May 11, 1998


Entertainment at Duvall Country Living Festival



   Branded, a hard rock band from Duvall, will perform on Saturday from 1 -2 p.m. and again from 3-4 p.m. at the Rutledge parking lot. The band consists of three members: Jesse Brasch is the bass player. When he isn't playing in the band, he is actively involved with the school's soccer team. He is primarily self-taught. Ben Johnson, who plays guitar, has two different kinds of guitar playing knowledge: hard rock and classical fingerpicking, which has created a style that is completely one of his own. Tory McKeag, the drummer, has a powerful, often dramatic technique. He is neither a minimalist nor a maximalist. He simply thinks that music needs a heavy groove that fits, however complex or simple. "Basically, we are three kids having fun. We don't mean to offend anyone with our music. We feel that music is an art form, and that no art should be censored. We love playing for people, no matter how big the crowd is. We just want everyone to have a good time," said Johnson.

   The Circuit Riders will perform on Saturday, May 16 for Duvall Days at 12:45 p.m. The Circuit Riders consist of ten Christian musicians who perform traditional southern gospel and Chrisitian country music. Four vocalists, five band members and one sound technician make up the band who are not affliliated with any specific denomination. The band performs throughout the Western United States and Canada for a variety of events including family camps, state fairs, retreats and community celebrations.In addition to Saturday, The Circuit Riders will perform at the Duvall Church Sunday Services, May 17, at 9 and 10:45.