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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

LIVE MUSIC IN MAINE from NEVAH this July + more!

Okay … big things are happening over the next two weeks for the NEVAH band, starting with a private concert tomorrow (Thursday - July 10th) for the Bangor Veterans home. Phil the NEVAH bass man wrote a terrific piece called "Remembering Those Who Served" in the previous post.

Then … NEXT Wednesday … July 16th NEVAH (that's us) … will be performing in Round Pond at the Historic Little Brown Church located on rte 32 Round Pond Village. 

NEVAH performing LIVE music in Maine
The Rpund Pond show starts at 7:30pm … with a suggested donation of $10.00 - a portion of the proceeds goes to help maintain the historic facility. 
… children are free (unless you want to make a donation).

And … if that isn't enough, two days later, which makes it Friday - July 18th, Hal - the NEVAH banjo guy, Richard the NEVAH mandolin maven and Larry the NEVAH guitar guru are performing as a live acoustic music trio in the big Easy Lounge and Cafe located within the Charles in … in Bangor. Music starts at 9pm.

Live Acoustic Music in Maine from …
Hal Meyers the NEVAH banjo guy, Richard Silver the NEVAH mandolin maven
… and Larry LeBlanc the NEVAH guitar guru

Oh… oh … oh … and the following Friday on the 25th Hal, Richard and Larry will be playing the Wrong Turn Pub located at the Kenduskeag Golf and Country Club. (please see poster for details).

Live Acoustic Music in Maine from …
Hal Meyers the NEVAH banjo guy, Richard Silver the NEVAH mandolin maven
… and Larry LeBlanc the NEVAH guitar guru

Eh-Yup July is a NEVAH Month … and there is more coming your way. So check out NEVAHBAND.com or this FB page for future LIVE NEVAH music events.

Hal

the NEVAH banjo guy

Friday, July 4, 2014

Remembering Those Who Served


            Summer means a lot of different things to us here in Maine.  After a long trying winter we relish the blue skies, the fresh air, and the warm temps that finally make their way up to us in July.  For the guys of NEVAH, July and summer have a very special meaning with an event dating back before we were actually a serious "group," - playing at the Veterans Home in Bangor Maine.
            If memory serves me right, which at my age I begin to question, it has been over 10 years since we first visited and played for the Veterans for their yearly family cookout.  At the time a loosely knit group of people, me, Kim my wife, Charlie Earley, Richard, Ed, Dr. Eric, Jack, Hal, and Dan Groshan happily accepted an invitation to offer up a little music for this event.  Going under the name of "Never to Late" we played for an hour and a half and it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.  Here were the people who put their lives on the line defending our great nation, many of them from what is now called the "greatest" generation, tapping their feet, dancing, and singing along to some songs they knew.  Thoughts of my Dad and his brothers, all of whom served during World War II, flooded my mind and it was difficult to hold back the tears as the realization hit me that if it wasn't for all of these people we probably would not be there playing music and enjoying our freedom.
            So here we are many years later eagerly anticipating our annual July performance which this year will take place on Thursday, July 10th.  Some things have changed, members of the band, vets who have gone on to their reward, but the commitment from the band now named "NEVAH" remains the same - Honor those who have given so much to protect and preserve our freedoms, our Veterans.
            It  seems very fitting to me to post this today, July 4th - Independence Day - on the behalf of our current line-up Ed Russell, Richard Silver, Hal Meyers, Larry LeBlanc, Jack Anderson, Eric Brown, Richard Knipping, and yours truly Phillip Pitula - the men of NEVAH, so in the words and music sung by Kate Smith we say to you,
                                                  "GOD BLESS AMERICA"

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A NEVAH THANK YOU to John Ramirez of 4Points BBQ

The NEVAH band would like to send out a humongous THANK YOU to John Ramirez and the folks at the 4Points BBQ for last weeks Lawnchair Concert in Winterport.


John Ramirez Owner of 4Points BBQ in Winterport
at NEVAH's appearance at the  Lawnchair Concert Series - June 14th

NEVAH performing LIVE music in Maine
at the 4Points BBQ 2014 Lawnchair Concert Series - June 14
We were very lucky that the weather held off and it was a sunny/cloudy/cool-ish - day and evening with only a momentary drop or two of rain. Seriously I think I saw two drops.

And … it was graduation weekend on top of everything else - crazy!



