Beartracks returning to Peru

PERU After packing the Peru Gazebo with music fans last summer and the Fellowship Center last winter, Beartracks is returning. The popular band featuring Junior Barber, Tom Venne and Julie Venne Hogan will perform on Friday, March 9 at the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center. Formed in early 2004, Beartracks has been steadily growing in popularity performing their mixture of country, bluegrass and Americana music throughout the Northeast and Canada. Theyve appeared at several highly regarded bluegrass festivals including Wind Gap Festival in Pennsylvania and Shady Grove Festival in Calgary, Alberta. Theyve also released two albums Making Tracks and From the Hollow. Five of the songs on From the Hollow were written by Julie Venne Hogan and two were written by Junior Barber. On March 9 Tom Venne will debut a new gospel song titled When Jesus Calls Me Home and the bands second set will include several Hank Williams classics. Siblings Tom Venne and Julie Hogan have been harmonizing since their youth when they performed in their parents band, Clem Hawkins and the Wagoneers. Their choice of music reflects their love of family and the music of past generations. Junior Barber is one of our regions most well known musicians. His skills on the Dobro resonator guitar have earned him eight International Bluegrass Music Association Dobro Player of the Year nominations. In a review of the CD From the Hollow published in the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association newsletter, Jeff Anzevino wrote, We get a sense of who they are and where they are from. Somehow, we feel close to them, as if weve known them as friends, neighbors or even family. And, in my opinion, thats the highest form of musical communication. IF YOU GO: The concert, sponsored by the Peru Community Church Arts Council, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8 each. For more information on Beartracks including a sample of their music go to www.beartracksband.com.

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