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Larry Keel and Natural Bridge have got a fun weekend in store to celebrate Earthday. They are playing shows in Athens, Ohio; Martinsville, VA; Harrisonburg, VA, and Charlottesville, VA.

Here are a couple great interviews …

Let’s start with Thursday April 16th in Athens, Ohio and an interview with bassist Jenny Keel:

Larry Keel and Natural Bridge prepare for a weekend at Jackie O’s

Bridget Mallon • For The Post • bm257008@ohiou.edu

Jenny Keel. Photo by John C Hancock

Larry Keel and Natural Bridge will open the Almost Bluegrass Fest tomorrow night at Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery.

Keel and his band mates – Mark Schimick, Jason Flournoy and Jenny Keel – will share their eclectic style with Athens during the show. The band uses acoustic instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin and upright bass.

The Post’s Bridget Mallon spoke with bassist Jenny Keel about the band’s music, its future plans and playing in Athens.

The Post: How would you describe Larry Keel and Natural Bridge’s style of music?

Jenny Keel: We’re a very powerful acoustic ensemble. We play original mountain music. It’s kind of like mountain rock music. It’s really high-energy, emotional and fun. It spans a lot of territory, all with acoustic instruments.

Post: What inspires Larry Keel and Natural Bridge songs?

Keel: Larry writes about everything. There’s historical topics, there’s mountain living, there’s philosophy, there’s family, moonshine, animals, love, war … anything with soul and magic inspires us musically.

Post: What do you hope people take away from your live shows?

Keel: I hope that they have a really good time and leave with a smile on their face and that they want to do it all over again together sometime.

Post: What is your favorite part of playing with Larry Keel and Natural Bridge?

Keel: Just connecting with people all across America and the world and having great honest encounters with people. Our mission every night is to have a good time with people and to go on a musical journxey together … and just to be open for anything that might develop.

Post: What are the band’s future plans?

Keel: To keep making magic as often as we can together as a band and together as human beings. Do something good every day, that’s our goal. Also keep writing music and working to create more music.

Post: Have you played in Athens before?

Keel: Oh yes, we’ve played several venues on the college campus and at festivals around the area. We love the local musicians, and we’re looking forward to getting back there.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT: http://thepost.ohiou.edu/Main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=5&ArticleID=31284

Here is an interview with banjo player Jason Flournoy for Friday, April 16th in Martinsville, VA:

Bluegrass and more set Friday in concert at Rives

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

By ELIZA WINSTON – Bulletin Staff Writer

Jason Flournoy. Photo by Jon C Hancock

Guitarist Larry Keel and his band, Natural Bridge, are known for their bluegrass, but concert-goers can expect to hear much more when the group performs here Friday, said banjoist Jason Flournoy.

“We are a string band that looks like a bluegrass band, but we play just about everything,” Flournoy said. “It is hard to put the band in any certain category.” Keel, an award-winning musician and Virginia native, and Natural Bridge will play Friday at the Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville. The concert is first sponsored by Friends of the Rives Theatre, a new volunteer group dedicated to preserving the uptown venue. It took over the theater on Jan. 1.

Flournoy, who has been on the bluegrass circuit for more than a decade, said the group plays everything from bluegrass and rock ’n’ roll to jazz and reggae. The audience can expect to hear music that “sounds like everything from Grandmaster Flash to Bill Monroe,” he said.

The performance will feature material off the band’s recent release, “Backwoods.” Keel and Natural Bridge’s performances are always high energy, and the band feeds off the energy of the audience, Flournoy said. ”If the crowd is ready to rock out,” he explained, “the band will be even more fired up.”

Keel, who was born in Manassas and lives in Natural Bridge, has been playing guitar since he was 7. At 18, he became a contracted musician to play bluegrass at the Tokyo Disneyland theme park in Japan for seven months. Since then, he has recorded several CDs, won first place at the guitar competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, and has played at MerleFest in North Carolina and many other bluegrass festivals.

Mark Schimick. Photo by Jon C Hancock

Natural Bridge, which formed in 2005, also includes Mark Schimick on mandolin and vocals and Keel’s wife, Jenny Keel, on upright bass and vocals. The band does about 130 shows a year, said Flournoy, who lives in Asheville, N.C. He said touring the Southeast is a lot easier than states such as Colorado, because shows are closer together on the East Coast.

Read more here: http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/article.cfm?ID=23265

You can also see a fun blurb here in the Roanoke Times.

Mandolin player Marck Schimick also went live on air for a tv interview in Martinsville this past Monday.

Then Saturday, LKNB heads on into Harrisonburg to play the Clementine and then on Sunday to a big Earthday event at the Charlottesville Pavillion.

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(Asheville, NC) The votes are in for the 6 winning bands to play at Quality Forward’s Earth Day Asheville presented by Earth Fare at the Orange Peel. Each will receive a $1000 prize. Over 100 bands submitted and more than 5400 people have cast their votes. The concert, which raises funds for earth-friendly projects, is scheduled for Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.

The winning bands include:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Jazz the Ripper – Jazz/Blues/R&B

Brushfire Stankgrass – Bluegrass/Oldtime

Aaron LaFalce – Americana/Country/Acoustic

Chris Cates and the Master Plan – Rock/Funk/Dance

Snake Oil Medicine Show – Latin/World/Reggae

Ruby Slippers/ Mingle – Electronica

You can preview their music by visiting www.earthdayasheville.org.

