Vernon hosting Americana music concert

Vernon Town Square will be the site of foot stomping and free music Friday when Brad Leftwich and the Hogwire Stringband performs.

The free, public concert and square dance begins at 7 p.m. on Brown Street side of the Jennings County Courthouse lawn.

“They are actually a quite renowned band,” said Vernon Mayor Dan Wright. “They have played in Washington, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana and Tennessee just since June of this year and will be playing again in Washington and two shows in Oregon prior to leaving for Taiwan in September.”

Friday’s concert is a part of an ongoing series of performances hosted by the town of Vernon featuring Americana music.

“Just come on down and listen to the music and have a good time,” Wright said.

The Hogwire Stringband blends vocal harmonies with fiddle music backed by a rhythm section.

Known for setting the standard for American Roots music, Leftwich anchors the band. A fiddler, banjo player and vocalist, Leftwich has performed Appalachian and Ozark Mountain Music for more than 30 years. He has recorded more than a dozen albums and has performed across the country, from the White House to MerleFest.

Other band members are Linda Higginbotham (guitar, banjo and banjo ukulele), Sam Bartlett (guitar, banjo and mandolin) and Abby Ladin (bass). Ladin also is an accomplished clogger.