Local musicians Andy Armstrong, Scott Loss & friends perform Thrasher benefit concert
Ripon resident Andy Armstrong, former Green Lake resident, Scott Loss, and a number of friends return for a special benefit concert at the historic Thrasher Opera House in beautiful downtown Green Lake on Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us for an evening of great acoustic folk and rock music, with all proceeds to benefit the Thrasher, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that exists to promote the arts, provide a community gathering place and to preserve the historic opera house.
Scott's Midwestern roots (Illinois and Wisconsin) are from a musical family with both parents playing several instruments. “It (music) was always a part of our life and powerful connecting force for me...I sang in church and in choral groups through college…The only genre missing from the family's record collection was bluegrass,” says Loss, which he discovered at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1983. It was then he decided to direct his guitar and vocal skills primarily toward bluegrass and folk music.
Already proficient on piano, mandolin, and guitar, Loss added banjo, bass, violin and cello. Upon accepting an invitation from a friend to work with Venezuela's El Sistema-based First Notes Program in Eagle County, Colorado, he began teaching music at several elementary schools and other music camps. Loss also attended the prestigious Rocky Grass Academy as a student, studying bluegrass fiddle, bass and dobro. Scott is currently on the teaching staff at Grammy-nominated Jake Wolf's School of Rock Summer Camps, and has enjoyed excellent reviews for his 2011 CD project entitled Ghost Train.
Scott lives in Eagle County Colorado and plays with the regional favorite bluegrass band “Hardscrabble.” Besides teaching music and skiing, Scott also collects antique violins, and crafts cabinets and shaker style furniture.
Andy (harmonica & vocals) has played in various rock and folk groups since the late 70's. Living and playing in such cities as Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA and New York City before finally settling down in Ripon, WI, where he started the band 'I Drank with Frank' playing on and off nearly 10 years playing local clubs in the area. Influences include John Prine, James Taylor, Neil Young and The Who. Andy continues to explore a wide variety of musical styles playing as often as family time allows.
Joining Andy and Scott this year will be Andy's two brothers, Bill on drums and Mike on guitar & piano; Erik McKinney bass; Ron Bielanski, percussion and Elizabeth Olson, vocals. In addition to the band's outstanding variety of folk and rock selections for the evening, will be a special Neil Young song performed on the piano by a young guest artist making his debut appearance at Thrasher, Andy's twelve year old son, Liam Armstrong!
Tickets for this great evening of entertainment are only $12 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.