This year, Keystone's adding a fourth concert to its free River Run Rocks Concert Series, and it all starts Saturday with The Drew Emmitt Band and New Monsoon.
"We chose the co-headlining acts of New Monsoon and the Drew Emmitt Band for their recognition and broad following," said spokesperson Justine Spence. "They're full of energy and a great combo to bring to the River Run Plaza."
The Drew Emmitt Band begins at 3 p.m. Saturday in the River Run Plaza. Emmitt has earned a reputation as one of the most energetic and innovative mandolin players in the nation, as the lead singer and picker with Leftover Salmon. But his talent extends well beyond, into the world of acoustic and electric guitar, as well as mesmerizing storytelling.
After a decade of touring with Leftover Salmon, Emmitt released his first solo album, "Freedom Ride," in 2002, collaborating with some of the festival giants with whom he shared stages. His second album, "Across the Bridge" also impressed critics with his bluegrass and songwriting abilities. His lastest release, "Long Road," in 2008, brought in a refreshed, contemporary approach to bluegrass music, which he still carries into live shows these days.
New Monsoon's quintet uses its acoustic stylings, vocal harmonies and lyrical songcraft to create a free-flying rock sound. The band formed its sound around Bo Carper's finger-style picking and Jeff Miller's sharp electric guitar. The band wraps its music around the brilliance of Led Zeppelin and the pillars of the 1960's San Francisco scene, complete with psychedelic improvisation. The summation is a fusion of musical exploration and down-home rock 'n' roll.
"In general our amount of events has grown a little this winter with the addition of one more River Run Rocks and a Winter Wine Weekend in Warren Station, and the partnership with the Dercum Center and Warren Station has added some unique events to the lineup," said Maja Russer, Keystone Neighbourhood Company events coordinator.