Music on the Lawn: Dan Barrale, “Sinatra Under the Stars”

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Dan Barrale was born in New York City in 1961, the youngest of three children.  He moved to Charlottesville in 1989 where he began working in construction before becoming self employed as a contractor, while pursuing his musical interests as a drummer first and then a singer, all while raising a family.

He began his musical career at the age of six, singing in his church’s gospel group.  His musical interests include gospel, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Fusion – you name it, he loves it!  Dan’s biggest musical influences include Stevie Wonder; Chicago; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Sammy Davis, Jr. (just to name a few).  As his talents and voice matured, he performed mostly as a vocalist, singing Jazz, Big Band, Blues and Gospel – but he is best known for his Sinatra stylings.

He has performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; The Breakers in Palm Beach; The Bellagio in Las Vgas; Music on the Lawn in Madison, VA; as well as at hundreds of weddings and corporate events.

Dan currently resides in Charlottesville and is pursuing his dream of a full-time musical career.

Dan will be performing on September 12 at the Madison County Library Lawn from 6:30 to 8:30.  Please remember to bring canned goods for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.  Food for sale will be by the Madison 4-Miler Ladies.  You will not want to miss the event!!!

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Music on the Lawn: Alex Caton and Dick Harrington on August 22

Alex Caton

Alex and Dick are friends who love old-time Appalachian music, love playing and singing together, and love sharing their music with others.  Alex took up music as a wee lass of 5, and music has been a constant in her life ever since. Born in England, she grew up living in England, Scotland, and America, where her family finally settled when she was 12. Since her late teens she has dedicated her musical life to playing and teaching Irish and Appalachian music on fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice.

As a boy in South Dakota, Dick learned folk songs from his playful Scots-Irish-American grandma and he sang in youth choirs and a boys’ glee club. He took up guitar in the 1950s (and the fiddle in his 30s) and has been singing and playing American roots music since then.

Separately, Alex and Dick have made numerous recordings with various musicians/bands and performed in numerous states and countries. This past year, Alex invited Dick and the Irish phenomenon Pat Egan to play guitar and sing harmony with her on a new recording, Swimming to Lindsey. “To be released in late September, it showcases,” says Dick, “Alex’s very expressive song writing, singing, and playing.”

Free concert will be held on August 22, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:15 on the Madison Library Lawn.  Please bring several canned goods to go to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.  Grab your lawn chairs and/or blankets and come enjoy a relaxing evening with music.  Food for sale will be available from the Madison 4-Miler Ladies.

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2013 Music on the Lawn

Turkey Ridge String Band

The Plow and Hearth continues its Music on the Lawn series at the Madison County Library lawn on Thursday, July 25th, from 6:30 – 8:15. The Turkey Ridge String Band featuring musicians from Madison, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Arlington will perform some lively bluegrass, country, and folk tunes. Pictured above are front L-R Dan Lewis, Bob Chappell (Former MCHS Assistant Principal); Back: Charles Tompkins, Alan Cohen, Marie Fox and Brenda Jeffries. There is no admission charge. Food for sale will be available. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy our first concert of the season. For more information please contact Nancy Knighting at 540-948-7031 or musiconthelawn.com.  Check back often for more updates, more bands and dates will be coming.

Plow & Hearth will be working with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank for our Music on the Lawn concerts. They will be furnishing containers for folks to bring canned goods to the concerts. What a great partnership and an opportunity to enjoy good music and help those in need of food. Many thanks, see you on July 25.

Bob Chappell – contact info below 

Member of:Turkey Ridge String Band

On the Web

http://turkeyridgestringband.jigsy.com

https://soundcloud.com/#turkey-ridge-string-band

https://www.facebook.com/#!/TurkeyRidgeStringBand

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2012 Music on the Lawn

This will be our 10th year of Music on the Lawn in the historical Town of Madison, Virginia.  We hope you will come out and enjoy a free evening of muisc and a time to relax and visit with family and friends.  We are located on the beautiful lawn of the Madison County Library located on the North end of Main Street.  Shows start at 6:30 and go until – usually ending around 8:00 or 8:30pm.  Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets and enjoy a great time of music.  Click here: MOL_2012 to download a printable flyer for the 2012 Music on the Lawn.

The Courtney Hollow Band starts off the 2012 Music on the Lawn series on June 14, 2012, at 6:30 pm.  (Rain date is August 16, 2012.)

