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Trio returns for Azalea Park concert

Keith Greeninger, Jim Norris and Dayan Kai perform at the bandshell in Azalea Park. The trio will return for a concert Sunday.
Keith Greeninger, Jim Norris and Dayan Kai perform at the bandshell in Azalea Park. The trio will return for a concert Sunday.
 The American Music Festival presents multi-instrumentalists Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai with Jim Norris on drums in concert at 1 p.m. Sunday June 26, at the Azalea Park bandshell.

Keith Greeninger is an award-winning singer and song writer, and winner of the prestigious Telluride Troubadour National Song Writing Competition in 2005. 

Greeninger grew up in the Santa Clara Valley and now lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He started gaining attention on the national music scene in 1989 as a songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist for the trio City Folk. 

 

Greeninger released his first solo album, “Wind River Crossing,” in 1997. It includes musical contributions by well-known artists such as Flaco Jimenez, Peter Michael Escovido and Martin Simpson. His next release, “Back To You,” was his first collaboration with Kai. His critically-acclaimed “Glorious Peasant” compact disc also features Kai, and both artists released the CD, “Make It Rain,” as a duo last year.

Kai, born without sight, is a singer, songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist with a commitment to music. His recently released “Treat a Stranger Right” is an American Gospel retrospective. This CD is contemporary, jazz, blues and country gospel with songs composed by Toots and  The Maytals, Blind Willie Johnson, Duke Ellington and Kai himself.

Norris is a renowned Santa Cruz area drummer who has backed up many talented musicians including Snail, Fly By Night, the Humans and Lacy J. Dalton. He has played on all of Greeninger's solo releases.

To hear samples of the trio’s music, visit www. coastalgrooves.com.

The remaining groups scheduled for the American Music Festival include:

•July 10, the Linfield Celebration Brass, a special 15-piece ensemble from Linfield College.

•July 24, Craig Allen Blues Band.

•July 31, Golden Bough, traditional Celtic music.

•Aug. 14, Oregon Coast Lab Band and Evolution jazz band.

•Aug. 28, BluesBox Bayou Band, playing Americana, Cajun and Zydeco music.

In case of bad weather, the concert moves indoors to the Redwood Theater, 621 Chetco Ave., Brookings.

The American Music Festival is a nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the Brookings Area Council for the Arts.

For more information, contact Les Cohen at the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 541-469-3181.

 

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