Music at the Arboretum: Steve Free, Grammy Nominated Folk/Americana Artist
Friday, July 30, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, 2122 Williams Road, Wooster, OH 44691
Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues it summer concert series at the John Streeter Garden Amphitheater with Grammy nominated folk/Americana artist Steve Free and his band. An internationally acclaimed award-winning singer/songwriter, Free draws his music from his Native American (Shawnee/Cherokee) and Appalachian roots.
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 Steve Free
Grammy Nominated Folk/Americana Artist Steve Free has won numerous Music Industry Awards including 9 ASCAP Awards, a Platinum Record, a 2016 Grammy nomination and three Americana Music Award nominations. He has charted over 560 songs on The National and International Charts including 21 # 1 songs and is one of the most popular Folk/Americana Artist on European and International radio. In 2008 he won The Governor’s Award For The Arts as the #1 Artist in his home state of Ohio and in 2009 he received an Arts Award from The Kentucky State Senate for his contributions to Appalachia. In 2010, he was named an ” official Ohio Treasure ” by the Ohio General Assembly. An accomplished Native American flute player he is an Ohio Arts Council ” Ohio Artist on Tour” artists, offering award-winning school programs. His Christmas song “Just a Baby Boy” has become a worldwide Christmas classic performed around the world every holiday. In 2019, Steve was named by LUX LUFE International Magazine of London ” Best American Folk Artist “.
The Steve Free Band
Steve Free – vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitar, Native American flute
Susan Free (vocals, percussion, flute) is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Eastern Kentucky. She brings a strong Southern Gospel musical background to the group, adding the harmonies that make that signature ” Steve Free sound “. Also a published poet, Susan has been with the band since 1999.
Wyatt Bates (drums, percussion) is from Southern Ohio and has been involved with music since junior high scho, performing in everything from school ensembles and orchestras to regional country and rock bands. Wyatt joined the Steve Free Band in 2000 and says “drumming is the foundation and percussion is the flavoring that makes the difference. ”
John Starkey (bass) hails from Warminster, Pennsylvania and has performed with the Steve Free Band off and on since the 1970s when they met serving in The U.S. Air Force. Rejoining Steve as the bass player in 1997, John brings a touch of the East Coast sound to Steve’s unique Folk / Americana / Appalachian sound.