By Lynn Schardt

Music on the ditch

Following its summer hiatus, Music On The Divide will resume the 2022 season on September 11 with the return to Divide of beloved musician extraordinaire Joe Craven.

This time, he brings his entire band, The Sometimers, to the Georgetown School auditorium. This concert will be an energetic kickoff to MOTD’s fall music event lineup that will entertain and delight audiences through December.

How to describe the music of Joe Craven & The Sometimers? Acid-rockgrass? American jazz fusion? To attempt to lock it up would be to crush the exuberant creative spirit that occurs when Craven (mandolin, fiddle, percussion, vocals), Jonathan Stoyanoff, (bass/vocals), Bruce MacMillan (guitars, Dobro/vocals) Barry Eldridge (drums ) and wind band singer Hattie Craven perform together. “No genre left out” is their musical motto, and they accomplish the task with joyful abandon, playing free music that breaks paradigms and seduces and excites. Their recent album “Garcia Songbook” received five-star rave reviews, for example, “The arrangements are so fresh and full of surprises that you might find yourself laughing out loud. And the musicianship is stellar!”

For 35 years in the business, Joe Craven has worn many hats – instrumentalist, singer, music producer, actor, storyteller and creativity educator. In the folk tradition, Joe blends ideas and sonic tools from unexpected places, creating new music. Joe has made music with Jerry Garcia, David Lindley, David Grisman, Alison Brown, Howard Levy, Vassar Clements, Rob Ickes and many other innovative artists. He is a featured artist/educator on the PBS television series “Music Gone Public” and Joe has created music and sound effects for commercials, soundtracks and computer games.

Tickets for this special high-octane concert will be available at the door for $20/adult, $5/student. Advance tickets are available at eventbrite.com. The doors to the Georgetown School amphitheater open at 2 p.m. for MOTD members and 2:30 p.m. for the public. The music will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. People should bring a bottle of water and a seat pad for personal comfort in this shady but rustic outdoor setting.