Family music makers at Rock City

Oct 11, 2016
Soapbox Company

Rockland — Rock City Café, 316 Main St., will welcome Soapbox Company Friday, Oct. 21; and George Stephens and Kathy Westra Saturday, Oct. 22. Music will run from 7 to 9 p.m. both nights.

Soapbox Company is a family band originally from Arkansas. Stacy Wade and son Caleb write and sing original material in a folk/rock style that muses about questions they want to ask and human rights. More family members occasionally join in, and all play more than one thing — sometimes more than one at a time.

George Stephens and Kathy Westra perform a large repertoire of songs featuring tight vocal harmonies and accompaniments on six- and 12-string guitar. They draw their material from traditional sources, as well as from contemporary songwriters whose music reflects the folksong traditions of North America, Australia and Great Britain.

While the couple has been regulars at folk fests and museums for years, they released their first CD, “Birds of Passage,” last year on the Folk-Legacy label. Westra’s work as an environmental and conservation writer; and Stephens’ long career as a scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration inspired them to sing songs that express an appreciation for the wild places that provide refuge from our busy urban lives, and the importance of conserving our lands and waters.

Food is available until closing. For more information on these and other events happening at the coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123 or find it on Facebook.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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