One of the longest musical traditions at the Barns of Rose Hill, dating from the
year we opened, and continuing almost every year since, has been the annual
visit by the so-called ‘Millwood Blues Allstars’. This rotating cast of superb
musicians appears each year in June to teach at a music camp, devoted to music
from the Blues and Jazz genre, located at a not-so-secret location on the edge
of the Village of Millwood. Each year the camp culminates in this concert at
the Barns. This year’s edition promises to be one of the best.
Greg Ruby, who hails from Seattle, Washington, has performed at the Barns a number
of times with his Quartet, and is one of the best players out there in the
Django Reinhardt swing jazz tradition. Scott Ainslie, from up north Vermont
way, is a traditional blues man in the Delta and Piedmont styles, and is a
wonderful performer and guitarist, with the perfect emotional voice for this
style. John Previti is from the DC area, and plays upright bass – oh, how he
plays it! You folks of a certain age may remember him as the personal bass
player for Danny Gatton, the great guitarist who graced DC stages back in the
70’s and 80’s. He is one of the best! Brian Oberlin is a mandolin player from
Grand Rapids, Michigan, who can dazzle in a number of styles – bluegrass, jazz,
classical! He can be lyrical he can be machine-gun fast as well! Last but far
from least is Robbie Soper, a talented guitarist from the Bay area who plays in
a variety of styles -Millwood Blues Weekers consider him their secret weapon.
So get ready for a swingin’ night of Blues and beyond, by some of the best
musicians you will hear this summer! One thing is sure, after a week down in
millwood, they will be warmed up, for sure!