The weather is warming up and that means it is time for the Stuart's Opera House FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES! This year we are moving the action to line up with Final Fridays on the Square, the monthly gallery hop and art event here in Nelsonville. So come down and check out some great art and hear some FREE music too. In 2003 a new sound sprang up in the Rust Belt; a raucous, down-and-dirty sound, an intoxicating and gritty sound that pulled people in droves to dance floors across the Midwest. That new sound was the bluesy, upbeat, country-fried rock ‘n’ roll of The Spikedrivers. Front man Jesse Henry’s unique and down-home song writing meets the electrified ruckus and wild precision of the backing band similar to what might have been if Louis Prima had led The Band.
The Spikedrivers are led by Jesse Henry, who was raised Mennonite in rural Northwest Ohio and who spent his early years working on grain elevators and learning songs of the great American Troubadours. He brings his electrifying stage presence and musicianship wherever he roams. Megan Palmer, a registered nurse by day, turns fiddle-playing super hero by night; serenading the audience with her sultry voice and ravishing them with white-hot fiddle leads. Steve Sweney, best known for his cosmic guitar work with the band Ekoostik Hookah, gets to showcase a different side of his playing. He strips down to just amp and guitar and listeners get to relish the raw tone and intensity. John Boestler the guitar wizard is the newest member bringing 40-plus years of experience as well as being Sweney’s early mentor. The rhythm section and backbone holding it all together are Nate Anders and Steven Fox. A vibraphonist and college educator, Nate beats the skins like a pack of hounds is on his tail all the while booming baritone harmony. Fox brings his lightning-fast bow acrobatics and hard-thumping sound on the upright bass to adventurous levels as well as singing his sideburns off. In the coming year The Spikedrivers look to continue their success on the road spreading their infectious joy to all who will listen, and to some who won’t. As well as working on a third studio album filled with ear-turning tunes sure to have people dancing in their homes waiting for their next live performance.
MORE INFO: www.thespikedrivers.com