By Ethan Woodhouse
Sept. 8, 2012. Downtown Boone opened their streets up for the monthly Art Crawl celebration yesterday evening, once again playing host to all folks interested in seeing what local merchants and musicians had to offer.
Art Crawl participants can expect to hear a variety of music as they traverse King and the surrounded streets, below is a video sample of some of the sounds heard throughout a Friday night Art Crawl.
Video by Ethan Woodhouse
The first group featured in the video calls themselves The Dandeggars. Made up of 5 Appalachian State students, the friends began playing together in March, but one could hardly tell in passing. Jenny Parks plays the harp, Connor Cook the button accordion, Tyler Patterson the acoustic guitar, Valerie Puhala on fiddle and Abigail Lanier the bodhran drum.
Beginning at the video’s :45 second mark, Douglas Francisco, member of the recently disbanded Poor Wicked Souls, can be seen playing his 1932 Lap Steel guitar for patrons at the Hidden Hands Gallery grand opening on King Street.
The 2:00 minute mark showcases the duo of Samuel Brown and Shane O’brien. The pair have been friends for “a while” but has only played music together for about a month. The two were joined later in the night by other musicians for a more raucous showcase of their talents.
Recent Art Crawls seem to have taken a page out of the book of our mountain neighbors, Asheville. The space between Bead Box and the Boone Town Hall has played host to such circles for the Art Crawls of the summer and the trend seems to be gaining steam. Video of the performance begins at the 3:00 minute mark.
As the night came to a close, trumpet player Charlie Humphrey took a seat at the corner of Depot and King to serenade Crawlers with classics such as, “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing” and other renditions of his own. His performance wraps up the video compilation, beginning at the 3:55 minute mark.
The High Country Press would like to thank all the talented, willing musicians who performed last night and allowed us to feature them in this piece.