The Sustainers are a group of amateur musicians who have banded together to have a good time playing blues and rock and roll. We’re all affiliated with WMRA Public Radio: Al, Scott, Meghann and Bob work there; Dan used to, and Trisha’s married to Bob.
Our set list will include classic numbers like Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Proud Mary, and Heard it Through the Grapevine, alongside works by The Rolling Stones, The Band, and Van Morrison, as well as material from Tracy Chapman, Blondie, and Talking Heads.
It’s a free show, though we’d be glad to pass donations on to our local public radio station, and we encourage you to tip the bar staff generously.
We’re looking forward to sharing some of our favorite songs with you! Remember, it’s free! Music starts at 8pm.
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Trisha Brown Leweke, our lead singer, is originally from New York, where she sang lead for contemporary church choirs and did studio work for gospel and blues singers. She is the operator of the locally owned business, The Mother Bear Spa.
Al Bartholet, lead guitarist, has spent many years supporting music, including as founder of Folk Alley in 2004, and coordinator of Kent State Folk Festival from 2000-2012. He also played in the Squired Beard Blues Band from 1970-72.
Our rhythm guitarist, longtime area radio personality Scott Lowe, played guitar and sang with Shenandoah Valley 90’s and 2000’s bands The Shooters and Dead Air. For a short time after, he formed a comedy folk duo, Lowe and McElroy, before setting the instrument down for a decade to devote more time to his family. He’s thrilled to be back playing with the best of friends from WMRA.
Meghann McCoy, our keyboardist, spent nine years playing clarinet! Two of those were with the Cavalier Marching Band at UVa. So, this is one of the first times in many years that she’s gotten to play music while staying in one spot and not wearing a cape! (She also played saxophone in her high school jazz band. Her last time playing a keyboard in public was her fifth grade talent show.)
Our bassist, Dan Easley, played banjo and sang lead for Ragged Mountain String Band’s first three years, and played mandolin and accordion in original country, folk, and rock band The Shakes. He’s also produced a ton of records in his home; most recently he set all 68 poems of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verse to music, and composed a two-hour song cycle based on the works of George Orwell.
After a lifetime dream to play the drums, Bob Brown Leweke’s birthday gift from wife Trisha in 2016 was a drum lesson with Marlon Foster, a well-known percussion instructor in Harrisonburg. Bob hasn’t stopped the lessons, and although the rest is not history, it is a tremendous amount of fun!