Music in the Park features Southside Denny & the Snyders
PLYMOUTH — Tonight, Encore’s Music in the Park features Southside Denny & the Snyders, formerly known as Southside Denny, blues artist extraordinaire. A special happening at 6:15 prior to the performance will be a dance demonstration by Mewsette Cartwright’s LifePlex Dance Academy. They’ll be opening with the popular “Mustang Sally” with the promise of a variety of line dances.
Denny Snyder, a native of Quebec, decided to enlist his children in his band’s live concerts last year. At only 12 years of age, his daughter Lorrie had already appeared on two songs in Snyder’s eighth album “Full Circle” — winner of blues album of the year in Quebec in 2010 — and performed at various festivals with him during the summers of 2009 and 2010. Some of these include the Salon du Guitare of the Montréal Jazz Festival, the Mont Tremblant Blues Festival and the Canadian Guitar Festival. Lorrie not only sings, but has also taken up the electric bass. She holds down the bottom end for the Snyders, and is the bassist in her secondary school jazz band. The addition of her voice in the band breathes a whole new life into her father’s blues.
Denny’s son, Philip, began playing the drums at three and is already a drum and percussion veteran at age 11. He first performed with his father at the Boite à Chansons de L’Assomption in October, 2010, and last August played both the caron and drum set in his father’s shows in Québec and in the U.S.
After the successes of last summer, the trio decided to make this entity an official band and simply call it their given family name, The Snyders. Deeply rooted in Chicago blues, this band crosses many musical styles and influences, making it difficult to categorize their music. They merge such diverse musical elements as blues, rock, funk, francophone pop and even manouche into their sound. Staying true to the roots of the entire group, they are also bilingual, and have several songs in French in their repertoire.
The family ties don’t end with the three musicians you will see and hear on the stage. The lyrics to three of their new songs were penned by their mother/wife Josée Larose. Their oldest daughter, Ariane Larose took care of the artwork and design, making this a true family effort. The new album became available March 29 and will be available at the concert tonight. For more information, check out their website at http://www.the3snyders.com/
Snyder will be offering a guitar workshop at 3 p.m. Friday at the Amphitheater where he will talk about his book, “Essential Guitar Tools” and play examples from it. Based on the participants, the sky’s the limit. All ages and levels of players are welcome and encouraged to bring a guitar. The book will be available for $15.
All Music in the Park concerts are in Centennial Park in the Young Amphitheater. Bring a lawn chair, your favorite beverage and a picnic to enjoy this special music in a delightful setting. If you don’t want to cook, Delta Theta Tau will once again be offering refreshments—each performance with specials that reflect the group performing.
Gates open at 6 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7, a half hour earlier than previous years. All tickets are $10 for adults and children and K through12 students are free as well as college students with an ID. Tickets are available at the Encore Office, A.S.K. for Flowers, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Park and Recreation Department and WTCA.
For more information, contact Debi Gidley at Encore Performing Arts, 1305 W. Harrison Street,Plymouth at 935-4987 or the website at www.encoreperformingarts.org.