Atkinson Family Bluegrass, Kribs and Heller to close out Norwood Village Green 40th Anniversary Concert Aug. 1, 4
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 9:14 am

NORWOOD -- The Norwood Village Green 40th Anniversary Concert Series will wrap up with the Atkinson Family Bluegrass Band Thursday, Aug. 1 and John Kribs and Barb Heller Sunday, Aug. 4, both at 7 p.m.

In addition to performing a range of bluegrass standards and contemporary tunes from Del McCoury, Gillian Welch, Iris Dement and the Grateful Dead, the family band plays a host of original songs, many of which are featured on their 2004 CD, “Tearin Up the Line,” and “Listen to the Radio,” released in 2005.

The group originated in Harrisville and features a three-part family harmony with guitarist Shelene Atkinson, bassist Laura Atkinson, and banjo player Dick Atkinson.

Adam Atkinson joins in with the mandolin and vocals, and well-known and respected dobro player Dave Bevins completes the line-up.

In Feb. 2007 the Atkinson Family band secured eighth place at the annual SPBGMA band championship in Nashville, Tenn.

They won first place in the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival Band Competition in 2004, took first place in a band competition at the Vermont Family Festival a few years ago, and were guest performers for the American Consulate General in Quebec City.

John Kribs is a guitarist, singer and songwriter raised in upstate New York. He played his first bar gig at age 13 and later that same year joined high school rock band, “The Blue Mystics.”

Along with rock n roll, Kribs performed every Sunday with award winning gospel-folk group "David, " and the more theatrical “God Squad.”

In 1979 he formed The “Racquette River Rounders” with Danny Gotham and Michael Hadfield.

In 1984 Kribs formed “Johnny & The Triumphs,” a roots rock/ rock- a-billy band and a new venue for Johns original songs.

Beginning in 1997 Kribs was a member of “The McKrells,” a blend of Celtic tradition, bluegrass, and Latin rhythm.

Barb Heller lives in Canton and is a host on North Country Public Radio.

She played and taught guitar and put together four albums. In 2012 Danny Gotham and Heller released a seasonal CD. She also collaborates with Christian Parker.

Admission is free but a “pass the bucket” will be offered.

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