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Wimberley Concert Association Presents Sarah Jarosz, Mike Bond, Jill Jones, and O’Malarkey
The Wimberley Concert Association will feature a stellar group of local performers in celebration of local music and musicians on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 7 PM.
Sarah Jarosz, a 10th grader at Wimberley High School, shares her talent and love for music through her powerful, soulful voice, songwriting, and multi-instrumental skills which include mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo.   She has performed onstage with Earl Scruggs,Tim O’Brien, The David Grisman Quintet, Ricky Skaggsand others. She was a member of a select group of young musicians known as “The Young American Bluegrass Idols” who performed at the 2003 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Ceremony and Fan Fest in Louisville, KY, which was broadcast nationally and internationally, and was one of five teens invited to be part of the ABC television presentation of the 2005 Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. Sarah has performed at the RockyGrass festival in Lyons, CO each year since 2003, and at the Old Settler’s Music Festival in Austin since 2002.   

Jill Jones is well known in far-flung locales around the country as a skilled western singer and yodeler.  She was a member of the Hays County Gals when they won the Academy of Western Artists Award for Cowboy Group of the Year.  She has also won the Western Music Association Grand National Yodeling Championship and the Academy of Western Artists Yodeling Award. Jill’s been featured on “Texas Country Reporter” and appeared with Willie Nelson on TNN’s “Legends of Country Music.” Both the WMA and the AWA have nominated her for Female Vocalist of the Year.

As a member of the Lone Star Chorale, Jill also received the Academy of Western Artists Western Music Group of the Year for 2002, and the Chorale was chosen as one of six national finalists for the “Prairie Home Companion” Towns Under Two Thousand Talent Contest in 1999.  

O'Malarkey is a Celtic/Irish band formed in 2001. Members of the band are Gene Milligan on guitar, mandolin, harmonica and vocals; Virginia Davis on fiddle, recorder and backup vocals; Marissa Harris on percussion and vocals; Terrie Cooper on guitar and vocals, and Bob Pennington on whistles and percussion. O'Malarkey plays mostly Irish music including lively tunes, slow airs, and the occasional rollicking sing-a-long. The group is well known in Central Texas for their high energy songs with a "raw" sound that adds authenticity to their performances.

Our host and featured performer for the evening will be Mike Bond, bluegrass-picker extraordinaire. Mike has performed in more traditional, old-time music groups throughout Central Texas than you could count. Most recently, he is best-known as the ringleader of Wimberley’s weekly Friday-night bluegrass music jam, which attracts musicians from all over the country. He is a long-time Wimberley resident who is remarkably generous with his many talents, whether he’s playing music for Wimberley’s many social events and festivals, teaching music to local kids, or helping out in the schools and at the Emily Ann Theater. Along with some traditional songs, Mike will be playing some of his original tunes — if you know them, be prepared to sing along. If you don’t know them yet, tap your toes and get ready for some laughs.

We are pleased to present this concert at Chapel in the Hills, 14601 Ranch Rd. 12, in Wimberley.  A reception for the artists will follow the concert.  Suggested donation is $6 for adults. Children are admitted free with a supervising adult. Students are always welcomed at no charge.


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