Black Hawk Folk Society presents Briar Road, a folk trio, in concert, Saturday, Sept 8 at 7 p.m. at Mountain View Community Center, near Mt. Morris and Wautoma. Audience members will hear contemporary and traditional folk and blues, along with jazz and swing standards, all threaded together with original songs, and plenty of good humor.  Please visit blackhawkfolk.org or Black Hawk’s Facebook page for more information.  To learn more about Briar Road or to sample their music:  briarroad.net.

Black Hawk Folk Society presents Briar Road in concert

Black Hawk invites you to enjoy an evening of music with Briar Road on Saturday, Sept. 8. Dan Zahn, Kate Moretti, and Rusty Winchel will take the stage at 7 p.m. in Mountain View Community Center, located at N3137 21st Lane, near Wautoma, just south of Mt. Morris.   

This well-known Illinois-based trio began making musical magic together in 2010, but their individual musical careers started much earlier. Dan Zahn, who provides guitar, mandolin, and vocals, began his career after high school graduation, touring and performing with Tunesmith, his own band. Django Reinhardt and Doc Watson are two of Zahn’s favorite inspirations and he frequently pays tribute to them with what the critics call “his own unmistakable style and a full and melodious voice.”

Kate Moretti plays guitar, ukulele, and banjo, as well as offering more vocal backup.  Music performance was an important part of her high school experience, but was put on hold during college and a career in the insurance industry. Moretti returned to performing in the 90’s.  She and Zahn co-founded the Lake County Folk Festival in Lake Zurich, IL. and then directed it for a decade plus. In addition to Briar Road, Zahn performs with two all-girl bands:  The Shameless Hussies and The Cabin Girls.

Rusty Winchel brings bass and more vocals to the trio. His musical career also began early on, beginning with church choirs and learning how to harmonize. Winchel performed in stage and jazz bands throughout high school and college. In addition to his recording studio, he performed in Inside Straight, a country rock band, and the Villa Street Band.  

Mountain View Commu-nity Center is handicap friendly, with free and on-site parking.  All are invited to begin the evening with a 6 p.m. potluck supper. Tickets will be sold that evening.

For more information about this concert, to learn how to become a sponsor, or learn how you can support Black Hawk in other ways, please visit blackhawkfolk.org, call 920-293-4455, or follow Black Hawk on Facebook.