NEVAH performing LIVE music in Maine
at the 4Points BBQ 2014 Lawnchair Concert Series - June 14

NEVAH performing LIVE music in Maine
at the 4Points BBQ 2014 Lawnchair Concert Series - June 14

NEVAH performing LIVE music in Maine
at the 4Points BBQ 2014 Lawnchair Concert Series - June 14

We had a blast and it appears the audience did as well. They sang along, danced, clapped, cheered, applauded loudly, laughed at our banter (sometimes) … oh, clogged (yes, we encourage clogging). All of this as we presented a full NEVAH evening including the addition of 7 new tunes and/or arrangements never heard by our audiences.
Some NEVAH Fans watching NEVAH perform LIVE music in Maine
at the 4Points BBQ 2014 Lawnchair Concert Series - June 14

Some NEVAH Fans watching NEVAH perform LIVE music in Maine
at the 4Points BBQ 2014 Lawnchair Concert Series - June 14

Some NEVAH Fans watching and dancing  while NEVAH performs LIVE music in Maine
at the 4Points BBQ 2014 Lawnchair Concert Series - June 14
We also received this quote from one of our NEVAH fans: "Great night of music last Sat @ 4 pts!! Best Band in Maine!!! Thank you for such an enjoyable evening!"


Some NEVAH Fans watching NEVAH perform LIVE music in Maine
at the 4Points BBQ 2014 Lawnchair Concert Series - June 14

Some NEVAH Fans watching NEVAH perform LIVE music in Maine
at the 4Points BBQ 2014 Lawnchair Concert Series - June 14
Really appreciate everyone coming out … here are a few pictures and we'll be uploading some video in the near future.

Thanks …

Hal
the NEVAH banjo guy

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NEVAH's Hal Meyers & Larry LeBlanc Performing LIVE Acoustic Music at Kenduskeag's Wrong Turn Pub - Friday June 20th

Hey … after a very successful NEVAH gig at the 4Points BBQ on Saturday night - and I will be posting some images … soon …

THIS FRIDAY- June 20th - Larry LeBlanc (the amazing NEVAH guitar guru) and I (Hal the interesting-ish NEVAH banjo guy) will be performing as a duet at the Wrong Turn Pub located at the Kenduskeag Golf Course.

LIVE Acoustic Music with Hal Meyers &and Larry LeBlanc
NEVAH's banjo and guitar players
appearing at the Wrong Turn Pub at the Kenduskeag Golf & Country Club 
The music starts at 8:00 pm (most of the time we start a little earlier - because we can), and goes until …

So, come on down and catch some fun tunes you may or may not know, along with a few NEW ones to sing along with, grab a few laughs, and witness a little magic too - right before your very eyes. Please bring your very eyes if you have them handy.

See you friday …

Hal Meyers
tNbg

Thursday, June 12, 2014

4POINTS BBQ in Winterport Features NEVAH Saturday June 14th

Oh yeah … a big THANK YOU to Emily Burnham from the Bangor Daily News … in her 5 Things To Do section …

NEVAH @ the 4Points BBQ in Winterport, Maine this Saturday - from 6 to 9pm.

Please call ahead for reservations as we've heard through the grape vine (which we understand is more reliable then two cans and a string) … that tickets have been selling like crazy.


NEVAH playing live music at the 4Points BBQ in Winterport
June 14th - 6 to 9pm

Call: 207-223-9929 

And tell them Hal the NEVAH banjo guy sent you, but only if you want to tell them that. It won't do anything for you, but it makes me feel semi-important.


NEVAH playing live music at the 4Points BBQ in Winterport
Saturday - June 14th - 6 to 9pm

See you all Saturday …

… and NEVAH mind the weather - which is supposed to be pretty a-okay.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NEVAH's HUGE WEEKEND of LIVE Music in Kenduskeag, Winterport and Hampden Maine

Hey there … friends and fans of NEVAH - we have one heck of a big live acoustic music weekend coming up …

… kicking it off will be NEVAH's own dynamic trio - Hal Meyers, Richard Silver and Larry LeBlanc playing at the Kenduskeag Golf and Country Club on Friday June 13th from 8pm to 11pm …

Live Music in Maine by NEVAH's own …
Hal Meyers, Richard Silver and Larry LeBlanc
Then …

on Saturday - JUNE 14th - NEVAH will be performing at the
4Points BBQ Lawn Chair Concert Series … in Winterport … and let me tell you, we've got one heck of a show planned. So be there, be hungry, be thirsty … be ready …oh yeah!

