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Berkeley Springs concert season returns

July 06, 2006|by KRISTIN WILSON

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The 20th season of Berkeley Spring's Summer Concerts in the Park kicks off Saturday, July 8, with a performance by folk and bluegrass musician Randy Barrett.

The concert series includes eight concerts in July and August. Performers range from a jazz trio to folk and rock performers to African drummers and dancers. Even a Hawaiian-style band and a zydeco group are slated to perform.

The free concert series is sponsored by the Morgan Arts Council. Concerts are every Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. The venue is Berkeley Springs State Park. The Ice House in downtown Berkeley Springs will be the rain location.

Saturday's concert with Randy Barrett will take place at Cacapon State Park. Barrett is a Washington, D.C.-area folk, bluegrass, country and swing singer-songwriter who performs mostly on the banjo and has won five Washington Area Music Awards.

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Concert schedule:



With the exception of the first performance, all concerts will be at the Berkeley Springs State Park on Saturday evenings starting at 5:30 p.m. All concerts are free.

July 8 - Randy Barrett at Cacapon State Park.

July 15 - Drumtalk 39. Romero Wyatt and the Coyaba African drummers and dancers showcase a variety of drumming and dancing styles including Afro-Cuban, West African, Latin drum techniques and American stick drumming.

July 22 - Hula Monsters, a five-person swing band, generates rockabilly, jazz, blues and Hawaiian music with Hawaiian flair.

July 29 - The Percolators. The five-member group offers traditional and contemporary fiddle tunes from American and Celtic traditions.

Aug. 5 - Deni Bonet. Bonet is a singer-songwriter and violinist who performs folk-rock-style music.

Aug. 12 - Hillbilly Idol. An Ohio-based trio performs original songs in western swing, honky-tonk and bluegrass styles.

Aug. 19 -Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys. Rosie Ledet fronts the four-man zydeco band, playing traditional Creole tunes, R&B and a touch of country music.

Aug. 26 - The Eric Byrd Trio. Modern jazz piano trio performs standard compositions and original work.




If you go ...



WHAT: Summer Concerts in the Park

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. every Saturday, July 8 through Aug. 26

WHERE: Berkeley Springs State Park, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. The first concert is at Cacapon State Park

COST: Free

DIRECTIONS: To Cacapon State Park: Take Interstate 70 west to Hancock. Take U.S. 522 south toward Berkeley Springs. The park is nine miles south of Berkeley Springs.

To Berkeley Springs State Park: Also take Interstate 70 and merge onto U.S. 522 south. The park is six miles south on U.S. 522.

MORE: For more information call 1-304-258-2300 or go to www.macicehouse.org.

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