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The final evening of music at the courthouse is on Wednesday, August 15 at 7:15 p.m. featuring Stoney Run, a bluegrass band from SE North Dakota. Come early to enjoy ice cream floats provided by the Bridges Arts Council.
Stoney Run has been performing for four years in the region.
Â Performances have included the Band Shell Concert Series in Valley City, the Fort Ransom Bluegrass Festival, and the Missouri River Bluegrass Festival at Cross Ranch State Park. Â Two selections from the group are included on the 2011 Bluegrass Association of North Dakotaâ€™s B.A.N.D. Sampler recording.Â
With varied musical experience among the band members, itâ€™s not surprising that their bluegrass music is eclectic. Â Guitarist Bob Bubach brings a rich background of folk and popular acoustic music to the group. Â Jeremy Zeltinger comes from the classical violin camp, and has quickly become a first-rate bluegrass fiddler. Â Steve Simonson plays bass and mandolin and has performed country and popular music for several years. Â John Andrus has 30 years of bluegrass banjo playing under his belt and is excited to be performing with a group that allows his side interest in swing and jazz music to flourish.Â
A typical performance includes traditional bluegrass standards such as Blue Highwayâ€™s â€śLonesome Pineâ€ť and the Country Gentlemenâ€™sâ€™ â€śFox on the Run.â€ť Â Fiddle tunes might include â€śDurhamâ€™s Bullâ€ť and â€śSally Ann.â€ť Â Jazz and swing numbers include Duke Ellingtonâ€™s â€śCaravan,â€ť and George Gershwinâ€™s â€śOh, Lady Be Good.â€ť Â Gospel numbers such as â€śSeven Sundays in a Rowâ€ť and â€śHalleluah, Iâ€™m Readyâ€ť are included when appropriate.
Music at the courthouse is sponsored by the Valley City Parks & Recreation District, Bridges Arts Council & Dakota Country. A free will offering is taken each night. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the City Auditorium