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  • December8th

    December 11

    SunnySide Band Christmas

    Jim Lilly and The SunnySide Band will be bringing Songs of the Season along with their usual old-time tunes, classic country and Gospel Music favorites to the Old School/Town Hall, 601 Dogwood Avenue, Grottoes VA on December 11 at 7pm.  Carol Phillips will be singing Christmas songs (accompanied by the autoharp), Betty Calvert will sing a Patsy Cline number and Jim will chose a fine old-time selection I’m sure.  This event is open to the public and all are welcome!

  • January19th

    January 23, 2013

    Dinah's Christmas Party (5)

    The SunnySide Band has been invited back to entertain the Young at Heart Senior Club on January 23, at 10:30am.  The Young at Heart Club meets in the East Orange Ruritan Building at the intersection of Route 20 and Route 522 in Orange, Va, and everyone over 55 is invited.  There will be a soup and chili lunch provided after the performance.  The SunnySide Band will recreate the sing-along songs of the 1800’s as well as the songs of The Original Carter Family who recorded from 1927 to 1941 with just an acoustic guitar, autoharp and upright bass.  The Band plans to get some toes a’tappin’!

    The SunnySide Band would encourage you to visit their Music page and listen to a few of their favorite selections and then visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next.  They just may be in your area next!

  • January7th

    Dinah Ansley’s Afton Mountain Home

    The SunnySide Band in Waynesboro, VA

    A Grand Time was had by all at the Breaking Up Christmas Gathering at Dinah Ansley’s lovely Afton Mountain Home yesterday.  There were Dulcimer pluckers, Banjo pluckers, acoustic guitar pluckers, autoharp pluckers and up-right bass pluckers all in a big huddle just enjoying making old-time mountain music.  I almost forgot — there was some “flat-footin’” going on too!  Can’t wait for the next get-to-gather.

    The SunnySide Band would like to invite you to visit their Music page and listen to a few of their favorite selections, then visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next.  If you are planning an event, The Band would encourage you to have them come and share their energetic music with your guests — just visit our Book Us page!

  • September12th

    Now it’s on To The Recreation Center and Skyland Resort

    The SunnySide Band in Waynesboro, VA

    The SunnySide Band is happy to report that Carol Phillips, the autoharp player was able to find her voice for all four performances this past weekend with the help of cough drops.  The Band is now gearing up for Friday night, September 14 at The Recreation Center, 213 William Street, Fredericksburg at 8pm and then back up to Skyland Resort Taproom on the Skyline Drive on Monday night, September 17 at 9pm.  Hope to see you at one or both of these!

    The SunnySide Band would like to invite you to visit their Music page and listen to a few of their favorite selections and then visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next.  Grab a friend and come experience old time mountain music.

  • June18th

    At The Montpelier Center for The Arts

    The SunnySide Band performing at the Stone Soup

    The SunnySide Band performed a Gospel Music Set at the new location for The Gospel Chicken House Express on Saturday night in Montpelier, VA.  The original Gospel Chicken House closed more than two years ago with the passing of the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Pollard.   The Montpelier Center for The Arts is a wonderful place to hold the new Gospel Chicken House Express Shows, and the crowd was large and appreciative.  The sound system for us was a mix of the House System and three mics belonging to The Oxidines who were performing on Saturday night also.  Mics for acoustic music and mics for “Canned Music” don’t usually mix well, but we thought it turned out pretty good.  The folks there love The Original Carter Family, so we were right down their alley.  Carol’s autoharp got lots of applause and well as Jim’s acoustic guitar.

    The SunnySide Band would encourage you to visit their Music page and listen to a few of their favorite selections and then visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next.  If you are looking for a band for a special event this summer, just visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • June5th

    We Hit a Deer on the Way

    The SunnySide Band performing at Skyland

    Betty Calvert, the upright bass player and Carol Phillips, the autoharp player with The SunnySide Band left Carol’s house about 5:45pm on the way to Big Meadows Lodge New Market Taproom and got about 10 miles up the road when a deer jumped right in front of their pick-up truck.  The impact took out the whole front of the truck and needless to say didn’t do anything good for the poor deer.  She died a few minutes later.  After filing an accident report, Betty and Carol went back home, unloaded all the sound system from the pick-up and put it back into Betty’s car and headed for the mountains again.  They arrived at 8:45pm, set up and started playing at 9pm, right on time.  What a night!

  • January11th

    Starting a New Year!

    The SunnySide Band at The Rec Center

    The SunnySide Band will play their first “Gig” of 2012 at The Recreation Center, 213 William Street, Fredericksburg, VA on January 13 starting at 8:00pm.  Betty Calvert, Jim Lilly and Carol Phillips have their bass, acoustic guitar and autoharp tuned up and ready to bring you some Old Time Mountain Music.  The Band is looking forward to a great year with lots of pickin’ in all of their favorite old places and also some new places as well.

    SunnySide would encourage you to visit their Home page and their Music page and listen to a few of their favorite selections, then visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment.  The Band would also encourage you to consider having them play for your next BIG event, just visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • January4th

    Article about the Autoharp

     The SunnySide Band performing at the Stone Soup

    The SunnySide Band would like to thank the Americana Rhythm Music Magazine for the wonderful article about the Autoharp.  Mr. Edward Tutwiler, editorial assistant, has been a friend to SunnySide and to the Autoharp as well.  He wrote an article about The SunnySide Band in the November 2010 edition of Americana Rhythm Music Magazine, and the latest edition includes the informative article about the autoharp.  The Autoharp has been hidden under the bed for many years, and most bands would like to leave it there.  Thank you Mr. Tutwiler for bringing some well-deserved attention to this lovely instrument.  Carol Phillips, the autoharp player in The SunnySide Band, would also like to thank Mr. Tutwiler for using her comments in the article.

    The SunnySide Band would like to invite you to visit their Music page and listen to some of their favorite tunes featuring the autoharp.  The Band would like to encourage you to have them play for your next event, just visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

  • December15th

    Assisted Living Facility

    Carol Phillips

    Carol Phillips, autoharpist with The SunnySide Band performed today at Wilburn Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Fredericksburg, VA.  Old time and Classic Country tunes were not on the menu today —  Christmas Songs were the main event.  About 10 or 12 folks from the facility attended and all were in good voice.  They seemed to really get into the Christmas spirit.

    The SunnySide Band would like to invite you to visit their Home page and their Music page to listen to a few of their favorite selections, and then they would encourage you to visit their Feedback page and leave them a comment.  The Band would like to meet you and share their music with you, so they would encourage you to consider having them play for your next event.  Just visit their Book Us page and leave your information.

     

  • September12th

    Was a Two-Cake Night

    Carol Phillips

    It was birthday night for Carol Phillips, the Autoharp player with The SunnySide Band Betty Calvert, the Bass player brought her a cake and Jim Lilly, the acoustic guitar player and his wife Melanie brought her a cake.  Lots of friends stopped by to say Happy Birthday and musicians showed up to join in the festivities!  Everybody ate Cake!!  I’m not sure, but I think I saw her Medicare card.

    The SunnySide Band would like to invite you to visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next and bring a friend.  They will be playing at Skyland Resort Taproom on The Skyline Drive tomorrow night at 9pm.  The Band would also encourage you to visit their Home page and Music page and listen to some of their favorite selections.