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IVY TERRACE SERIES

FREE Outdoor Concerts! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic.

2ND AND 4TH THURSDAYS, JUNE - AUGUST | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

(No concert on August 25 due to The Hunchback of Notre Dame production) 

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An alcohol free event.
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THE CARPENTER ANTS

THURSDAY, JUNE 13

The Carpenter Ants are a band in the true sense of the word. Having logged more than 3,000 performances over more than three-and-a-half decades, the group – which, until Charlie Tee’s death in December 2021, still consisted of the four original members.

Current members are: Michael Lipton (guitar/vocals), Ted Harrison (bass, vocals) Jupie Little (drums, vocals), and new member Mark Bates (vocals, keyboards).

Thanks to a unique and timeless blend of Appalachian soul, the group is regarded as WV’s premiere rhythm & blues band and is often called on to back local and visiting artists. As a result, the Ants have quietly amassed a resume that rivals many national groups. The band has toured Moscow three times, is preparing for its third trip to Slovakia and has appeared on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” numerous times, both as a featured act and backing other performers.

The group’s trademark country-soul sound — rich, soulful harmonies, stinging solos and a rock-solid rhythm section — captures that rare, loose-but-tight feel and has won the band international as well as regional fans.

Those fans range from famed singer/songwriter/producer Don Dixon – who produced the Ants’ last five releases – to Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jackson chose the band to accompany him on a barnstorming, eight-city tour prior to the 2004 presidential election, a Labor Day rally that drew 75,000 people, a march in Atlanta that featured Stevie Wonder (who tapped Ants’ drummer Jupie Little to sit in on a tune) and, most recently a “Rally For Our Rights” to support voting rights for all.

A short list of other notables who have been bitten by the Ants unique sound and joined the band onstage include: Nellie McKay, who the band has backed on a number of performances; Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Tyler Childers, Amanda Shires, Margo Price, Steve Poltz, Paul Thorn, Terry Adams (NRBQ), Todd Snider, Lenny Kaye, Kukuruza (Russia) and Mokomba (Zimbabwe).

The group’s current release, the Don Dixon-produced “Tearin’ Down The House,” is a harmony ‘n’ rhythm-rich two-disc celebration of American music with guests including Paul Thorn and Shemekia Copeland.

This release follows up “Ants and Uncles” which featured Telecaster king Bill Kirchen throughout. When Dobro wizard Jerry Douglas heard mixes from the release, he jumped in and laid down some lap steel on the rave-up gospel track “He Saved My Soul.”

The Ants have toured Moscow three times (1996, 1997, 2016). The trips included performances at a variety of venues including the 3,500-seat Russia Concert Hall, the city’s most prestigious hall, a Letterman-styled TV show with a national audience of 100 million (!!), funky clubs and gaudy casinos. In summer 2022, the Ants will return to Slovakia with “Mountain Stage” host Larry Groce to perform at a pair of festivals and a variety of other venues.

At home, the band has played all manner of events – from wakes, church services and rallies for presidential candidates (Bill Clinton and John Kerry) to fairs, festivals, biker rallies and biennial festivals at a nudist camp in Paw Paw, WV. In 2018, the Ants recorded a rewrite of WV native John Ellison’s timeless, rock ‘n’ soul hit “Some Kind of Wonderful” (with Ellison singing!) as WV Senator Joe Manchin’s campaign song.

Members of the Ants have toured in the U.S. and Europe backing English rock legend Kevin Coyne, and played with original NRBQ guitarist Steve Ferguson for 15 years (Ferguson can be heard on 2005’s “Ants in Your Pants”).

The Carpenter Ants have appeared on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” and “Whad’Ya Know?” as well as opening numerous shows for the likes of The Holmes Brothers, Paul Thorn, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie Musselwhite, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gov’t Mule, NRBQ, George Thorogood, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Nighthawks, Bill Kirchen, and Delbert McClinton.

Thanks to Lipton’s three-plus decade-long association with the NPR syndicated radio show “Mountain Stage” as house electric guitarist, a long and varied list of players have sat in at after-show jams for sets that ping-pong from rock ‘n’ roll and blues to country and gospel. The list is a testimonial to the band’s versatility and includes Jimmy LaFave, Guy Clark, The Sweetback Sisters, Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd, Solas, NRBQ, Mollie O’Brien, Hayes Carll, Terry Reid, Ben Sollee, Dwight Twilley, The Alternate Routes, Rodney Crowell, Robyn Hitchcock, Jason Isbell, Chip Taylor, Michael Martin Murphy, Taj Mahal, and the late Luther Allison.

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ELEMENTS OF US

THURSDAY, JUNE 27

Elements of Us is an independent alternative pop group based out of Lewisburg, West Virginia. The band has 3 members: Koley Bolen, Tyler Keatley, and Jesse Gilbert. The 3 members have been best friends for many years and have been writing and producing music together for the past 3 years.

 

Currently, the band is finishing up a series of albums set to be released throughout 2024 and will be touring later in the year.

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DISTANT LIGHT

THURSDAY, JULY 11

Distant Light has a sound that spans the genres of Country, Rock and Blues,
and at times may touch on a couple others. The sound is nostalgic, although
completely original. People tell us that they recognize a particular song, but
can’t put a finger on where they might have heard it before. The majority of the
songs are upbeat and popular with folks who like to dance. The rhythmic hooks
and beats just make you want to move. We call it “original music with a familiar
feel”.
Band Members: Steve Baker - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Bryan Fox - Bass, Backup Vocals
Tom Ruggerio- Lead Guitar, Backup Vocals
Stephanie Blume- Piano, Violin, Backup Vocals
Amy McIntire- Pedal Steel
Bob Baker- Congas
Ed Pfeiff- Drums

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BROWNS CREEK NIGHT CRAWLERS

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

The Browns Creek Night Crawlers are an old-time Appalachian string trio of multi-instrumentalists Mike Burns, Mary Sue Burns, and Jay Lockman. They live in Pocahontas County, West Virginia and have been playing music together for more than 20 years. Since 2007, they have played and recorded with the band, Juanita Fireball & the Continental Drifters, and performed at the Pocahontas County Opera House, Shepherd University Appalachian Heritage Festival, The Ivy Terrace, The Vandalia Gathering, and numerous square dances, fairs, festivals, and other events in Pocahontas and surrounding counties.  Members of the trio have played for  square dances and dance contests throughout the region, including the Appalachian Stringband Festival at Clifftop and have participated in the Dolly and the Devil recording project.

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THOMAS TAYLOR BAND

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

The Thomas Taylor Band formed in 2017 and is dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional country music. They focus primarily on the honky-tonk genre, but also have a vast catalog of material, including western country swing. The band released their first album "Another Round" in August of 2020.

 

Band members include Thomas Taylor, Don Drummer, Butch White, Alan Copenhaver, Bill Clapham, and Jerry Wood.

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