Community Day Offering Impressive Entertainment List

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“We like different kinds of music and we try to include that in what we perform,” lead vocalist Kristi Howard said. “We play a wide variety of music.”
From Howard-Austin, fans will hear anything from Fleetwood Mac to the Eagles to modern country hits, Howard, who is married to keyboard player Ricky Howard, added.
Bass player Marty Howard is also Magoffin County born while drummer Mike Scarberry is from Martin in Floyd County.
The four have been making music together for almost 12 years and picked up lead guitar and lead vocalist Arvis Austin four years ago.
Austin, bringing da funk from Irvine, has played for and with acts ranging from James Brown to George Jones.
The Howard-Austin Band will pull double duty at Community Day, serving as backup for Roy Howard, who is well known for his Elvis Presley imitation in the 1970s.
Banjos, mandolins, and folks who can play them should satisfy the Bluegrass fan when highly regarded local groups Bluegrass Station and High Caliber Grass take the stage.
Bluegrass Station features the vocals of Bryan Russell, who plays the mandolin, John Arnett, also a banjo player, and guitarist Doug Russell.
Nathen Arnett, lead vocal and rhythm guitar, Adam Collinsworth, banjo and lead and tenor vocals, Charles Keeton, bass and baritone vocal, Brian Given, mandolin and lead vocals, and lead guitarist D.J. Lemaster make up High Caliber Grass.
Along with the popular local lineup, Community Day will also welcome back Ernie Thacker and Rt. 23.
Thacker played during the second annual event and was scheduled to return the following year before suffering serious injuries in an auto accident.
While working his way back from the accident, Thacker played some dates with Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain. He will be making his first appearance here since 2005.
To replace Thacker in 2006, Community Day organizers booked Mountain Heart, which will be making its fourth visit to Salyersville.
Mountain Heart, formed in 1999, offers a range of musical talent in Bluegrass, Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Country. The group has appeared over 100 times on the Grand Ole Opry and together and individually Mountain Heart has either won or been nominated for multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA, and IBMA awards.
After making its initial Community Day appearance last year, Blue Highway is scheduled to return and bolster the Bluegrass lineup.
Taking the stage for the first time on New Year’s Eve 1994, Blue Highway has used the past 15 years to cut eight highly acclaimed albums, garner two Granny nominations, and earn a Dove award.
The group promotes itself as “artfully balanced between tradition and innovation while remaining in the forefront of contemporary bluegrass music”.
Instead of issuing a schedule of musical performances, Community Day organizers have recommended music fans come early and stay late and enjoy the huge line-up of talent.
Organizers, though, have said the show, and the event, will be closed by the Charlie Sizemore Band.
Community Day will be held August 15 at Ramey Memorial Park beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the first musical performance starting a half hour later.