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Respite by the River: Evo Bluestein, with music by The Gilly Girls

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Take a break from the rush of everyday life and join the River Parkway Trust for a Respite by the River. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket, lawn chair, and relax on the Ranch House front lawn while you enjoy live dinner music provided by talented local musicians. Macca's Wine Bar will be open during the dinner hour with wines for sale by the glass. Then you'll enjoy a reading by a Central Valley author. Dessert will be available for sale.

Evening Schedule is as follows: 
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Live dinner music, bring your dinner, purchase your glass of wine or dessert

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Reading by acclaimed author

8:00 p.m. - Book sales and signing

Sponsored by
-Bussetto Foods
-Doerksen Taylor Stokes LLP
-Hedrick's Chevrolet

Media Sponsors
-Valley PBS
-Valley Public Radio 
-Central California Life Magazine

Evo Bluestein was raised in a folk music family and was exposed to many of America’s great bearers of traditional culture from an early age. He is a well-known teacher and performer, a clogger and a dance caller, an old-time fiddler, playing mandolin, guitar, Cajun/zydeco fiddle, and accordion. He’s an avant-garde banjo composer, autoharp hall of famer, and a broad source of American folk songs. Bluestein is the author of Road to Sweet’s Mill, the story of music in the 1960s and '70s in our region. Published by Fresno State Press, it features personal accounts, interviews with legendary players, unforgettable photos and archival recording, weaving together the highly entertaining story of Sweet’s Mill in the mountains east of Fresno.

The Gilly Girls Band consists of four sisters–two sets of twins. Savannah and Morgan, age 14 and Hailey and Jillian age 11. They enjoy playing bluegrass, southern gospel, western swing and old-time string band music. Savannah sings and plays mandolin and fiddle, Morgan sings, yodels, and also plays mandolin and bass. Hailey sings, plays mandolin and guitar., and Jillian sings, plays mandolin, banjo and a little bass. They are quickly developing a unique style all their own. They all play piano as well and have been taking stringed instrument instruction for about 3 1/2 years. 
They live on a ranch in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills and enjoy the daily simplicity and pleasures that country life affords. Adding to their charm and authenticity of their repertoire. They offer a fresh modern take on vintage favorites and western classics!


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