By Rick Zeigler, Founder/Organizer, Muncie Three Trails Music Series—
MUNCIE, Ind.—The Muncie Three Trails Music Series is pleased to officially announce its 2022 lineup. It will be the 9and season in which the series features critically acclaimed domestic artists in four FREE concerts at Canan Commons in downtown Muncie. All shows start at 7 p.m. and are for all ages. And this season, we will also present a special “Bonus” concert at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts. Full information about the series and all the artists, including excerpts of their music, can be found at www.munciethreetrails.com.
American artist James McMurtry will open our series on Saturday July 30and. With eight albums, including winner of “Album of the Year” at the American Music Awards childish things, a Grammy nomination, and having one of his songs, “We Can’t Make It Here” named by renowned music critic Robert Christgau in 2010 as “Song of the Decade”, McMurtry’s list of accolades is impressive. His latest release Horses and Dogs, continues its tradition of writing hardscrabble songs about good people to bad extremes and small town disintegration as it flies over America. Muncie native Mike Martin and the Beautiful Mess will open the show.
canadian duo The Little Glories will be performing on the Canan Commons stage on Saturday August 13and.
Featuring Cara Luft, founding member of the Wailin’ Jennys, and her partner JD Edwards, the folk duo have what it takes uk american tagged “Lennon-McCartney Syndrome,” writing, “Some things just work together…attending a performance of The Small Glories is a rare opportunity to experience that indefinable quality that creates perfection.” Apparently critics agree as the band left with Album of the Year, Ensemble of the Yearand Vocal Group of the Year at the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards, as well as an “Artist of the Year” distinction from the International Folk Music Awards. Besides, Paste Magazine selected them as one of the “Top 10 Folk Artists You Need to Know”. Opening the show will be Flatland Harmony Experiment. This concert is sponsored by Defur Voran.
2021 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominees Flor De Toloachean all-female mariachi ensemble, will return to the Canan Commons stage for our third concert of the year on Saturday August 27and. Flor De Toloache, which translates to “deadly flower” and also refers to a main ingredient in traditional love potions, was founded in 2008 and is led by singers Mireya Ramos & Shae Fiol. They weave a variety of influences (eg, salsa, bactata, cumbia, gypsy, Latin jazz, pop, hip-hop, soul) into their unique sound, giving them a bold, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. They perform original songs, new arrangements of classic Mariachi tunes, plus an eclectic selection of covers that can include songs from artists such as Adele and Erykah Badu. Pavel & Direct Contact will open the show. This concert is sponsored by Ball State University.
Favorite of the Three Trails Pokey LaFarge will be presented at Canan Commons in the fourth concert of our 2022 series on Saturday September 10and. Mr. LaFarge’s appearances on the 2016 and 2017 Muncie Three Trails Music Series drew some of the biggest crowds in our history, so we were looking forward to seeing him again. However, we had to wait, as he initially had some personal struggles to deal with, self-described as “a fall from grace”, which was then quickly followed by the Covid pandemic. LaFarge says, “Before the pandemic, I was in a dark place, but the pandemic actually created the much-needed space for me to reflect. …I have found peace in silence. I was able to recalibrate what I do and why I do it. With whom I have to do it and above all, for whom I do it. His last album, In the flower of their shadow, signals another style shift for Pokey, adding Southwestern, South American and Caribbean influences to his mix of hot swing, ragtime, country blues and Americana. The Ball State University Jazz Ensemble will open the show. This concert is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County.
Finally, on September 24, the Muncie Three Trails series will present a fifth special “bonus” concert at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts’ EB Ball Auditorium. This show will feature a Welsh-born, London-based solo acoustic guitarist Gwenifer Raymond. Raymond’s specific area of lead guitar is known as “American Primitive”, a term coined by acoustic guitarist John Fahey in the late 1950s to describe his own music, intended to somehow convey an amalgam of ineffable and ever-changing influences. For Gwenifer, that means she mixes Appalachian folk, antebellum Southern country blues, Indian ragas and drone-based music, with hints of vintage gothic horror films and a healthy dose of of Welsh folk weirdness. The sound she produces is so cavernous, evocative and frenetic that it seems like at least two other guitarists must be hiding behind the scenes somewhere. Prepare for a truly unique and spellbinding experience when Gwenifer Raymond takes to the Cornerstone stage. Lonesome With Company will open the show.
The Muncie Three Trails Music Series is a non-profit partnership between the Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, the Muncie Arts and Culture Council and Series Founder and Organizer Rick Zeigler. The series’ mission is to bring critically acclaimed national artists to perform at Canan Commons, Muncie’s premier outdoor performance venue, located in the heart of downtown Muncie. A second mission is to promote the many recreational, artistic and cultural attractions located along or near Canan Commons and Muncie’s popular “Three Trails” – White River Greenway, Cardinal Greenway and Muncie Arts and Culture Trail. We hope that participants will respect our slogan, “Explore the trails, enjoy the music”.