The Wild Hymns

The band The Wild Hymns

The Eicher Arts Center, part of the 18th-century estate of Daniel Eicher, may be one of the oldest structures in Ephrata, but it offers a fresh variety of musical events in two different concert series this year.

The 2015 Coffee House Series launches at 7 p.m. Saturday with the folk/jazz/blues fusion band The Wild Hymns playing at the center, 409 Cocalico St. Admission is $8, $6 for center members.

Other concerts in this series are also scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturdays. They are:

— On Feb. 28, Phil Freeman, a folk/ rock singer-songwriter performs his own work and a wide range of covers.

— On March 28, Mike Mizwinski, Americana guitarist performs originals and covers in a variety of styles, including folk, rock, blues, country and bluegrass.

Free Sunday


The center’s 2015 Season of Music & Song offers free Sunday concerts throughout the year, opening March 15 with a St. Patrick’s Day party at 2 p.m. featuring Rizzetta’s Tones playing American-Celtic world music.

— On April 19, a “Homemade Blues Party” features Shane Speal’s Snake Oil Band. Speal is known as “the king of the cigar box guitar.” One String Willie, a historian and musician, will be there, too. The show starts at 1:30 p.m.

— On May 17, Portal Percussion, a chamber ensemble trio, will offer high-energy percussive music, beginning at 2 p.m.

— On June 14, the folk-rock band Jigger Day, with Mark deRose and the Dreadnought Brigade and Nick Santo One Man Band, will perform 1 p.m.

— July 12 brings John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall, performing folk music in the spirit of the 1960s at 2 p.m.

— On Aug. 9, Anna & Elizabeth (Anne Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle), who travel Appalachia gathering folk songs and stories, perform at 2 p.m.

— On Sept. 20, The Wild Hymns return at 2 p.m.

— On Oct. 18, at 2 p.m., John Protopapas will play classical Indian music on sitar and tabla.

— Finally, on Nov. 15, Healthy Harvest, with Chrysalis/Root & Wing, will perform original acoustic folk music with a social conscience and feature a presentation on herbal medicine at 2 p.m.

Eicher Arts Center is located directly across from Ephrata Cloister.


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