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Blue Yonder with Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches

Sunday, August 25, 2019
$15 / $15
Tickets on Sale Now
Seated Lounge Show - Limited Tables Available with a Dinner Reservation :: All Other Seating is First Come First Serve General Admission :: Please Call Venue for Dinner Reservations


Blue Yonder return for another lively evening of acoustic honky-tonk, classic Country blues, hard-driving Western swing, toe-tapping Rockabilly, and inspirational anthems.

“It underscores, too, how sounds from another time can be renewed and re-imagined, by creative minds and right hands, in the present moment. Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches are ridiculously fun.” Rambles.

Blue Yonder · 6:00pm


Charleston, WV’s Blue Yonder is an acoustic honky-tonk trio of seasoned veterans that deftly navigate classic Country blues, hard-driving Western swing, toe-tapping Rockabilly, and rueful Appalachia with equal aplomb. Led by singer/lyricist John Lilly, renown for starring in the Hank Williams production, The Lost Show, which has run annually in Charleston for the past 18 years, the band’s original material and kinetic musicianship flash echoes of Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Willis, Asleep At The Wheel and early 70s Grateful Dead. Rounding out the core trio are two-time national flat-picking champion Robert Shafer and upright bassist Will Carter, who has played with numerous bluegrass and old-time bands, and is the founder of the “Clifftop” festival, an annual global summit of old-time musicians in West Virginia.
Recently appearing on the award-winning public radio show, Mountain Stage, for the second time, the band continues to tour the U.S. in support of their critically-acclaimed sophomore album, Rough and Ready Heart, which was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios and released by Asheville’s NewSong Recordings. Special guests on the record include pedal steel guitarist Russ Hicks (Ween, Ray Price, Charlie McCoy) and drummer Tony Creasman (Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris).

No Depression dubbed Rough and Ready Heart one of the “Best Roots Music Albums of 2018,” with Bluegrass Unlimited heralding its “Hard-driving Western Swing filled with lots of tasteful steel guitar.” Vince Herman, of Leftover Salmon, reckons, "Blue Yonder is serious West Virginia treasure,” while Larry Groce, producer of Mountain Stage, proclaims, "A mix of virtuoso musicianship and original songwriting Blue Yonder lives where classic country music meets western swing, a honky-tonk beat meets a beautiful ballad, and red hot country jazz guitar licks meet cool blue yodel vocals.”

Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches · 6:00pm


Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches has built a solid following in the Eastern U.S. with a half dozen tours while also playing such prestigious events such as NBC affiliate: KSHB Kansas City Live TV, Wood Songs, Falcon Ridge Fest, Kansas City Folk Fest, Folk Alliance, NERFA, WFUV Sunday Supper, Blue Plate Special, WMOT Finally Friday, WNCW Studio B Sessions, Mid-Winter Folk Fest at Club Passim, Isis Music Hall, The Sounding Board, Linden Tree Coffeehouse & 2019 APAP in NYC.

Members have played with the likes of Paul McCartney, John Lithgow, Jon Batiste (Colbert Show), Antonique Smith, George Benson, Jimmy McGriff as well as performed on ABC's Good Morning America, Mona Lisa Smile (with Julia Roberts), Sam Mendes' Away We Go, Disney's Enchanted and PBS Masterpiece,The Chaperone.

Banjo Nickaru's album Get Us Out Of Fearland won #2 album, #2 artist, #5 song with 6 of our songs in top 20 on April 2018 International Folk Music DJ radio chart!