Finely crafted finger style acoustic guitars ~
Meet a seasoned soul…a singer-songwriter ~
Then… the magic flows…
Carefully selected vintage instruments ~
Meet modern day analog and digital ambiance ~
Rick Sky combines these elements to create warm, thoughtfully nuanced music, filled with memorable subjects, lyrics and melodies. Rick’s dynamic arrangements within his studio releases, I’ll Meet You There (2010), Light Tales (2015), and at live concert settings, create a lasting impression, projecting a sense of peace and comfort to his audience. Seamlessly layered, acoustic guitars… sometimes alternately tuned… native flutes, world percussion and articulate smooth vocals, performed through artistic live looping, shape and define Rick’s musical compositions.
Come…listen… see… and be a part of “The Place” that Rick’s music transports you.
Finely crafted finger style acoustic guitars ~
Mike Holliday is a Singer-Songwriter-Storyteller from Pottstown, PA. Some of his songs will inspire you, some will make you cry and some will make you laugh.The consummate traveling musician, Mike has performed his music from Massachusetts to North Carolina and out to Nebraska and Oklahoma. His latest CD (released in July of 2016) is called, “I’m Getting a Head Start on Tomorrow.” In addition to his songwriting and performing, he is working on a musical and a book. Mike will also be heading up the Keim Music Fest Acoustic Jam Circle under the trees beginning 2:00pm.
Practical Saints is a band on a mission! To awaken people’s emotions and hearts through melodies known and unknown. Justin Bortz and Bill Jordan, the acoustic duo of the Practical Saints, have been playing in and around the Berks County area for the past 5 years finding great joy and inspiration in presenting emotion filled, tribute-like covers of artists such as Neil Young, U2, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Van Morrison, Steve Miller, Bruce Springsteen, and many more. Both musicians sing and play guitar bringing together exquisite melodies, vocal harmonies, and deft guitar playing. Along with performing great cover renditions, Practical Saints also excel in original song writing to include songs like: "The Subtle Realm / The Midnight Sun" that have obvious Ravi Shankar/ George Harrison influences while "Song to my X" sounds like Peter, Paul and Mary and the Beatles. Practical Saints: quite an entertaining experience. Not to be missed.
Rhythm Road, a local favorite, is 5 musicians who bring together an eclectic mix of folk, blues, and jazz covers as well as some very cool original songs. Their unique way of blending various Americana traditions with jazzy rhythms always makes for an engaging and entertaining sound. The band’s current line-up includes: JoAnn Morrell on vocals, guitar, bass; Ernie Morrell, keyboards, harmonica; Don Consul, vocals, guitar, bass; Henry Patterson, drums, percussion; Mike Fleming, saxophone. They have released an 11 song CD entitled “Rhythm To Burn.” - all original songs that run the gamut from folk to jazz to blues to pop and arrive from all sorts of places. Rhythm Road: unpredictable, exciting, and a whole of fun. Photo credit: Linda Bell.
The highly energized trio, Be, combines a global pulse with lyrical songwriting. Based in Reading PA, Be features Tom Singer on world percussion, Sam Frantz on bass and percussion and Michael Clipman on guitar, vocals and percussion, Be delivers a danceable blend of jamming and song spinning, wrapped in traditional world rhythms and improvisation.
michaelclipman [at] ptd.net
Get ready! The focus is on rhythm, music, and FUN as you stomp, clap, and sing your way through a rockin' good time with "Makin' Music Gilbertsville", a member of the award-winning "Makin' Music Rockin' Rhythms" program.
"Makin' Music" is a fun and interactive music enrichment program designed for young children (ages 0 to 5). Michael Kropp (or "Mr. Mike" as the kids know him) is a local hit with his classes, appearances at preschools, daycares, libraries, and other public events.
"Mr. Mike" always puts on an upbeat show that combines Makin' Music originals with a few traditional children's music favorites. For more information about "Makin' Music Gilbertsville", please call 484-363-0607 or email michael [at] makinmusic.com.
Dave’s concerts feature both traditional and contemporary folk music, spliced together with guitar, mandolin, banjo, wry and spontaneous commentary on American family life, and plenty of participation on everyone’s part. Dave Fry is unique in his ability to entertain all ages, and he builds a sense of community
Sing, Dance, Play, Learn! Valley Music Together has been engaging, educating, and entertaining young children and their families for over 10 years. We offer music and movement classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grown-ups who love them. Our Music Together In-School programs support music enriched classrooms in local schools. Nancy Riggins, the director of Valley Music Together, is pleased to present these internationally recognized, research based Music Together programs here in the Lehigh Valley. Whether you are 7 months or 70 years, pick up an instrument and we’ll make music- together!
Open in West Reading since 1993, Earth Rhythms is celebrated for its impressive selection of global percussive instruments: Native American-style frame drums; African-rooted talking drums and djembes; tongue drums handmade by an American father-and-son team; and cuícas, cajóns, congas and bongos associated with Latin styles. More unusual specialty drums include the traditional Irish bodhráns and the damarus used in Buddhist and Hindu meditation. Singing bowls, both quartz crystal and seven metals, are spiritual-musical specialties, as well.
A consummate professional, Matty Whipple has been entertaining audiences worldwide - from casinos and comedy clubs, to private and corporate events, to soldiers in Iraq with the USO - for over a decade. His brand of magic is original, funny, interactive, and smart- astonishing adults and children alike. Currently living in Eastern Pennsylvania with his family and a small zoo of critters, he makes the best cheesesteaks and omelets known to man.
Earth Rhythms - a world import shop from West Reading, PA - graciously brings to the Keim Music Fest the joy of drumming. Join us in the very first Keim Music Fest Drum Circle at 12pm. Lisa Fairman, owner of Earth Rhythms, will expertly guide the well-practiced and the novice in the art of hand drumming. Let the vibrations from the drums go right to your heart, energize your body, settle your mind, and lift your spirit. Bring your drum or play the one’s provided. All types of drums and percussion are welcome. A drum circle is a fun, exciting, and powerful way to bring individuals together through music. Indulge your inner rhythms and join in the beats.
In addition to performing on our main stage, Mike will also be heading up the Keim Music Fest Acoustic Jam Circle at 2:00pm. Bring your instruments and make some music under the trees!
Clay on Main is a non-profit art community and studio in downtown Oley, PA. It serves the local community with a variety of clay arts programs. They teach community classes and workshops in clay for adults and children, host professional workshops, collaborate with other non-profit organizations to offer learning opportunities through art, and hold public lectures and events. At the Keim Music Fest, they'll have an area with fun crafts for kids!
He’s baaaack!! That’s right - Sir Tim, aka: Tim Weiss is returning to the 2017 Keim Music Fest to act as Emcee. Emceeing is an important, demanding role requiring a lot of energy, skill, and an outstanding sense of humor, all of which Tim possesses and then some. Tim is a musician, comedian, and actor who has been entertaining and annoying audiences for over 40 years. After graduating from Oley High School and West Chester University with a degree in theatre, he moved to the New York City area where he has done standup and improv comedy, as well as playing rock and folk-rock covers on acoustic guitar with his buddy Paul Bauman. Tim and Paul regularly perform at bars, wineries, parties, and any other venue that will tolerate them. He has also written a few songs and lots of jokes, good and bad. Tim also performs regularly in "Sunday Night Improv" in NYC, and an annual Christmas concert with RPM Singers.