Long Beach Folk Revival Festival Presents: An Intimate House Concert with Charlie Parr

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Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California and Long Beach Folk Revival Festival to host a special evening of folk, blues and country music at a limited seating engagement in Belmont Heights. You may remember renowned Minnesota folk-blues artist Charlie Parr as one of the much talked about performers at the inaugural Long Beach Folk Revival Festival which took place on Old Historic Pine Avenue this past November. So much so, Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California and The Long Beach Folk Revival Festival team decided to bring him back to the neighborhood.  Charlie will be performing 2 sets of his Piedmont style folk-blues on this spring evening (you may catch him playing a banjo from the late 1800’s or his resonator guitar during his performance). Also performing is Independent Music Award Nominee, Folk-Country Songwriter and Hillgrass Bluebilly Recording Artist, Tom VandenAvond. The location will be at a scenic historic Belmont Heights Spanish Style Home. Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California has been hosting roots music concerts throughout Long Beach and Orange County for the past 2 years and are excited to host an intimate night of music for local Long Beach residents. In anticipation of the 2nd Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, the organizers of the festival feel enthusiastic to co-present the night. Fans are encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible as space is very limited.

About Charlie Parr:  Many people play roots music, but few modern musicians live those roots like Minnesota’s Charlie Parr. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Parr’s heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don’t strive for authenticity: They are authentic.

It’s the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up without a TV but with his dad’s recordings of America’s musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. With his long scraggly hair, father-time beard, thrift-store workingman’s flannel and jeans, and emphatic, throaty voice, Parr looks and sounds like he would have fit right into Harry Smith’s “Anthology of American Folk Music.”

Parr uses three instruments, not including his own stomping foot. He got an 1890 banjo the first time he heard Dock Boggs. “I don’t do claw hammer, I don’t do Scruggs-style, it’s just a version of me trying to play like Dock Boggs, I guess,” Parr says. Read On: http://charlieparr.com/images/CP_Bio_2012.pdf

About Tom VandenAvond: He is part John Prine and a bit of Mark Twain…Tom Vandenavond is a contemporary ghost with a wisdom in his music that exceeds his years. His sound embodies the nature of solitary travel and the inevitable connections made from a life on the road. He has torn through his Midwest roots and created an auditory imprint of the highways and byways, truck stops and roadsides of the afforded white line spectacles of the American construct. If you listen, you can hear a long haul on the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental highway … where the DayGlo over-exposure of Los Angeles meets the desert of Palm Springs … red rocks and mesa tops before Phoenix and Tucson … the cumbersome nothingness of West Texas where a man can can bide his time only with his thoughts and AM radio…. El Paso with a glimpse of the Third World at the border of Juarez … San Antonio and New Mexico heavy with Spanish and Native American charm … a brief pass through future city Houston and the descent into the thick air of southern Louisiana stretching over the 35 along the Pontchartrain into the heart of Cajun Country … Mississippi’s Jackson County into the Panhandle…. Read On: http://tomvandenavond.com/?page_id=66

About Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California: Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California is a promotional chapter of Hillgrass Bluebilly Records & Entertainment (Austin, TX). Hillgrass Bluebilly Records & Entertainment was founded in 2005 and originally focused on building events around underground roots music. They were instrumental in building the roots scene in Phoenix, AZ, hosting shows with such acclaimed acts as Bob Log III, Ralph Stanley, Scott H. Biram, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Weary Boys, Possessed By Paul James, and many more. Eventually the founder settled in Austin, Texas and morphed the company into an award winning record label, releasing albums by Texas Country legend James “Slim” Hand, Scott H. Biram, Left Lane Cruiser, Possessed By Paul James, Restavrant, Tom VandenAvond, and more.

Hillgrass Bluebilly Southern California was founded in 2012 to carry on the tradition of the founder’s vision of bringing awareness to underground roots music to the west. In just under 2 years, Hillgrass So. Cal has hosted events with such notable acts Billy Joe Shaver, Wayne Hancock, Sean and Zander, Possessed By Paul James, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Miguel Garcia & The Vaquetones, Frank Fairfield, Charlie Parr, Jake La Botz, Rose’s Pawn Shop, and many more as well as co-organizing the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival.

About The Long Beach Folk Revival Festival: Long Beach Folk Revival Festival celebrates Folk, Bluegrass and Roots inspired music once a year during the fall season. The Inaugural festival which took place on November 16th, 2013 had over 3,000 in attendance and featured Charlie Parr, Frank Fairfield, Rose’s Pawn Shop, Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show) to name a few, as well as several other great local Long Beach acts such as Sawtooth, Long Beach Ukelele Club and much more. The 2nd annual festival is set to take place on September 27th, 2014 at Rainbow Lagoon in downtown Long Beach.

The Charlie Parr & Tom VandenAvond House Concert is Saturday, April 12th, 5:00PM to 9:00PM in Belmont Heights, Long Beach, CA 90814 (Visit Ticket Link for full address).

Tickets: Donations at the door. More info here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/charlie-parr-tom-vandenavond-private-house-concert-tickets-10612453133

For additional info visit www.hillgrassbluebillysocal.com & http://folkrevivalfestival.com/

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