Hard Swimmin’ Fish perform at Bluemont

Posted: July 5, 2013

Star staff report


winchester — The Bluemont Concert Series will present Hard Swimmin’ Fish at 7:30 p.m. today on the lawn in front of the Old Court House Civil War Museum Winchester.


Concertgoers are to bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont friends and seniors, $2 for kids under 12. No pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed. In case of bad weather, the concerts are held indoors at the First Presbyterian Church.


Hard Swimmin' Fish is a blues quartet that has been making music for more than 15 years. The band plays a range of styles covering the country blues of Mississippi and The Piedmont, the urban blues of Chicago, and funk infused varieties with roots in New Orleans second line. This versatility allows Hard Swimmin' Fish to offer either acoustic or electric performances and play any venue.


The juxtaposition of old and new is also evident in both the band members and their play-list. The playing and singing of guitarist/vocalist Demian Lewis is deeply rooted in traditional styles and is powered by the sophisticated rhythms of drummer Jason Walker, and the virtuosity of bassist Randy Ball. Together they churn out a combination of originals, rearranged traditional material, and recognizable standards.


Bluemont relies on more than 1,200 volunteers each summer to ensure that performances go smoothly, and on the support of local businesses and community organizations.

Contact Virginia Winsatt at 540-955-8186 or email virginia@bluemont.org.


With the challenges of the current economy, Bluemont’s level of funding is in doubt from the many partners in communities throughout the region. Businesses interested in becoming a sponsor may contact Lily Dunning at 540-955-8186 or lily@bluemont.org.