Molly Maguires, Erisa Rei Kick Off 19th Evening Shade Season

Monday, April 29, 2013
Erisa Rei
Erisa Rei

Irish tunes with a rock-and-roll attitude will lead off the 19th annual Evening Shade Concerts in the Park series when The Molly Maguires take the stage on Friday, in Cleveland’s Johnston Park at 6:30 p.m.

“For 16 years The Molly Maguires have been Chattanooga’s premier Irish band,” concert organizer Kyle Elrod said. “The band has a great following, and plays often at many of Chattanooga’s music venues.”

The Irish band will bring a unique interpretation to songs ranging from the 17th to the 21st century. 

Comprised of Julie Kunesh, Casey Phillips, Jon Wimpee and Marc Michael, The Molly Maguires come from a variety of musical backgrounds, but all share a love for Celtic music and a drive to see people smile, sing and dance.

“We think they will fit right in at Evening Shade with their traditional Irish tunes performed with a rock-and-roll attitude,” Elrod expressed.

Opening for The Molly Maguires is a newcomer to the Evening Shade concert series. Erisa Rei describes her relationship to her music as a “sultry and passionate romance that has defined her existence for over two decades.”

Raised on the wide green country outside Illiopolis, Il., Rei’s romance with music began innocently as a singer in the church choir.  As a child, her family moved a few miles north to Lincoln, and it wasn’t long before she was writing hymns for her church. From there, her talent developed, and years later she found her home in the roots-rock/Americana genres. Heart-catching chords and lyrics came together in 2007 with a four-song EP titled “Backwards,” which earned respect for her art from professionals in that genre. 

Today Rei is back in the fresh air and tall grass—this time in Spring Hill, Tn.—and is taking her music to a whole new level. Her latest project, “Black Ball,” is a defining work that is already drawing industry attention. “Black Ball” commanded the #2 spot on the Root Music Report’s Roots Rock Internet charts, #27 on the Roots 66 charts and burned up the track on the AMA charts.

“The appeal of Rei’s music is even more potent on the stage in a live performance,” Mr. Elrod promised.  

Evening Shade concerts are free and appropriate for music lovers of all ages.

The free, family-friendly concert series is made possible each year by the Allied Arts Council (AAC) of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. It is funded in part by local sponsors and under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Molly Maguires
Molly Maguires

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