Chehalis Talent Lineup for 2013
Peter Barnes on piano, guitar and flute, Bill Tomczak on clarinet, sax and drum and Dave Langford on guitar and fiddle.
The Lizards are a New England based dance band featuring a trio of musicians fervent with the desire and talent to ignite flames under dancing feet.
With a wide ranging and hopelessly eclectic repertoire including everything from Irish and Scottish traditional jigs and reels to Balkan, blues and swing tunes (often juxtaposed next to each other) the Latter Day Lizards bring excellent musicianship, playfulness, drama and unrelentingly infectious rhythm to their dance performances.
They blend swing, rock-and-roll and jazz influences with traditional foot-stomping dance music to make an innovative, spontaneous and rhythmically inflammatory sound.
Visit the Lizards at: latterdaylizards.com
The Nettles, based in Corvallis, Oregon, are propelled by the mighty rhythm engine of Laura Brophy on fiddle, Kevin Johnsrude on guitar, Michael Proctor on bass and drummer Brian Bucolo.
This band ignites audiences with fiery music that blends traditional music with modern spices. Irish music, Scottish music, American Oldtime—the Nettles put it all through their folkadelic kaleidoscope.
With fiddle, guitar, upright bass and percussion, the Nettles tunes are tradition-based but progressive, exciting, and just a little bit dangerous!
"The Nettles are well-known on the West Coast for their original approach to contra dance music. Playing traditional music from all over the world, The Nettles create a strong rhythmic groove under soaring improvisations. Rhythmic drive and melodic fluidity allow The Nettles to propel contra dances into the stratosphere."—Eugene Folklore Society Newsletter
Lisa Greenleaf - Caller
Lisa Greenleaf is a contra dance caller from the Boston area known for her high spirited, witty calling and articulate teaching. Her wide knowledge of traditional and modern dances and her community-building attitude have put her in high demand at camps around the country.
Particularly skillful at calling to the level of the dancers, she'll be showing us how to achieve dance ecstasy through simple points of style as well as leading challenging and no-walkthrough sessions.
Lisa's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lisa.greenleaf.94.
Will Mentor - Caller
Will Mentor is a contra dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence.
He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!"
Will's Facebook page: facebook.com/william.mentor.5.