COLLINS—The Collins Library will feature a concert by the Blue Mule Band on Friday evening May 4 from 7-9 p.m.
The Blue Mule Band plays a mix of traditional bluegrass, folk and gospel music. Their sound is characterized by hard driving harmonies, banjo and soulful harmonica. The band consists of Gail Hazer on rhythm guitar and vocals, Dug Stein on harmonica and vocals, Steve Strom on mandolin, dobro, guitar and vocals, Don Strom on bass, and Bernie Dotterwiech on the banjo and vocals.
Born out of the jam sessions at Foster’s Irish Pub in Ellicottville, the Cattaraugus County based band was officially formed in December 2003. Although they are usually billed as a bluegrass band, the term “MuleGrass” has been used to describe their unique sound. While Merriam-Webster might not be able to define MuleGrass, the Blue Mule Band knows exactly what it is: an eclectic mix of traditional bluegrass and upbeat folk music played amid moments of humor and lots of fun. Awash in harmonies and unique style, the sound of the Blue Mule Band sets the group apart from other bluegrass bands.
The Friends of the Collins Public Library and Collins Public Library sponsor the monthly concert series. The concerts are free and open to the public, although free will donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, call the Collins Public Library at 532-5129.