Small House Strings wrap up Full Moon Concert season
Small House Strings guitarist Marty Morrison and mandolinist Drew Fink — have a special relationship with Riffs Acoustic Music.
The duo first played the venue in the spring of 2011, and has performed three times in the past couple of years.
Morrison has also performed at Riffs with his friend Jeanne Rettos Logan and both he and Fink played a show with another local band, John Boys Mule.
"For the lack of imagination, we called the group Small House Mule," Morrison said with a smile during an interview with The Park Record. "We were joined by Greg Friedman on percussion during that show.
"That was a great night, too, because we did something entirely different," he said. "We’ve played with our friends Jack and Karri Walzer and Mark Viar, who we’ve known for years."
On Sunday, Nov. 17, Small House Strings will play Riffs’ final Full Moon Concert of the season. The music will begin at 7 p.m.
This time around, Morrison and Fink will be joined by their friends — guitarists Logan and Elizabeth Hareza, saxophonist John Flanders and harmonica player Keith Aran.
"We want to do something different and have an interest in playing a great night of music with friends," Morrison said. "We have some talented musicians who will make an appearance at the show."
While Logan, Hareza and Flanders are well known in the Park City music community, Aran isn’t.
"He doesn’t play out as much," Morrison said.
Still, Aran plays a mean harmonica.
"I’ve known Keith for about 25 years," Morrison said. "I met him one day when I was playing a solo show and he stopped by and listened for a while and we became good friends."
Sunday’s concert will feature a set by Morrison and Fink, who will then ask the others to join them on selected songs.
"We know what songs we’re going to play, but we don’t know which songs everyone will play on just yet," Morrison said.
The guitarist said Park City is fortunate to have a venue like Riffs where acoustic musicians can not only buy their instruments and supplies, but also play.
"I’ve done a lot of electric playing and was in bands over the years, but I’ve settled in the acoustic thing these past few years, and Riffs is like an acoustic-music cultural center," Morrison said. "They have that performance room and it’s just a treasure for local musicians and local music lovers."
As a musician, Morrison likes performing at Riffs because the audience comes to listen to the music.
"Secondly, it’s a small venue, which is really nice, too, because it has a great vibe," he said. "[Owner] Larry Hart is a fan of music and it shows."
The first time Marty and Drew played Riffs, they defined the kind of music, professionalism, and skills that Hart wanted for these Full Moon Concerts.
"They were acoustic based and flawless in their musicianship and choice of songs," he said. "The stage room loved them, they loved the stage room, and same went for audience. Having them here again, along with their friends, is a great way to close out the series for 2013."
The Full Moon Concert Series began mid-October 2010 with singer/songwriter Randall Williams, who conducted a workshop followed by a concert.
"We wished to provide a venue committed to live music without the distractions of a bar, restaurant, or similar venue," Hart said. "This is a community outreach kind of program. Though we charge for tickets, we hope, as in all things we do, to establish good will with the community at large, and our customers, with each and every concert."
Riffs Acoustic Music, 1205 Iron Horse Dr., will present Small House Strings and Friends as the final Full Moon Concert of the year on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. In addition to Marty Morrison and Drew Fink, the concert will feature Jeanne Rettos Logan, Elizabeth Hareza, John Flanders and Keith Aran. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. RSVPs are strongly advised. Call (435) 647-1940 or stop by the store to RSVP. For more information, visit http://www.riffspc.com .
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