Local favorites perform Saturday


due saturday — The Park Coffee House presents a concert by several area groups including the Cincinnati Creek bluegrass band at 8 p.m. Saturday. The group includes, from left, Chris Pepe on banjo, Gary Dygert on guitar and dobro, Lori Thompson on mandolin and vocals and Cathy Martin on stand-up bass. (Photo submitted) .

HOLLAND PATENT — Saturday at 8 p.m. the Park Coffee House in Holland Patent presents its semi-annual local favorites concert featuring local bands that do full coffee houses at other times during the year, plus some favorite individual performers.

This Spring the individuals are Bill Kistner and Alexis Loomis who will kick off the concert.

The other groups include the Cincinnati Creek Bluegrass band, Too Many Allens, featuring southern blues, and the duo of Dan Sargent and Mike Carroll who are part of Springhouse, a new band that will be featured this Fall.

Admission is $8. The Local Favorites concert is a fundraiser for the coffee house and for Foothills Rural Community Ministry of which the coffee house is a part.

Cincinnati Creek blends bluegrass standards and homespun originals of Lori Thompson, the lead singer of the group who also plays mandolin. Gary Dygert chims in with his musical expertise on guitar, dobro, and vocal harmonies. Cathy Martin supplies vocal harmony and stand-up bass, and Chris Pepe that good old banjo rhythm and sound.

Too Many Allens feature Ken Allen whose love of southern blues comes through in his combination of guitar strumming and rhythmic baritone, Jim Allen on Mandolin, and the multi-talented Vicky Stockton Allen on bass and vocal harmony.

Dan Sargent and Michael Carroll have recently formed, with Bill Faye, a new band that they have named Springhouse. They will share a mix of Irish tunes, folk, blues, and country rock selections.

Sargent on guitar and vocals and Carroll on flute, Irish whistles, bones, and vocals build a musical bridge between their forefathers and the music of their own youth. Springhouse as a full group will be featured in the fall concert series at the "Park."

Home made desserts and coffee house beverages including fair trade coffee are served, with "donations thankfully received."