Rachel Brown and The Beatnik Playboys
Friday, July  19, 2024 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
John Streeter Gardem Amphitheater, 2122 Williams Road, Wooster, OH 44691

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) and the Friends of the Secrest Arboretum continue their summer Music at the Arboretum concert series on Friday, July 19, 2024, with Rachel Brown and The Beatnik Playboys. Rachel is a singer/songwriter/pianist who has opened for many top artists including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Toby Keith and The Judds, just to mention a few. She is known for her honky tonk piano stylings reminiscent of greats such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino or Floyd Cramer. Be carried away by powerful vocals as the band performs various country, oldies, rock, and blues covers.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691. For more information call 419-853-6016.

The program is free, but registration is recommended.

About the Musicians

Rachel Brown Rachel is a singer/songwriter/pianist that has written the majority of the songs on her last three albums. During her lengthy career she has opened for many top artists including Emmylou Harris, Willie a Nelson, Merle Haggard, Peter Cooper & Eric Brace, Nathan Bell, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bill Kirchen, Chucky Mead, Phil Lee, Loretta Lynn, Ray Stevens, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Vern Gosdin, Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Aaron Tippin, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley,Richie Furay, Donna the Buffalo, The Carpenter Ants, Little Jimmy Dickens, Southern Pacific, Ricky Scaggs, David Jacobs Strain and The Judds. Cathy Towns Grady (formerly Miller – now the band name makes sense!) is a songwriter, vocalist, and fiddler, with a wide range of styles and influences. Her powerful alto voice commands an audience and her soulful songwriting brings the crowd in close. She blends blues, folk and country into her own unique style.

Dave Huddleston is a lifelong student and lover of music. He is known locally as a vocalist, guitarist, and bassist. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Cleveland, Dave grew up in a musical family and was exposed to a variety of music genres — from Saturday Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, to Broadway musicals played on the family hi-fi, to pop tunes squeezed out of a tiny transistor radio tuned to WIXY 1260-AM. His influences are all over the map — Bach, Artie Shaw, Elvis, the Temptations, the Beatles, Ella, 1960s TV themes, Gaetano Veloso, Chaka Khan, U2, the Bee Gees, the Isley Brothers, Frankie Valli, Ennio Morricone, Buck Owens. Dave sees every song and every gig as a chance for exciting explorations, always with an element of surprise.

Bill Watson has had an extensive and successful career out of performing music for many years. Currently, you can also find Bill playing with “The Numbers Band” (since 1990), “Hillbilly Idol” (since 1990), “Alex Bevan” (since 1988) and “Clearfork”

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