The term “Americana” gets thrown around a lot these days. It’s a broad stroke that covers a lot of ground – from old-time Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes to folk-tinged rock (and a whole lot in between).
It’s no secret that Central PA continues to grow as a hotbed for Americana in all its facets, and tonight is no exception as three fantastic shows will undoubtedly cause many a fan to draw straws, flip a coin or invoke some other method by which fate will decide just which tickets to purchase…
Dawes at Mount Hope Estate & Winery (Manheim)
Folk rock darlings Dawes seem to have developed a fondness for the region. First arriving on the scene via the Caplive series at the Strand-Capitol in York, Dawes returned two summers in a row to Lancaster’s Longs Park Summer Concert Series in 2012 and 2013. Many fans were hoping for the Longs Park trifecta this year, but alas, the summer’s schedule was announced Dawes-less. Enter Mount Hope Estate & Winery in Manheim. Best known for hosting the annual PA Renaissance Faire, the entertainment team at Mount Hope has done well to use the grounds in other ways throughout the spring and summer (Celtic Fling, Brewfest, etc.). Tonight’s show marks the debut of the newly unveiled Chess Board Stage, and we can’t think of a better way to christen it. Gates open at 5 p.m. The show is all ages. Click here for tickets.
Lucero at Fed Live (Harrisburg)
From the grittier side of the Americana tracks comes Memphis, TN’s Lucero. In fact, their faithful will probably take issue with the band’s name and the Americana descriptor falling in the same sentence. The alt-punk-country outfit has explored a wide spectrum of sounds over the course of its lengthy career, creating a sound that’s distinctly Memphisian. Catch the ever-engaging Lucero tonight at Fed Live in Harrisburg. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show is 21+. Click here for tickets.
JP Harris, The Deslondes & T. Hardy Morris at Tellus360 (Lancaster)
In one final tune-up before heading north to the venerable Newport Folk Festival this weekend, Nashville’s JP Harris & the Tough Choices, New Orleans’ The Deslondes and Athens, GA’s T. Hardy Morris (frontman of Southern rock act Dead Confederate) join forces to put on an Americana-spanning night at Lancaster’s Tellus360. From JP Harris’ driving honky-tonk, to The Deslondes’ brand of country-folk-gospel, to T. Hardy’s country grunge, there’s virtually something for everyone here. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is 21+. Click here for tickets.