The Mountain Music Family Circus

Larry Keel, Moore Publicity, and The Grey Eagle Music Hall Proudly Present:THE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FAMILY CIRCUS

December 31, 2008 at The Grey Eagle Music Hall in Asheville, NC

The instruments are tuning, the crowd is building, and the tickets are selling for the biggest and longest running New Years Eve blowout in all the Carolina hills. The Mountain Music Family Circus is set once again to ring in the New Year with kindred mountain spirits here at The Grey Eagle. With no bounds, and bold leads, unknown surprises,

Larry Keel & Natural Bridge is calling the caravan for the biggest night of the year. Look for a full night of melodious magic and excitement as Keel and his mighty band ring in the New Year with the likes of the Steve McMurry & Friends, The Mad Tea Party, and David Via.                                                                                                                           The Mountain Music Family Circus will kick off at 8pm on Dec 31, and Tickets for this multi-act, nonstop extravaganza are $30.  Tickets are on sale now at  Advance tickets are recommended as this show will sell out early! 

BRIDGE // across the globe are repeatedly rendered slack-jawed with astonishment by the overwhelming creative power of Larry Keel and his band. Like some massive musical storm that has taken on a life of its own, Larry Keel and

Bridge continue to gather strength and intensify. Batten down the hatches or prepare to be blown away in the perfect storm, a raging musical maelstrom of swirling innovations. The extended forecast is calling for tonal tornadoes of epic proportions made more dangerous by syncopated sound cyclones scattered with bursts of colossal chord changes and intermittent harmonies. For those in the direct path of this vast vortex of energy, expect to be further battered by sonic tsunamis fed by raging rhythms. Keel advisories will remain in effect until after the second set.

The audience at a Larry Keel performance is not simply being entertained; instead, they are having their hearts and brains happily steamed in a boiling cauldron of blazing instrumentation and BRAND NEW original sounds. Driven jamming is linked in flawless cohesion to brilliant and multiple variations‚Äîthis band is anything but ordinary! A band of kindred spirits who share a common musical vision, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge is: the beautiful, cheerful steady backbone-Jenny Keel (bass fiddle, vocals), the atomic, off the chain fireball-Mark Schimick (mandolin, vocals), the charming, crescendo pickin’ stud-Jason Flournoy (banjo, vocals), and, of course, the MAD, marquee headlining maestro-Larry Keel (guitar, vocals). 

STEVE "BIG DADDY" MCMURRY & Big Daddy needs no introduction. He is one of the Keels’ closest friends and has been a staple in the acoustic music scene for quite some time. Remember Acoustic Syndicate? How about the Big Daddy
Bluegrass Band? Big Blue?  Oh yeah, he’s also been a part of the Mountain Music Family Circus for since day one and there is on looking back.  Big Daddy is an incredible musical force, with his down home, inspiring vocals, and his fast and fluid flatpicking. 

THE MAD TEA Mad Tea Party brews up rock ‚Äòn’ roll, retro-pop and honky tonk to create a fresh and intoxicating sound. "It’s B-52s meets Buddy Holly with a lot more thump." Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel serve up an exciting live show to music lovers thirsty for upbeat, original refreshment. Delicious harmonies glide over electrified ukulele, juke-joint guitar, scratchy fiddle and pulsing foot percussion. Catchy songs about love, life, sex and dancing are steeped in raw rockabilly with shreds of doo wop and devilish blues. Drink deep ‚Äì Mad Tea Party concocts a musical recipe that will make you boogie. 


DAVID A three time winner of the Merlefest Songwriter’s Award, David Via’s songs are real.  From the mountains of
Virginia, Via’s prolific pen and pyrotechnic picking has rolled through the hills like a Corn Tornado.  David Via is currently finishing his third album, which features Ronny Bowman, Wyatt Rice, Alan Bibey, Sammy Shelor, Tim O’Brien, Vince Herman, Rob McCoury, Woody Wood, and Billy Cardine.

As a part of our Good

Tidings Food Drive

, we ask that each person attending please bring a 2 can food donation for the Asheville Manna Food Bank.  Every year the Mountain Music Family Circus has a Canned

Food Drive

to help spread holiday blessings to those in need 

Dec 31, 2008The Mountain Music Family CircusFeaturing:

Keel & Natural
Steve McMurry & FriendsThe Mad Tea PartyDavid Via 


Music Hall

185 Clingman Ave

Asheville, NC