Music in the Orchard at Hans Herr House

Music in the Orchard features local artists

  • Music fills the orchard at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum this summer featuring some of Central
    Pennsylvania’s best local performers.
  • Music in the Orchard concerts will be held on June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, and August 4, each starting at
    6 p.m.

Lancaster, Pa., April 26, 2018—Music in the Orchard returns to the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum for another summer highlighting local artists. Concerts are every other week, June 9 through August 4, at the bucolic Herr House orchard. Bring a picnic dinner and listen to talented musicians perform. Tickets are available on site and cost $8 per person, children under 12 are free; no advance registration is required. The 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum is an alcohol- and smoke-free environment.

Joy Ike will open the series on Saturday, June 9. With poetic lyrics, soaring vocals, and percussive pianoplaying, Ike performs a unique blend of neo-soul with a hint of pop. “I believe good music is simply poetry with a soundtrack,” she says. Alex Brubaker, Lancaster based fingerstyle guitarist, will open. Combining melodic playing with the rhythmic drive from two hand tapping and percussive hits on the body and strings of the guitar, he couples technique with elements such as live looping to create complex soundscapes.

The second concert in the series, June 23, sees the return of Vinegar Creek Constituency to the orchard stage. Since 2005, they have been delighting audiences with their distinctive style that encompasses bluegrass, ragtime, swing, outlaw country, and more. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Leonardo DiSanto says, “I really
hear our music as a form of primitive rock-n-roll played with a bluegrass instrumentation.”

July 7 will see Rizzetta’s Tones make their Music in the Orchard debut. Rizzetta’s Tones is a Celtic and folk band, comprised of ‘fraternal twin’ hammer dulcimers, silver flute, high and low whistles, and guitars. Their repertoire includes music from Ireland, Scotland, and the United States, drawing as well from the traditions of Finland, Brazil, France, Macedonia, and many other lands.

Smokehouse 4 will perform the penultimate concert on July 21, serving up their unique mix of “roots rock, blues, and funk with a shot of N’awlins soul.” Drawing on the rich history of traditional New Orleans blues and neo-New Orleans southern-fried funk, Smokehouse 4 delivers powerhouse jams and gritty, tight grooves that are sure to please. The noted Native American musician Terry Strongheart will open.

The season will close on August 4 with Cricket Tell the Weather, an indie string band with a bluegrass-inspired sound. Cricket delivers honest vocals and thoughtful arrangements with a modern edge.

Concerts are held rain or shine. In inclement weather, the concert will move into the implement shed on the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum grounds. In cases of severe weather, cancellations will be announced by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert.

This tour is part of over forty Lancaster Roots 2018 events. Lancaster Roots combines the events of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. Through public presentations, food, music, field trips, and classes, these events reveal Lancaster and its people: their stories, culture, and history.