Tall Tales & Troubadours
The Mike Aiken Band
Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7PM
Tickets: $20

Well-traveled Virginia songwriter and sea captain, Mike Aiken, may have been born in the wrong century.  An inner sense of chivalry oozes from every story he tells and every song he sings. Aiken has drawn tales - and hope - from “trail riders, aging rodeo champs, sea captains, Rastafarians and outlaws” to craft a treasure chest of tunes that draws the threads of these independent spirits together. Always having fun on stage, you can expect to hear upbeat, rootsy grooves, from slide guitar to honky-tonk piano, percussion and sweet harmony vocals that take you to the heart of a summer jump-up.

Aiken’s love for singing, songwriting and sailing has taken him all over the world. As a songwriter he puts pen to paper and shares his colored and colorful life. As an artist who comes by his stories and Grammy nomination honestly, Aiken has definitely taken his place among well-respected songwriters and musicians in the Americana and Country communities. Wayward Troubadour, Aiken’s seventh album definitely proves that point.

On stage with Mike Aiken will be his trusted band of wayward troubadours – Amy Aiken (vocals, percussion), Brian Ashley Jones (vocals, guitars), and Jordan Ponzi (vocals, upright bass).

The audience whooped and hollered and stomped their feet! Ross Ragland Theater
We found our local artists to open Saturday Night's concert at
Aiken & Friends Fest, Mike Aiken's Tall Takes & Troubadours.

MACHEIS WIND: Macheis Wind is an award-winning musician, child advocate and author. His emotional energy and powerful original songs are unmistakable and his fiery virtuosity on guitar have enthralled audiences nationally and internationally. Macheis is also the founder and director of Guitar Tree, a non-profit organization. The mission of Guitar Tree has always been the prevention of all forms of violence against those who are most vulnerable. Macheis has spent more than two decades dedicated to bringing the healing power of music to children and adults in venues like domestic violence safe houses, homeless shelters, orphanages and a women’s prison.

Macheis has released fourteen albums over the course of his music career, including two acclaimed children’s records. The title of his most recent recording is FISHING BOATS.

JOHNATHAN BEEDLE: For over 40 years, Jonathan Beedle has been a performing musician. Harmony is Jonathan’s forte. “I just gravitated toward harmony from the very beginning,” He says. “The parts just jumped out at me and those are the parts I would sing.” Collaborations with partners and band mates seasoned Jonathan as a performer. As a songwriter, Jonathan’s inspiration comes from the artists he was drawn to growing up in Hellertown, Pennsylvania; The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Mike Nesmith, John Prine, Joni Mitchell and many others. His original CD “A Long Day Gone” is a record filled with rich heartfelt songs in the storytelling style he finds so compelling.

Jonathan’s voice was heard in the Season 1 finale of the HBO series Big Love, singing the Civil War-era classic, “Lorena”. Jonathan has performed across the country and has shared the stage with Jimmy Webb, Steve Forbert, The Strawbs, Ellis Paul, and Lucy Kaplansky.

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