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Augusta Ramble Concerts Return to Harmonie Verein October 23

Augusta Ramble, the organization dedicated to bringing exciting, quality music concerts to Augusta, MO, in conjunction with Harmonie-Verein/Augusta Heritage Foundation, is proud to announce its fall season. The lineup includes Miss Jubilee and the Yas Yas Boys on Saturday, October 23, Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole on Saturday, November 13, and Ivas John Band on Saturday, December 11.

Based in St. Louis, MO, Miss Jubilee and the YAS YAS Boys play an energetic blend of low-down blues, hokum, and hot jazz from the 1920s and 30s. Their one-of-kind repertoire draws heavily from the female blues singers who helped define the genre. From Bessie Smith and Victoria Spivey, to the more obscure Merline Johnson and Lil’ Johnson, Miss Jubilee revives this music with a joy and effortless authenticity. Led by the powerhouse vocalist Valerie Kirchhoff, the band is fueled by barrelhouse pianist Ethan Leinwand, bassist Richard Tralles, and a gutbucket horn section led by Kenneth Cebrian (trumpet).

Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole Culture. Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer and Charlie Pashia in the tradition of their fathers, Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River near St Louis. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds, this music bridges the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down for over three centuries.

If in the soul of a true artist, lay the marriage of opposites, then an exemplary artist does Ivas John make. A throwback and an innovator. A musician with local roots and worldly chops. A purist who can play the dirtiest blues. Ivas John is a musician’s musician. He has a style of effortless authenticity that is both a breath of fresh air and a link to days of yore, imbued with the same sense of timelessness as the shores of the Mississippi River he now calls home.

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. The Harmonie Verein, located at 5333 Hackman Road, Augusta, MO 63332, serves beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. For additional information visit Augusta Ramble @augustaramble on Facebook.


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