The Cumberland Comes Alive concert series welcomes Larry Keel Experience to Bands on the Bricks on Friday evening June 17. Local musician Craig Miller will takes the Historic City Center Stage at the corner of Liberty & Baltimore Streets at 6:00 pm, followed by Larry Keel Experience at 6:30 pm. The performance is free of charge, but seating is limited, so don’t forget your folding lawn chair.
Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music.
He’s also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it’s a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive, and some now gone: Tony Rice, Chris Thile, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, and Darol Anger to name a few. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. Keel regularly collaborates with JamBand and Rock giants Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Little Feat, Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass, Railroad Earth, members of String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon, amongst others.
In addition, Corvettes on the Mall will take place on Friday, June 17 from 5 pm to 10 pm. The region’s best Corvettes will be on display on Baltimore Street. If you would like to display your automobile, no registration is required. Simply show up with your vehicle between 4 pm and 5 pm and carefully enter pedestrian only Baltimore Street from either George Street or Mechanic Street. Volunteers will help direct you.
Cumberland Comes Alive is Western Maryland’s premier outdoor concert series. It is presented by Burgmeiers Hauling Inc. and is produced by the City of Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission.
Bands on the Bricks concerts take place in the heart of Cumberland on the bricks of the one-and-only Historic City Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm every Friday until August. 26.
For more information or to become a sponsor, contact the Downtown Development Commission Promotions Director at 301-724-3655 or visit www.downtowncumberland.com