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Tamarack's Sunday @ 2 Series continues with Option 22

Oct. 14, 2012 @ 10:27 AM

BECKLEY, W.Va. —  Princeton, WV-based world beat ensemble Option 22 will perform at Tamarack's free concert series, Sundays @ 2, in the Hulett C. Smith theatre at 2 pm on Sunday, Oct. 14. The show will feature a variety of the group's newest material along with songs from their musical history. 

Option 22 is an Americana/Worldbeat ensemble with a revolutionary vibe. Their broad style spans from newgrass to space-folk to roots-rock world funk, faithfully employing one genre after another to deliver performances you can't ignore or forget. On-the-fly collaborative dynamics, rhythmic muscle and thematic inventions shower you with sound unmistakably Option 22. Their full-out drum jams send energy bouncing off the walls of any venue. This is more than just a good-time band.

Lori McKinney (vocals, drums, djembe, spoken word) and Robert Blankenship (guitar, banjo, shamisen, hand-drums, didgeridoo) have been writing and playing music together since early 2004. Now infusing the mix are the intense, driving bass lines of Brandon Dunn (bass) and the intuitive, free form guitar stylings of Jordan Furrow (lead guitar, percussion).

Their work as healing artists and arts organizers (they founded and run Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival and The RiffRaff Arts Collective) is fueled by a strong desire to build and contribute to community. Their music reflects that passion. With backgrounds in theatre, performance, yoga/meditation, and visual arts, the group comes together with an artistic mind-set and a vision for a better world.

With three albums of original music,  the band's newest release, "Choose The Music," is now available. It was nominated by HomeGrown Music Network for 2010 Album of The Year. One of its tracks was featured on the CD Sampler of the March 2011 edition of Relix Magazine. Their next release, "The Change," is due out in winter 2012. Their album "Choose the Music," will be available for purchase at the show.

Tamarack is located at One Tamarack Park in Beckley, WV. For more information about the theatre, visit www.tamarackwv.com or call 188-TAMARACK.

For more information about Option 22, visit www.option22.net or call 304-425-6425.