The 2013 Bruce T. Gora Sunset Concert Series wraps up on Sunday, April 21 when The David Mayfield Parade takes to the amphitheater stage at the Alliance for the Arts. The indie folk rock act is well-known on the jam band circuit and has often played with The Avett Brothers. The concert begins at 5PM. Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome and encouraged. Alliance member pre-sale tickets are $15. Tickets at the gate, which opens at 4PM, are $20.
Growing up in Kent, Ohio, David Mayfield was surrounded by Bluegrass music. At the age of twelve he was playing bass for the family band, traveling from festival to festival, along with his younger sister, noted songstress, Jessica Lea Mayfield, singing and absorbing the stories and lessons taught by road hard veterans, all the while picking up tips on how to play a lick on guitar or mandolin. By the time he was a teenager, Mayfield had won several national awards for his guitar and mandolin playing and his reputation was being forged in the world of Bluegrass as a player to watch out for.
But over the years he’s forged an indie folk rock style that caught the attention of Scott & Seth Avett. The three quickly developed a friendship, leading them to invite David to sit in with them dozens of times including their 2010 Bonnaroo & Merlefest sets. After urging him more and more to make a record of his own, when he took to the studio the Avett’s were quick to lend their voices. The David Mayfield Parade is the culmination of that encouragement. The music and showmanship reflects the numerous influences that come from a lifetime of being immersed in American music and channeling its unique forms with sincerity and celebration from the howl of early rock-n-roll, to the low lonesome twang of folk and country with a voice that is all at once heartbreaking and inherently hopeful.
Gates open at 4PM & concerts begin at 5PM. The Nosh Truck will be selling food, but guests are encouraged to bring their own coolers, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a picnic on the amphitheater lawn. General admission tickets are $20. Pre-sale tickets are $15 for Alliance Members, and are available at the Alliance for the Arts, located on the corner of Colonial and McGregor in Fort Myers. Proceeds from the concert series will benefit Alliance Education and Outreach Programming. The 2013 Bruce T. Gora Sunset Concert Series is sponsored in part by LCEC & The News Press Media Group.