Music series

Three Trails Music Series hosts 4 concerts at Canan Commons in July

MUNCIE, Ind. – After being put on hold due to COVID-19 last summer, the Three Trails music series will return to Canan Commons in July.

In its eighth season, the series will bring four critically acclaimed national artists to downtown Muncie in a series of free concerts spanning the months of July through September.

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.

“I’m very excited to have the Muncie Three Trails musical series back for this year,” Zeigler told The Star Press in an email. “Live music is a great way to discover talented artists and bring the community together.”

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Each concert will begin at 7 p.m. and will be open to all ages. All concerts are free seats, with lawn chairs welcome. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be moved to the Cornerstone Center for the Arts.

Zeigler said that under current state and local guidelines, masks and social distancing are not required, but are recommended.

A look at who’s playing

This year’s series will offer a variety of music, including modern Cajun, gospel and soul, bluegrass and country.

The first concert, scheduled for July 10, will feature modern Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers, who will play an acoustic set of traditional Cajun music to open the show.

The Louisiana-based band won a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Album for “Kalenda.” The Lost Bayou Ramblers also contributed to the score for Oscar-nominated “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and toured with Arcade Fire and the Violent Femmes.

On July 24, the Sensational Barnes Brothers, an eight-piece soul and gospel group from Memphis, will take the stage. Bridging the gap between traditional black gospel and the soulful sounds of artists like Stax and Al Green, Chris and Courtney Barnes released a critically acclaimed debut album, “Nobody’s Fault But My Own,” in 2020. This concert is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County.

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Acclaimed bluegrass band Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper will be at Canan Commons on August 7th.

According to a press release, Cleveland is one of the most decorated fiddlers in bluegrass history, with 12 International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) “Fiddler of the Year” awards and an induction in 2018 to the National Fiddle Player Hall of Fame. Flamekeeper also won the 2020 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album and is a six-time IBMA winner for Instrumental Group of the Year. The Bashville Boys of Muncie will open the show.

A month later, on September 11, country group Asleep At The Wheel, which won 10 Grammy awards, will close the series. According to the statement, Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel 50 years ago to perform and help revive American roots music, such as Western swing.

In addition to multiple Grammy Awards, the band also won “Touring Band of the Year” at the 1976 Country Music Awards and “Lifetime Achievement in Performance” at the 2009 Americana Music Awards.

This concert is sponsored by Ball State University, with the Ball State University Jazz Lab Ensemble opening the show.

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Charlotte Stefanski is a journalist at The Star Press. Reach her at 765-283-5543, [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @CharStefanski.