Norwood is in for a treat. Straight out of Austin, Texas come The Western Flyers to play the Livery stage.
On Friday, Aug. 11, from 8-11 p.m., the band will perform their unique sound: western swing, vintage country and hot jazz. Think Bob Wills or Asleep at the Wheel. And get ready to dance.
The band has been given nods by the authorities in the country music industry, like Bluegrass Today and Country Music People. The legendary country music singer Marty Stuart has also given The Western Flyers his nod of approval.
“They are a fearlessly dedicated band that swings hard,” he said. “In the words of Handsome Harry, ‘Lay it down where it stays down till they leave town.’ Their music makes me smile. When I listen to them play, I know that I am in the presence of modern masters in motion.”
Norwood can experience this high level of talent for themselves that Friday night. Fiddle player Katie Glassman is the National Swing fiddle champion. Joey McKenzie is a world-class rhythm guitarist. Gavin Kelso, fans say, will blow people’s minds on the bass.
The band has no drummer, but audience members won’t miss a beat.
Officials from Arts, Community & Education (the organization that is producing the show) said the concert is a rare opportunity for Norwood folk, but one they hope will open doors to future concerts like this to be available.
The Western Flyers, though a rather new band, has developed a following, and the group usually plays larger venues in Texas, the East and West Coasts and other places in the Midwest. See their current tour schedule here: http://thewesternflyers.com/calendar/.
ACE has made 120 tickets available for the Norwood show, and those can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com or locally at the FRESH Food Hub on Grand Avenue in Norwood. All are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
Producers have made the concert an all-ages show. Kids under 8 years of age are free to attend. For kids more than 8 years old, tickets are $10. Adults are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door.
Food is included in the price of The Western Flyers concert ticket.
In a happy hour session, from 6-8 p.m., musicians from the local area will come and play troubadour style. During that time, food from local vendors will be available. That includes Blue Grouse Bread, Indian Ridge Farm and Bakery and other Norwood businesses. The grassy area outside the Livery will make for mixing and mingling.
And, Telluride Brewing will be on site serving up local beers for the show at the venue’s bar throughout the night.
The ACE board hopes the show is a sellout. Their goal is to make this performance the first of many of its kind. They said establishing a music culture in Norwood is a priority.
To start listening to The Western Flyers and to get to know their music, visit their website: http://thewesternflyers.com/music/.
Anyone with questions should email ACE directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.