Live Music in Maine by NEVAH
at the 2014 Lawn Chair Concert Series
at the 4Points BBQ in Winterport
Live Music in Maine by NEVAH
at the 2014 Lawn Chair Concert Series
at the 4Points BBQ in Winterport
Live Music in Maine by NEVAH
at the 2014 Lawn Chair Concert Series
at the 4Points BBQ in Winterport

We'd love to see you at any one of these events …

Hal
the NEVAH banjo guy

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hal Meyers, Larry LeBlanc and Richard Silver - have a blast at the BIG EASY LOUNGE in Bangor

Had a terrific time playing the Big Easy Lounge at the Charles Inn … in Bangor with my two good friends and NEVAH compadres - Larry LeBlanc and Richard Silver.

Here are some photos that Kim Pitula and Lucie* - took from the Charles Inn "gig" this past Friday May 30th. Really appreciate Phil, Kim and Valerie coming out to the Charles Inn to "support". 
From L to R: Richard on Gibson Mandolin, Hal on Martin Guitar, Larry on Dobro
Big Easy Lounge at the Charles Inn, Bangor Maine - Friday May 30th
- Live Acoustic Music in Maine - 
Left to Right: Richard on Mandolin, Hal playing his Stelling Sunflower with
Jet Black Kavanjo Banjo head, Larry on his Martin Guitar
Big Easy Lounge at the Charles Inn, Bangor Maine - Friday May 30th
- Live Acoustic Music in Maine - 

Richard Silver, Hal Meyers, Larry LeBlanc
during set one at the …
Big Easy Lounge at the Charles Inn, Bangor Maine - Friday May 30th
- Live Maine Music - 
And a thank you to Sonja Hannington - too - for stopping by after your gig. Sonja is a superb Sax and Flute player, constantly in demand for gigs all over the place.
Richard Silver on Mandolin, Hal Meyers on Guitar, Larry LeBlanc on Dobro
- Live Acoustic Music in Maine -
Big Easy Lounge at the Charles Inn, Bangor Maine - Friday May 30th 
Richard Silver on a 1930's Gibson Mandolin
Hal Meyers on Stelling Sunflower Banjo with Jet Black Kavanjo Head
Larry LeBlanc on his Martin D-35 Guitar
- Live Maine Music -
Big Easy Lounge at the Charles Inn, Bangor Maine - Friday May 30th
And funny as it may seem … Dick (DDD - Dick Da Drummer - from NEVAH) had just told me about another band he plays with … the * Lucie HotBand. I "friended" Lucie that very morning, and sure enough, guess who shows up as we are finishing our sound check … and stays for the entire evening …

… I'm not going to tell you , you have to guess.

… guessing yet?

I also had a chance to do a little close-up magic for a few folks. I always like watching people flip out when their signed card ends up inside my wallet … the inner wallet inside the outer wallet that is … oh yeah.

Again thank you to everyone who came by, sang along, laughed a bit, drank a lot, laughed some more and applauded throughout the evening …!

More performances at the Big Easy in the coming months … and stay tuned as NEVAH has several gigs in a couple of weeks.

Make it live …

Hal

the NEVAH banjo Guy

Friday, May 30, 2014

The BIG EASY LOUNGE in Bangor Maine presents Live Acoustic Music with Hal Meyers, Larry LeBlanc and Richard Silver - Tonight Friday May 30

Hey … fans and friends of NEVAH …

TONIGHT, it's tonight …

I know it's last minute, but and however … tonight - FRIDAY - May 30th starting at 9pm …

Hal Meyers - the NEVAH banjo guy, along with Larry LeBlanc and Richard Silver will be performing at the BIG EASY LOUNGE in the CHARLES INN … located in downtown Bangor. from 9pm to midnight

Hal Meyers (tNbg*), along with NEVAH's very own Larry LeBlanc and Richard Silver … on guitar/dobro and mandolin/guitar, will be performing at the BIG EASY LOUNGE located within the CHARLES INN in Bangor …

Live Acoustic Music in Maine at the Big Easy Lounge in Bangor with
Hal Meyers - the NEVAH banjo guy
Larry LeBlanc on Guitar and Dobro … and …
Richard Silver on Mandolin and Guitar
I hope you can come and catch us, listen to some familiar tunes, sing along, laugh a bit, get a tasty beverage from the Big Easy's huge selection of BREWS … and maybe, just maybe get to see some close-up sleight of hand magic performed right in front of you during one of our breaks.

