On Friday, June 9th, at Building 24 Live, Wyomissing, Pa, Berks Country Fest: An Americana Jamboree proudly presents the fantastic Matt Duke Band with opening acts Rachel Andie and Kevin Neidig, from 7:30pm to 10pm.
Rachel Andie, 7:30-8 p.m.
Kevin Neidig, 8-8:30 p.m.
Matt Duke Band, 8:30-10 p.m.
Matt Duke is American musician and singer-songwriter who was born in Reston, Virginia and was raised in Mountain Laurel Township, New Jersey, has toured the country and is a major draw in the Philadelphia market. He released an independent album, Winter Child, through the student-run MAD Dragon Records at Drexel University in Philadelphia and later signed to the major label Rykodisc and has since released multiple albums: two full-length albums: Kingdom Underground and One Day Die, as well as two EPs.
Duke has said that his musical styling has been influenced by the likes of ’90s grunge and rock bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Nirvana. Other influences include Ani DiFranco and Conor Oberst, but when you enjoy a concert featuring Matt, with or without his band, his style is uniquely his own and his music reflects the pure essence of Americana expression, at once familiar and engaging, while also being almost impossible to put into any one genre box. Equally proficient on acoustic or electric guitar, Duke uses both to express himself through his songwriting and performances. A member of the audience will take a fully emotional journey of high peaks and classic real life blues with Matt Duke as he conveys everything from highly personal subject matter to fully provocative statements of belief or fantasy through his lyrics and playing.
He tours primarily as a solo act, with just an acoustic guitar for accompaniment, but for his Berks Country Fest show at Building 24 on June 9th, you’ll be treated to one of the ultra-talented versions of the Matt Duke Band. Working in the band format Duke is gracious with his hand-offs to his bandmates and they do not disappoint as they delve into the subject matter of each song wringing every bit of emotion out of each and every note they play.
The track from Duke’s Kingdom Underground’s “Rabbit” is based on the John Updike “Rabbit” series of novels. A famous author, John Updike, was born and raised in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region of Reading and Berks County, which is the home region of Berks Country Fest: An Americana Jamboree.
Here’s a link to watch Matt perform the ethereal song “Rabbit” live.
Capable of creating lyrics almost instantaneously from input from the audience, Duke often treats his audiences to the opportunity to have him write a song for them live, based on words they shout out. It’s almost a supernatural experience when the performer and audience blend as one to exercise enormously creative energy and collaboration.
As if Duke wasn’t enough for the price of admission, two other extremely talented singer-songwriters will be on the bill as well.
Rachel Andie will open the show on June 9 and will share her deeply penetrating original music. Her ability to fuse an almost zen-like, feng shui aura for the audience through her music is truly satisfying and her performance will be the perfect start of what will be a memorable evening. Here’s a link to Rachel Andie’s recent Sound Room live session in WEEU Radio’s studio in Reading, PA
On stage right after Rachel Andie and before The Matt Duke Band, you’ll be treated to Central Pennsylvania’s Kevin Neidig. Neidig’s style provides the perfect transition from Andie’s style to Duke’s style as the musical journey for the evening unfolds. Neidig’s flexible vocals allow him to hit lofty peaks where most singers fear to tread and his musicianship on traditional Americana instruments such as mandolin, guitar, banjo and almost anything else with strings, enables him to write and perform tunes and songs that only other masters of their instruments would even attempt to play. Sometimes he describes himself as “gypsy musician” because of his free-spirited style of writing and playing. A man who has performed at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and has worked with the likes of Peter Rowan, Doc Watson, Tom Paxton, and the Allison Brown Quartet, Neidig always delivers an impeccably crafted array of hand-hewn music that’s lush, tuneful and not to be missed. Here’s a video link of Neidig’s recent solo session in the WEEU Sound Room.
The Sound Room is affiliated with WEEU Radio, Reading Eagle Company and Pretzel City Productions, LLC, the presenters of Berks Country Fest: An Americana Jamboree.
Tickets are on sale now at www.berkscountryfest.com