Sunriver Art Faire Impressive Entertainment Lineup

Bluegrass to funky jazz including Bend N’ Strings, KC Flynn, the Noisy Neighbors and Slick Side Down August 10-12 in the Village at Sunriver.      

The third annual Sunriver Art Faire is August 10-12 in the Village at Sunriver.  In addition to the 60 juried fine arts and crafts booths, artists demonstrations, Kid’s Art Center and a terrific food court, the Village will be filled with the sounds of a variety of professional performers. Here’s a closer look at a few of them:  

cinderblueFriday at the Faire you can enjoy a wide range of music from Bluegrass to funky jazz, including Bend N’ Strings, KC Flynn, the Noisy Neighbors and Slick Side Down.  The day will wrap up from 5–7pm with CinderBlue, winner of the 2011 Sunriver Art Faire’s Talent Competition.  CinderBlue is an acoustic band now in their fourth year of doing what they love to do…making music.  Their songbook includes music from blues to bluegrass to oldies, but goodies and new country, all under the umbrella of Americana at its best.  Jeff Stevens sings lead on some songs while playing guitar, ukulele and harmonica.  Rex Gatton also sings lead and adds his expertise on the guitar and mandolin.  Steve Fine does NOT sing, but provides rich bass notes on both standup and electric guitar that keeps everyone together.  Marlene Stevens sings lead in a most dramatic style and provides rhythm on a few songs.  Their very first CD appropriately called CinderBlue will be available for the August 10 event.  

Returning to the Faire on Saturday, your senses will be stimulated with music from our American Roots to Contemporary Rock and Dixieland Jazz including Homegrown, The Rock Hounds, Summit Express and Quincy Street.  One of the highlights of the day from 2:15–3:15pm will be the ever popular sounds of Lindy Gravelle.

Her music is fun, inspirational and full of insights. “When I do the ‘battle of the sexes’ songs for a live audience,” Lindy says, “it’s instant identification. I discovered that what’s personal with me is not really strictly personal,” she goes on. “It’s everybody’s experience–I’m just voicing it.”  The same sense of intimate familiarity carries through on all of Lindy Gravelle’s work.  Her Spanish Rain CD communicates the remarkable scope and depth of Lindy’s insights, from Wish You Were Here, the poignant lament of a couple living in the same house, yet feeling miles apart, through the smoky-blue, jazz-toned Fool’s Lullaby, to a warm, somehow ironic country flavored tribute to a love that lasts, I Love My Dog. The tender, meditative title cut on the CD, an instrumental inspired by the music of Chopin, coexists easily on the album with the rock-out The House, which Lindy credits to her Jerry Lee Lewis influences.  

And on Sunday, Family Day at the Faire is the Treehouse Puppet Theater at 10am followed by Kristina Simmons’ smooth vocals.  At noon you can enjoy instrumental Guitar and Flute performed by Tyler Downs and Nick Loeffler, scholarship winners from the Sunriver Music Festival.  Family Day will be rounded out with American Roots Music for kids and families performed by Victor Johnson.  He believes music is good for the body, mind and spirit and is one of the best ways to have fun and connect with others.  Drawing from country, blues, swing and traditional music from around the world, Victor plays tunes that kids and families can groove to.  “Music is a powerful way to learn and retain information and knowledge.”  Simple and catchy, Victor believes people learn best when having fun.

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