Posted by: Gay Potter | October 7, 2008

Mesa Fall Festival – Hay Rides & Bluegrass

Harvest Happenings at Mesa Riverview   image

Free Bluegrass Concerts and Horse Drawn Hay-Rides Every Saturday Night in October

WHAT: 

Mesa Riverview is gearing up for Harvest Happenings, Saturday nights throughout the month of October.

Each weekend, a different Bluegrass band, contracted through the Arizona Bluegrass Association, will come out and perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, horse drawn hay-rides will take passengers for a FREE and fun ride around Mesa Riverview between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

WHEN:

Fall Festival Events Line Up!

Saturday Oct. 4 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.     image

Horse-drawn Hay Rides, Face Painter, and Pumpkin Patch!   6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you like toe-tapping, hard driving bluegrass music, check out Tangled Strings Bluegrass Band. A Phoenix favorite, Tangled Strings is a group of four guys who punch out catchy Bluegrass tunes. The band was formed in 2005 and continues to deliver top quality bluegrass music to all ages through the state of Arizona. Band members consist of; John Harris, lead singer and rhythm guitar with a Cajun background, Paul Wilson, (Mr. Bluegrass), a native of Phoenix Arizona plays the mandolin, Rick Rhodes originally from D.C. who keeps a cool drive on the five string banjo and Dennis Rowland, another D.C. native, who thumps a pretty mean bass.

Saturday Oct. 11

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.image

Horse-drawn Hay Rides, Face Painter, and Pumpkin Patch!

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Shasta Daylight consists of four lifelong musicians and Bluegrass veterans. Galen Anderson is the lead singer and guitarist. He has played the guitar since age 14 and became interested in bluegrass in the 80’s in northern Minnesota. Howard Anderson has been playing banjo and singing traditional high tenor since 1975 and was a member of the “BluegrAZ Express” for 20 years. Lisa Roberts has played mandolin for several years and plays traditional chops and lead. She also sings lead on many songs and provides harmony on others. Damon Davis has played guitar for many years and now plays the doghouse bass with Shasta Daylight. He is a Kentucky native and has heard blue grass music his entire life.

Saturday October 18 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Horse-drawn Hay Rides, Face Painter, and Pumpkin Patch!6 p.m. to 8 p.m.image

The Copper River Band has been together since 2005 and has played at festivals across the southwest including Arizona, California, and Nevada, and recently traveled to Tennessee to perform at the Huck Finn Showcase at the IBMA’s in Nashville. In 2007, the Copper River Band won the National Bluegrass Playoffs in Victorville, Calif. at the Huck Finn Jubilee. The year prior they won the Bluegrass Band competition in Wickenburg, Ariz. at the Four Corners Bluegrass Festival.

Saturday October 25 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Horse-drawn Hay Rides, Face Painter, and Pumpkin Patch!6 p.m. to 8p.m.

The Cindy Marshall Band, formed in 2004, is a Phoenix-based bluegrass and acoustic music band that wows audiences with its unique blend of both hard-driving bluegrass and string-based acoustic music. The band’s roots in traditional bluegrass, new grass and old school rock influences combined with Cindy Marshall’s own songwriting and soulful, down-from-the-mountain vocals result in some of the finest live bluegrass being played in the southwest today. The CMB can regularly be seen in a number of venues both in and around the Phoenix metro area and regularly at other venues within the state of Arizona. The band has also been featured on Phoenix Channel 3 and several radio programs around the Valley.

WHERE:

Theatre District at Mesa Riverview   1061 North Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85201(Dobson Road and the Loop 202/Red Mountain Freeway) ENTRY: Free

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