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THE PRAIRIE ACRE with Pholly
Blue Stone Folk School Folk Series Concert
Thursday, June 25 7-9 PM
Noble Tea and Coffee Company 933 Logan – On the Square – Noblesville
$10 at the Door.

By Joni Back-Bubenzer

Every now and then, I have a Pretty Good Idea. Most of the time, these ideas remain as they are: happy thought bubbles that populate day dreams in a parallel, perfect world. But, once in awhile I share a Pretty Good Idea with the right people, and before I know it, things start to happen. Before long, my Pretty Good Idea forms into a delightful, solid reality.

This is what happened when I told the Board of Directors at the Blue Stone Folk School about my idea to bring The Prairie Acre to Noblesville.

Knowledge of this old time quartet is unavoidable in my family; banjo player/vocalist Noah Musser is my husband’s first-cousin. But, it is the band’s far-reaching popularity, rather than Bubenzer family connections, that struck a chord at the Folk School. Veterans of the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering, Geoff and Julie Davis caught the band’s performance at last year’s Gathering, and were able to attest to the positive energy and unrelenting charm that are part of the Prairie Acre experience. With that, it was easy to begin the process of putting together what is sure to be a memorable and music-filled evening.

prairie_acre_posterHailing from Lawrence, Kansas, this tap-your-toes, get-up-and-dance band will bring an old time brand of traditional music to the intimate Noble Tea and Coffee Company on Noblesville’s Square before heading to The Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering in nearby Battleground, Indiana. Having built quite a local following in Lawrence, The Prairie Acre is taking the show on the road this summer, making stops at venues and folk music festivals across the central US. With a freshly minted CD, “Who Will Rock the Cradle,” under their belts, they will be fortified with banjo, fiddle, bass, guitar, and plenty of coffee.

Their music and down-home wholesome style is reminiscent of times in the not-so-distant, pre-electronic past when families made real music together. This outlook is completely in sync with the Folk School’s philosophy. It’s been said that The Prairie Acre’s music “tends to inspire women in their 80s to do little ho-step dances when they hear it.” With out a doubt, they should have the same effect on everyone, regardless of age.

With The Prairie Acre secured, we knew we couldn’t stop with just one good thing. This not-to-be-missed performance will open with a set from Noblesville’s own Pholly. This delightful teen duo combines gutsy, youthful vocals from Molly Grooms and Phoebe Davis with Phoebe’s expert ukulele strumming. They offer a combination of traditional and popular songs with a unique twist, as well as one or two impressive original compositions.

I am pretty sure that this evening has the makings for one of those Most Memorable Days/Nights of Summer pages in everyone’s mental scrapbook. I suggest that folks head in to town early, enjoy dinner at one of Noblesville’s fabulous downtown restaurants, then make their way to the Noble Coffee Company for the show.

And, if you are really good, I might invite you to my house for some pie and jamming after the show. And if that happens, I can honestly say that my Pretty Good Idea has come true.

See you there!

Joni

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