2018 Line Up
Powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, Adar, is based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. She formed her band, “Adar”, in the summer of 2016, and has since gathered an enthusiastic following with her compelling original songs and her charismatic performances. “Adar” draws from a deep well of original compositions, and introduces new takes on covers that transcend genres from Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock, and more. She released her first EP, The Rapids, in March, 2017. It is available on iTunes, Google Music, and Spotify.
Reviewing The Rapids, Nick Rubin of the C-Ville Weekly, wrote, “On The Rapids, classic soul sonics give way to balladry as well as touches of reggae and Cubanismo. Her band delivers tasty trumpet and organ solos and whining steel guitar; Adar’s lyrics are sensorily rich with flavors and textures, and…production sets everything in the right space.”
David Mahler, a Virginia based dulcimer player and teacher, began playing the hammered dulcimer at the age of ten. Four years later, he competed and won the title of National Champion (setting the record for the youngest contestant to ever win). David is quite versatile on the dulcimer playing a range of traditional Appalachian, European folk, Classical, as well as joining contemporary folk rock and pop bands for recording sessions and performances. He is currently playing in the group, “Silk Cedar” which is a Chinese-American fusion band led by Yangqin master, Liu Yuening. They have toured China and will be playing in the east coast this year. Recently, David released an instructional European music book for the hammered dulcimer, catering to all levels of players. Always, he remains open to ideas and opportunities that incorporate the hammered dulcimer into new avenues of music and the arts.
Dogwood Tales is an americana/alt country duo from Harrisonburg, Virginia. The core of the band is Kyle and Ben, two childhood best friends who grew up playing in different bands together. Influenced by other duos such as Welch and Rawlings, or Gram and Emmylou, Dogwood Tales plays modern Americana music with a traditional and laid back flair.
Abe Goorskey and Philipp Gabathuler started playing as “Good Buddy” after a chance encounter with a homeless bluesman having breakfast at a street-side café in Lynchburg. He saddled up to the breakfast table without hesitation (or invitation) and introduced himself as Good Buddy. Inspired by his friendly smile and demeanor, the duo when home and worked up some train songs. Since then, Good Buddy has created a traditional sound where harmonies and stylistic playing will have you feelin’ like you’re rollin’ along the James River in an open Georgia Southern box car!
Led by Lynchburg, VA native Philipp Gabathuler, and complemented by a versatile group of area instrumentalists, Good Buddy’s diverse catalog and wealth of live experience enables them to please the ears…
Katelyn Georgianna Vallier
Katelyn Georgianna Vallier is a Michigan Performing Artist. The passion for music runs deep in her roots. You can catch this “Nightingale” sweetly serenading folk music to the audience with her voice and acoustic guitar Sunday morning at the Jam!
Mountain Run Band
Made up of brothers Clif and David Coleman and son/nephew Al Coleman, this dynamic blues and classic rock trio plays every year at Mountain Run Jam. Drummer Clif and bassist David have been rocking out together for over three decades now, and when Al stepped away from his junior drum kit and strapped on his first electric guitar, a band was born. Fun fact: this power trio opened up for Todd Rundgren on his 70th birthday this summer! Don’t miss their show!