This is the second season for the Brew Thru Summer Series and Thursday’s show will be tough to top.
It was an evening great of music kicked off by Chessboxer. An instrumental duo with Ross Holmes on mandolin and fiddle and Matt Menefee on banjo and guitar. the range of music they managed to play was astonishing. Ross Holmes is also plays in the Noisemakers.
That was followed by the Pat McGee Band. Good sound, really good musicians and a perfect lead-in to Bruce Hornsby.
Hornsby is a master showman and there is no doubt when he plays why a few thousand people would pay money to see him. Mixing his classic hits—yes they did play Mandolin Rain—with some new sounds, he created a sense of adventure as he played.
As a musician, Hornsby has been experimenting with some of the more traditional forms of American music and last night he did a set with his dulcimer. The dulcimer is a three-stringed instrument that’s usually used for bluegrass and very traditional folksongs. In his hands it became a way to explore what can be done with a classic sound and new ways to think about the music.
The Summer Series are held at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo—and it would be hard to imagine a more perfect setting for an outdoor concert.
The next Brew Thru Summer Music Series is Live on July 10 followed by the Gin Blossoms on July 17.