BETHESDA - The Cottage Owners of Epworth Park are pleased to announce the lineup for the annual Homecoming Weekend which will be held July 14 - 15.
The Shumans, a family group with local roots, will perfrom on the covered open-air auditorium from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.
Also appearing on Saturday will be Monday Calling who will perform from 7-9 p.m.
The group featuring singer/songwriter, composer and recording artist Andrew LeVeck, his wife Dianna LeVeck, and saxophonist Dave Anderson, will make their first-ever appearance at Epworth Park. LeVeck has logged thousands of hours as a professional musician, including tours with Bachman Turner Overdrive, Randy Misner of The Eagles, and The Grassroots. In addition to writing, producing, and recording music, Andrew also is a vocal and musical instructor and vocal coach/consultant to aspiring singers and musicians.
Bluegrass favorites Almost Famous will take the stage from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, July 15.
The band started in 2004 when Steven Moore and Ryan Abercrombie entered Jamboree USA's Starquest competition as a duo. They were trying to think of a stage name when Ryan's brother Ken found some t-shirts emblazoned with the phrase "Almost Famous" on a K-mart clearance rack. He bought the boys a couple of the shirts, they adopted the name, won Starquest, and have kept the band going ever since.
Although the band has undergone a couple of changes over the years, the founding members of the band have remained. Today, Almost Famous features Larry Gardner of Cambridge on mandolin, Harold Dailey of Barnesville on bass, Steven Moore of Bethesda on banjo, and Ryan Abercrombie of Philo on guitar.
The band plays a mix of bluegrass, with influences from various genres. All four men are top-notch musicians and they all sing, so they take turns with lead vocals.
Moore has become a virtuoso on the banjo. At only 21, he has already secured numerous awards and built an impressive reputation: in 2008, he won first place at the National Bluegrass Banjo Championships in Winfield, Kansas; in 2011, he won first place at the prestigious Rockygrass Banjo Championship in Lyons, Colorado.
With ages ranging all over the board, Almost Famous is a great example of how music can transcend the generation gap. The fun doesn't stop and you never know what's going to happen when these guys take the stage!
In addition to music, visitors will also be able to enjoy a wonderful array of vendors spread throughout the park, a tour of some of the cottages, a fishing contest, miniature train rides, white elephant sale, bake sale, and a live demonstration of tree stump carving. The concession stand near the park entrance will be open throughout Chautauqua weekend, offering a variety of hot sandwiches, desserts, snacks and beverages.
As always, admission is free to all concerts at Epworth Park, but donations are welcomed to help pay the bands. Parking is free and can be found throughout the park, behind the Bethesda United Methodist Church, and at the Bethesda Learning Center.