1863 to host Elkins Main Street fundraiser

ELKINS — A fundraiser for Elkins Main Street featuring dinner and alive music experience is set for Thursday. The Chef’s Table at 1863 event brings together the sweet sounds and tastes of Appalachia.

The elevated casual dining experience, featuring 1863 Appalachian Bistro Chef Sara Slider, will feature live music by the acoustic string trio, 18 Strings. The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Randolph Room in the 1863 Appalachian Bistro.

Tickets are $50 per person. There will be a cash bar with specially selected wines to pair with the courses. Tickets can be ordered on Eventbrite.com, by calling 304-637-4803, or at the door.

The menu will feature, first course, southern style scallion biscuits and rainbow salad; second course, braised pork shank with vegetable pan sauce, parmesan herb polenta, and green beans with bacon and onion. Vegetarian napolean — Roasted vegetables in a savory tomato basil sauce are layered with buttery puff pastry squares. Vegetarian option must be selected upon confirmation of ticket sale. Third course will feature1863 custard cinnamon rolls.

The three members of 18 strings — Andy Tuck (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Chris Jones (mandolin/fiddle) and Thurman (bass) — come from different musical backgrounds spanning everything from jazz to folk, and rock to classical.

The result is a seamless fusion of styles that incorporates smart songwriting, tight harmonies, refined technique, and an airtight groove uniquely defined as Appalachicana (part Appalachia, part Americana).

The band released its self-titled debut album in mid-2016 and have since signed with Mon Hills Records, West Virginia University’s record label, with whom they’ve produced their sophomore full-length album, Single Wide. Appalachia is a culturally rich region that 18 Strings is proud to call home.

Their aesthetic draws from the people of the mountains and their stories. The organic sound of voices, a guitar, mandolin, and upright bass matches the miles and miles of rolling hills that hide centuries of musical tradition. The band considers making music in West Virginia to be an amazing experience. With a cultural backdrop so rich in tradition and an ever-evolving scene, it’s a wonderful place to be a musician.

While the band’s music is rooted in Appalachian musical styles, the musicians themselves are influenced by other American types of music, including acoustic classic rock songs like “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin and “Fearless” by Pink Floyd. and artists like Bob Dylan, John Prine, Lead Belly, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Allman Brothers Band,and The Beatles. Appalachicana is geographical in location, but American music in scope.

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