On Friday, November 16th, Grammy-nominated bluegrass musician Laurie Lewis and her band, the Right Hands, will perform a family-friendly concert in Mokelumne Hill. The event is a special celebration of Wild & Scenic designation of the Mokelumne River and a benefit for the Foothill Conservancy. It will be held at the historic Mokelumne Hill Town Hall on Main Street, starting at 7:00 p.m.
“We’re really excited to have Laurie return to Calaveras with her band,” said Foothill Conservancy Executive Director Amanda Nelson “Laurie’s a wonderful musician and long-time river advocate, and the band is amazing. Since Laurie’s concert here sold out in 2011, and 2015 we’re urging everyone to buy tickets early so they get a chance to enjoy this special evening of traditional and original bluegrass music.” The event is co-sponsored with California Wilderness Coalition.
Laurie Lewis has entertained audiences around the world since the early 1980s as a solo performer, in duos with Tom Rozum and Kathy Kallick, and with her band. Laurie and Tom were nominated for a Grammy in 1995 for their album “The Oak and the Laurel.” In addition to that Grammy nomination, Lewis also performed on the 1997 Grammy-award winning album “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe,” and the Grammy-nominated Ralph Stanley & Friends’ release “Clinch Mountain Country.”
An exceptional fiddler known for her beautiful singing and rich songwriting, Laurie has been named “Female Vocalist of the Year” several times by the International Bluegrass Music Association. IBMA executive director Dan Hays calls Laurie “one of the preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time.” Acclaimed musician Sam Bush calls her “a great singer, terrific fiddle player, fine songwriter, and one very good band leader.”
In Mokelumne Hill, Laurie will be joined by frequent partner Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Max Schwartz. Tom’s versatility and diverse musical influences come to the fore every night on stage with the band. He primarily plays mandolin in the group, but is also an accomplished fiddle, mandola, and guitar player. Tom’s background as a rock and swing musician adds a uniquely satisfying flavor to the band. He is a fine lead vocalist, the ideal harmony partner for Laurie.
Patrick is a formidable talent on banjo, Cajun accordion, mandolin, and guitar. He has performed with the late Doc Watson, Herb Pedersen, Weird Al Yankovic, The Limeliters, Dirk Powell, and many others. Patrick has a keen ear, unusual musical depth and technical expertise and an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional music forms.
Max, a Berkeley High School senior, is a rising star on the bluegrass banjo scene after playing for many years in his family’s bluegrass band, Oak Grove. At the tender age of 18, he understands the inner workings and sense of groove of a bluegrass band in a way that many older players have yet to master.
In Mokelumne Hill, Laurie and the Right Hands are likely to pay homage to such eminent influences as Woody Guthrie, Hazel Dickens, Grandpa Jones, and the inimitable Bill Monroe, as well as performing Laurie’s own compositions.
Tickets for the concert are on sale now. Tickets for adults are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the show. Tickets for children under 12 are $15. Advance tickets can be purchased online from Brown Paper Tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.
in Jackson from the Foothill Conservancy. Refreshments, including wine and
beer, will be on sale at the event.
For more information, please contact Foothill Conservancy’s Carolyn at 209-223-3508 or carolyn@foothillconservancy.