Therefore … see you this evening. We'll be playing until midnight!


*the NEVAH banjo guy

Monday, May 19, 2014

NEVAH at 4Points BBQ LAWNCHAIR CONCERT SERIES - NEW POSTER

Hey … Hal the NEVAH banjo guy here …

just went to the 4Points BBQ Facebook page and saw this wonderful image … it's the NEW Poster for the 2014 4Points BBQ & Blues House – LawnChair Concert Series - in Winterport - Maine … 

See if you can spot the NEVAH name!

We're right in the mix with some truly amazing talent. Oh, yeah - it's going to be one heck-of-uh great concert line-up this summer that you won't want to miss - seriously.

The 2014 4Points BBQ LAWNCHAIR Concert Series POSTER
Can you spot NEVAH?

Contact the 4Points BBQ and Blues House in Winterport, ME - to get further information. 207-223-9929 and to purchase NEVAH tickets … which we understand through the 4Points BBQ grape vine (or was that beer line -?) are going pretty fast.

See you there …

Hal
tNbg

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NEVAH - JUNE 14th Concert Tickets Arriving at 4Points BBQ -

Oh yeah - It's official (just got word from John Ramirez - the man himself) 

Tickets for NEVAH's performance on June 14th at the 4Points BBQ Lawn Chair Concert Series are arriving in about 2 days (May 15th) and can be purchased when they get hee-ah. 

NEVAH in Concert at 4Point BBQ & Blues House June 14th
Contact the 4Points BBQ and Blues House in Winterport, ME - to get further information. 207-223-9929

4Points BBQ Concert Series Line-Up … NEVAH is in VERY GOOD COMPANY
FYI: We've got some very cool stuff planned for this show. 

Hope to see you all there!

Hal
the NEVAH Banjo Guy

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The NEVAH BANJO GUY on KAVANJO.COM Home Page

Hey friends and fans of NEVAH …

A lot of you have seen us perform live and I know you’ve seen my Stelling Sunflower Banjo with the shiny Jet Black Banjo head. Not your standard/typical banjo look, but kinda fits my on-stage persona. I’m trying for the older bald guy who wears a lot of black, cowboy boots and requires reading glasses to see the frets … a persona I think I’ve achieved.

NEVAH at Macy's
Note (on left) my "Older Bald Guy wearing Black Look" with my Stelling Banjo sporting the Kavnajo
"Black Diplomat" ® banjo head system
… well …

I just found out that my picture (along with another band member - can you guess who) has been included in the KAVANJO.com home page, along with some amazing “notable musicians”.

Kavanjo.com site with Hal and another NEVAH band member - we're amongst GREAT company
Turns out I asked for and received the first Jet Black Kavanjo Banho head, now called a “Black Diplomat” ®. This banjo head with a hand wound patented hum bucking pickup system allows me to quickly and easily “plug in” and amplify my banjo whilst playing music, especially with NEVAH … and it works seamlessly with my Line6=G30 wireless rig too.

I posted several images of the banjo and of me using it, and even wrote a few articles/blogs for my halmeyers.com site.

Would anyone like to take a closer look at my new Kavanjo Banjo Head?
Yesterday I contacted John Kavanaugh - the inventor and manufacturer of the Kavanjo Banjo Head system to tell him I was going to show it around at the upcoming Kruger Brother academy in North Carolina. John then informed me that my picture was on his site … oh yeah.


Definitely check out kavanjo.com when you get a chance …

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's a NEVAH Ending Weekend of LIVE MUSIC in Maine

Fine … let it snow, let it snow, let it snow … but the day after the snow stops … actually the two days following the end of the snow storm - there will be a NEVAH-ish ending weekend of LIVE Prograssabilly MUSIC in Maine

Starting FRIDAY …

FRIDAY the 14th:
Hal, the NEVAH banjo guy, will be appearing at the 4Points BBQ on Friday the 14th from 5 to 8pm … come by and order some amazing BBQ and drink … and have a fun filled evening of music (tunes we all know), along with lots of laughter and a little magic thrown in.
Hal the NEVAH banjo guy at the 4Points BBQ on Friday March 14th
… THEN …

SATURDAY the 15th: 
NEVAH will be appearing at the Bangor Grange on Saturday the 15th. This is going to be a wonderful evening of NEVAH-ish tunes with a little twist here and there. We have a few surprises up our sleeves. So come on out on Saturday … get to the Bangor Grange early and purchase a dinner and NEVAH combo pack … a scrumptious pre-St Patricks Meal (from 5:30 until the food runs out - which is pretty quick if I recall) … then catch the show at 7:00 pm. 


