January 4, 2017

Music & Entertainment, Top News

On Saturday, January 14th at 7:30 p.m., the Blue Moon Coffeehouse in Rockland features Rick Fire and the Rick Tones. This band is brand new, but you are likely already familiar with its members. At the center of the music is banjo master Ricky Mier, co-founder of the band Twisted Pine, Cat and the Moon and a former member of Hot Day at the Zoo. He is accompanied by other incredibly talented musicians: bassist Charles Berthoud, JD Williams, Meg Griffith and Thor Davidson.

Ricky Mier is winner of the gold medal at the 2014 Freshgrass Banjo Contest and with his band Twisted Pine has won band contests at Freshgrass, Thomas Point Beach and tied for first place at Rocky Grass. Mier has performed on the main stages of other major festivals such as Grey Fox, Celtic Connections (Scotland), The Green River Festival, and Joe Val. He has performed with Bela Fleck and Victor Wooten and has shared the stage with acoustic heavy weights such as The Punch Brothers, Peter Rowan, Alison Brown, Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Sam Bush Band, Del McCoury Band, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and more.

Charles Berthoud is a monster bass player who has won awards such as 1st place at the New Hampshire Bass Solo Competition. Charles has performed at prestigious venues in all four corners of the United States, including The Capitol Center for the Arts, The Palace Theater, and the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA.

 JD Williams, multi-instrumentalist with the acoustic Americana band, Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters, has completed over a dozen international tours, been honored with the Sam Eisenson Award for Country Music.

Tickets are $10 at the door (children 12 and under are free). The address is 45 Webster Street, Rockland, MA. For more information, visit www.thebluemooncoffeehouse.com or check out our Facebook page.