The Ivy Terrace concert series continues at Carnegie Hall. The Ivy Terrace series is a summertime favorite in the Greenbrier Valley offering fun for all ages, families and friends with free live music on the lawn of Carnegie Hall the second and fourth Thursday of the month through August.
Performing on June 9 will be The Voodoo Katz of Charleston, a six-man band of high energy and virtuosity, known for their core Carribean and African numbers and the occasional rhythm and blues, hillbilly and even disco tunes that bring listeners to their feet. Many of the band’s repertoire are original numbers, written in collaboration to include the lyrical hooks of Andy Park, the melodies and hand drumming of Mark Davis, the bass lines and vocals of both Kai Haynes and Deron Sodaro and the drumming of Ammed Solomon. Each member has an impressive musical resume of his own.
Formed in 1999, the original band included sax player Jason Gay, then replacement sax player Derrick Kirk. Kirk recorded half the tracks for the first self-titled CD and finished all the tracks on the second “Glimpse” CD when, after a long struggle, he succumbed to cancer. For two years the band tried to play through the gap left by Kirk, until Brandon Willard joined the Katz to round out the sound with his steel drums and vocal harmonies.
As performers for young audiences, the Voodoo Katz are unsurpassed. Three members are full time school teachers and programs for youngsters have included reading a book with music and sound effects interwoven, and having young audience members step up to play African rhythm instruments.
With lyrics that deliver joyful messages, music that makes you want to dance, and an easy-going rapport with any audience, the Voodoo Katz are an extraordinary anchor to any event.
The lineup for the remainder of the season includes performances by Marshall Petty & The Groove, Black Twig Picker, Qiet, Squirrel Hillbillies, and BlacKingCoal. For more information about upcoming concerts and performing artists, please visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
Join those who have made Ivy Terrace Carnegie’s most beloved series of the year. Bring a picnic, a blanket or lawn chair, and sit back and relax to the sounds of music performed by a variety of local and regional artists. All performances begin at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. In the event of rain, the concerts will be moved inside the Hamilton Auditorium.