You don't want to miss this one.
NEVAH at the Bangor Grange Saturday March 15th
Thank you … and hopefully we will see you at both the 4Points BBQ and the Banagor Grange …

Hal
the NEVAH banjo guy

p.s. oh, oh, oh … and we (NEVAH) will have CD's for sale at the Bangor Grange Concert 
on Saturday - the 15th.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

"So Sayeth the Prophet"

        
               I don't have time to tell you the things I don't know, but here's one.
WHY ARE WE SO NARROW WHEN THE WORLD OF MUSIC IS SO BROAD? or, (every generation gets stuck in the music they claimed as their own).
               Here's my guess; because it is comfortable and safe.  We are descendants of those who did what was safe and survived.  With few exceptions, the risk takers ended up in the wrong link of the food chain or paying for their imagination and courage with their lives.
               Our predictable behavior comes from the immense power of inertia and that we are hard wired to"go with the flow."  Besides, isn't being comfortable what all music is about anyway?  Maybe, for some of us there is more.
               Historically, the exception seems to be the 15-25 year age group of each generation, healthily hard wired to reject the safe in order to try something new to claim as their own.
                                "It may be just music, but it's our music"
                                "No thanks, that sounds like my parents music", or
                                "Back in my day songs mean't something goddammit, not just
                                 noisy racket"
                The result is marketing strategies aimed at our soft spot.  Advertising and Public Television pledge drives geared to:  
                                        The Big Band Era - Teens in the 30's-40's, now the oldest age group alive, lived through WWII, the Big One, The Greatest Generation. 
                                        On the Corner- the age of Doo-Wap, teens in the 50's early 60's, too young for WWII, too old for Woodstock, the Real Rock n' Roll.
                                        The 60's Folk Scene - rejected the slick silliness of Pat Boone & Bobby Vee, back to the land songs of the real people.  Unfortunately we got the Kingston Trio instead of Leadbelly.
                                        Soul, R&B - late 50's, 60's black commercial identity, instead of copying white hits, the whites copied them = Elvis.
                                        Classic Country - 50's, 60's white music from Nashville or Memphis, Honkey Tonk, Hank Williams, the Louvins, Patsy & Lefty.
                                        Swingin 60's - Woodstock Generation, Freedom Rock, you've heard it to death.
                We hate to admit it, but this 15-25 business applies to us just as much as it did our grandparents.  So we like what we liked when we were young.  Who cares about before and after.
                "I like what I like and besides it's only music anyway."

                                    Fast Eddie, Prograssabilly Prophet
                                     (Next month - Add a little history)

                 

                            

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NEVAH Appearing at THE Bangor Grange Sat March 15th

Oh yeah … we've had a lot of folks asking us when our NEXT NEVAH Concert is going to be held. It seems they can't wait until the June appearance at the 
4Points BBQ Lawn Chair Concert Series
  
… well … Guess what? 

Saturday March 15th NEVAH is opening the 
and it coincides with a fantastic
(we're talking' really good food) 
St. Patricks Day Supper as well.

The supper is $7.00
The show is $8.00

or you can have both for 
… ready for this … 
an unbelievable $13.00
NEVAH Poster for the upcoming Bangor Grange Concert
Hope to see you all there …

Hal
the NEVAH banjo guy



Thursday, February 20, 2014

NEVAH PLAYING THE 4POINTS BBQ LAWNCHAIR CONCERT SERIES

Just a quick heads up … NEVAH has been booked – in JUNE – for the 4Points BBQ and Blue House 2014 Lawnchair Concert Series …

… and we're in really good company … check out the current line-up.


Hope to see you there …

Hal
the NEVAH banjo guy

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

One Last Look







 Think a "NEVAH" Spring Fling?
 Stay Tuned for more info!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Few More Memories



We thought we would share some more from the show!

So you had that side effect too?
The Elders

Really, Humpty did jump!
Scotty, if only we could do this on a sailboat.


Honey, who are these guys?

Josh make sure you get a lot of pictures of me.

Hal, what are you doing here?

I thought Dr. Hicklicks was playing.

Thanks Esteban!

Does anyone need a lawyer?

Maybe we will offer frequent attendance points!