2018 September 15 (3rd Saturday)
7:00 to 10:00 pm
The Bakery, 1007 Bigley Ave, Charleston, WV
Beginner introduction to dance - 6:45 pm
$7 minimum donation
Under 13 FREE
All AmeriCorps Members FREE
Caller: KIm Thompson
Band: The Contrarians
With roots in Celtic and Appalachian music, the Contrarians have inspired dancers from NY to Atlanta to St. Louis and points in between with genre bending grooves featuring sax, fiddle, mandolin, electric and acoustic guitar, stick bass, foot percussion and more.
The Contrarians deliver hot contra dance music from West Virginia, where the traditions trend toward square dance and bluegrass. The Contrarians, however, as their name implies, are not restricted by genres: Celtic, French Canadian, Swing, as well as Appalachian and original tunes are woven together and spiced with Afro-pop, Reggae, blues, and other grooves.
The Contrarians have a new CD, Balance and Shout! It is their 2nd CD and features John Longwell's smooth sax and punchy mandolin, electric guitar grooves and acoustic leads, Paul Epstein's energetic fiddling and complex compositions, and the always solid yet imaginative bass playing of Will Carter. Josh Barrett will be joining the Contrarians for this dance.
Caller: Kim Thompson (Athens, OH), bio to be added.