Deertrees Theatre gets a little funky

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HARRISON – Deertrees Theatre is known for chamber music, plays, jazz and stand-up comedy; but this summer, the rustic, former opera house now listed on the National Register of Historic Places will also offer funky music.

On Saturday, July 7, The Hunger Mountain Boys, a Massachusetts trio, will distill the best of country and bluegrass music from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s into a blend of tight vocal harmonies, deft finger-pickin’ and, at times, wistful melancholy.

Their spirited performances have won them national recognition, and their music has taken them from coast to coast, putting them on stages with such roots-based artists as Taj Mahal, Doc Watson, and Ralph Stanley.

On Friday, July 13, Ball in the House, a five-guy Boston-based group will bring its mix of classic street-corner soul, funk, rhythm & blues, and hip-hop to Deertrees. The band has opened and performed with Gladys Knight, Jessica Simpson, Blondie, The Temptations, Smokie Robinson, and Kool & the Gang.

On Saturday, July 14, Deertrees will welcome guitar player Patty Larkin. On tour for her 10th album, “Red = Luck,” Larkin is well known for her compelling and seductive vocals. She has been described by the Boston Globe as “one of the finest architects of song.”

A New England tradition since the 1970s, Banjo Dan and the Mid-Nite Plowboys put on shows full of music and spontaneous humor. Their repertoire includes traditional fiddle and banjo tunes, standard bluegrass songs, folk and country ballads, and spirituals. They will perform at Deertrees Friday, July 20.

Tom Snow may be best known locally for the many weddings and prom gigs he has played; however, he is also one of New England’s most versatile musicians. A swingin’ jazz pianist, Snow has played with many of the top jazz luminaries and toured internationally. Joining him on the Deertrees stage Saturday, July 21, will be saxophonist Ralph Norris, bassist Tim Webb and drummer Steve Grover.

All shows start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are from $16 to $20. For complete program information and to purchase tickets online, log on to www.deertreestheatre.org.

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