The headline musical act of the 2016 Cherry Days festival returns to Paonia Saturday night when The Blue Sage presents "An Evening With Lipbone Redding" this Saturday evening.
This is a rare opportunity to catch Redding on the stage, says Cherry Days committee member and music coordinator Skip Naft. "A one-man orchestra with no electronic effects," Redding's natural human sounds of throat singing, bass and beat-boxing combined with his astonishingly realistic lip-tromboning talents
make for a must experience evening of entertainment. Redding weaves his original stories with funky rhythms, catchy melodies, brash humor, soulful sing- ing and inventive guitar playing.
Redding hails from North Carolina and was steeped in the musical traditions of soul, boogie and blues. In New York's East Village while performing with The Lipbone Orchestra he developed his signature jazzy "Lip Trombone" and unique style of musical storytelling.
Since 2012 Lipbone has traveled the world, performing some 2,000 shows a year with a wooden spoon duct-taped to his foot, a guitar, and an uncanny vocal range.
Montrose Americana singer/songwriter Erik Stucky will open for Redding. Stucky specializes in guitar and mandolin, and has toured solo and as a side musician at clubs, concert halls and festivals across the U.S. Most recently he shared the stage with recording artist Nathan McEuen at
the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix and performed in Nashville with Cedaredge recording artist and music store owner David Starr. Some may remember Stucky from the 2015 Mountain Harvest Festival in 2015, said Naft.
Stucky performs at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance at the Blue Sage or at BlueSage.org, or $20 at the door.