Eight Dollar Mountain will present its bread and butter — bluegrass with "whitewater-fast rhythms and tasteful harmony arrangements" — at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, in the Bear Creek Park Amphitheater, off Siskiyou Boulevard and Highland Drive, Medford.
The Ashland-based band, featuring bassist Peter Koelsch, banjoist Stuart Green, mandolin player Phil Johnson, guitarist Darren Campbell and Dobro player Mark Lackey, will play original songs — including ones from its most recent album, "Riverboat Gambler" — as well as traditional folk and bluegrass by The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe and Red Allen, along with music by more contemporary bands such as the Lonesome River Band and Blue Highway.
"These songs are the songs of the working man, songs of hard-working days, faith and devotion, love lost and redemption," Koelsch says.
The band embraces these timeless themes in its original material and adds a modern flair and some local references. For example, Koelsch wrote one song, "There's Smoke in the Valley of the Rogue," about the 2002 Biscuit fire.
"We've carved our own niche in traditional bluegrass," Koelsch says.
Admission to the family-friendly concert in the park is free. Call 541-774-2400 or see www.playmedford.com for a schedule of concerts in the park.
— Teresa Thomas