Four bands featured Saturday in Indoor Bluegrass Festival

DUE IN CAPITOL — Lake Effect Bluegrass, from left, Dave Wilson, Gordon Lyons, Steve Millett and Karen Campolieto is one of the groups playing in the "Second Annual Indoor Bluegrass Festival" in the Capitol Theatre, 220 W. Dominick St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Also, Lee Millett is now playing mandolin. (Photo submitted)

The Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association presents its Second Annual Indoor Bluegrass Festival in the Capitol Theatre, 220 W. Dominick St., on Saturday at 7 p.m. It’s a fundraiser for the association’s 2013 Bluegrass Festival

Admission to Saturday’s show is $10 for adults and $9 for seniors and MV Bluegrass Members. Persons 16 years old and younger are admitted free with paid adult. Tickets are available at the Capitol box office (337-6453), online at, and at the door.

The concert features four noted bluegrass bands:

¿ Cincinnati Creek — a bluegrass band featuring Lori Thompson playing mandolin, guitar and singing both lead and harmony vocals; Chris Pepe on banjo and harmony vocal; Gary Dygert on guitar, resonator guitar, and mandolin, also lead and harmony vocals; Cathy Martin on bass and vocal harmony.

¿ Off the Wall consisting of Larry Fox, Charlie Ingersoll, John Burton, and Dave Rybinski. The group performs a combination of bluegrass, folk, Americana, and county style roots music that features strong vocals. The name "Off the Wall" comes from what organizers call "their unique and eclectic repertoire," consisting of songs from diverse sources ranging from Elton John to Bill Monroe.

¿ Atkinson Family Bluegrass Band has, according to organizers, "a sound reminiscent of the music of the legendary Bill Monroe, while at the same time incorporating new grooves and tones." The band features Dick, Shelene, Liza and Laura Atkinson, plus Nick Piccinni and Dave Bevins.

¿ Lake Effect Bluegrass consists of Steve Millett, guitar and lead vocals, Karen Campolicto, bass and vocals, David Willson, fiddle and vocals (also an accomplished yodeler), Lee Millett, mandolin, and Gordon Jones, banjo.

The Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association is producing the Indoor Bluegrass Festival as a fundraiser for its 2013 Bluegrass Festival at Woods Valley Ski Area in Westernville.

The 9th Annual MVBGA Bluegrass Festival will be held July 12-14 at the Woods Valley Ski Area, 9074 Dopp Hill Road, Westernville off Route 46, north of Rome. Festival information is on the association’s website at / (click on schedule, tickets, etc.).

The 10th anniversary event is to include an appearance by The Black River Ramblers (the association’s original "house band") with Lee Martin on mandolin, Nick Piccininni on banjo, Chuck Simmons on guitar, John Wagner of fiddle and Dennis Lasher on upright base)

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