The  Courtney  Hollow  Band  met  while  attending  local   bluegrass  jam  sessions  and  festivals  held  regularly  throughout   Central  Virginia  and  all  share  a  love  of  bluegrass music  traditions.
Now  Celebrating  10  years  together,  the  band  consists  of  Bill   Collins  (upright  bass,  vocals),  Troy  Gooding  (mandolin,  vocals),   Tom  Hogge  (banjo,  vocals),  and  Dan  Purdom  (guitar,  vocals).   When the band first formed, they often practiced at Bill’s house in  beautiful  Courtney  Hollow  just  outside  Madison,  VA.  They  achieved quick success and local support, playing fairs, clubs, benefit shows, and bluegrass festivals throughout the mid-­Atlantic.
The  band  has  a  hard  driving,  traditional  bluegrass  sound  with excellent instrumentation and fine vocal harmonies.  Courtney Hollow  is  an  exciting,  traditional  bluegrass  band.  They  rehearse   and  perform  in  the  shadow  of  the  Blue  Ridge  Mountains,  and     are  preserving  the  wonderful  bluegrass  traditions  born  in these  mountains.

The Courtney Hollow Band

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Next up in the series will be The Whiskey Rebellion on July 12, 2012, at 6:30 pm.  (Rain date is July 26, 2012.)

The  Whiskey  Rebellion  is  a  Richmond,  VA-­based  band  that  plays   a  style  best  described  as  “high-­energy  acoustic  music”.  Over  the   past  eight  years,  the  award  winning  band  has  released  two  albums,  filmed a tour documentary, produced a music video that was featured  on  YouTube,  and  played  hundreds  of  shows  traveling  as  far  west as the Pacific Ocean. Original songwriting, skillful picking, and three  part  harmony  are  what  you  can  expect  from  this  band.

Drawing on the diverse musical backgrounds of its members, The Whiskey Rebellion forms a modern style of Americana that displays the  spontaneity  of  bluegrass,  the  collectiveness  of  jazz,  and  the  urgency of rock and roll. The band covers a wide array of artists,  from  Johnny  Cash  to  Jimi  Hendrix,  from  The  Grateful  Dead  to     Guns  n’  Roses,  and  from  The  Beatles  to  The  Band,  but  the  approach   is  always  deeply  rooted  in  Americana.

They  have  shared  the  stage  with  such  acts  as  The  Seldom  Scene,   The  Sam  Bush  Band,  Tony  Rice,  and  Larry  Keel  and  Natural  Bridge.

The Whiskey Rebellion

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The final artist is Dan Barrale, “Sinatra Under the Stars”.  Dan will perform on September 6, 2012, at 6:30 pm.  (Rain date is September 13, 2012.)

Dan  Barrale was born in New York City in 1961, the youngest of three children.  He moved to Charlottesville in 1989 where he began working in construction before becoming self employed as a contractor, while pursuing his musical interests as a drummer first and then a singer, all while raising  a  family.

He  began  his  musical  career  at  the  age  of  six,  singing  in  his  church’s  gospel  group.  His  musical   interests include gospel, R&B, Jazz, funk, soul, Fusion – you name it, he loves it!!  Dan’s biggest musical influences include Stevie Wonder; Chicago; Blood, Sweat & Tears; and Sammy Davis, Jr. (just  to  name  a  few).  As  his  talents  and  voice  matured,  he  performed  mostly  as  a  vocalist,  singing Jazz, Big Band, Blues and Gospel – but he is best known for his Sinatra stylings.

He  has  performed  as  a  vocalist  in  venues  such  as  the  Kennedy  Center  in  Washington,  DC;  The Breakers in Palm Beach;  The Bellagio in Las Vegas;  as well as at hundreds of weddings and corporate  events.

Dan  currently  resides  in  Richmond  with  his  girlfriend  and  four  cats,  and  is  pursuing  his  dream of  a  full-­time  musical  career.

Dan Barrale

Click here: MOL_2012 to download a printable flyer for the 2012 Music on the Lawn.

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2011 Music on the Lawn Schedule

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Music on the Lawn 2011

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Wow, summer is upon us. We are a little late getting our bands lined up for this year’s Music on the Lawn. I have been waiting on one band to reply, hoping to hear this week on that one. We will NOT be having any of the concerts at the high school. We will have a rain date, if it rains on the rain date, concert will be cancelled. We may have one in early September. The other two for the year will be: July 21 – Scuffletown, with a rain date of Aug. 4. August 18 – Big Ray & The Kool Kats, with a rain date of August 25. I hope to be posting a third concert very soon.

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