Posted on Jul 15, 2018
The Honeysuckle Possums Bring Their Infectious Bluegrass Music to the AG Village Summer Concert on July 15th 
Show Sponsored by the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club and Rabobank Nonprofit Focus on the Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast
The 2018 Series adds Beer and Wine Sales as well as additional Media Sponsors
 
The 2018 Arroyo Grande Village Summer Concert Series continues on Sunday, July 15th, with the Honeysuckle Possums.  Join your friends at 1:00pm at the Rotary Bandstand in the Village of Arroyo Grande for a bluegrass party when this festive group from Santa Barbara makes an encore appearance at the Village Summer Concert Series!  Activities during the day will spotlight the concert sponsor the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club and the featured nonprofit the Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast.  Also in attendance at this show will be representatives from the series’ new radio sponsors 95.3 The Beach & 94.9 KPIG to further enliven the day!  The Arroyo Grande Village Summer Concert Series is known for presenting the most eclectic and diverse musical offerings of all the regional summer concert series.  A fun raffle, food, drinks and free tours of historical buildings in Heritage Square Park are also available.  Figueroa Mountain Beers and Arroyo Grande Area Wines will be available for sale for the first time this year.  This free Series is presented by the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association and the City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department.  Rabobank again joins these organizations as the Featured Series Sponsor.  
 
The Honeysuckle Possums are a five-woman string band, playing old-time, original, and bluegrass-style mountain music. The three lead singers, Susan Marie Reeves (guitar, strum-stick, ukulele): Rebecca Troon (banjo, fiddle, bodhran, tin whistle) and Sierra Reeves (guitar, mandolin and bass) are all accomplished songwriters. Lisa Macker plays stand up bass and mandolin and joins in on harmonies.  The Honeysuckle Possums have played all over California and continue to gain praise for their beautiful vocals, carefully crafted harmonies, and spirited style. They have performed at the Goleta Old Time Fiddlers Convention/Festival, the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Father's Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley and the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, all to rave reviews. “The irrepressible, astonishingly wonderful, dazzling, dancing, smiling, harmonizing, infinitely entertaining denizens of Bluegrass, mermaids of music, magical marvels of their time.” - Michael Wilds, Santa Barbara., CA  The group’s intention is “to create and share bliss through music”. Their collective joy onstage is delightful, and their performances are carried on a strong current of love and friendship. “Possum” audience members often comment on how that energy is irresistible!  The Possums will be joined by Afton Leigh Coombs, a flatfoot and tap dancer living in Los Angeles.  She was first fascinated by percussive dance because she loved the way it expressed dance and music at the same time. Originally trained as a musician, she first studied tap dance in Los Angeles, and later learned flatfoot dance. She performs with various folk music artists throughout Southern California.
 
The Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast will be the Featured Nonprofit during the show.  The BMSCC formed in 2006 to promote and preserve bluegrass, old-time, gospel and traditional music on the Central Coast.  BMSCC produces events, sponsors programs and networks with traditional music enthusiasts throughout California.  The organization promotes local and regional bands, serves as a resource for music-related professionals and supports acoustic music venues.  BMSCC sponsors jams, events and educational programming.  Members proudly produce the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival every Mothers Day weekend in picturesque Parkfield, CA. where they provide four days of concerts, workshops, jamming and children's programming. The 2018 Parkfield line-up presented numerous headliners from across the USA including the Honeysuckle Possums.  The Parkfield Festival features extensive childrens' programming including the Bluegrass Kids' Camp.  BMSCC is an all-volunteer organization and anyone interested in getting involved or support traditional music is welcome to join.  More information is available on its websites:
 
This show’s concert sponsor is the Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande.  This renown local club is celebrating its 73rd Birthday this year along with the 13th Anniversary of the Rotary Bandstand which it built for the use of all Arroyo Grande citizens.  The AG Rotary Club is well know for it’s various philanthropic and community activities including its annual Rotary Fish Fry during the Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival (September 27th), its Rotary Relays for local Junior High athletes which occurs each May and for producing the annual Christmas and Holiday Sing-Along show (December 16th) at the Clark Center.  The club also funds international service projects and provides over $12,000 in college scholarships yearly.  Rotary International is the world’s largest and most notable philanthropic service organization.  The motto of its 1.2 million members is “Service Above Self.”  Concert attendees will be able to learn more about the club, its activities and its big Red Ford Mustang Raffle at the July 15th show.  For more info on the Club see: agrotary.org 
 
Employees from the overall series sponsor Rabobank will be on hand at the show.  Rabobank has supported the Village Summer Concert Series since its inception in 2006 and its charming representatives greet concert attendees at every show with smiles, free Richetti Water and other surprises!  Major media sponsors for the 2018 Series are KSBY-TV joined by new radio sponsors95.3 The Beach & 94.9 KPIG.  Additionally the series receives promotional support from Big Big SLO, the Five Cities' community radio station KYXZ 107.9FM and the family of Simply Clear Marketing newspapers: the Coast News, the Avila Beach News and the Bay News.

The South County Historical Society's famous all beef hot dogs, Doc Burnstein’s ice cream novelties, popcorn, drinks and more are for sale at the shows.  New this year: Figueroa Mountain Beers and Arroyo Grande Area Wines will be sold to benefit the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club and the Historical Society.  In a short five years, “Fig Mountain” has become one of the fastest growing craft breweries in America.  The Brewery offers six taprooms on the Central Coast including their Arroyo Grande location on East Grand Avenue.  Verdad Wine Cellars and Qupé Wine Cellars will be pouring their delicious wines during the July 15th show.  All of their wines are hand crafted, balanced wines from the best vineyards on the central coast.  Qupe specializes in Rhône Varieties and Verdad uses Spanish grape varieties.  These two wineries share their recently opened tasting room at 130 W. Branch Street in the AG Village.
 
These free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park from June through September.   Special raffles benefiting the Featured Nonprofit Organizations and various displays will further enliven the concerts.  Music fans can also explore Heritage Square Museums, antique shops and restaurants in the historic Arroyo Grande Village.  Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs, blankets and their friends and neighbors to enjoy the afternoons under the sun!  Refer to www.facebook.com/AGVillageConcerts and AGVillageConcerts.com or call 805-473-2250 for more information on the Village Summer Concert Series and the VIA’s other community events.