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Major Sevens, Swing Guitars take to the porch

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Article Published: Jun. 13, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 15, 2013
Major Sevens, Swing Guitars take to the porch

The Major Sevens, featuring Brooks Forsyth, Drayton Aldridge and Robert Hunt, will perform Friday at the Jones House.

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The town of Boone’s Concerts at the Jones House series continues Friday, June 14, with a performance of both The Major Sevens and Swing Guitars, starting at 5 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The Major Sevens is a trio, featuring Boone native Brooks Forsyth, Drayton Aldridge and Robert Hunt. The three started playing in local barbecue restaurants, developing a sound, and before long they were playing parties, and then stages.

The band recorded an album in 2008 and has been playing locally and regionally over the past several years, including performances at Music on the Mountaintop and Music Fest ’n Sugar Grove.

“These guys bring great energy and a clear passion for a variety of acoustic music styles,” said Mark Freed, Boone’s cultural resources coordinator. “They very much have the approach and philosophy of the great Doc Watson, who called it ‘traditional-plus.’”

Watson’s idea of “traditional-plus” included old-time, bluegrass, folk, blues, jazz and whatever else he enjoyed and wanted to play.

Swing Guitars will follow The Major Sevens, bringing to life the gypsy jazz music and era made famous by Django Reinhardt.

“This style of music is fueled by swinging guitar playing that requires a mix of technical excellence combined with imagination and creativity to improvise, and these guys do it very well,” Freed said. “Every one of these guys can play the pants off his respective instrument, and they have a lot of fun doing it.”

The band includes guitarists Andy Page, Jim Schaller and Jay Brown, in addition to bassist Ben McPherron. Though the members of the band are seen frequently around Boone playing with other projects and groups, Swing Guitars plays only a select few concerts a year. This will be Swing Guitars’ fifth consecutive performance at the summer Concerts at the Jones House.

The Concerts at the Jones House are produced by the town of Boone and sponsored by the Downtown Boone Development Association, Mast General Store, Footsloggers, MPrints, Stick Boy Bread Company, Melanie’s and Farmer’s Rentals. The free concerts take place every Friday, starting at 5 p.m., rain or shine. People are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket.

For more information, including a complete schedule, visit http://www.joneshousecommunitycenter.org or call (828) 262-4576.

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The Major Sevens, featuring Brooks Forsyth, Drayton Aldridge and Robert Hunt, will perform Friday at the Jones House.
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Guitarist Andy Page will perform with Swing Guitars Friday at the Jones House.
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