Hines Farm is gathering for harmonica summitWritten by Michael Stainbrook | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Griffin’s Hines Farm Blues Club celebrates a rich musical tradition dating back to the 1940s, a trend that continues with the May 9 Blues Harmonica Summit. Performers such as Big Jack Reynolds and B.B. King have made stops at the Swanton club.
The Third Annual Blues Harmonica Summit will take place at 7 p.m. on May 9. The summit features various blues acts as well as tutorials from professional musicians.
Blues artists coming to the summit include Doug Deming and the Jeweltones, Harmonica Shah, Dennis Gruenling, Garfield, Steve Nardella and Mudfoot.
Fans who wish to come early may participate in a blues harmonica seminar with Dennis Gruenling, which begins at 5 p.m. and lasts one hour. Gruenling, who has been named “Best Modern Blues Harmonica Player” by Real Blues Magazine three years in a row, credits his love of blues to his uncle, who taught him to play the harmonica. He lives and performs in and around the New York City area.
“I’ve been teaching for about 15 years,” Gruenling said. “I’ll teach the fans about different styles and techniques of the harmonica.”
Gruenling suggests that those who may not consider themselves blues fans come and experience the performances.
“[The fans] are going to see harmonica playing like they’ve never seen before,” he said. “Most people have a misconception of what blues is.” He said he feels that the harmonica is misrepresented in a similar manner.
“The harmonica can be toned to a human voice,” he said. “It is probably the most expressive instrument you can play.”
Admission to the summit is $12, payable at the door; children are not permitted into the summit. The seminar with Gruenling costs an extra $20, and a CD is included. For those not attending the seminar, doors open at 6 p.m.
Barbeque and alcoholic beverages will be available.
Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and bug repellent to the outdoor event.
For more informaiton, visit the Web site www.hinesfarm.com.