Play it again
it Again concert series
opens season at Gen. Butler State Park
a variety of Americana sounds
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (May 2009) When they began
playing music together as members of the Louisville Leopard Percussionists,
Nora Grossman, Ben Scruton and Eli Kleinsmith had no idea where the
union would take them. The trio of 16-year-olds now performs their own
style of music and will kick off this years Play It Again concert
series at the Butler Turpin State Historic House located inside Gen.
Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton.
music trio Nora, Ben and Eli,
will kick off the Play it Again series
at General Butler State Resort Park.
Known as Nora, Ben & Eli, the teenagers play an eclectic
mix of music including Irish and Appalachian folk, jazz, old time music
and original tunes. Past performances include appearances at World Fest
2007 and 2008, Mellwood Arts Center, Third Avenue Café and Lynns
Paradise Café, all in Louisville.
This talented ensemble doesnt let their age hold them back. Performing
as seasoned musicians, each member has trained on a variety of instruments.
Grossman, a sophomore at DuPont Manual High School, plays guitar, mandolin,
percussion, ukulele and piano. As interested in dance as she is in music,
she pursues this interest through the Angleterre Morris Dancers, Samovar
Dance Theatre and the Salsa Club at her high school.
Scruton, a junior at DuPont Manual High School, is fluent on a range
of folk instruments including banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, accordion,
tin whistle and recorder. He performs with the Youth Performing Arts
School bands and the Louisville Youth Orchestra, playing piano and trombone.
Kleinsmith, a junior at St. Francis High School, plays guitar, piano,
banjo, mandolin and percussion. He is an outstanding fiddler and accomplished
classical violinist, having performed with the Louisville Youth Orchestra
for three years.
They are extremely busy students and involved in a lot of activities,
said Scrutons mother, Lisa Willner. Performing while still in
school is a juggling act for all of them.
The trio has been influenced by musicians at the Hindman Settlement
Schools Appalachian Family Folk Week, Berea Colleges Christmas
Country Dance School, and the Port Townsend (Washington) Festival of
American Fiddle Tunes. They are constantly adding new styles of music,
new instruments, and even traditional dance elements into their repertoire.
it Again Series 2009 Schedule
23: Nora, Ben & Eli (folk-jazz)
June 27: Jimmy Mundane of the Jimmy Mundanes
July 25: Cutthroat Shamrocks (Celtic-acoustic
Aug. 29: The Downtown Country Band (Americana-acoustic
Sept. 29: Dan Hardin (acoustic pop)
Oct. 17: J. Glenn (folk-country-blues)
Information: (502) 732-4384, ext. 2415
They have attended the Appalachian Family Folk Week ever
since they were kids, said Willner. Its been a great opportunity
for them to be mentored by professional folk musicians, she said.
These kids are wonderful, said Evelyn Welch, who manages
Butler Turpin. They are so talented and enterprising.
The trio will open the Play It Again concert series at 7 p.m. on May
23. A variety of musical genres will be presented during the 2009 season.
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
Welch first saw the trio a few years ago at the Kentucky Museum of Art
and Craft in Louisville. They fit Welchs three criteria for the
series: an American music genre. She likes to feature a very young band
each year, and they write original music and keep alive standards
of both jazz and folk music, she said.
This concert series is about promoting original music and/or old
time music that should not be forgotten, said Welch. This free
series was begun because Welch wanted to build relationships with
people in the community, nearby counties and those visiting the park.
This will be the eighth season for the Play It Again series. It is made
possible through the Kentucky Department of Parks and Carrollton-Carroll
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