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Mumfest entertainment plans range from beach to barbershop

May 15, 2013

YellowBrix

May 15--Mumfest is New Bern's largest annual festival venue, a visual treat to the eyes and the ears, including music throughout downtown each October.

Planning goes year-round, and the 2013 edition has announced some talented acts ranging from beach to barbershop and all in between.

This year's festival is Oct. 12 and 13, with dance troupes, dulcimers, choruses and songwriters performing original music, in addition to the music mania on the Main Stage.

As it has been for 33 years, the entertainment is free.

Main Stage entertainment on the opening day includes:

* Spiritmaster is a "Dubstep/Trap" electronic music show that has been exciting venues with deep bass, intense sounds and hard kicks, punchy snares and remixes of favorite songs;

* The Carolina Casuals is a nine-piece band that has been entertaining audiences since the mid-1990s, performing everyone's favorite beach, soul and rhythm & blues music.

Featuring full horn, vocal and rhythm sections, they pride themselves on remaining true to the sound that Eastern North Carolinahas claimed as its own.

* The Wannabees are based out of New Bern, with the best in classic rock. The band prides itself on three- and four-part harmonies, dual guitar actions and its rhythm section.

* The Southern Gentlemen Chorus is a chapter of the International Barbershop Harmony Society. This community service chorus sings in the barbershop style for the joy of singing. Around for 20 years and widely known for their "Singing Valentines" and annual spring show, they bring smiles and toe-tapping to their audiences.

* Billy Holton, founder of the Soul Shakers, is lead guitar and lead vocals with some very talented musicians who have become one of Eastern North Carolina's favorite dance bands. Holton gets a soulful sound through his FenderStraitand Twin Amps to produce funky rhythms.

On Oct. 13, the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op takes over as Eastern songwriters --members and non-members --perform. The lineup promises many new original songs and music in 20-to-40-minute shows. Songwriters who are interested in performing can send a recording and website link to bdsyndrome@earthlink.net,with a brief bio and contact information.

The festival, by Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation, attracts about 300 commercial and non-profit exhibitors.

The attractions include pottery, crafts, art, magicians, roving street performers, face painters and clowns, along with a variety of savory food.

For ongoing updates on Mumfest on the web: mumfest.com

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