Ravin returns to play Mt. View
Thorndike — Kelly Ravin will perform in concert with Alan Orcutt and The Rugged Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Clifford Performing Arts Center of Mount View High School, Route 220. Admission is $10. The concert will benefit the nonprofit Future MSAD 3’s athletic campaign for the school complex.
Ravin picked up the guitar at age 9 and soon added banjo, mandolin, lap steel and percussion to his musical tool kit. At 14, he formed the band Self Asteam with three other Mt. View High School students and, managed by Dale Breau, traveled around the state. Initially they played covers from their idols such as Jimmy Hendricks, Creed and Incubus, but soon Self Asteam was writing its own songs and recording several CDs.
After graduation, Ravin attended Vermont's Johnson State College with major studies in music. In 2005, he moved to Burlington, Vt. where he composed, sang and played lead guitar in the band Lucy Vincent, releasing several CDs. Lucy Vincent toured throughout New England, the Midwest and the Virgin Islands, as well as enjoying Sirius Satellite Radio play.
In 2008, Ravin began playing solo and with the Kelly Ravin Trio from Vermont and Steel Toe Booty, a Brooks/Jackson trio; CDs "Barbed Wire" and "Music from the Mason Jar" will be available. In 2009, Ravin and three other musicians started the band Waylon Speed, which has been laying down tracks nationally ever since. Waylon Speed CDs are available on iTunes, CD Baby and via the band's Facebook page; and the band's music can be heard on Pandora Internet Radio.
All the concert's performers are MVHS alumni. The Rugged features Travis Lloyd, Cody Tibbetts and Tim Valliere.
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