Nick and Luke featured at Oak Glen music festival
NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — Nick and Luke (Nicholas Horner and Lucas Chohany), an Americana-rooted, jazz, folk and bluegrass influenced duo, will be returning to the tri-state area on August 25-26 to contribute to the emerging cultural arts scene in our area.
The musicians were one of the featured acts at the most recent Montani Semper Liberi — Music & Art at Oak Glen festival and were impressed by the collaborative efforts of the community and its schools, as well as the eclectic offerings provided by the annual event. They realized they’d be touring near the area, once again, and volunteered their support.
“We’d just love to help out and be a part of the community you guys (Music & Art at Oak Glen) have going,” commented Horner.
There will be shows on successive evenings, both free to the public. The first will be at Saddle Ridge Bar and Grill near Chester at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.
A number of the area’s top solo acoustic artists — all of whom have been featured performers at Music & Art at Oak Glen, Fred Ludovici, Bob Walker, Ron Bryer, Joe Ludovici and Paul and Sarah Elliott, will be on hand to share the stage with Nick and Luke for a fun performance and group sing-a-long.
The following evening, Aug. 26, the duo will put on a concert at the newly christened Bell Tower in New Manchester, WV, with special guest appearances provided by middle school students and Olivia Huval to serve as the opening act. The free to the public Bell Tower show will begin at 6:30 p.m.
New York-based vocalist and songwriter Nicholas Horner’s voice can be heard on over 20 recordings and he has worked worked with some of New York City’s finest creative arts teams. He is also founder and producer of Porch Stomp, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of folk music throughout New York City and serves as a resident visual artist for legendary jazz drummer Phil Haynes’ Pennsylvania-based jazz label.
Recently, Horner was asked to write a song commemorating the United Nation’s Habitat III Conference, performing with his band in Quito, Ecuador, for diplomats from around the around. Baltimore-based Lucas Chohany is often considered among the top folk musicians rooted in the Baltimore/DC/Mid-Atlantic region.
He was previously the guitarist and mandolinist for the world-renowned April Verch Band and currently performs with the internationally recognized hammer dulcimer/banjo duo Ken and Brad Kolodner, as well as with various bands that include the Bumper Jacksons, Uncle Baltimore and Baltimore Swing Drop. He’s also been a much in demand session musician for a number of diverse recordings.
In addition to the evening performances, Nick and Luke will be visiting Oak Glen Middle School on Monday, Aug. 26, to work with students on harmony singing and song writing. For more information concerning the appearances, call 304-374-7474.