Great Cabin Fever Escape Show rocks roots

Jan 31, 2014
The Wiyos

Rockport — The third annual Great Cabin Fever Escape Show live concert — this year featuring The Wiyos, international touring act and 2009 summer tour openers for Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp — will kick off U.S. National Toboggan Championship weekend Friday night, Feb. 7, at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.

Doors will open 7:30 p.m. Special Midcoast guests include DJ Terry Frank and The Dolphin Strikers, and there will be a cash bar and prize giveaways. The Great Cabin Fever Escape Show, produced by promoter John Orlando and sponsored by Bay Chamber Concerts, is a 21-and-older event and positive ID will be required.

The Wiyos have been rolling for more than a decade, one of the first "old-timey" bands to emerge on the national scene in the first wave of acoustic bands riding the renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. In 2012, they gave their approach a turn with the fan-funded concept album “Twist,” a 14-track eclectic musical collage loosely based on “The Wizard Of Oz.” While The Wiyos — Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins — have returned to their roots, they retain some of the electricity of the “Twist” tours, albeit driven by the reintroduction of Farkas’ legendary washboard.

Tickets, $25 in advance, are available at Bay Chamber Concerts, located on the top floor of Rockport’s downtown Shepard Building; HAV II and Zoot Coffee in Camden; Hope General Store; and Rock City Café in Rockland. Tickets will be $30 day-of-show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit WERU-FM, which is having ticket and CD giveaways leading up to the event. To buy tickets online or for more information, visit baychamberconcerts.org or call presenter Orlando at 706-6040.

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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