The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 23, 2013

Mashin’ it up in Millheim

By Jeffrey Allen Federowicz
For The Daily Item

MILLHEIM — Yodeling, waltzes and a musician who idolizes Elvis Presley, Abraham Lincoln and Buster Keaton are merely a slim sampling of what’s in store Sunday afternoon when music gets mashed up in Millhiem with the free-spirited Brooklyn Mash Up.

Held at the Elk Creek Café, 100 West Main St. in Millheim, the mega music mash features three separate but totally different bands for an afternoon of tunes, tales and talking.

On tap at the popular brew pub will be the musical train wreck derailed by a wild turn of oddity, Curtis Eller’s American Circus, the folk and stomping rock infused group Little Silver along with the totally unrelated but united sounds of Chris Moore of Moore and Sons.

Three New York-based bands ready and set to bring their big time sound to the small town of Millheim.

“Our sound is a mix of folk, rock and pop forms with touches of blues and psychedelia,” said the multi-talented Moore who takes on the role of singer, songwriter and guitarist for the six-piece band. “We all play a variety of instruments like piano and pedal steel and we’re all songwriters and composers involved in many projects that inform and influence the band.”

While Moore and his unrelated group of musical cohorts are reason enough to make the trek to the sleepy little town of Millheim, the addition of the other two bands makes it a musical must for area music fans searching for some great tunes at the bargain price of a slim ten bucks.

The band Little Silver, with its high-spirited style and groove-induced music has earned them the reputation of being a musical delight that relies heavily on the duo vocals of band members Erika Simonian and Steve Curtis.

Over the years, Simonian has not only impressed and enthralled audiences with her passionate filled voice that has also earned kudos from The New York Times and a Lilith Fair appearance while Curtis, an original member of the famed indie band Hem, has more than 85,000 albums.

Rounding out the musical line-up and adding a mega mash to the mash up will be Curtis Eller and his band the American Circus, an act that has no comparison, equal or normalcy.

Heralded as a musician meant for the vaudeville stage, Eller and the band performs tunes about  pigeon racing, performing elephants and life.

Eller, who started performing at the age of 7 as a juggler and acrobat in the Detroit-based Hiller Olde Tyme Circus, later turned his attention to music and most of all the banjo, because, as he puts it, that’s where the real money is.

The band lists its past performances as everything from funerals and horse races to dive bars and burlesque revues across the nation and in such far off places as London and Amsterdam where they have shared the stage with strippers, contortionists the occasional glass eaters and of course, fellow music makers.

 “It’s always a joy to play with friends that are so talented,” Moore said. “We always seem to make the most out of any setting and situation and we have done of variety of live playing.”

“We do all originals and occasionally throw in a cover or two, as we will at Elk Creek. Hopefully a collaboration will ensue with the other great acts on the bill, Curtis Eller and Little Silver. I hope people hear something unique and inspiring at our shows, that moves them in a way, that they get a lift, enjoy themselves, laugh, dance, think, get sad and happy.”