joy of generosity and outreach comes out in each step! .