PURCELLVILLE, Va. June 22, 2021 — The Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is pleased to introduce the fourth and final virtual concert of the Music in the Tabernacle series. On Saturday, June 26, visit the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Facebook page at 7:00 p.m. to watch Hard Swimmin’ Fish. This is the last of four virtual concerts featuring eight local musicians and bands recorded in the Bush Tabernacle by OHM Productions with Loudoun DJ as the host. The virtual concerts have been published each Saturday in June, 2021, and the first three have reached more than 2,155 people. Watch the June 5 concert with Ben Demase and Megan Waltman. Watch the June 12 concert featuring King St. and the Virginia Hipnecks. Watch the June 19 concert featuring Tobago Bay, the Willie White Band, and Baxter Tunes Folk & Roll.
Below is an introduction to Hard Swimmin’ Fish.
Hard Swimmin’ Fish is an ensemble deeply rooted in the traditions of American music. Their down-home roots sound pilfers from the best that early American music has to offer including blues, jazz, funk, and swing, and churn it all up into a spicy brew that is familiar yet uniquely their own. The musical influences and instrumentation of the band seamlessly combine tradition and modernity. Demian Lewis (guitar/vocals) and Waverly Milor (harmonica/vocals) are steeped in blues traditions of the American south. Conjuring the wails of Howlin’ Wolf, RL Burnside and Bukka White, they pen original compositions that harken to an old-time blues show. Rooting the ensemble on upright and electric bass is Randy Ball whose unyielding pursuance of the groove has led him to study with luminaries Chuck Rainey and Victor Wooten. The rhythmic engine of the band is Jason Walker. His knowledge of musical traditions from Africa, its extension into the Caribbean, and their culmination in New Orleans in the American drum set, rumbles, growls and speaks in tongues through his cajon (box drum) based contraption set.
Music in the Tabernacle is sponsored by: Mountaineer Pipe, Keren Jayne Homes, Presidential Bank, Bayside Professional Services, DiRenzo Family Dentistry, Kettles and Grains, Longhouse Architects, Loudoun Valley Roofing, Purcellville Business Association, and Shamrock Music Shoppe. The Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board thanks these sponsors for their generosity and recognizes the Bush Tabernacle for supporting this event.
Get more details about the concerts and the performers on the Music in the Tabernacle page of the Town website: https://purcellvilleva.gov/992/Music-in-the-Tabernacle.