Mid-Michigan rock band Crazy Chestur will perform in downtown Farmington June 24, as part of the Rhythmz in Riley Park free concert series.
Crazy Chestur’s music spans the Americana genre (mixtures of folk, blues, and country.) The band’s originals include bluesy rock sounds in “One of Those Days” and jumpin’ swing in “Harvest Party.” They also cover musical artists such as Gretchen Peters, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams.
Veteran musicians, Charlie Walmsley (keyboard), Jim Gilmore (acoustic guitar), Tom Ball (upright bass), and Rob Clendening (drums) are often joined by honorary member and fiddler Andy Rogers. Most of the members have played together for years in different bands, resulting in an inviting harmony of sound that sets the backdrop for great solo riffs.
The band came together in 2013 when veteran musician and songwriter Charlie Walmsley called up his long time musician friends with the idea of putting a band together in which they could play the music that inspired them early on in their music careers. The Band’s classic 1968 song, “The Weight,” inspired Crazy Chestur’s name, with a slight spelling adjustment. Crazy Chestur’s critically acclaimed debut album, “Harvest Party,” released in 2015, was listed as #10 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) in the Folk Album radio charts, and the original song, “Back In the Day” ranked #4 on the RMR Singles radio charts.
The music starts at 7 p.m. in Riley Park, located on Grand River west of Grove Street in Farmington. Rain location is the First United Methodist Church at 33112 Grand River Ave., across the street. No food or drink is allowed in the church.