Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper to Play Oglebay
WHEELING — Award-winning fiddle player Michael Cleveland and his top-notch bluegrass band Flamekeeper will return to the Ohio Valley on Sunday, Aug. 25, for a free show at Oglebay’s Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater as part of Oglebay’s Summer Concert Series. Showtime for Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper is 7 p.m. Sunday.
Cleveland’s blistering prowess and technical fluency have marked him as a sought-after musician, leading to performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Tim O’Brien, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Andy Statman, Billy Strings and The Kruger Brothers in recent years.
However, it wasn’t until 2006, when he formed his own band, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, that he found the right vehicle for his musical vision, and he hasn’t rested since, constantly looking for new ways to push himself and his music forward.
“He plays fearless, and it’s intoxicating to play with him because he makes you play fearless,” Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill said. “He takes no prisoners, but he plays with a restraint and a soul. He plays without abandon.”
Clearly, the IBMA agrees as he’s their most awarded Fiddle Player of the Year with 11 wins, has won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year six times, and fronts their five-time Instrumental Group of the Year.
Together with Flamekeeper members Josh Richards (guitar), Nathan Livers (mandolin), Jasiah Shrode (banjo) and Tyler Griffith (bass), Cleveland makes his way around the country performing festivals, clubs and performing arts centers, delighting audiences, leaving them with jaws dropped in complete amazement.
“It’s wicked to see how much music he pulls out of a bow,” Gill said. “He’s untouchable.”