Taylor House in Berlin to host free lawn concert
BERLIN– The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum will host a free Concert on the Lawn on Sunday, Aug. 10, featuring Blue Crab Crossing.
The three-piece bluegrass band won the Berlin Fiddler’s Convention in 2011.
Rhythm guitarist Lee Daniels, lead guitarist Bruce Wooster and bass fiddle player Kenneth Good have been playing together for six years.
“We were in a gospel group together, and then we formed Blue Crab Crossing to be able to do bluegrass shows,” said Good. “We still have our fair share of gospel music that we can fall back on and we still enjoy it.”
Banjo player Michele Green and mandolinist Mickey Justice are the most recent part-time additions to the band.
“We’ve been doing a number of appearances with Michele and with Mickey Justice on mandolin and those two additions really solidified the group over this spring and summer,” Good said.
Ironically, the band’s Fiddler’s Convention win also marked their first proper live appearance.
“That was our first week out and we won, so that was a lot of fun,” said Good. “Over the course of time we lost our young tenor – he went off to college – and we had to change banjo players for a variety of reasons, but that was a good launching point for Blue Crab Crossing.”
Good said the group plans on bringing classic and contemporary bluegrass to the Taylor House show, along with classic country, gospel and a few original songs about “life on the Eastern Shore.”
“The show only lasts 60 minutes, so we’ll pack as much as we can in an hour,” Good said. “With Mickey and Michele there we’ll probably do an instrumental or two as well.
“We want everybody to have a good time,” Good continued. “We want to play something everyone can identify with or recognize and hear everybody say, ‘I’d like to hear that band again – that was a good time.’ We haven’t played in the Berlin area since that Fiddler’s Convention, so we’re hoping to get some exposure in Berlin and get back in that area for the local festivals and that type of thing.”
The museum permits guests to bring lawn chairs and picnic food. Monthly concerts begin at 6 p.m.
The Salisbury Community Band will perform on Sept. 14.
The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum is located on 208 North Main Street in Berlin. For more information call 410-641-1019 or visit www.taylorhousemuseum.org.