Sunday 2:30 pm
Mark, of Chris Jones & the Night Drivers will demonstrate how right-hand discipline will add a whole new spark to your playing. You will be surprised! Since Mark got a mandolin for Christmas in 1979 (40 years ago!) in his native Germany, his life has been dominated by music. He’s been playing with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers for twelve years, adding his trademark mandolin style to the band’s distinctively contemporary sound. In his spare time he likes to play with his kids, cook food, and drive his tractor.
Sunday 1:30 pm
In May 2016, after 6 years of extensive touring (average 220 days per year, to over 30 countries and almost all US states), Della Mae took a break from the road. Each member took time to regroup, to regain footing, and to reflect on what they had just done – individually and together. This reflection revealed what Della Mae has come to mean to thousands of fans, to young girls worldwide, and to themselves. Now, Della Mae is embarking on a new chapter together. Mama LongLegs, who started touring in Utah in 2018 and are poised to spread their music farther and wider, will have a conversation with Della Mae about being an all-women bluegrass/Americana Band on the road, lessons learned and pro tips for success and self-care. The two bands swap songs along the way.
Sunday 12:30 pm
Winners of the 2018 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, Wood Belly will spotlight their preparation before the contest, play the songs that won them the title, and discuss the reasons for their selections.
Saturday 5:00 pm
Aaron, of Wood Belly, first picked up the guitar in college and began studying jazz, blues, and folk music, but quickly discovered his passion for bluegrass, graduating from the commercial music program at South Plains College in Texas after honing his bluegrass chops with Joe Carr and Alan Munde. Aaron performs solo, with Wood Belly, as well as duo shows with a variety of talented musicians and was featured in the May 2010 issue of “Flatpicking Guitar Magazine” for his work with “Steve Smith and Hard Road”. Aaron lives in Berthoud, Colorado where he can be found hiking, fly-fishing, building tube amplifiers (mcclostone.com) and teaching guitar and banjo at home and the Swallow Hill Music School in Denver.
Q & A and music. Members of Cane Mill Road are all under 21 years of age and have already played shows from the Southeast: Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas; to the Northeast: New York, New Hampshire, Maryland; to the Midwest: Missouri; and as far away as Argentina and beyond! This is their first trip out west.
Gina, of Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, will cover all you need to get started on bluegrass banjo: basic roll patterns, chord shapes, techniques and tools to point you in the right direction. Dubbed “absurdly talented” by Bluegrass Today, Gina Furtado is sought after as a teacher privately and at camps nationally and was nominated for the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year award in 2018. Gina began touring during her tween years with her siblings.
OFOAM presents Chris Jones & The Night Drivers in a FREE Concert at the Ogden Amphitheater on Monday night, June 3. This event features the Taylor Canyon Elementary Choir. Experience a live rehearsal and the first meeting of Chris Jones & the Night Drivers with the choir as they prepare for Monday’s performance.
Crossroads Ogden – Program Description & Words About the Composer
Crossroads Ogden, World Premiere November 2, 2019, 7:00 PM
at Ogden’s Historic Peery’s Egyptian Theater
Crossroads Ogden is an historic event for OFOAM and for Ogden at the culmination of a year-long calendar of events marking the sesquicentennial of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. OFOAM commissioned noted modern American composer, Jens Kruger, to compose an original work about Ogden’s history as a railroad town as part of the Spike 150 Celebration. Kruger has composed many works for The Kruger Brothers with string quartet, chamber orchestra or symphony, four of which were written to evoke a specific sense of place (Roan Mountain Suite, 2017; Lucid Dreamer, 2015- commissioned by Chamber Music America; Spirit of the Rockies, 2013 -commissioned by The Banff Center; and Appalachian Concerto, 2010) and Crossroads Ogden will be no exception. This work will bring artists together in creative and collaborative ways, providing Ogden and Weber County with a new and innovative work evoking the rich culture and history of Ogden. OFOAM is partnering with Chamber Orchestra Ogden, conducted by Michael Palumbo and Imagine Ballet Theatre, with original choreography by Raymond Van Mason, for this groundbreaking world premiere event. At the completion, Ogden will have a symphonic piece that is its own.