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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Kelly & Ellis on Thursday October 19, 2017 at The Albert S George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. The Long Road to You, the debut record by new acoustic duo Kelly&Ellis is filled with the sort of masterful playing and spot-on harmony that’s rare to hear on an act's first release. When you listen after hearing their story it all makes a bit more sense. The Long Road to You is a record born of the triumphs, successes, crises and defeats of their pasts. Forged on the road, The Long Road to You is the sound of two people healing together, moving forward yet always mindful of the past. In many ways a miraculous accident, it almost didn’t happen. After graduating from the prestigious Carnegie-Mellon University with a degree in acting and music, Leslie Ellis moved to New York City determined to take Broadway by storm. Unlike most dreamers who embark on that questshe succeeded. After performing in the national tour of “La Cage Aux Folles,” an outdoor arena tour of “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (singing the music from “Phantom of the Opera” with Michael Crawford) and “City of Angels” on Broadway, she landed the starring role of Grizabella (the one who sings “Memory”) in “CATS”. All the while she was writing her own songs; performing them at small clubs around the city.Eventually becoming a performer of original music became her full focus, and soon enough she relocated to Santa Cruz, CA and started a folk-rock band called Lost Borders. Ellis won a few songwriting contests and started co-writing with Steve Seskin, a Nashville Hit Writer who lived in Berkeley. She soon landed a gig as a session vocalist for Sony Music, singing demos for Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Faith Hill, and Toni Braxton, and cutting backing vocals on records by Lara Fabian and Tina Arena among others.“Then they called me to sing with Celine Dion on the theme song for a new movie,” relates Ellis. “That was in the fall of 1997 and in 1998 we won a Grammy® for Record of the Year for “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic. Ellis fell into and out of a bad marriage, and due to the dot-com collapse and an AFTRA union strike she was soon also out of a job. She turned to waiting tables at night and keeping books during the day, her guitar gathering dust under the bed. “When I did finally get out of the marriage, I decided to just move to Nashville” she explains. “I was back to waiting tables right after I won a Grammy - I literally had nothing to lose and I felt like it might be my last chance.” Eventually, after more work than you’d think it would take for someone with her resume, she finally scored an invitation to a “writers round” at the famous Bluebird Café...Casey Kelly doesn’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t singing. Before any of his Grammy Award nominations, before his song “The Cowboy Rides Away” became a signature hit for George Strait, and long before he signed with Warner Brothers, Kelly shared the piano bench with his mother, playing and singing along with her. In high school he took up the guitar, and by the time he was a sophomore at LSU his cover band was opening for major artists at arenas and stadiums. After leaving school Kelly relocated to New York City and was added to the stable of writers at the legendary hit making factories at 1650 Broadway and the Brill Building, working among the likes of Carole King and other hit writers of the Tin Pan Alley days. He met and joined the Elektra Records group Ars Nova. They all relocated to Los Angeles and the band promptly broke up. Kelly then started playing guitar for Tom Rush, and moved back to the east coast. Two years later he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, decided he wanted to make his own records, moved back to Los Angeles, and nearly joined Three Dog Night and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Instead he cut two records for Elektra, and toured with Loggins & Messina, The Beach Boys, BB King, and many more.Phil Everly moved in across the street, and eventually Kelly started writing with him and joined his band. Everly encouraged him to move to Nashville, where he wrote Grammy nominated #1 hit “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight”, recorded by Kenny Rogers & Dottie West. He spent a summer in New Orleans playing and recording with the Neville Brothers and working with the likes of Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. Around this time Kelly’s marriage broke up and he became a single parent. He poured his energy into writing (“The Tiny Human10509 12th Ave NW, Seattle, WA tinyhuman.com
Cowboy Rides Away”, Tanya Tucker’s “Soon”, among others), session singing, and playing writer’s nights at the Bluebird Café – all while raising his daughter.“A friend asked if I could help him get booked at the Bluebird Café, which I was happy to do. A month or so later I arrived home in the evening, ready to relax after a long day, when I suddenly remembered I was supposed to be playing that show at the Bluebird in about a half hour” explains Kelly. “I grabbed my bag of harmonicas and a guitar and got there about 2 minutes before the show was to start.” Ellis continues “He took the last remaining seat on stage, which was next to me. I couldn’t figure who he was - his hair was disheveled and he showed up with all his chords, tuners and harmonicas in a “Wild Oats” paper shopping bag. He started quickly sound checking by playing “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight” and I said, “Oh my GOD, I know all your songs, mind if I sing background on them tonight?”They became instant friends, started singing together and eventually decided to tour together. Over the next twelve years they played together, road tested new songs and reinvented old ones, noticing how the contributions they made to each other’s music transformed it into something really special.Kelly and Ellis began performing with Todd Cerney in 2006 as a trio touring across the southeast, and in 2007 they toured Norway as the band for Norwegian star Bjøro Håland. They made a CD together and were on their way when, in 2011, Cerney was diagnosed with melanoma and passed away. Shortly thereafter things ground to a halt. “We didn’t play much for months” relates Ellis. “Our friend was gone, our trio was gone and we had a major identity crisis.” Unable to find a suitable replacement for their fallen compatriot, they decided to perform as a duo and began playing shows again.Our protagonists fell in with famed songwriter Max T. Barnes, and at dinner one night Barnes innocently asked Ellis why she never sang any songs from her Broadway days. “I said, ‘Max, no one wants to hear those songs and I don’t really want to sing them’,” she recalls. “Max looked me square in the eye and said, ‘Everyone wants to hear them and it doesn’t matter if you want to sing them or not. They are a part of your story and singing them would set you apart from all the other “just songwriters” out there’”. It was at that moment that Kelly and Ellis became Kelly&Ellis, determined to reinterpret their past through the lens of their present. Working with producer Dave Rivers, The Long Road to You grew and evolved as it was being written and recorded. Each song has its own story, yet the record as a whole feels seamless, amply demonstrating that Kelly&Ellis are profoundly, undeniably a duo; they inspire each other to rise to new heights, lift each other up, and are better together than they ever were apart.Tracking at John Willis’ Willisoundz studio and River’s own studio, The SoundTrain, both in Nashville, the process was “an amazing experience and a real labor of love,” says Ellis. “We worked until the feel was right, and genuinely captured the emotion we knew was there.” Merel Bregante (Loggins & Messina, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) handled drumming duties, and Willis himself handled just about all of the stringed instruments, except for Cello, supplementing Kelly’s skillful guitar work. Austin Hoke (cello), Jeff Taylor of the “Time Jumpers” (accordion) and Josh Culley (bodhrán, penny whistle) rounded out the ensemble. Listening to The Long Road to You, you hear flecks and flashes of two lives well lived, full of passionate love for music and the joy of performing, and very much ready to keep pushing forward. Glimmers of classic rock, Celtic music, New Orleans R&B, contemporary pop, Broadway, and of course American country music combine to push the record beyond genre and into a celebration of songwriting and the creative spirit. The Long Road to You captures a sound born of two hearts, honed over years of performing together, and full of all the pain, humor, relief, disappointment, strength and gratitude that comes from fully giving oneself over to one’s art. “We’ve given all we have to this” says Ellis. “We spent our first wedding anniversary working on the masters, because that’s the joy of it. Doing what we do... together.”