Ned Doyle, from the S.E.E. Expo, will play the role of the Master of Ceremonies and will kick off the evening introducing the global launch of the Earth Pledge of Allegiance. To find out more about Earth Pledge project, founded by Breah Parker, and its related curriculum, visit www.PeaceAndLoveForAll.com. [See attached information sheet, website up by April 20th]

There will also be an Asheville’s-own Fashion Show featuring recycled, organic and sustainably made designs. Featured will be designs by Elliott Elephant, Sew Moe, Spiritex, Poetic Justice, Dave Russell’s solar powered dress, Red Moon Rising, River T-C, Frox, Little Eagle and Rags Reborn/Eco-Chic.

Earth Day Asheville is not only a community wide celebration; it is also a green event. Quality Forward will utilize eco-friendly alternatives for food and beverage containers. Event greening sponsor, Seven Star Events, will set up educational resource recovery stations to divert waste away from landfills as well as display an educational slideshow about the green movement throughout the evening.

Tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets cost $10 and the doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased directly from the Earth Day Asheville website (one can add a $35 membership to support Quality Forward all year long), at both Earth Fare locations (and receive a free shopping bag), at the Orange Peel or through the Orange Peel’s website www.theorangepeel.net.

VIP tickets are also available for early admission at 6:30pm and include a reception featuring wine, local beer and locally grown foods prepared by popular Asheville restaurants Mayfels, Modesto and the Laughing Seed Cafe, as well as reserved seating for the night’s entertainment. The VIP tickets cost $75 and are available by calling Quality Forward at 828-254-1776 or visiting the Earth Day Asheville website at www.earthdayasheville.org

Band Sponsors are Hands of Sean Perry, Inc, EcoBuilders/EcoHouse Realty, Pepsi Cola, McGill Associates, Jimmy White Builders and Charlotte Street Computers.

Major Media Sponsors are Kiss Country 99.9, the Mountain105.9, ESPN Radio 1310AM, Classic Hits 96.5, The Revolution 880AM and Star 104.3 and Mountain Xpress. For a list of other sponsors, please visit the Earth Day Asheville website.

Quality Forward, a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, has been instrumental in enhancing Asheville’s natural beauty and quality of life for 35 years by planting thousands of trees, beautifying city gateways and neighborhoods, picking up tons of litter from our streets and waterways as well as promoting recycling and waste management.


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Celebrate Earth Day in downtown Asheville at the Build It Naturally Earth Day Celebration: a Prelude to Earth Day Asheville concert at the Orange Peel. This celebration, sponsored by the French Broad Food Coop and Blue Moon Water, takes place at Build It Naturally, the new natural building supply center in downtown Asheville, located at 76 Biltmore Ave. Event hours are 3-8pm on Tuesday, April 22, 2008.  Build It Naturally’s grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony with the city will be at 4:30pm.

Start your afternoon off right this Earth Day by discovering fantastic ways to contribute to a sustainable way of life. Representatives of Build It Naturally, along with other exhibitors including Blue Moon Water, Riverlink, FLS Energy, the Western North Carolina Green Building Council, the Warren-Wilson Green Building Network, the Canary Coalition and many more, will be hosting workshops and giving interactive demonstrations. The French Broad Food Coop will be giving out free samples, information on buying in bulk, herbalist demonstrations, recipes, organic wine tasting and other earth friendly activities. With the help of Seven Star Events, this will also be a green event in which the majority of waste generated will be diverted away from the landfill.

President and co-owner Jennifer Woodruff, playing the role of the Earth Day “Green Queen”, will speak on how to utilize more sustainable solutions and practices in the building industry. She is knowledgeable of products and principles of sustainability in the local community and will discuss the positive effects of the concept of triple bottom-line businesses, which places a balanced value on people, planet and profit.

Entertainment will include Circle of Song featuring Jenny Greer, Pierce Edens, David Earl Tomlinson, Oso Rey, Moses Atwood and Brian McGee.  Ensemble Djembeso, a local African drum and dance group, will also be performing.  There will be activities for the entire family including circus acts, juggling, balloon-making and unicycle riding by Kenny the Clown. Earth Day inspired sidewalk chalk drawings, the Earth Pledge of Allegiance and face painting will round out the fun activities for all.

Bring your extra vegetable plants you’ve started or overflow garden seeds the event and exchange for other varieties. This spring seed and seedling plant exchange is hosted on site by Slow Food Asheville.  Open pollinated heirloom varieties are encouraged, but anything is fine as long as seeds are not older than one year. Please come by even if you do not have any seedlings to exchange; there will be plenty to share.

Evergreen Charter School will be the recipient of monies raised from an on-site raffle of green building supplies. One may also purchase raffle tickets to win a solar hot water system donated by FLS energy to Evergreen valued at $8000; which will be drawn at a later date.

After your first dose of great local entertainment under the big tent at Build it Naturally, head over to the Orange Peel for Quality Forward’s Earth Day Asheville. The evening concert will be a showcase of local talent chosen in an online contest representing bands in six different categories of music as well as a recycled clothing fashion show.

Build It Naturally, Inc. is a natural building supply center based in Asheville, NC co-owned by Jennifer Woodruff and Markus Van Lokeren. The company recently opened its doors to this newly renovated retail showroom in downtown Asheville. They specialize in creating homes and businesses with environmental integrity by utilizing natural, non-toxic and recycled building materials. Build It Naturally offers a full compliment of flooring, paints/finishes/plasters, countertops, and numerous architectural accents. They have also partnered with two local companies offering a full array of insulation products as well as solar applications. Store hours are M-F (9-6pm) and Saturday (9-2pm).

Please feel free to contact the store by tel-828.254.2668/fax-828.254.3778 or by email: info@builditnaturally.com or checkout the website at http://www.builditnaturally.com.

Details at a glance:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008; 3-8pm

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:30pm

Location: Build It Naturally; 76 Biltmore Ave, across from the Orange Peel



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