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Two-day festival at Schweitzer

The second annual Schweitzer Bluegrass Festival will be August 17 and 18. This year's featured band is The Waybacks.

The Waybacks have taken North America by storm with their absolute mastery of the many styles of acoustic roots music. They've created a sensation at all the prestigious festivals they've played and are in high demand nationally. Newgrass, Celtic, Tin Pan Alley, Kumbaya-free folk, beat poetry, space-jam and Grappelli-esque swing - all are delivered with their characteristic charm and virtuosity.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Waybacks are Wayne Jacques, Stevie Coyle, James Nash, Chuck Hamilton and Joe Kyle Jr. Together, they bring nearly a century and a half of musical experience to the stage.

Their Debut Album "Devolver" has received airplay on over 70 radio stations worldwide. It has garnered them invitations to play major venues across the country as well as several festivals.

They released their second album, "Burger After Church," in May of this year.

Also appearing will be The Single Malt Band. Blending bluegrass, Celtic, folk and rock influences, ranging from Irish and Appalachian traditionals to Jethro Tull and Frank Zappa, The Single Malt Band writes clever, original lyrics and sings smooth harmony vocals.

Adding to the line-up at Schweitzer will be Spigot. They describe their music as "urban junkyard gritz." Band members play whatever instrument they can - acoustic guitar, bass, drums, triangle, telecaster, cowbell, harmonica, banjo, spoons, lap steel, saw - you name it. A "jalopolied orchestra, so to speak"

Caleb Klauder will bring his singing and songwriting skill to the mountain for the weekend also. Caleb has been compared to Steve Earle, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. He has played over 1000 venues in the last eight years.

Foghorn Leghorn will play high-spirited Appalachian dance music tying in the sound of traditional mountain fiddle tunes. The band is made up of Stephen "Sammy" Lind on fiddle, Caleb Klauder on mandolin, Brian Bagdonas on upright bass, Kevin Sandri on acoustic guitar and PT Grover Jr. on banjo.

Also back together are the Monarch Mountain Men. Formerly the Monarch Mountain Boys, they have grown up and are playing their hot acoustic music as only Mountain Men can.

The festival will also have barbeque and a beer garden. The shops in the village will open for a weekend of good food, good music and good shopping.

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Ernie Hawks Ernie Hawks is a former theater director who has branched into the creative fields of writing and photography. He lives in a cabin in Athol with his lovely wife Linda, and feeds the birds in his spare time.

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