Doors 7:30PM
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Skyflight Productions presents Dead Leaf Echo on Thursday November 2, 2017 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Brooklyn's Dead Leaf Echo is an music/art collective that released their debut LP "Thought and Language" in 2013. The album had clear 4AD influences as it was mixed by John Fryer (Lush, NIN, Depeche Mode) with artwork by the label's legendary designer V23's Vaughan Oliver (Pixies, Bauhaus). Their latest EP "Strawberry.Skin" released in 2017 saw them working with Monte Vallier (Weekend, Wax Idols)
and Guy Fixsen (MBV, WIRE) + Jorge Elbreht (Ariel Pink, No Joy) at Mexican Summer's studio in Greenpoint. They just returned from SXSW and a European tour will happen in late May and the LP is to be released on September 29th via Papercup Music
DLE has done multiple national tours over the past 3 years resulting in over 160 shows and taking them to SXSW, CMJ, NXNE, Northside Festival and everywhere in between. They've toured with Slumberland bands Weekend, Lorelei and played SXSW supporting Modern English, The Ocean Blue and the Warlocks and on the West Coast playing with Beach Fossils and the Telescopes at The Echo. They also played Desert Stars festival with the Lemonheads and Lou Barlow in the Joshua Tree Desert last year.
They've constantly topped the CMJ Top 20 indie charts. They've played twice live on KEXP's John in the Morning and were recently featured as song of the day and are on regular rotation on that station as well as on Nic Harcourt's Morning Becomes Electric on KCSN.
Previous tours and SXSW bills included Swervedriver, The Wedding Present, A Place to Bury Strangers & Trail Of the Dead. They festivaled in 2011 with the Psychedelic Furs as well as played sold out shows in 2010 opening for the reunited Chapterhouse and Ulrich Schnauss.
Doors 7:30PM
$10
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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Farmer and Adele Christmas Revue on Friday December 8, 2017 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Introducing a new and fun musical group, The Farmer & Adele! Bringing you Country Western Cowboy + Cowgirl Swing and High Lonesome Sounds! The band has completed a brand new album featuring the legendary Country Western group, Riders in the Sky, titled "Into the Wide Open Sky." The album features the lighthearted songbird Grace Adele, and her musical partner Keenan Wade, on a collection of country-western originals and covers.
The Farmer & Adele grew up admiring classic music – classic country, jazz, the Tin Pan Alley songwriters – and those early styles reflect so much of what the two stand for. Their songwriting is uplifting, heroic and simple, but hearken back to the time of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, an interest the duo shares with the Riders and a torch the Riders in the Sky carried from equally legendary Sons of the Pioneers.
Every year, for the past four years, The Farmer & Adele have been perfecting a Country Western Comedy Christmas show for the holiday season, which is what they bring you today. What started as a cast party performance for ABC’s hit TV Show, Nashville, has grown into a bonafide tradition – a show full of Christmas classics and original tunes with a Western flair that is fun for the whole family.

This will be a show focused on the Holiday Season!

Doors 7:30PM
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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Missy Raines and The New Hip on Saturday February 24, 2018 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Based out of Nashville, TN, Missy Raines is considered to be one of the most respected, popular, and trailblazing figures in bluegrass today. A seven-time winner of the IBMA Bass player of the year award, she has backed greats such as Claire Lynch, Mac Weisman, Kenny Baker, and Peter Rowan. Raines now leads her own innovative and genre-bending band, The New Hip, which is a rich, jazz-tinged combination of her bluegrass roots and thick Americana. With a smoky and seductive alto, Missy Raines, heads up this quartet featuring mandolin, guitars, bass, and percussion. The territory The New Hip covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted center stage, directing with her bass every bit as much as she's playing it. Missy Raines and the New Hip are currently working on their 3rd album for Compass Records, slated to be released in late 2017, produced by Allison Brown, where the sounds are lush, the groove is thick, and the songs memorable.
Doors 7:30PM
$10
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