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VOMA to host bluegrass headliner

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Bluegrass band Colebrook Road is returning to Venue of Merging Arts, also known as VOMA, April 16 as part of the VOMA Folk Series.

The Harrisburg-based band played at VOMA last summer, on July 18, and event organizer Micah Mood said that both the band and the audience enjoyed that evening of music.

“Colebrook Road gave an incredible performance last year, and everyone there, band included, had a great time that night,” said Mood, who is also a member of Johnstown-based band Striped Maple Hollow. “It’s great when a band connects with the audience at any given show, and gets the opportunity to grow their network of fans and supporters. And it’s a great feeling to bring a great band in to VOMA, and end the night with the audience and the band excited to keep seeing and playing live music.

“They are a dynamic band, full of excellent musicians and singers. Last July was the first time I saw them with their new banjo player, Mark Rast, and he is a great addition to the band. I didn’t realize until afterwards that he is a former winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival banjo contest, but after seeing him play, it didn’t surprise me.”

The five-piece band features Jesse Eisenbise on lead vocals and guitar, Wade Yankey on mandolin, Joe McAnulty on fiddle and baritone vocals, Mark Rast on banjo, dobro and bass vocals, and Jeff Campbell on upright bass and tenor vocals.

Since their last performance in Johnstown, Colebrook Road won the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Contest. The contest was hosted by the DC Bluegrass Union in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 20.

“It’s been great to see them land great concert and festival spots, and winning contests like that,” Mood said. “Colebrook Road isn’t one of my favorite PA bluegrass bands, or favorite regional bluegrass bands — they’re my favorite bluegrass band, period, and it’s great to see good things come their way.”

Since the band’s inception in 2009, they have performed across the Mid-Atlantic region and released a self-titled album. Their follow-up to that album is titled “Halfway Between,” and is to be available May 7.

For more information about Colebrook Road, and to sample some of their music or pre-order their new album, visit www.colebrookroad.com.

Striped Maple Hollow will open for Colebrook Road that evening. In addition to Mood, that band includes Jayna Mood on vocals and guitar, Sonya Guiffrey on vocals, and Adam Milkovich on mandolin, guitar and blues harp.

“One of the perks of being a show promoter is that you get the chance to open for some of the great bands that come through,” Mood said. “I try to bring in new bands and put together great pairings with each bill, and sometimes it works out that my own band gets to warm up the room before a stellar band like Colebrook Road.”

The all-ages, BYOB show begins at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at www.thevoma.com and can also be purchased at the door that evening.
VOMA is located at 305 Chestnut St. in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood.

“I don’t take anything for granted, so I’d say don’t miss Colebrook Road,” Mood said. “They are a band that we may be unable to bring back in the future, as their tour schedule and profile grow.”

Colebrook Road to perform at VOMA

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Bluegrass band Colebrook Road is scheduled to perform at Venue of Merging Arts on July 18 as part of VOMA’s 2015 Folk Series.

“This show will be Colebrook Road’s first show in Johnstown,” event organizer and local musician Micah Mood said. “They have played for several years running at the fantastic Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival in Somerset. I saw them there several years ago, and I’ve been trying to get the calendar to line up to get them into town for a show ever since.

“I really enjoyed everything about the band, from the songwriting to the singing, to the arrangements and the great playing across the line. I like their blend of traditional and progressive bluegrass, and I think it’s great that such a great band calls (Pennsylvania) their home.”

The Harrisburg-based band creates their original music using instruments such as banjo, mandolin, upright bass, guitar, dobro and fiddle. Band members are dedicated to bringing audiences original music that is inspired by years spent studying music theory and bluegrass. They also try to make their music compelling by putting a “modern spin” on old sounds through their three- and four-part vocal harmonies.

“We’ve had great turnouts and responses for string bands and bluegrass bands in the past 18 months, and I think this show will be another good evening to see a fantastic band in an intimate venue,” said Mood, who plays guitar and banjo in Johnstown-based band Striped Maple Hollow. “The band has great original songs, and they’re stellar musicians. Their fiddle player Joe just took first place at the Deer Creek Fiddler’s Competition, and their mandolin player, Wade, won the mandolin contest at the 2014 Watermelon Park festival. And one thing I distinctly remember was that their lead singer Jesse, who has a great voice, was equally comfortable playing lead guitar — in fact, he recently came in second in the 2014 Watermelon Park guitar contest.”

The band, named after the many Colebrook Roads appearing in the state of Pennsylvania, formed in 2009 and has been performing throughout the Mid-Atlantic region ever since.

Striped Maple Hollow will open for Colebrook Road that evening. In addition to Mood, the band includes Jayna Mood on vocals and guitar, Sonya Guiffrey on vocals, and Adam Milkovich on mandolin, guitar and blues harp.

“As a fan of Colebrook Road, it’s great to have the chance to play a show with them,” Mood said. “We’ll have a few new songs to play, and we’ve been having fun playing to one mic when we open shows for other bands at VOMA.”

The all-ages BYOB show is to begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. VOMA VIP members and students will receive a discount. A limited number of reserved seating tickets are available for purchase.

“Anyone who encourages musicianship and any form of bluegrass or string music should come out to see Colebrook Road,” Mood said. “There are some great opportunities to catch bluegrass live and in person in the area, including the Laurel Hill and Windber bluegrass festivals, and I hope July 18 is also a date that people remember to circle on the calendar.”

The 2015 VOMA Folk Series is supported in part by a grant from the Robert Waters Charitable Trust of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

Colebrook Road

Colebrook Road mixes the sound of yesterday’s Appalachian bluegrass with a modern folk-edge.

The Harrisburg-based band capitalizes on intricate string picking, which incorporates — but isn’t limited to — fiddle, mandolin and banjo, all the while producing strong, melodic vocals with an interesting story to tell.

I found myself listening to their song, “Both Sides of the Line,” from their self-titled album, repeatedly before writing this review.

The song tells the story — at least how it sounds to me — of a bootlegger trying to find a medium between outlaw- and family-life, before meeting his demise at the hands of a sheriff.

Sure, moonshine might not be the most original subject matter for a bluegrass band, but nonetheless it’s an enticing tale, whether it was told before or not. Originality aside, the band produces an impressive sound that deserves a listen. 

The band can be seen July 18 at the Venue of Merging Arts in Cambria City. 

The show is BYOB, but if you intend to bring moonshine along, make sure it’s legal, and not produced in your backyard. 

-@EricKietaDA